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Barton Health’s Ties To Olympic History

Posted: 01/30/2018

(South Lake Tahoe, CA) – From physicians providing orthopedic care at the Winter Games, to personalized training of Olympic athletes, Barton Health has a long-standing tradition of helping Team U.S.A. competitors go for the gold.  

This history began in the 1960s, after the Olympics at Squaw Valley, when Dr. Paul Fry moved his family to South Lake Tahoe and established the Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic. During this time, Dr. Fry became an orthopedic physician for the Barton Hospital. With the collaboration of other physicians in the field, the first formal medical care for the U.S. Ski Team was created. Barton physicians continue to provide medical coverage for the U.S. Ski Team.

This year, father and son Barton Health Orthopedic physicians, Dr. Terrence Orr and Dr. Jeffrey A. Orr are providing care in Garmish, Germany as the U.S. Men’s Ski Team competes in the World Cup – some of the final races before heading to PeyongChang to compete in the 2018 Winter Games. Head team physician for the men’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team from 1999 – 2014, Dr. Terrence Orr is a seasoned veteran of Olympic athlete medical care. 

Back in South Lake Tahoe, Barton certified training coaches have been helping year-round with aspiring Olympians like local freeride skier Kyle Smaine to be at peak performance. In the Barton Performance by ALTIS training center, athletes are lead through personalized training protocols, many participating in Barton’s programs that bridge post-surgery rehabilitation with being ready to compete on the world stage. 

The new Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness, opening in spring of 2018, will be a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Certified Center of Excellence, and the training grounds for local athletes to reach their own personal excellence. 

For more information on orthopedic services available through Barton Health, or to book a free consultation, call 530.543.5554. To learn more about the Barton Performance by ALTIS training program at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness or to join its waiting list, call 530.600.1976 or visit bartonperformance.com.


Top Image: Dr. Terrence Orr (far right) smiles with some members and coaches of Team USA , including Barton-sponsored athlete, Travis Ganong (fifth from right) at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. 


Local freestyle skier and Barton-sponsored athlete, Kyle Smaine, made a remarkable run for the 2018 Winter Games, rehabilitating from orthopedic surgery at Barton Health in September of 2017 to Olympic trial competitions in January.
Local freestyle skiier and Barton-sponsored athlete, Kyle Smaine, made a remarkable run for the 2018 Winter Games, rehabilitating from orthopedic surgery at Barton Health in September of 2017 to Olympic trial competitions in January.


Barton-sponsored skier and Olympic hopeful, Lila Lapanja, works on her training regimen at Barton Performance by ALTIS.
Barton-sponsored skier and Olympic hopeful, Lila Lapanja, works on her training regimen at Barton Performance by ALTIS.