Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery

At Southwest Medical Group, Orthopedics, patients see a surgeon at each visit. X-rays can be done in our clinic for your convenience.

Dr. Bagge and Dr. Tavakoli provide diagnoses and surgical and non-surgical treatment of injuries, disorders and diseases of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.

  • Abnormalities
  • Back pain
  • Club foot, bunions, bow legs, knock knees and unequal leg length
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports or work-related injuries
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles, bursitis and torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains
  • And more…

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Imaging table in SMG, orthopedics at Southwest Health System in Cortez, ColoradoAdult Orthopedic Procedures

  • Non-operative and operative treatment of fractures
  • Treatment of hip, knee and shoulder arthritis with medication, injections, and/or joint replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Operative treatment of post-traumatic deformities
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel releases

Pediatric Orthopedic Procedures

  • State-of-the-art treatment of all types of pediatric fractures, including growth plate injuries in the growing child
  • Guided growth using minimally invasive hardware to correct leg length differences, angular deformities
  • Non-operative scoliosis management with spine bracing
  • Corrective osteotomies for more extensive limb deformities
  • Tendon releases and lengthenings
  • All procedures are done with the child’s comfort in mind, working closely with our anesthesiologists to minimize distress to the child pre- and post-cooperatively


Brenton Wright, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy 

Brenton Wright, PT, DPT is a physical therapist in Cortez, Colorado. He specializes in treating orthopedic and neuro populations; specifically knee surgeries and BPPV vertigo. He can help with vertigo, falls, exercise recommendations and more. Contact us at 970-564-2460 for more information.

Common Procedures and Expertise

  • Orthopedic and neuro populations
  • Knee surgeries
  • BPPV vertigo
  • Vertigo, falls, and exercise recommendations
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

Care Philosophy

“Everyone can always improve. I want to get my patients back to doing all the things they love in the community.As a team we have a very comprehensive mixture of therapists That allow us to treat a variety of diagnoses successfully. We use that diverse set of skills to make sure the patient has the best outcome possible. It’s important that people know that I am very excited and energetic about my job, and truly enjoy getting people better.”

Brenton has been an outstanding help in regaining the range of motion in my knees after bilateral total knee replacement. I am a difficult case as I was so restricted preoperatively. Brenton has tried multiple strategies, extensively researched, and done everything but stand on his head to help me regain adequate function, and I am sure he WOULD stand on his head if he felt it would help me. He is the perfect combination of cheerleader and taskmaster.  SHS is very lucky to have him, and I am blessed to have him as my primary PT here. He is determined to get me the best outcome possible. If I arrive early for an appointment, he takes me immediately if he is not with another patient, and gives me extra time if necessary, because obviously we have TWO joints to work on! His positive attitude reflects well on the PT department, as well as the organization as a whole. M.L, Patient


Undergraduate: Kansas State University

Physical Therapy Training: Midwestern University- Glendale, Arizona

Internship: Falls City, NE; Wickenburg, AZ,& The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ

More about Brenton

Hometown: Hiawatha, KS

Interests and Favorites: “My wife is a PTA here. I love the outdoors, sports, and my dogs. I have two labs that I take hiking every chance I get. I am a huge Chiefs fan, and I have enjoyed winning the AFC west the last two years. As for favorite foods and destinations, oreos, seafood and New Orleans top off the list.”



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.

Dr. Douglas BaggeDouglas R. Bagge, 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

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, 1990
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, 1995

Learn more about Southwest Medical Group, Orthopedics

Orthopedic patientWhen Jonathan, my 12-year-old son broke his arm playing soccer, he was anxious and in pain. We were anxious, too. My family has been fortunate to avoid a lot of broken bones, so we don’t have much experience dealing with them. From admission to discharge, the capable doctors, nurses and staff at SHS were professional, efficient and kind. They put us all at as much ease as one could expect under the circumstances.

Later, when it came time to cast both bones in his forearm, the doctor explained things that I needed to know as a parent, and he was spoken to in a respectful, accessible way. It might seem a minor thing, but when he was offered a multi-colored cast, this fun twist helped my son and I keep the injury in perspective.

Thank you to those of you at Southwest Health System who helped my wife and I through the rough-and-tumble challenges of raising a healthy boy!

~KL in Cortez, CO