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HIPAA Violation Acknowledgement Letter

Recently, we sent some of our total joint patients a postcard inviting them to our annual golf
tournament. Unfortunately, that postcard identified them as having had joint replacement
surgery, and is in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s privacy

The information disclosed included name, address, and the fact that they had joint replacement
surgery. The postcards did not include Social Security numbers or any other information that
could lead to identity theft.

We truly regret this incident and have taken immediate action to prevent this from occurring
again. In the future, all communications will be mailed in sealed envelopes so that no protected
health information is disclosed.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, you can contact Michele
Brinkman, Chief Operating Officer, at (518) 453-9088. Again, please accept our sincere
apologies for this incident. We take the privacy of your information very seriously and strive to
safeguard it to the best of our ability.

Joint Replacement: Is It Time?

When is it Time for Joint Replacement?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately one million Americans get joint replacement each year for one simple reason — they’re sick of pain!

Pain affects everyone differently, so we understand that deciding on whether surgery is the right option for you isn’t an easy choice – so we laid out a couple of options for you to consider before joint replacement.

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October is Spine Health Month!

When your back is healthy and everything is working the way it should, you don’t tend to think about maintaining a healthy spine. But when your back is in pain, it can be debilitating.

Did you know a lot of the activities we do every day have an impact on the overall health of our spine? In honor of spine health awareness month, we have outlined the top 5 everyday activities that cause back pain!

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OrthoNY Urgent Care Marks Anniversary

Walk-in bone and joint services meet patients’ unscheduled needs

celebrating the anniversary of orthony urgent care(ALBANY, NY) – OrthoNY begins its fourth year in the urgent care business this month. The bone and joint practice introduced walk-in orthopaedic care in 2013, offering evening and Saturday hours. One year later, a designated urgent care suite, staffed by a full-time physician assistant, opened at 121 Everett Road to see patients Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., with no appointment necessary. Please note – the last patient check-in is 15 minutes prior to the posted closing.

OrthoNY Urgent Care is efficient and cost-effective, eliminating the need for emergency room visits to treat common injuries. When acute care needs are bone and joint specific, OrthoNY is an optimal choice for sprains, strains, minor fractures and sports injuries. Urgent care is provided by orthopaedic specialists and supported by onsite radiology services.

“We recognized that many bone and joint issues are sudden and unexpected,” said Alan Okun, CEO of OrthoNY. “Since introducing OrthoNY Urgent Care in April 2013, we now see an average of 30 patients each weekday in Albany, and 22 on Saturday mornings between Albany and Malta.”

“We are happy to offer walk-in patients the services needed to treat injuries as quickly as possible, getting them back to work, school and life. It’s one of the ways we can keep Saving Lifestyles.”

OrthoNY Urgent Care is available at 121 Everett Road in Albany, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday morning walk-in hours are also available in the Malta Medical Arts Building at 2388 Route 9, just south of Route 67, off Exit 12 of the Northway.

To learn more, call 489-2663, or visit


Your bone and joint experts at OrthoNY are committed to Saving Lifestyles through whole orthopaedic care in Albany, Clifton Park, Delmar, East Greenbush, Latham, Malta, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. For more information, visit

OrthoNY’s Dr. Gainor Now Seeing Patients in Clifton Park

Dr. Gainor

Orthopedic Care in Clifton Park

Dr. Gainor, board certified joint replacement surgeon, is now seeing patients in Clifton Park, as well as the Malta and Saratoga offices.

Learn more about Dr. Jonathan P. Gainor.

One of only a dozen physicians in the country to perform Tissue Guided Partial Knee Replacement, Dr. Gainor is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery with a focus on hips and knees. Beyond surgery, he utilizes accelerated rehabilitation and physical therapy for safe and efficient recovery, and comprehensive pain management strategies during the recovery period.


Request an appointment with Dr. Jonathan P. Gainor.

Winter Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t the definition of a disease or one single issue, it’s a blanket definition for stiffness and pain of your joints. There are many types of arthritis, but the most common form of arthritis is caused from the degeneration of joints that happen as you age. Overtime, the cartilage that cushions your bones near your joints wears away and bone beings to rub against bone. In this winter time, arthritis can become worse due to the colder, dryer weather. Follow these tips to avoid severe arthritis symptoms this winter: Continue reading “Winter Arthritis”


Understanding the Symptoms of Sciatica

Do you ever wonder what the pain radiating down your spine to your buttocks might be? It’s possible that it’s Sciatica. Sciatica can cause some people severe pain and can even be debilitating. For others, sciatica might be irritating and infrequent. However, it does have the potential to get worse as time goes on.

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Michele Brinkman Joins OrthoNY

Human Resources professional to enhance employee relations

(ALBANY, NY) – OrthoNY has hired Michele Brinkman of Troy as the practice’s first, dedicated Director of Human Resources. In this position, Brinkman will enhance employee relations, strengthen recruitment and retention efforts, and provide benefits administration for the 200-member staff.

Previously, Brinkman was the Human Resources Manager for Cascades Tissue Group, serving as the daily liaison between management and more than 150 employees. Prior to joining the Waterford (NY) facility in 2008, she held similar positions at Merak North America, NU Horizons Electronics Group, and BSI of New York.

“We’re excited to have Michele on the OrthoNY leadership team,” said CEO Alan Okun. “Her experience in operations, policies and procedures will be an asset to the group, but more significantly, she will provide invaluable support for our employees.”

Brinkman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Cortland, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Michele will be taking the SPHR exam in June for her Human Resource Certification.