World-class medicine

Hometown doctors

Founded in 1998, Skagit Island Orthopedic Center (SIO) has grown to a staff of six physicians and more than 20 clinical staff working together to provide the highest levels of orthopedic health care, whether surgical or nonsurgical, for problems or diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.

As one of more than 100 specialties in medicine, orthopedics is a branch of surgery dealing with the body’s musculoskeletal system – bones, muscles and connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons.

All surgeons at SIO are board certified in orthopedics and each has passed a series of rigorous exams and peer reviews by other orthopedists. Becoming a board-certified orthopedist usually requires a minimum of 14 years of education and training beyond high school.

SIO physicians are specially trained in sports, joints and trauma orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. They present medical lectures, train other doctors, and help develop new surgical techniques and hardware used in today’s surgery.


Two state-of-the-art locations

As SIO has grown and evolved over the years, so have the communities it serves. New residents have arrived from around the country and even the world to live and work amidst the splendor of the North Cascades and San Juan Islands as artists, writers, high-tech telecommuters and retirees.

Striving to keep pace with local changes, SIO has endeavored to deliver its services with the most comfort and convenience possible. Its Mount Vernon facility offers some of the most advanced clinical resources, rehabilitative medicine and physical & occupational therapies, all under one roof.

Additionally, in March 2011, SIO opened a new, state-of-the-art clinic on Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. The 4,000-square-foot facility offers patients the convenience of in-house digital X-ray services and a physical therapy center complete with new treadmills, exercise bicycles and private treatment rooms.

"Over the years new communications technologies have helped our patients become better informed on their options for health care," says Dr. Richard Williamson, co-founder of the practice. "They demand more, and we are working hard to rise to their standards."