Orthopedics: Hand, Wrist and Upper Extremities
Health Pointe provides comprehensive and collaborative care to help you get moving again. Our surgeons specialize in hand, wrist and upper extremity pain, injuries and other disorders. From nonsurgical to surgical procedures, our surgeons are dedicated to keep you on the move.
Our team specializes in but not limited to:
- Shoulder pain, fracture and injuries
- Biceps tendon – Proximal or distal injury
- Gangilon Cyst
- Fractures from shoulder to fingertips
- Tendon problems
- Amputations shoulder to fingertips
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Mallet finger
- Shoulder replacement
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator cuff tear
- Labrum tear
- Shoulder impingement
- Arthritis hand, wrist, finger
- Wrist, hand and finger fusions
- Small joint replacement
Meet the Team
Brian W. Paff, DO, specializes in treatment and surgery of the hand and upper extremities, as well as general orthopedic trauma. As a D.O. orthopedist, his approach to medicine and patient care is uniquely holistic. Patients can be confident that he will exhaust all nonsurgical measures before recommending surgery. Dr. Paff entered medicine because he felt called to help people in need, and his early experience as a nurse assistant has imparted a uniquely developed sense of patient care. He places a high priority on patient education, always taking time to answer questions and provide explanations. He is committed to helping patients understand what is happening with their body and what to expect regarding treatment and surgery. By enabling patients to become part of the team, Dr. Paff equips them to participate in improving their own outcomes.
Dr. Paff’s focus on the hand began in medical school, where he became intrigued by the hand’s intricate anatomy and the broad range of surgical expertise drawn on to treat it. He attended Kingston University in London, earned his bachelor of science degree in biomedical science from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and received his D.O. from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his internship and residency at Des Peres Hospital in Missouri, Dr. Paff completed his orthopedic hand fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He trained under Dr. William B. Geissler, a world-renowned hand surgeon and prolific, cutting-edge designer of orthopedic implants.
Richard M. Howell, MD, specializes in hand surgery as well as surgery of the hand and wrist. He graduated with distinction from Kenyon College and received his M.D. from Ohio State University College of Medicine, followed by his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. After completing his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery, Dr. Howell became an instructor in the hand fellowship program, and in the orthopedic residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was a practicing orthopedic hand surgeon on the staff of Spectrum Orthopedics (Canton, Ohio) from 1997 until 2006, when he joined Shoreline Orthopedics. Dr. Howell is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Howell is affiliated with both Holland Hospital (Holland, Michigan) and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital (Zeeland, Michigan).
Kevin Vardon, PA-C , works closely with our Orthopedic Surgeons and Sports Medicine Physicians in providing non-operative and surgical care in treating a variety of conditions within the orthopedic spectrum. He has extensive knowledge in sports medicine, fracture care and injection therapy. Kevin places a high priority on patient education by empowering the patient with knowledge of their condition, treatment options and taking the time to answer any question.