Q&A with Dr. John Andary

Getting to know the Shoulder & Knee Center mastermind

Published online: Dec 11, 2020 East Idaho Health
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Idaho Falls is the perfect place to live a healthy, active lifestyle. However, if you’re not careful, wear and tear on your joints in your youth can lead to problems with your shoulders and knees later on in life. Luckily, Idaho Falls is home to some of the best medical professionals in the region, so if you’re dealing with the aches and pains of age or a sports-related injury, you can find help at your local Shoulder & Knee Center.

Dr. John Andary, lead orthopedist at Shoulder & Knee Center, sat down with Idaho Falls Magazine staff to discuss a little about himself and the various services his practice offers to East Idaho residents. 

Q: What expertise does Shoulder and Knee offer that other practices in the area don’t? 

A: At Shoulder and Knee we have special training in shoulder and knee surgery. We’ve been here for about 20 years and I’ve tailored my practice down to doing all types of knee and shoulder surgeries, as well as some other sports-related injuries that may involve the elbow or ankle.

I think one of the strengths that we have at our clinic is our amazing staff. We’ve had the same staff since we opened. We’ve added some amazing people along the way, and we continue to add some great folks. They’re truly amazing because they know all the patients, they keep all their needs met.

Q: What kind of injuries do you treat most frequently? 

A: I treat a lot of shoulder problems, such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, dislocations and arthritis. We also treat a lot of sports injuries of the knees, such as ACL tears or meniscus tears. We also do a lot of knee scope surgery—for patients of all ages. 

Q: What are some things East Idaho residents can do to prevent accidental injuries?

A: It’s always helpful to stay as thin as you can. Carrying a lot of weight can be tough on the joints and increase your risk of needing surgery. Eating healthy and low impact exercises, such as biking and swimming can help you stay in shape.

Q: How did you get into shoulder knee surgery?

A: I went to medical school and then I did a residency in orthopedic surgery. I also completed a fellowship that specialized in shoulder and knees at University of Miami in Florida. While there I had the opportunity to treat professional athletes and weekend warriors. 

Q: What are some of the things that you love the most about living in Idaho Falls? 

A: We love East Idaho. It’s been a privilege to serve and live in this community. Although we’re from Michigan originally, we’ve called Idaho home for a long time. It’s just been a great place for us. I love the community, how family-based it is and we love all the outdoor opportunities, especially skiing and hiking.

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Shoulder & Knee Center

2035 E. 17th St




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