Olympia Orthopaedic Associates (Oly Ortho) has been a part of Thurston County since 1972 and has grown to be the largest full-service orthopaedic group in the South Puget Sound area. Since the beginning, we have continually strived to become and remain the Center of Excellence for quality, comprehensive, full service musculoskeletal care in Southwest Washington. Our focus is on providing excellent care and improving the quality of life for people in the communities we serve.
Our sub-specialty programs include hand & wrist, elbow, shoulder, back/neck/spine, neuro, hip, knee, foot & ankle. Other services available are Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, On-site Diagnostics and Outpatient Surgery, including Total Joint Replacement. We also provide 24-hour emergency on-call care through Providence St. Peter Hospital and Capital Medical Center and same-day/walk-in appointments at our Rapid Orthopaedic Care (ROC) Urgent Clinic.
In 1972, Dr. John Coker started the practice in a small office on Ensign Road in Olympia. He was joined two years later by Dr. Jerome H. Zechmann and a year later by Dr. Alan Roser. Dr. Kenneth Partlow III joined the practice in 1982, rounding out the group. In 1993 Dr. Jerome H. Zechmann retired and passed his practice to his son, Dr. Jerome P. Zechmann. Two years later Dr. Coker retired and Dr. Brodie Wood joined the team.
Over the first 50 years, we not only grew through physical expansion but also in services. The timeline chart shows a brief overview of our journey.
Olympia Orthopaedics founded by Dr. Jack Coker (1972 – first clinic opened on Ensign Road) First to join the group: Dr. Jerome H. Zechmann (’74), Dr. Alan Roser (’75), Dr. Kenneth Partlow III (’82)
Olympia Multi Specialty Clinic (Dr. Patrick Halpin, Dr. Stephen Snow, and Dr. Clyde Carpenter) merged with Olympia Orthopaedics to create the group known as Olympia Orthopaedic Associates.
The group expanded to add the Tumwater Clinic & Surgery Center on Mottman Road, and the Memorial Clinic Ortho Surgeons merged with OOA.
The Eastside Clinic building on Lilly Road was constructed and OOA moved into a large portion of the facility.
The Westside Clinic opened to house expanded clinic space, physical therapy, MRI, and the outpatient ambulatory Olympia Surgery Center (OSC)
First outpatient total joint replacement and outpatient spinal fusion performed in our Olympia Surgery Center (OSC)
First robot-assisted spinal fusion performed by Dr. Andrew Manista
A second Rapid Orthopaedic Care Urgent Clinic was opened in the Westside Clinic.
First robot-assisted total joint replacement performed at OSC by Dr. Darrin Trask.
The Spine Center & Administration building was opened across the street (9th) from the Westside Clinic.
Oly Ortho celebrates 50 years of keeping Your Life In Motion!