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GERD Heartburn RFA InfographicWe are the the only facility within 7 hours of Cortez, Colorado that provides Barrx™ Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer. Dr. Kevin Matteson is trained in RFA procedures at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

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Evan Tavakoli, MD

Evan Tavakoli, MDEvan Tavakoli, MD

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • Fax: 970-564-2682

Dr. Evan Tavakoli joined Southwest Medical Group Orthopedics from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Tavakoli is a general orthopedic surgeon with interest in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. Dr. Tavakoli performs both inpatient, outpatient and same-day surgeries at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.

Orthopedics involves treating the musculoskeletal system- bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Dr. Tavakoli treats people with a variety of bone and joint problems including fractures, deformities, infection, arthritis, and ligament injuries. Usually orthopedic related diagnoses involve most issues of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the spine.

Dr. Tavakoli was drawn to the Four Corners because of the active outdoor lifestyle it offers.  He loves the year round opportunities to hike, camp, ski and golf.  As someone who enjoys these hobbies, he understands the importance of not only treating injuries but also preventing them.  He enjoys working with student athletes, provide education on bone and joint health, and keeping people active so they can continue to go on adventures.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (2012) and University of Texas at Austin (2007)
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2017

Importance of “prehab” as well as rehab

In order to prevent injuries, Dr. Tavakoli recommends some simple exercises everyone can do such as shoulder rotator cuff stretching and knee quad-strengthening activities to keep those joints in top shape. Young athletes are especially susceptible to overuse injuries.  For example, the orthopedic and baseball communities have worked closely to establish recommended pinch counts to avoid common injuries.  Parents should always take note of student athletes complaining about injuries specific to certain sports, especially if they play year round.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Recent research supports that children over age 5, adolescents and adults need at least 1000 IU per day of Vitamin D for good health – depending on age, weight and growth.  Vitamin D deficiency is being recognized as far more common problem than once thought.  Children and adults alike should combine a diet rich with Vitamin D foods, safe exposure to sunlight, and Vitamin D supplements to reach their daily goal.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which in effect is critical to bone and muscle health.  What people do not realize is at a certain point our bone density slowly decreases.  The body may start to breakdown more bone than it replaces by the time you reach your 20s to 30s.  This can lead to your bones and joints becoming brittle or weak.  Combining proper Vitamin D and Calcium intake to with regular exercise is essential to maintaining bone health.

Preventative measures

Low impact exercise can be used to offset extreme activity to reduce the risk of injuries.  Tavakoli recommends at least 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise each day. Weight bearing exercises use your body weight to apply a healthy stress to your bone and joints. People who exercise regularly tend to have stronger, denser bone. Dr. Tavakoli also believes yoga and tai chi are great activities to promote flexibility, improve balance and build core strength. All of which can help reduce the risk of muscle and ligament injuries. For most, proper nutrition and regular exercise can nurture injury prevention and significantly slow bone loss.

Terry R. Cook, DPM

Dr. Terry CookTerry R. Cook, DPM

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • Fax: 970-564-2682

About Dr. Cook

Dr. Cook performs surgical and non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle pain. From mild discomfort to full fractures, Dr. Cook is experienced in a wide-range of treatment options. Common conditions include chronic foot pain, ankle fractures, bone spurs, bunions, ingrown nails, osteoarthritis, instability and more.

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Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Medical School: California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, 1995
Residency: LAC/USC Medical Center, 1996
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, California, 1997