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Living with pain isn’t living. See how our specialty-trained doctors at SMOC is helping our local community of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Smithfield, say YES to life without limits. Read our Patient Stories below.

Paul Wood Deep
January 22, 2020

“ I have traveled to many places, seen many different doctors, and no one has come close to giving me the relief of being pain – free like SMOC has. They’ve given me the ability to truly live ...

Christmas and Santa Claus
December 16, 2019

For years, I’ve enjoyed playing Santa Claus, for charities and schools. I also worked with International Paper, for 37 years. I was a millwright, and for the last 19 years, I was in charge of the ...

John and Tiffanie
November 8, 2019

Summer was the time of the year I look forward to the most. My family and I would visit the Outer Banks in North Carolina to enjoy the season, whether it was walks along the beach, bike riding or ...

Ervin and Carolyn
May 10, 2019

Our story could probably be named, A Tale of Three Knees, although there are 4 knees that are a part of this story! My knee issues began while I was in the Army. I played intramural football; and ...

Alternative to opioids
March 28, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Clark Brown remembers his days in the elite Night Stalkers unit of the Army Rangers. As an active member of Special Forces, he did things virtually no one else ...

February 16, 2019

“Finally, I’ve been able to say YES to a lot of things, like going camping again and working in my workshop at home, that I couldn’t really do for a long time.”- SMOC Patient Ronald ...

January 24, 2019

I prayed for God to give me a guardian angel, and he did. But didn’t just give me one – he gave me several. During Christmas of 2017 a pain that had started in my legs got so bad that I ...


Looking back, I’ve had trouble with my left knee since high school. I was a basketball player, and I remember straining it during a game. I probably had a partial tear in my meniscus, but I ....

January 25, 2019

I have had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 5 years old, which led to serious ankle deformities and problems with my hands. I learned to live with it, to adjust to the pain, and live my life as ...

Ray Mary
June 21, 2017

In November 2011, I was having a little tingling in my shoulders and before I knew it, I was having short bursts of paralysis down both of my arms. I knew it was bad, because I had spinal issues ...

Evan MacFarland
April 17, 2017

I first injured my shoulder midway through my senior season playing football at Norfolk Christian High School. My doctor at the time recommended a course of physical therapy, confident that my ...

March 12, 2018

My back hurt so bad, I could no longer pick up my grandbaby. She looked up at me with those puppy dog eyes that could make even a stranger melt, but my back pain was too much. All she wanted was ...

Tre Lewis
January 26, 2017

About three years ago my husband and I started noticing that our son, Tre who also has Down Syndrome, was beginning to suffer from back pain and stiffness. This was especially noticeable in the ...

Candace Hudgins
November 10, 2016

I’ve always been athletic, and I love coaching softball for Deep Creek High School’s junior varsity team. But in the spring of 2015, I couldn’t ignore the pain in my right shoulder. I put up with ...

Fred Brooks
February 17, 2017

It was a beautiful June day, and I was out on my motorcycle. I’d been riding for more than 10 years, I was an experienced rider, but there was nothing I could do when an SUV turned into my lane. ...

Matthew Rauchenberger
June 5, 2016

Snowboarding is my life. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid—and I’m a skateboarder, too. But when I broke my collarbone, it was bad. That’s why I’m so glad I knew to come see Dr. Anthony ...

March 21, 2016

I’ve been treated by Dr. Thomas Bergfield several times over the years. He’s performed a successful trigger finger surgery on my hand, and helped me with problems with my shoulder. Most recently, ...

Christine Parrish
March 21, 2016

Upon moving to Suffolk in 1989, I became a household name around Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center (SMOC). When asked to share my patient story, I was honored because these surgeons have ...

February 11, 2016

Being a retired healthcare administrator from New York City, I knew what I was looking for in a physician, especially a surgeon. I retired from a 33 year career in healthcare and hospital ...

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Association of Hand Surgery
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society, Sentara
  • Sentara
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • 5801 Harbour View Blvd
    Suite 200
    Suffolk, VA 23435

    Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

  • 501 Discovery Drive
    Chesapeake, VA 23320


  • 150 Burnett’s Way
    Suite 100
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Monday-Friday 8am-5pm