The Comeback Champion was created in conjunction with our annual BGO Night of Champions. BGO would like to provide a platform for our patients to share their personal experiences overcoming their injury and recovery. Please look through the stories below, as we are hopeful these individuals inspire you as they have inspired us.

What will hard work and determination do for your comeback?

Comeback Champion: Lee Ann Sparks

Our latest Champion is Lee Ann Sparks – click here to read about her 22 year battle!

Comeback Champion: Robert Quinn

Bluegrass Orthopaedics’ would like to acknowledge Mr. Robert Quinn as our latest Comeback Champion – read the story here!

Comeback Champion: Carol Smith

BGO is fortunate to acknowledge our latest Comeback Champion – Ms. Carol Smith.  Read more about her comeback here!

Comeback Champion: Waller “Scott” Mitchell

BGO’s latest Comeback Champion story is from Waller “Scott” Mitchell.  Click here to learn about his comeback!

Comeback Champion: Sydney Parker

BGO’s latest Champion patient comes from London, KY – Ms. Sydney Parker. Click the story to learn more!

Comeback Champion: Yolanda Davis

BGO would like to congratulate, and sincerely thank, our next Comeback Champion – Yolanda Davis.  Ms. Davis has been through quite the journey, and shared her story with us recently. 

Comeback Champion: Travis Montgomery

Bluegrass Orthopaedics would like to congratulate our latest Comeback Champion – Travis Montgomery.

Comeback Champion: Jeuarlet McClanahan

BGO would like to congratulate Jeuarlet as our latest Comeback Champion!  Jeuarlet injured herself while doing an activity that she absolutely loves – aerial silks.

Carol Stevenson: Comeback Champion

BGO is thrilled to acknowledge our most recent Comeback Champion – Carol Stevenson.  Her story may sound familiar, as it was reported over numerous local and national media outlets.  The BGO family is excited to say that Ms. Stevenson is now walking without the need of assistance, and was even able to dance on her wedding day!

Don Runyons: Comeback Champion

BGO wants to congratulate our latest Comeback Champion – Donald Runyons! After years of hiking through numerous national parks without injury, an unfortunate simple fall tore his tricep tendon on October 22nd, 2018.

Cathy Bell: Comeback Champion

This month’s Comeback Champion is Cathy Bell!  After years of cheerleading, and a meniscus repair in 2009, arthritis began to become a problem.  Daily tasks became very challenging, and even led to difficulty sleeping.  Soon enough, a knee replacement was needed. 

Gary Toler: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics’ would like to acknowledge our latest Comeback Champion – Mr. Gary Toler.  While painting up on a ladder back in September, Mr. Toler had a fall and severely injured his knee.

Kevin McGarry: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics' is very thankful to acknowledge the latest Comeback Champion - Kevin McGarry. After years of competitive sports, golf, and the infamous yard work and house projects, Kevin's left shoulder became painful in early 2009. Kevin was able to do some conservative treatment for some time, but in the Summer of 2018, Kevin knew [...]

Jerry Dale: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics' latest Comeback Champion is Jerry Dale! Jerry was needing a knee replacement, but needed to lower his blood glucose before cleared for surgery. "I began exercising to control my sugar. I started swimming 1 mile per day at the YMCA, and 5 weeks later, I lost enough weight and reduced my sugar enough [...]

Tricia Reilly: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics' latest Comeback Champion is Tricia Reilly. While playing kickball in September of 2018, Tricia sustained a bimalleolar fracture of her ankle, which was close to a compound fracture. "BGO got me in quickly and fit me in for an appointment with Dr. Jason Harrod.  He and his wonderful staff welcomed me and kept [...]

Bernard Dunn: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics is proud to acknowledge Mr. Bernard Dunn, our latest Comeback Champion. Being a very active individual both in recreation and at work, Mr. Dunn sought treatment from BGO's shoulder and elbow specialist Dr. Ryan Donegan. "After 35 years of plumbing and physical activities, my right shoulder (finally) gave out. I was not able [...]

Thad Holway: Comeback Champion

Bluegrass Orthopaedics is very happy to hear such an active patient is well on his way to returning to the activity he loves. Thad Holway, an active water skier, states "After 18 months of constant tightness and lessened range of motion in both hips, I finally decided to listen to Dr Christensen and have both [...]

Marilyn Hoffman-Elrod: Comeback Champion

Marilyn Hoffman-Elrod: Comeback Champion "I'm ready for whatever's next!" says this month's BGO Comeback Champion, Marilyn Hoffman-Elrod.  Being an active individual, Marilyn was at the end of her rope.  As she stated, "After several years of cortisone shots, they were becoming less and less effective.  That's all I had to say to (physician assistant) Evan [...]

Tyler Collishaw: Comeback Champion

Tyler Collishaw:  Comeback Champion Bluegrass Orthopaedics is proud to highlight a true Champion - Tyler Collishaw.  Tyler is an elite level athlete, with collegiate experience, but unfortunately tore his ACL during a Major League Soccer (MLS) combine late last year.  After surgery, and through much hard work, Tyler will be signing with an MLS team [...]

Nicholas Hawes: Comeback Champion of the Month

Nicholas Hawes:  Comeback Champion of the Month Bluegrass Orthopaedics is extremely honored to acknowledge our latest "Comeback Champion" - Nicholas Hawes.  Nicholas is a 6 year old boy who was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called MPS 1 Hurler Syndrome.  Nicholas' body does not make a specific enzyme to breakdown large sugar molecules which [...]

Dan Pride: Champion Comeback of the Month

Dan Pride:  Comeback Champion of the Month Dan Pride expected a lot in life - but his pain was slowing him down greatly!  He had a strong desire to stay active, especially with his job on his thoroughbred farm, however severe arthritis around his hip was not allowing him to be as active as he [...]

Pete Akatsa: Comeback Patient of the Month

Pete Akatsa:  Comeback Patient of the Month Pete Akatsa, who many of those in Lexington know through Commonwealth Soccer Club and youth soccer programs, has been involved with athletics his whole life!  As represented in the photo, Coach Akatsa had the opportunity to play on the 1979 Kenyan World Cup Field Hockey Team, as well as [...]

Jim Benson: Comeback Champion of the Month

Jim Benson:  Comeback Champion of the Month Jim Benson has lived a very active life - from youth sports in the Chicago area, football at The University of Kentucky, owning his own fitness center (Snap Fitness - Veterans Park), and more recently competitive weightlifting.  While playing some pick-up basketball, Jim went for a layup and felt [...]

Michael Blanton: Comeback Champion of the Month

Michael Blanton sustained a significant ankle injury while at work in 2017, leading to a surgery in November to repair the ligaments in his ankle.  He progressed very well in rehab, and through it, gained trust of his ankle. He was able to return fully to work last month!  Bethany Crisp, PTA says, "He was [...]

Buddy Wagner: Comeback Champion of the Month – April 2018

Buddy Wagner has been hanging drywall for 40 plus years.  After years of hard work, his right shoulder finally gave out.  When he first went to see Dr. Donagen he had to use his left arm to hold up his right arm, and was in a lot of constant pain.  Needless to say his drywall hanging days [...]

Ryan Hogsten: Comeback Champion of the Month – March 2018

I am a Firefighter with a Central Kentucky Fire Dept. While I was exiting a structure fire during snow/ice conditions I fell on the outside steps. After landing I knew immediately that I had done serious damage to my legs. I was taken to the Hospital and I was released with what was thought of [...]


After being active in sporting activities my whole life and never having an injury, I was at a loss when I flipped a small stool while staining my deck.  At age 66, I now had two fractures at the top of my left humerus!!!  After much pain and 4 weeks in a sling, I went [...]


A couple years ago a bad sprain took me away from running, an activity I really take joy in, for almost a year. After that injury numerous recurrent falls kept me back from being able to really dive back in to running. I found out a torn ligament and other issues in the ankle would [...]