Don Bodley, MD


Specialty: Office-based practice in orthopedics.

Expertise: Helping each patient decide if surgery or another course of treatment is right for him or her.

Education and Certifications:

  • M.D., George Washington University
  • Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Distinctions: A veteran of 35 years in practice including emergency room, surgical and hospital services.

In his own words:

When people have orthopedic complaints I help decide whether it’s going to be something that needs surgery or not. If it’s a surgical problem, I refer them to one of the other doctors in our group. If it’s a problem I can manage with physical therapy or medications then I continue to work with my patients until they are better. The most important part of my job is making sure we choose the right treatment for patients every time.

 

Dr. Don Bodley remembers his inspiration to become a doctor came as a child watching the unfettering dedication of his rural family doctor in Bozeman, Montana.

“He would make house calls even if it was nine or ten at night or even midnight,” Bodley says. “He carried his little black bag, and he was a Norman Rockwell kind of looking country doctor.”

Dr. Bodley is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Washington State Medical Society, and is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Following his residency in Denver, Colorado, he served as an attending orthopedic surgeon at the United States Air Force Academy for three years.  This was followed by orthopedic practices in Wisconsin and Texas.

After 35 years of full orthopedic practice including emergency room, surgical and hospital services he has narrowed the scope of his work to an office-based practice.

An avid traveler, Dr. Bodley says he loves both the history and spirituality of the places he visits. His favorites have been Scotland and Turkey.

“Turkey is a cross between Europe and Asia and it’s been conquered by everyone in the history of the world that ever had an army,” he said.  “Now it’s a mix of the three religions, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. All religions are tolerated and it’s a democracy. The history is just astounding.”

Because he is a self-professed golf nut, visiting Scotland to play golf was another “religious” experience for Dr. Bodley; he got to swing his irons on some of the oldest courses in the world.

“We went to Scotland for ten days and we played the seven oldest golf courses in the country,” Dr. Bodley said. “It was a really spiritual experience, like nothing I’ve ever had before. It was wonderful. “