Beach Cities Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
We created Beach Cities Orthopedics so patients could come to one place for all their orthopedic needs.”
400 South Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 200 in Manhattan Beach | 3701 Skypark Drive, Suite 240 in Torrance | beachcitiesortho.com
Beach Cities Orthopedics & Sports Medicine was established in 2008 as a long-time dream of Dr. Brad Thomas and Dr. William Mealer. “We believe quality healthcare should be available for everyone, regardless of type of insurance or history,” Dr. Mealer explains. “We created Beach Cities Orthopedics so patients could come to one place for all their orthopedic needs.” Adds Dr. Thomas: “There aren’t too many places out there where you can see the doctor, get an MRI and receive your results within the same visit. To us, this is what premier orthopedic care is all about!”
How do you give back to your community?
“Our practice is committed to the health of young athletes, so we donate our time as team doctors to local high schools and colleges. During the fall, we attend football games on Friday and Saturdays to assist with any injuries that occur during the games. We see many of our student athletes for free if they can’t afford medical care. BCO is also a huge supporter of many local South Bay organizations like Dig 4 Kids, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation and Kiwanis Club,” explains Dr. Stephenson, a Manhattan Beach native and LA County Lifeguard
You are all so fit; how do you keep active?
“Well, it’s hard, since we all work 60-hour weeks, but running between patient rooms helps!” jokes hand surgeon Dr Anthony Ahn. “We actually all love to surf, which is pretty unique for a group of doctors, and we do our best to eat healthy and get rest and exercise when we can,” adds Dr. Tiffany Rogers, a spinal surgeon who often spends long days in the hospital performing extensive operations. “The life of a surgeon isn’t glamorous; 10-hour operating days are tough on your body.” Dr. Brad Thomas, winner of last year’s Catalina Classic—a grueling, 32-mile paddleboard race—adds, “We are all weekend warriors, like most of our patients. During the weekend we are either surfing, hiking, golfing, hitting the gym or swimming. Sports are an important part of our lives. I’d like to think it’s what keeps us grounded!”
What’s new at Beach Cities Orthopedics?
“There are so many new and exciting things happening at BCO, it’s hard to keep track!” Dr. Thomas says proudly. “We brought on two fantastic new docs, opened a Saturday Urgent Orthopedic Clinic where trauma patients can come in without needing an appointment, and by the end of this year, we will be opening a new location in Torrance that offers 15,000 square feet of full-service, orthopedic care.” Dr. Mealer adds, “Bringing a state-of-the-art facility to Torrance has always been our plan, but to achieve it so much sooner is really remarkable. This place is going to blow people away! We brought on architectural genius Patrick Killen to do the design, and he has created something completely unique to the orthopedic industry!”
Tell us about your new staff members.
“Added to the team this year are two exceptional doctors: Dr. Mike Banffy and Dr. John Georgio. Dr. Banffy is a Harvard-trained orthopedic surgeon who just finished his fellowship at Kerlan & Jobe. He brings great enthusiasm and skill to the practice and will be rounding out the team as the new sports medicine doctor, with an emphasis on hip arthroscopy and reconstruction. In addition to spending time with his wife, who is a physical therapist at BCO, and son, Dr. Banffy enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking and golf.
“Dr. Georgio is a primary care sports medicine physician with several years of practice under his belt. He works closely with the other doctors in the group with the non-operative care of our patients, urgent trauma cases and pre-operative physicals. Dr. Georgio enjoys various athletic endeavors including surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving and also is a licensed pilot. He is actively involved with the USA Cycling BMX team and plans to attend the London Olympic games with the team in August.”