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P.E.,PhD, DSc, JD, FRSC, FTI, DEE, IH, BCEE
Scientific Advisory Services, Ltd.
3 Baker Hill Road
Great Neck NY 11023
USA
phone: 516-482-5374(o) 516-974-7465 cell
Dr. C.J. Abraham, P.E. is a Certified Professional Chemical Engineer with over thirty five years of international experience consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies, and the legal profession. He provides consultation to International corporations in the areas of New Product Development, Manufacturing, Packaging, Warnings and Instructions. Dr Abraham's services include Expert Witness Testimony for both Plaintiff and Defense in matters involving Personal Injury and Product Liability.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Construction Accidents
  • OSHA
  • ADA
  • Labor Law
  • Human Factors
  • Household / Industrial Products
  • Safety Engineering
  • Retail Store Safety
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Textiles
  • Fires / Explosions / Flammable Fabrics
  • Slips / Falls
  • Recreational / Sports Accidents
  • Toxic Exposures
  • 9/15/2017 · Product Liability
    In the United States, the most litigious country in the world, a products liability action may be brought, under state law, for express or implied breach of warranty, misrepresentation and negligence. Under the theory of strict liability, a lawsuit may be initiated on the grounds of manufacturing and design defects as well as poor and inadequate warning instructions. The best defensive strategy for a company to avoid becoming involved in any of the above is to manufacture the safest product possible within parameters of economic feasibility. If said manufacturer can vouch for safety factors in the design, production, testing, inspection and evaluation of its product as well as attentiveness to consumer complaints, it will be more likely to avoid litigation or at least be able to prevail in the courtroom.

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    ACC - Aquatic Commercial Consulting
    Richard A. Young, CPO
    20430 ½ Orchard Rd.
    Saratoga CA 95070
    USA
    phone: (408) 741-5871
    fax: 408-867-1216
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    Richard A. Young, is an Aquatics Safety expert with over 30 years of public, institutional, commercial, water park, and high-end residential pool experience. A California State Contractor, his background includes aquatic facility water treatment planning, design, equipment sales, installation, and troubleshooting.

    Certifications and Affiliations
    • Certified Pool Operator (National Swimming Pool Foundation)
    • Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor (National Recreation and Park Association)
    • Technical Adviser for the Professional Pool Operators of America
    • Member, National Association of Aquatic Consultants
    • Member, National Park and Recreation Association
    • Member, California Pool and Spa Association
    Mr. Young teaches one of the two national professional pool operators courses, develops problem solving pool mechanical equipment, and speaks at state and national conferences on pool safety and filtration systems. He has published over 30 writings in industry texts and periodicals, and is the managing editor of the 6th edition of the Aquatic Facility Operator's Manual for the National Recreation and Park Association "AFO" course.

    Litigation Support - Richard Young is uniquely qualified to provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He has completed mechanical work at over 500+ public, institutional and large commercial aquatic facilities. This work included total mechanical renovations comprised of recirculation, filtration, heating, chemical control and chemical feed systems.

    Services Include:
    • Pool Design and Construction Review
    • Mechanical Water Systems Analysis
    • Accident and Drowning Analysis
    • Pool Assessments and Reports
    Recent Swimming Pool-Related Cases:
    • Patron Injuries
    • Operator Injuries
    • Drowning, Near Drowning
    • Pool Related Accidents
    • Construction Disputes
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    Jason Young, BESc., MASc, PEng
    2770 Dufferin Street, Suite 207
    Toronto ON M6B 3R7
    Canada
    phone: 416-630-0700
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    Jason Young, BESc., MASc, PEng, is the lead investigator and President of Advantage Forensics Inc., a multi-disciplinary forensic engineering firm based in Ontario with service across Canada and the U.S. Their team of renowned and well-respected experts at Advantage Forensics have conducted thousands of forensic investigations in the following areas of expertise, at fair rates, with tremendous success for insurance defense and plaintiff clients
    • Collision Reconstruction - pedestrian, nighttime visibility, motorcycle, bicycle, trucks, data recorder download & analysis, multi-vehicle freeway collisions, computer simulation, winter maintenance, snowmobile, Segways
    • Human Factors - reaction times, driver behavior, road design & signage, warnings & labels, product misuse
    • Slips, Trips & Falls - friction testing, staircase building code assessment, fall hazard assessment
    • Biomechanics - seatbelt use, injury thresholds, fraud investigations, fall dynamics
    • Product Failure - materials failure, design assessment, safety factor testing
    • Playground, Fitness Equipment & Sports Accidents
    • Waterpark, Pool, Zipline & Amusement Ride Accidents
    • Fire & Explosion Investigation
    Their team of over 25 experts and consultants is led by Jason Young, a licensed professional engineer and seasoned expert with over 20 qualifications at Superior Court level and Arbitrations as an expert in Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors, Mechanical Engineering, Road Design Assessment, Waterslide Design, and Biomechanics. Mr. Young has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and is also a Certified Playground Inspector and Certified Level 2 Zipline & Challenge Course Inspector. Mr. Young has taught numerous courses on Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors and Biomechanics to academia and is a sought-out expert panelist at insurance and research conferences in those fields. Mr. Young is a long-time member of CATAIR, HFES, and ASTM, and has contributed to numerous research papers and standards in collision reconstruction, human factors, and product design.

    Visit their website at www.aforensics.ca/ for more information regarding their team of experts and services. They offer reasonable hourly rates or fixed quotes that are guaranteed within 10%.

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    Iola Goeke
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    USA
    phone: 850-558-3100
    fax: 850-575-8454
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    BEC Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

    Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at BEC are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee and Jacksonville working in almost every state in the United States and occasionally internationally.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
    • Engineering Consulting
    • FARO 3-D Scanning
    • Aerial Drone Imaging
    • Black Box Downloads
    • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Design
    • Product Development
    • Material Handling System
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
    Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

    Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, BEC has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

    Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to BEC Consulting, LLC. He has over 36 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

    Expertise:
    • Biomechanics
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Vehicle Restraint Systems
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Material Handling
    • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with BEC Consulting LLC, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 21 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    Ken Tannar
    Owner
    8038 211B St
    Langley V2Y 0K3
    CAN
    phone: 604-309-7030
    Ken Tannar’s Golf Expertise is unique in the legal world. As an errant golf ball expert, Mr. Tannar can analyze and give advice on potential damage produced by errant golf balls. Golf Netting Safety Height, Topographic Errant Ball Analysis, Adjoining Property Errant Golf Ball Safety Determination, any litigation involving golf club / ball interactions. Using a highly accurate golf ball projectile model, Mr. Tannar can determine the “zones of danger.” Call for a quote.
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    Harvey C. Voris
    Principal Owner
    8381 Deepcliff Drive
    Huntington Beach CA 92646
    USA
    phone: 714-350-6160
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    Harvey C. Voris’ entire engineering career has been devoted to the Fitness Industry. He has over 35 years of Fitness Equipment Design experience and has been issued 7 U.S. utility patents.

    Mr. Voris has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from UCLA with a specialization in Bio Structural Mechanics. His Masters in Engineering is from Cal State Long Beach where he specialized in Fatigue and Failure Analysis. Mr. Voris has spent 21 years devoted to the development and promotion of safety standards for the fitness industry. He has authored numerous standards and has chaired the ASTM committee devoted to fitness standards development since 1995.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Voris provides engineering analysis and accident reconstruction related to consumer and fitness products and facilities. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense. With 35 years of experience, a biomechanics background, and extensive experience in design and product testing, Mr. Voris speaks with authority on the following critical issues:

    Product Liability - Patent Development - Patent Infringement - Facility Risk Management - Standards Compliance

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    Kent B. Godsted, PE
    Athletics & Recreation Expert Witness
    663 Beechwood Drive
    P.O. Box 938
    Nancy KY 42544
    USA
    phone: 606-875-8600
    Kent B. Godsted has over 25 years experience as Expert Witness in Fitness and Fitness Equipment, Sports and Recreation, Exercise Technique, Weightlifting, Intellectual Property and Mechanical Devices. He has over 45 years working and consulting experience in new product and process planning, research and development. Mr. Godsted has served in 147 cases (116 plaintiff, 31 defense) with 42 depositions and 6 trials.

    Education and Certifications:
  • BSME 1966, MSME 1982 – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Professional Engineer certification in IL (retired) and KY (retired)
  • 8 U.S. patents
  • Personal training certification 2007 YMCA

    References available upon request.
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    Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII
    President & CEO
    7 Reservoir Road
    North White Plains NY 10603
    USA
    phone: 914-670-0208 or 914-714-3720 (Cell)
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    Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII, President & CEO, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, amongst others. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor.

    Mr. Pietropaolo has over 25 years of hands on engineering experience including electrical, mechanical, materials, safety, fire protection, and construction. He has knowledge of codes and standards used in construction and industry including building codes, safety codes, and industrial codes. He also has extensive experience in Utility Company procedures / equipment and investigating major incidents involving electrical, gas, steam system failures, and construction accidents.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Pietropaolo has testified as an expert witness many times in cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Federal Courts. He has been retained on numerous large multimillion-dollar property damage cases as well as fatal accidents and fires / explosions including those that resulted in injury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Fires / Explosions
    • Fire Protection Systems
    • Construction Defects / Failures
    • Construction Accidents
    • Equipment Failures
  • Product Liability / Warning
  • Property Loss Subrogation
  • Personal Injury - Slips / Fall
  • Electro / Mechanical System
  • Sports / Recreational Accidents
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    Mari S. Truman, PE
    Principal Engineer
    221 N. Union St.
    Waraw IN 46580
    USA
    phone: 574-265-1726
    fax: 866-470-6125
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    Mari S. Truman, PE, has more than 37 years of experience in Orthopedic Product Design and Development. As Principal Engineer with her company, Orthobiomech, LLC, she acts as an R&D design and development consultant to the orthopaedic industry and an injury biomechanics and medical device forensic expert.

    Ms. Truman's design experience includes implants and instrumentation systems used to repair fractured bones, torn ligaments and/or to reconstruct spine, knee, wrist, hip, ankle, elbow, thumb based cmc, and other finger and toe joints for many of the USA based orthopaedic conglomerates and a few Asian, Australian and European firms.

    Having designed and developed implants and instruments used for both human joint reconstruction and skeletal trauma repair, Ms. Truman is named on 12 Orthopaedic Patents and frequently gives talks on implant design and injury biomechanics on topics such as: knee and thumb-based joint surfaces and kinematics, joint design, rapid prototyping, medical device design control, and injury biomechanics.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Truman has been providing Forensic Impact and Injury Biomechanics and Orthopedic Biomechanics to the legal industry for over 15 years. She draws on her strong knowledge of FDA and ISO EN13485 compliant design control processes, failure modes and effects analysis, clinically relevant tissue loading, and design safety assurance, including device performance requirements and warnings, during her medical device litigation reviews. Ms. Truman has a strong knowledge of the production and quality assurance processes used in the manufacture, cleaning, and sterilization of medical devices and the effects of such processes on product performance.

    Analysis of Traumatic Injuries Related To:
    • Falls and Fall Recovery
    • Vehicular Collisions
    • Assaults and Fights
    • Projectile Impacts
    • Occupation or Workplace
  • Failed Medical Implants
  • Assistive Devices
  • Orthotics
  • Consumer Products
  • Sports and Recreation, Occupational Overuse / Injury
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    Trevor A. Sherwood, II
    Owner
    231 Chambersbridge Road, Unit C
    Brick NJ 08723
    USA
    phone: 732-451-1040
    fax: 732-451-1630
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    Pool Operation Management (POM), founded in 1980, is an Aquatics Safety and Risk Management firm that is nationally recognized for pool consulting services including liability and risk management, compliance with governmental regulations, facility operations, mechanical questions, and personnel requirements.

    Trevor A. Sherwood II has extensive experience in the swimming pool industry, with over 20 years of experience in service, consulting, training and education, code regulations, development and expert witness. He has contributed to aquatic textbooks and related articles, influenced State Recreational Bathing Codes and national conference presentations. He has provided leadership to such organizations as National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA), Community Association Institute - New Jersey Chapter (CAI), New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA), New Jersey Parks and Recreation Society (NJPRS), Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society (PRPS) and New Jersey and Massachusetts Health Departments. He has been retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Mr. Sherwood's extensive swimming pool consulting experience qualifies him to appear in court on the following matters:
    • Swimming Pool Deaths - Drowning, Diving
    • Chemical Exposure
    • Chemical Fires / Hazards
    • Pool Paint
  • Pool Equipment Patent Infringement
  • Pool Light Electrocution
  • Deck and Pool Surfacing
  • Fitness Club Hot Tub Issues
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    7/13/2015 · Aquatics Safety
    Is your pool putting your patrons in harm way? When getting your pool ready for the upcoming summer season, you need to make sure your pool meets state requirements for safety and operation. Since New Jersey has one of the thorough bathing codes in the nation and outbreaks of recreational water illnesses are occurring every year, everyone needs to be sure that their pool is up to code for a safe swimming season.

    Everyone knows when you buy a new home that it needs to be inspected by a professional home inspector. But, what should you do about the pool in the backyard? Unbeknownst to many homebuyers and sellers, the pool needs a professional inspection in order to make sure that it is safe enough for your family to enjoy.

    As the colder weather arrives, most people are looking forward to colorful foliage and preparing for the holidays. Those operators with seasonal facilities have likely already closed them, or will be closing them for the season shortly. Indoor facilities may even see a decline in patronage due to fewer people traveling during the colder months.

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    Terence M. (Terry) Harvey
    Expert
    220 Marina Way #8
    Redondo Beach CA 90277
    USA
    phone: 424-260-0286
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    Terence (Terry) M. Harvey is a Sports and Recreation Public Safety Expert. A retired Captain from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Mr. Harvey has been a Public Safety Professional for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in Public Safety, Ocean Safety, EMS, and Operational Safety.

    Mr. Harvey served as a lead Lifeguard Academy instructor for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and has more than 3 decades of experience in Lifeguarding Operations. He has provided EMS and Safety consulting services in international surf and diving environments in Indonesia, Mexico, and the Maldives. He has also provided EMT services on boat charters out of Padang Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Litigation Support - Terry Harvey offers technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving open water and beach activities including jet skis, boating, ocean rescues, and safety instruction; and winter sports including snowboarding, skiing, resort facilities operations, and safety instruction. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Boating - Maintenance, operation, piloting in open water, restricted waterways and surf; vessel firefighting, emergency dewatering, emergency boarding and operation of vessels in crisis; emergency vessel towing
    • Safety - EMS (Emergency Management Services), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Lifeguarding, Open Water Rescue, safety planning, and safety training
    • Surfing: Surfing equipment, surfing safety
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    Douglas Baumgarten
    Owner
    42218 Terrazzo Ter.
    Stone Ridge VA 20105
    USA
    phone: 301-448-5499
    fax: 888-750-2869
    Douglas Baumgarten, M.S., offers consulting and expert witness services related to Fitness, Health Clubs, Exercise Equipment, Personal Training and Sports. Mr. Baumgarten is a graduate of Harvard University and California University of Penna. (M.S. Exercise Science). He is a certified Health/Fitness Director (Amer. Coll. of Sports Medicine), Performance Enhancement Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Bike Fitter, cycling coach, and baseball/softball official.

    Mr. Baumgarten has 35+ years in the fitness industry, as personal trainer, manager, consultant, equipment dealer, President of a large fitness company, and owner of SportFit Consulting. He has over 12 years' experience as a legal expert, on cases from equipment accidents to health club employee conduct. He works with both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified in civil and criminal courts.

    Mr. Baumgarten has contributed to Fitness Management magazine, Boardroom magazine, Club Management magazine, and other publications. His expertise also includes facility design and layout, as well as exercise equipment safety and efficacy.
    Every club struggles with safety and liability issues. In addition to OSHA, state, and local regulations governing employee safety, clubs must take every reasonable precaution to protect their members from harm – while still offering a satisfying service experience

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    William B. Stetson, MD
    191 S Buena Vista St Ste 470
    Burbank CA 91505
    USA
    phone: 818- 848-3030
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    William B. Stetson, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine with an expertise in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle. Dr. Stetson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He spends over 90% of his time in clinical practice and research and has over ten years experience as an expert witness and in reviewing complex medical-legal issues.

    He is the Team Physician for the USA Men's and Women's Olympic Indoor Volleyball Teams and accompanied both teams to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. He is a former athlete himself, a two time All-American volleyball player at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a recipient of the NCAA's prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, given to former NCAA athletes who have gone on to distinguish themselves after graduation.

    Areas of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialization:
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Treatment of Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement / Bursitis
  • Meniscus Repair and Meniscectomy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
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