Our Providers

Our Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons are highly trained and have in depth knowledge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

Meet Our Physicians

Emily Benson, MD Director of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergraduate: Brown University

Med school: Boston University Medical School

Residency: University of Massachusetts

Fellowship: Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Specialists San Diego, CA - Orthopedic Trauma

Board Certification: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships:

  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • AO North America
  • Health Care Volunteers-Orthopedics Overseas

Hobbies: Triathlons, surfing, trail running

 

Clinic Location: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Thomas Wu, MD Associate Director of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hometown: Beijing, China/Somerset, New Jersey

Undergraduate: Harvard University

Med School: Washington University

Residency: George Washington University

Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles - Sports Medicine

Board Certifications: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, CAQ - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Hobbies: Traveling, eating delicious things, spending time with my children, hiking, photography, music

 

Clinic Locations: Las Islas Orthopedic Clinic, VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Denise Stennette, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

Denise Stennette, MD

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Residency: University of Southern California

Board Certification: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Hobbies: Outrigger canoe paddling, road biking, travel/wine tasting

 

Clinic Locations: Las Islas Specialty Clinic, VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Tadashi Takara, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

Denise Stennette, MD

Hometown: Concord, California

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: University of California, San Diego

Residency: University of Southern California

Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles - Sports Medicine

Board Certifications: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, CAQ-Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Hobbies: Pro Sports (MLB, NFL, NBA), Fantasy Football, Poker

 

Clinic Locations: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic, Las Islas Orthopedic Clinic, Fillmore Specialty Clinic

Damayea Hargett, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

Damayea Hargett, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate: Bethune-Cookman University

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Residency: University of Southern California

Fellowship: Georgia Orthopedic Trauma Institute, Macon, GA - Orthopedic Trauma

Board Certification: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • AO North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • National Medical Association
  • J.Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society

Hobbies: International travel to experience different cultures & food, hiking, music, and spending time with family

 

Clinic Locations: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic, Fillmore Specialty Clinic

Mary Ragsdale, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Hometown: Woodland, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Graduate: Georgetown

Medical School: New York Medical College

Residency: State University of New York, Stony Brook

Fellowship: University of California, Davis - Adult Reconstruction

Board Certification: Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Hobbies: Lifelong passion for photography. Love the outdoors and traveling to National Parks. Just took up the piano and ukulele

 

Clinic Locations: Conejo Valley Orthopedic Clinic, Las Islas Orthopedic Clinic

Michael Maguire, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Undergraduate: Creighton University

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Residency: University of California, San Diego

Fellowship: University of Utah Primary Children’s Medical Center & Shriner’s Hospital - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certification: Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships: Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinic Locations: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Sean Early, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sean Early

Undergraduate: University of Arizona

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Southern California

Fellowship: University of California, San Diego & Children’s Hospital San Diego - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certification: Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships: Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America

Clinic Locations: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Meet Our Physician Assistants

Helena Keeter, PA-C Chief Physician Assistant

Helena Keeter, PA

Hometown: Absecon, NJ

Undergraduate: Wagner College

Graduate: Wagner College Staten Island University Hospital
Certified Physician Assistant by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association

Hobbies: Running, piano, travel

 

Clinic Location: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

Ross Monroe, PA-C Physician Assistant

Ross Monroe, PA

Hometown: Newtown, PA

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina Wilmington

Graduate: University of Southern California
Certified Physician Assistant by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Hobbies: Surfing, running, wood working, camping

 

Clinic Locations: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic, Fillmore Specialty Clinic, Las Islas Orthopedic Clinic

Mitch Calmer, PA-C Physician Assistant

Mitch Calmer

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Undergraduate: Whittier College

Graduate: Loma Linda University
Certified Physician Assistant by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants

Hobbies/Interests: Surfing, Fly fishing, music, perfecting the perfect cup of coffee

 

Clinic Location: VCMC Orthopedic Clinic

  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • AO North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Healthcare Volunteers Overseas
  • Physician Assistants Orthopedic Society
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • The Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Sign Fracture Care International
  • Ruth Jackso
  • JROGS
  • VietCal