Total Joint Replacement
At Sonoma Valley Hospital, our Total Joint Replacement Team is putting people back in action by eliminating joint pain through joint replacement surgery. Our team members include three patient-acclaimed surgeons, a Skilled Nursing Facility for those who want to recuperate in the hospital, a Home Care program for those who need extra care at home while they heal, and a team of outstanding physical therapists who help increase the speed of healing with their care and thorough exercise program.
Our program is distinct in that we begin with education – about joint pain itself, about treatment options leading up to surgery, and about surgery and the healing process. We help educate you about how to work with our specialists to get better. Our Nurse Navigator, Janet Alexander, is there every step of the way to guide, help and facilitate your healing. Our team of surgeons and physical therapists all work together to help you help yourself to heal and return to active living. Dawn Kuwahara, our Director of Professional Service says, “We are like the pit stop crew, and you’re the racecar drivers!”
For more information, please contact our Nurse Navigator: 707-935-5378
Meet OUR Total Joint Replacement Team
Dr. Michael A. Brown is a fellowship-trained total joint replacement specialist who has been practicing in both private and group practice for 20 years. Originally from Oklahoma, he attended University of Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma Medical School. He did his Orthopaedic residency at Washington University, in St Louis. He chose a fellowship in joint reconstruction because of his desire to work with active adults, especially senior citizens. Dr. Brown’s expertise includes treating sore joints, aches and pains, broken bones, ligament injuries, sports injuries as well as people who have arthritis – a group whose changing profile is transforming his practice. He now he finds he is doing joint replacements in people from the 30s age group on. Dr. Brown is a member of Prima Medical group, the Marin-based medical practice employing physicians in nine locations area-wide.
Visit Dr. Brown’s website at Prima Medical Group.
Dr. Robert Harf, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, has practiced orthopaedic surgery for 34 years. He has extensive experience treating patients with all types of spinal problems, and is an acknowledged, skilled expert in total joint replacements, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies in minimally invasive approaches to knees and hips as well as the spine. Dr. Harf specializes in caring for patients with failed spine surgery syndrome. Dr. Harf received his M.D. from the University Autonoma De Guadalajara and he is a member of the American Board Certified Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery. He did his internship in the Metropolitan Hospital Center New York, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, his residency in Long Island Jewish-Hillside, New York, and his fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is fluent in Spanish, and dedicated to serving patients in Sonoma County and throughout Northern California.
Dr. Noah Weiss is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine, including shoulder and knee reconstruction, and surgery of the hand and upper extremities. Dr. Weiss did his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital then completed additional fellowship training at Hand & Microsurgery Group in San Francisco, and Tahoe Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Dr. Weiss performs total shoulder replacements and total knee replacements, as well as joint replacement surgery for the elbow, wrist and hand. Dr. Weiss is also actively involved in teaching Orthopaedic Surgery nationally and abroad, and has volunteered and taught in Vietnam and Haiti. Dr. Weiss has lived and worked in Sonoma for the past 19 years.
Dr. Andrew Solomon is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. His practice philosophy is to provide a safe and comfortable operative experience for all patients. Dr. Solomon attended University of California, Berkeley and earned his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. He completed his internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Solomon is currently practicing at Sonoma Valley Hospital and Marin General Hospital, and is a member of the Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin.
Janet Alexander, RN, Nurse Navigator, has been a Registered Nurse since 1978, and has worked extensively in hospitals on pediatric, medical, surgical, orthopedic and geriatric units. She has been part of the Sonoma Valley Hospital team since 2004, when she began on the Ambulatory Care Unit. She has been Nurse Navigator for the Total Joint Program since it started in 2010. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of South Florida, a BS in Nursing from the University of Florida, and a BA in Spanish, Magna Cum Laude, Sonoma State University, 2001. She received her California CLAD Teaching Credential (Spanish), Sonoma State University, 2002
Michael Francisco, PT, CSCS, has 15 years physical therapy experience. He has a Masters of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. He has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, from U.C. Davis, and did his internship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.
Meet some of our total joint replacement patients
“To wake up and see Janet’s face – it was like seeing an angel!”