Chelsea Watson

I had been told by over six surgeons In my state that they could not fix my shoulder, that I needed to seek out Dr. Millett. After months of shoulder instability and pain I had to take a step back from my passion which is being a flight nurse. I could no longer trust my shoulder to do what I needed in order to save lives. Taking a step away while not being able to find someone to fix me left me feeling defeated and hopeless. Fast forward to meeting Dr. Millett, Brian (PA), and Olivia…. I Instantly felt relief, they made me feel seen and that returning to my passion was their priority. Not only would my shoulder be fixed but I would go on to live a full life. I just had my surgery last week and I completely broke down while getting on the operating table. All of my emotions hit me at once and it was almost too much but when I woke up I had a new shoulder and with that a promise of tomorrow. The day I returned home to my home state I found out that a medical helicopter went down killing all three people on board, this is devastating every-time it happens but this time it was my home state, people I worked in passing with for years. For most people this would scare them away from ever going back but for me it is driving me to get better, get out there, and help my fellow Oklahoma flight teams. Thank you to Dr. Millett and his whole team for giving me the hope to fight for tomorrows flight for life!!!!


Scott Buccieri

Assistant Fire Chief Denver Fire Dept.

I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Millett after several surgeons informed me that my shoulder was so bad that surgery would be useless and impossible to fix. Dr. Millett and his team performed diagnostics, provided probable outcomes and assured me I would have good use of my shoulder post-surgery. I had the surgery four years ago and at 56 years old, I’m still able to skydive and workout with NO issues! My shoulder is strong and stable. I’m grateful for Dr. Millett and his team. Additionally, he’s got excellent bedside manner and is a joy to be around!


Jordy Guldman

Dear Dr. Millett,

Thanks for fixing my shoulder, it feels stable for the first time in a while. I’m super excited to get back to paddling and the surgery you did is going to make that possible. I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Vail and get the work done with you. I attached a little picture of me paddling. Thank you!
* Jordy is seen here paddling over a waterfall in Upper Cherry Creek, California

Ron Maring

“Dr. Millett,

I just want to thank you and your team for the work you did on both of my shoulders over the past two summers.  Last Tuesday, after two years in dry dock, my raft and I are back on the Gunnison River.  After my initial trepidation subsided, my shoulders felt great.  I was soon rowing the boat upstream, downstream and in circles having fun like a kid again.  Having had nine orthopedic surgeries since 1979, your practice is by far the best I’ve ever been to!  Thanks so much again!!!”

Jeff Tayloe – Father of Patient

Surfing, NCAA Division 1 Soccer Player

My son had an injury to his sternoclavicular joint. He went to 4 orthopedists who specialized in shoulder surgery over 18 months. He was told it would heal on its own by 2 doctors and 2 told him the surgery was too dangerous. We sent his CT scans to Dr Millett. Dr Millett called my son personally to tell him he could do the surgery.

He flew to Denver on a Monday, had the surgery, and returned to North Carolina on Friday. After 4 months of physical therapy, he began to sleep comfortably for the first time in 18+ months and after 6 months he was teaching surfing, surfing himself and is now playing soccer again.

Having an active son return to his active lifestyle is a gift for a father that cannot be measured.

Rosetta Byler

Dear Dr Millett,

I can’t express how happy I am to tell you all the symptoms I had prior to my right sternoclavicular joint resection, are all nearly completely gone. Even my TOS symptoms which I developed in April!

I could even tell a difference in the recovery room, this was of course before all the swelling and pain set in from surgery but I could finally swallow without feeling like something was in my throat.

I was completely off all pain meds by the 6th day post-surgery and have noticed steady improvement with each week.

I still am sore at times but it’s manageable and becoming less frequent.

My physical therapist Adam Hart, is also great in helping me regain my strength and full range of motion. He also faxed some PT notes to your office to give you a better idea what my measurements are.

Currently, I’m dealing with a lot of painful muscle spasms in my neck, shoulder, and scapula but know this is normal considering I was mobilized for so long. Physical therapy and deep tissue massage are helping relieve these spasms for me.

Overall I’m very pleased and grateful to you for doing such a fantastic repair. After having so many surgeons refuse my case I was beginning to loose hope but you have given me great hope again for the future.

Laura Bell

Laura Bell – Reece Bell’s Mother Reece Bell 2017 US Ski Team U16 National Slalom Champion

“Reece Bell is the 2017 United States Ski Team Slalom Champion. After receiving her title Reece dislocated her right shoulder and tore her labrum. Dr. Millett repaired the tear and checked in with Reece throughout her recovery period. He also kept both my husband and I in the loop from our initial meeting through her release to snow. It was very comforting to know that he was looking after Reece’s best interests long after surgery. His team coordinated and communicated with the physical therapists and chiropractors Reece saw during her recovery

After a nine month absence of racing Reece raced her first slalom as a member of the British Ski Team.

She started the two-run race with a bib number of 89. She won the race with almost a half-second margin and most importantly reported she had “no shoulder pain” after bashing numerous gates. Thank you to the entire Millett team!”

Ryan Schlack

Former College Baseball Pitcher “As a former college athlete and weekend warrior I started experiencing pain and tightness under my right scapula region in late 2012. I saw two orthopedic surgeons close to home in California who didn’t know what was going on and sent me to physical therapy. After almost a full year of physical therapy and hopelessness I did some research and came across Dr. Millett and his experience in treating injuries and symptoms around the scapula region. I had exhausted all resources close to home and knew if I wanted to get down to the bottom of what was truly going on I needed to seek a consult from Dr. Millett. I booked an appointment in early 2014 and flew out to see Dr. Millett to get my life back. I saw him first thing in the morning and within minutes he knew what was going on and ordered an MRI, which I received that same day, to confirm his diagnosis. Sure enough he diagnosed me with snapping scapula syndrome as a result of a chronically inflamed bursa between my scapula and rib cage. Luckily he knew how to treat this and had a track record of successful surgeries. Before I left Colorado I booked surgery for the following week and came back to see him. Surgery went phenomenal and I can’t tell you how terrific the pre and post operative personnel were at the hospital and PT clinic. I stayed in Vail for a few days to do PT with Dr. Millett’s staff and to monitor the operative site. After that I flew home to rehab with a therapist close to home and within 3-4 months I was back doing the things I enjoy. Dr. Millett gave me a second chance at a healthy, active lifestyle and I couldn’t be more indebted to him. He is world class and I tell anyone near or far if you want to be treated by the best, don’t hesitate to travel to see the best even if you are an out of state patient like me. Thank you Dr. Millett.”

Helen Spence – Noah Spence’s Mother

“Dr. Millett is the best surgeon I have ever met. He made me feel confident and comfortable with the knowledge and skill set he possessed in doing my son’s shoulder surgery. I highly recommend this doctor and his team to anyone.”

Gabriel Bustamante

“Four months after my shoulder surgery (3/20/17) I hiked the Hope Lake trail near Telluride (3.3 miles each way, moderate terrain) with my 4 sons and 2 daughters-in-law (photos below). Ten weeks ago I was re-learning how to walk with both arms.  I also met the original goal we set of playing 18 holes of golf within 4 months, which I did twice this week in Telluride.

I still have a little more work to do in reaching full range of motion, especially external rotation (very stubborn) and getting back to full strength, but overall I’m very happy with my progress considering I’m almost 62.  I never imagined I would recover so quickly after such a serious injury.

Thanks again for everything you and your team at the Steadman Clinic and Howard Head PT did to help me recover from my shoulder injury.”

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