Patient Testimonials

Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!

Dakota Vincent

  • Distal Femoral extension osteotomies

“I first met Dr. Dan in April of 2010 for hip pain due to my cerebral palsy. Little, did I know, I'd walk out of his office that day with a plan to straighten my legs and greatly improve the quality of my life.

In June of 2010, Dr. Dan performed Femur Extension Osteotomies on both of my legs. I was anxious to get the procedure to greatly improve my legs. The recovery process was intense with plenty of therapy, including how to walk all over, which was the biggest challenge for me. I will never forget how awesome it was, the first time I stood up, truly amazing. I felt like a new guy.

Dr. Dan has some awesome skills. After I was almost fully recovered from the operation, I decided to continue my progress by joining a fitness facility. I continued to make great strides of progress. In October of last year, I ran a 5 Mile run. I have never been this active in my life. I love it.

I know without a doubt I wouldn't be physically were I am today, with out Dr. Dan and his staff. Since then, I have had a few minor bumps in the road and Dr. Dan has been there ready to help in every way he could. Today, I am still improving and making great progress. Recently, I became a certified personal trainer. I wouldn't be in the wonderful shape I am today, without Dr. Dan.

Holly Wheatley, Dr. Dan's office coordinator, has been amazing throughout this entire journey from answering tons of phone calls, voicemails, and emails. She is a pretty spectacular lady. Dr. Dan and his entire staff are the best. They are very caring and compassionate.

Thank you Dr. Dan and staff for making my life better.”

Kaylin, 6 Years Old

  • Congential Scoliosis

Kaylin's family met Dr. Hoernschemeyer when she was just six months old. Kaylin was diagnosed with congential scoliosis. She had a lump on her spine that Dr. Hoernschemeyer evaluated a couple times a year, until the age of six when it was time for surgery. Kaylin's mom, Nabrina stated that, "we feel like Dr. Hoernschemeyer is a member of our family. We've enjoyed getting to know him the last six years. We didn't even have a second thought to drive 35 miles for office visits to see him."

Mark Moses

  • Scoliosis Corrective Surgery
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“To Dr. Dan,

This letter is to let you know how I have been doing since my scoliosis operation. I am back on the football field and am able to go the beach often and enjoy swimming. This has been for me a good experience. And I am grateful for all that you have done to give me this chance at a normal life.

I remember when I was told that I needed surgery my first thought was "Who would do it?" After much discussion with my doctors here in Trinidad and after many meetings, my parents thought it best to do this operation in the United States.

With recommendations from family friends who are doctors in Florida, we were advised to go to Missouri for this type of surgery and the ONLY person to do this is Dr. Dan.

As the date of the operation approached, my anxiety got even stronger as I really did not know what to expect. The details of the surgery my parents left all the explaining to the doctor, as they believed he would best answer all my questions.

When we arrived at the hospital the first day, we were taken to Dr. Dan's office to meet with him and for all my questions to be answered. My heart was thumping, as I did not know what sort of person he would be. Old, Rough. Gruff, Unapproachable or just even Scary. Imagine my surprise when I finally did meet him.

He was just the opposite of all the things that I feared. He explained everything to me and right from the start made me feel very much at ease. I began to relax and knew that my parents had indeed made the right decision. I went back to the hotel that evening with a smile on my face.

The next day was the surgery. After all the preparations, I was wheeled into the operating room, anxious but with confidence that all will be well as Dr. Dan made me feel safe. I knew it would be long and I knew that I would be in intensive care after surgery, but I also knew that this operation could not be avoided and that I would have a chance at a normal life after.

All went well and my recovery was just as wonderful as Dr. Dan visited me every day and even brought his family to meet me. I felt so comfortable with him that I began to relax and to look forward to my return home to Trinidad.

The hospital stay was very good as the nurses were very caring and professional. When I was moved from the Intensive Care to the Adolescence ward, I knew it would soon be over. The operation was successful and my recovery was promising.

Before I left to return to Trinidad Dr. Dan and his team met with us to go over all that I needed to do in order to obtain full recovery. I was given all the necessary tools that would help in my recovery. I will always be thankful to Dr. Dan and Dr. Anderson and all of their staff for their care towards me. I will always remember Holly who was so warm and friendly. Thank you Dr. Dan for giving me back my normal life.

It's now been two years and I am feeling great. At times I donât even remember that my back is scarred and that I must be careful when doing certain things. I am just a normal 17 year old who will soon be driving with the pals.


Millayna Dennis

  • Scoliosis Corrective Surgery
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“Millayna Dennis

Dear Dr. Hoernschemeyer:

I would like to thank you personally. I am happy that my back is straight. Everyone I talk to is amazed at what you and your team did, and what has turned out to look like. My scar is healing great. I will see you in January. Thank you!!!!

-- Millayna Dennis, Jefferson City, Mo.

"My Scoliosis Surgery"

report by Milayna Dennis

I was in P.E. and the nurse came in and explained, "We will be doing scoliosis screenings." The biggest thing that has happened to me is surgery, and in the University of Missouri for six days.

My appointment to check for scoliosis was at the University of Missouri. I was told that my spine was forty-three degrees. My spine was in the shape of an S and I was shocked. "How could I have scoliosis?" I sad. Doctor Hoernschemeyer told me with my degree of scoliosis I only had two options. My first option, was doing nothing, but every year the degree would get bigger. The second option, was having surgery, and the doctor would put a 12" rod in my back. Although we knew there were risks, we did the surgery anyway.

The day came on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. I had to be there at 5:30 a.m. to register for the surgery. I had gotten to say good-bye to my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Then the anesthesiologist nurse wheeled me back into a cylinder room, and they gave me a mask, and I fell asleep. It had taken seven hours before I had woken. I felt like I was in a fog.

When I was in recovery, the hospital was interesting. The first two days were hazy. The third day they had gotten me up and got me to sit in a chair. I remember not being able to eat for two and a half days. I also had a lot of visitors and gifts. My favorite gift was the huge jar of candy. The fourth and fifth days, I walked down the hall. The sixth day I was going home, and that day I had 3 IV's pulled out from my neck and arms. Along with my balloon, clothes, and gifts we left the hospital late afternoon.

Recovery at home was hard for the first two weeks. Getting help in the middle of the night, and taking walks without getting tripped by my two dogs, was also hard.

My surgery was a success. The positives of the surgery were a straight body, and I wouldn't have an arched back. The negatives were no bending, no twisting, and no jumping for six months, or more. The biggest thing that has happened to was staying in the University of Missouri hospital for six days and getting surgery. It was a piece of cake.”

Catie Dampf

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
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“Dr. Hoernschemeyer:

Thank you so much for being such a great doctor for our daughter. Your professionalism and your bedside manner were both excellent. We are thankful Catie was in such careful and skillful hands.

God bless you,

Jeff and Michelle Dampf”

Lora Roberts mother of Jeremy

  • Posterior Spinal Fusion
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“One Month ago...

I can't believe that one month ago today, Jeremy had his first spine surgery. The day started out great. We arrived at the hospital to check in at 5:30am, Jeremy did well during surgery, a surgery that went as well as Dr. Dan expected was also a day that our world was temporarily changed. I got to see first hand the reason GOD sent us to Dr. Dan, not only a surgeon with expertise into complex spinal issues, but a truly beyond, caring, compassionate physician who had Jeremy's best interest in mind. A season that GOD has used to teach me many lessons, remind me of the things I have taken for granted, one of which was my personal relationship with GOD. I had allowed GOD to take the back seat and put myself in control.

Tomorrow it has been 3 weeks since Dr. Dan and Dr. Robertson released us and we left University of Missouri, Children's hospital and in 3 weeks we go back to see Dr. Dan.

Dr. Robertson was the resident we had, we seen him almost as much as Dr. Dan. Dr. Robertson rotated out in August so when we go back we will not see him, I told him we have to get a picture of him and Jeremy. This picture is right before we left, Jeremy (notice J's MIZZOU shirt, I'm quite proud of it) and Dr. Robertson.

Dr. Robertson was the one who woke me up at 6am each morning and was awesome with Jeremy. I really liked him. I was talking to him before we left and told him we would be back, he said he was going to watch the board and keep up with this little guy. That touched me, and showed he truly cared. I like to see the residents, and hope that the experience with Jeremy and I will impact the way they treat families in the future to truly make them family centered doctors. Dr. Robertson never questioned my insight into Jeremy and respected my expertise. I appreciated that and feel he doesn't have any improvement to do in the area of being a family centered physician, he is there.”

Lora Roberts, mother of Jeremy

  • Posterior Spinal Fusion
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“Another Superhero!!!

God has always been faithful to send AWESOME Christian doctors into J's life, ones that truly have Jeremy's best interest and our experience with Dr. Dan Hoernschemeyer has been no different. He is a physician we met back in February and he did J's anterior release on August 6. He has became a superhero in our lives and far exceeded my expectations. Dr. Dan has been there from the beginning and continues with a genuine, care and compassion for Jeremy. When a surgeon tells you that he is praying for your son and has others praying, that is special. If you missed the surgery postings you can go back to the previous post.”

Lora Roberts, mother of Jeremy

  • Posterior Spinal Fusion
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“This is our superhero's amazing medical assistant Holly, who was always there getting answers to all my questions, which you all know me and there was plenty. Holly also had to coordinate the 2 surgeries between 3 surgeons. Holly emailed me the morning of surgery asking me how I was doing, and when I hadn't heard anything she called into surgery for me.”

Cole Anderson

  • Osteotomy related to Achondroplasia
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“As a mom to three boys, I can't predict when my kids will get sick. I can, however, be prepared for their well-being by choosing the best doctors and hospitals... wherever they are.

Dr. Dan Hoernschemeyer is definitely the most extraordinary doctor that we have had the privilege of working with. Most doctors seem like they're in such a hurry, but Dr. Dan makes us feel like Cole is his most important patient. He's comprehensive, candid, and considerate. His bedside manner is second to none.

Our youngest son, Cole, was born in 2001 with blonde hair, blue eyes, and achondroplasia; he is a dwarf. We needed a specialist who had the education, training, and most importantly, the passion for caring about children with dwarfism.

In February 2008, Dr. Dan performed osteotomies on both of Cole's legs. Today, Cole is better because of Dr. Dan and his team. Dr. Dan, the orthopedic team, nurses, and Children's Hospital staff were absolutely incredible during our stay.

We live in the Kansas City metro area and have many choices when it comes to doctors and hospitals in our own backyard. However, we choose to make the 5 hour round trip for every visit to see Dr. Dan. We'll gladly continue to drive to Columbia because The University of Missouri Children's Hospital and Dr. Hoernschemeyer are committed to giving excellent and compassionate care.

I may not know when my kids will get sick, but I do know that Dr. Dan will be there for us when Cole needs him.

-- Cori Anderson( Mom to Cole, 5), Olathe , Kansas”

Cory Downing

  • Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopaedics

“Cory Downing has a dream much like many other boys: to someday be a major-league baseball player, preferably with the Cardinals.

But in the middle of a hard slide into second base, he thought his dream has come to a painful halt. Cory broke his leg in two places. University Physician Dan Hoernschemeyer, MD, treated Cory-put him on base paths again.”

Gavin Brantley

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics

“Words cannot describe how wonderful Dr. Dan and the team at University Orthopaedics have been during Gavin's broken leg and surgery experience. We were devasted when he broke his leg, but Dr. Dan and his team were awesome in providing the best care and allowing our little boy to walk again as soon as possible. Dr. Dan listens to us and answers all our questions. We feel so blessed to have such great care in mid-Missouri and thank Dr. Dan for everything he has done.

-- Leslie Brantley, Versailles, Mo.”

Dylan Kliegel

  • Clubfoot Adjustment

“We first discovered our son Dylan, had a clubfoot while I was still pregnant. When we were told, we had a race of emotions. After the tears and some of the fear subsided, I did a lot of Internet searching about clubfoot and the treatment. Ironically, that is how we found Dr Dan; I was searching and ran across his web page, read a testimonial and thought I want to meet him. My husband and I made an appointment and from day one we were hooked on Dr. Dan, he made so many fears go away.

Dylan first saw Dr. Dan when he was 10 days old and we started on his first casting series. Dylan had a total of eight (8) castings and then started wearing the Dennis Brown shoes. The castings were harder on Mom and Dad than Dylan. Dr. Dan was so informative during the whole process that we left each visit in good spirits as we saw the improvement in Dylan's foot. Dylan struggled more with his shoes, but again Dr. Dan was so supportive, he helped us through the rough times, and made every effort to make the trouble go away.

Dylan will be one year old on April 16th and he is doing great. He currently only wears his shoes at night and has adjusted well. He is walking around furniture and moving about just like any other one year old. I would, and have, recommended Dr. Dan to anyone who needs orthopedic specialty. Dr. Dan has made the last year of life so easy and has done so much for Dylan, we are so thankful.

-- Sandy Kliegel, St. Thomas, Mo.”

Elizabeth Tustison

  • Posterior Spinal Fusion
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“I remember when I first learned that I had thirty-seven degrees of scoliosis and needed a back brace..I was upset and a little worried about how the next few years would play out. As time went on, my back curvature started getting more pronounced and quite a bit more painful; after about a year with the back brace I learned that my scoliosis had been slowly been getting worse. At about fifty degrees of scoliosis I learned that I only had one

Dr. Hoernschemeyer helped me get ready for surgery and helped me know the absolute best possible plan that I could choose to fix my back as well as possible. On February 11, 2011, the day of surgery, I was more than a little scared about what was about to happen. All of the nurses were really nice and they helped to calm my nerves beforehand. After I woke up and had been awake for a few days they told me that I need to try to walk, I was amazed at how easy walking was. At one week after surgery I already felt better than I had in years. Dr. Hoernschemeyer really worked wonders for my spine, my life, and my family's lives. There is no way I could put into words how thankful I am to him for my back surgery. I will always be thankful.

Today, after about six weeks, I honestly feel better than I ever have. My incision is very small, and I'm looking forward to playing sports again soon in the fall. Dr. Hoernschemeyer is hands down the best doctor I've ever had, and the nurses here at the University Hospital are simply amazing, not to mention the hospital food and all other services are beyond great.

There is no doubt in my mind that I would recommend Dr. Hoernschemeyer to another person who is going through orthopedic problems.

Thank you one thousand times. (:

Spince Surgery Veteran,

Elizabeth Tustison”

Emilee Vaught

  • Spinal Fusion

“Dear Dr. Dan,

Starting from the beginning, I first found out that I had scoliosis when I was 12. Actually, I didnât really know what it was- I just ran my hand along my back one day, and noticed a slight curve between my shoulders. I went and told my Mom, and she felt it too, but she didnât really think anything of it- she just said, âLetâs watch it.â, because it barely felt like a curve.

At the beginning of every school year, they do this free sports physical at my school (and a bunch of other things). It was my turn and she felt my back and like totally freaked out. She called to one of her other coworkers and they were fascinated by it. It kind of freaked me out.

We ignored them for my seventh grade year. That summer, we went to New Jersey to visit my uncle, (who is a Physician). I had a lot of fun with him and my cousins. (Totally irrelevant to anything, but while I was there, I rode the tallest coaster in the world, King Da Ka, front seat. Amazing!) One night, mom brought up my scoliosis to my uncle. My uncle wanted to check me out, and when he saw the curve, he was like,â You need to get her checked out when you get home.â

So, in August, Mom took me to the Childrenâs Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. I had an X-ray done on my back, and they X-rayed my hand too. (The one with my hand was to see if my growth plates were closed or not.) The X-rays came back at about a 42 degree. They thought that my curve wasnât big enough for surgery, and too big for a brace, so I was at a stage that they said we would just have to watch it. They also said that they predicted my curve would be at about a 55 or a 60 degree by the time I was 30. Not to be hating on this place, but the way they explained everything didn't sound good. I really don't know how to explain that... Hahah, but I was confused... My curve was about a 42 degree, and I thought that was pretty big- big enough for surgery, or some sort of care. My mom didn't like that first opinion either, so we wanted to find a place that would give us all the information about scoliosis.

A few months later, in October, mom took me to the University hospital in Columbia, Missouri- where I had another set of X-rays, and met Dr. Hoerenschemyer. (I think I spelled it right, hahah.) This time, my curve progressed 7 degrees. He sat with us for about 45 minuets to an hour, and just talked about the options, which was to watch it for a little longer, or to have surgery. Dr. Dan said to come back in 4 months, which would be February (my 14th birthday) to see what my curve would be then.

La, la, la, time passes, and its February. We went back to the hospital on the 24th, and got another set of X-rays done. This time, the curve progressed about 10 degrees in 4 months. I was now at the place where the Hospital in Kansas City said that I would be at age 30. Dr. Dan pretty much immediately said that I would have to have surgery. We scheduled the surgery to be July 8th, 2011- so that I could have the recovery time I needed, and so that I wouldn't miss any school days. (Imma nerd :P)

In February, I wasn't that scared at all. I guess It didn't kick in that I was having major surgery done on my back, until a few days before. My mom and Dad let me have tons of pool parties, sleepovers, and hangouts at home until the day before surgery, so that I could have lots of fun and good memories to reflect on while I was in the hospital.

The day of surgery, I had to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to check in at 5:15 a.m.. The nurse (whose name I forgot, sorry!) took Mom, Dad and Myself into a prep room, where I put on a hospital gown, got an IV in, and had to pee in a cup (for whatever reason...) I met all the people who would be working on me during surgery, like the anesthesiologist, and Dr. Dan's crew. All I remember after they gave me the "happy drugs", is coughing a little because I smelled plastic. Annnnnnd that's it!

Mom said that when I came out of surgery, the first thing I said was, "Mom... You know those loopy drugs they gave me? We should take some of those home! ... Oh, wait.. that's what Dad said!" (Dad had a biopsy done on his kidneys a few months before, and he said the same thing!)

Physical Therapy came in to see me on day two, and asked if I wanted to sit up. I said yes, and with the help of her, and mom, I was sitting up on the side of the bed. I said that I wanted to try to move a few steps to the wheelchair, and she said, "wow! Already?! Sure!" I did it, and everyone cheered me on. My friends visited me on the third day, and were so happy to see me, even if I was sleeping on and off. :]

By the end of 5 days, I was walking up and down the hallways 2-3 times a day. I was getting dressed on my own, and washed my hair for the first time in 6 days. I was so happy!

The way home was horrible, to be honest. I had to drive 2 hours on a bumpy rode home, transfer from the rental car to the truck, and wait about a half an hour at Wal-Mart for the pain meds, which was Percocet. When I got home, I slept for a few hours, then caught up with my friends over Facebook. My Mom slept with me for a week, because I still couldn't get out of bed on my own. I took my first real shower a week after surgery!, Went to town a few times, and then finally cut myself down on the medication, by taking one Percocet and one Tylenol every 6-8 hours. I'm still working on trying to take one Tylenol!

I received a get well card from Dr. Dan and his crew. It made my life, hahah, just to know that they really cared! My Family and Friends have also been SO supportive. They always ask how I'm doing, and help me out whenever I need it. I love them with everything I have â