Daniel Stephenson, MD

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    Coastal Ortho Advanced Orthopedics 

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    5215 Torrance Blvd., Suite 210, Torrance
    2200 E. Maple Ave., El Segundo

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Coastal Ortho Advanced Orthopedics is a medical partnership of orthopedic surgeons providing care to people with musculoskeletal ailments and injuries. The team includes physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, certified hand therapists, pool therapists, MRI staff and support staff. The practice began in 1971, and Dr. Daniel Stephenson joined the group in 2015. He has practiced medicine in the South Bay since 2010 and for 17 years altogether.

Dr. Stephenson grew up in the South Bay and graduated from Mira Costa High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. After studying abroad for a semester in New Zealand, he attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.      He completed the LA County + USC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program and spent an additional year training in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Stephenson continues to work as a recurrent ocean lifeguard for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which he began doing in 1994.

What fulfills you most about your career in medicine?

“The most fulfilling part of my work is helping people get better. Whether it is rehabilitating a sprained ankle, getting an athlete through recovery and rehab after an acl tear, or helping an elderly person with a broken hip and seeing them get back to a better quality of life, it is an amazing journey.”

What do you hope to achieve professionally in 2021?

“My partners and i aim to continue to grow our practice to meet the demands of an active southern california population. I value high-quality care founded upon research-based principles. There is a balance in providing the most up-to-date treatments with the body of evidence that science has to offer.”

Is your practice back to a “new normal” yet?

“The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic caused a unique set of problems. It forced us to slow down and delay procedures for approximately two months during the winter surge. Now with people getting vaccinated and returning to most activities, we have a huge increase in patient visits. I am seeing patients with problems that they put off because of fear of getting sick from COVID-19. Along with this are the normal ailments that come with a return to sports, injuries on the playground and overuse injuries, as people have gone from 0 to 100 in their activity level.”

What are some ways you and your team help patients feel they are in good hands?

“I am surrounded with a great support staff. Patients are treated with best-in-class service, and they can be confident that their journey to recovery will be as smooth as possible.”

How does your work make our community a better place to live?

“Being able to provide a service to our community is what drove me to medicine. Learning from one of our founding members, John Stratton, MD, considerably influenced me in my career choice and how to deliver quality medical care and compassion. I also give back by overseeing high school sports at Mira Costa and Bishop Montgomery. I spend most of my Friday nights during fall season at football games for both schools and try to attend games of other campus sports. It is a labor of love to be on the sidelines and help athletes during competition.”

What services do your patients appreciate most?

“My patients appreciate the attention I give them for their ailment. Currently there are a lot of options available, and since every person’s injury and circumstance is different, the treatment needs to be individualized.”

How do you cope with highly stressful situations in your work?

“As a surgeon, I have people’s lives in my hands regularly. That is something a lot of people don’t think about. There is certainly a baseline level of stress. The physicians at Coastal Ortho are all hardworking and supportive of each other. When any of us have something challenging going on, it’s nice that we have each other to lean on.”

How do you pursue happiness?

“I find a lot of joy in the work I do, but there are outside interests that I love. I spend time with my wife and kids as much as possible and enjoy being outdoors. Surfing is my favorite way to relax, but I also spend time snowboarding, camping and hiking. I have always been an active person, played four sports in high school, and was an NCAA Division I water polo player and swimmer.

My favorite recent endeavor was to summit Mount Whitney with my wife. I stay active with the International Surf Festival, and apart from last year I completed the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier 2-mile swim every year since I turned 40.”

Tell us about your family.

“My wife and I have been together for 20 years and have two children who keep us busy with various activities. My daughter is an avid ice hockey player and loves surfing and art. My son is interested in anything that keeps him moving, but currently his favorite sport is lacrosse. Our goal is to take our kids to all 50 states by the time they hit college; we are at 20 so far, with eight or nine years left on the clock!”