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MaineGeneral Orthopaedics Immediate Access

Do you have orthopaedic needs but don’t want to go to the ED or Express Care because of COVID-19? MaineGeneral Orthopaedics is now offering Immediate Access for your sprains, strains and other orthopaedic needs.

Immediate Access is no-appointment, walk-in access for patients with broken bones, sprains, dislocations, wounds and cuts.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For severe or life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

Our Practice

Living in pain keeps you from doing what you enjoy. MaineGeneral Orthopaedics can help provide relief.

Our highly skilled, compassionate team can take care of your orthopaedic needs close to home, supporting you before, during and after treatment.

We use the latest technology and minimally invasive techniques to give you options that fit your lifestyle and help you enjoy an active, pain-free life.

Our medical staff are specialists in their respective orthopaedic fields and provide you with high-quality orthopaedic care.

You'll also have access to knowledgeable and compassionate orthopaedic staff who can:

  • Help you schedule appointments;
  • Assist with billing and insurance questions; and
  • Provide you with the support you need before, during and after treatment.


MaineGeneral Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic care. Our more common surgical services include:

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Fracture repair
  • Hand, wrist and elbow reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Osteoporosis prevention and treatment
  • Podiatry: surgical and nonsurgical treatments
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Spine and neck surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Trauma fracture care
  • Ultrasound-guided injections

Our Gardiner location is now open!

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Medical Staff Physicians

Stuart A. Aitken, MD
Special Interests:
Orthopaedic trauma
Disorders of the elbow
and knee

Elaine Balutis, MD
Special Interests:
Hand, wrist & elbow

Stephen Clark, MD
Special Interest:
Orthopaedic spine surgery

Gary Degen, DPM, CMPE
Special Interests:
Diabetic foot problems & care
Foot & ankle disorders
James Dunlap, MD
Special Interests:
Non-surgical sports medicine

Mark Golden, DO
Special Interests:
General orthopaedics
Joint replacement
Sports medicine

Thomas Hoke, MD
Special Interests:
Non-surgical sports medicine
Chris Lutrzykowski, MD
Special Interests:
Non-surgical sports medicine

Michael MacKechnie, MD
Special Interests:
Sports medicine surgery
Shoulder, hip, knee & ankle arthroscopy and reconstruction

Anthony Mancini, MD
Special Interests:
Sports medicine
Shoulder surgery

Ashley Mychak, DPM
Special Interests:
Foot & ankle disorders
Diabetic foot problems

Jose Ramirez, MD
Special Interests:
Total joint replacement of hip, knee and shoulder
Sports medicine

Mike Rodger, MD
Special Interests:
Total joint replacement of hip and knee
Orthopaedic trauma surgery
Elizabeth Rothe, MD
Special Interests:
Non-surgical sports medicine

Robert B. Stevens, DO
Special Interests:
Non-surgical sports medicine
Sports-related concussion

John Thaller, MD
Special Interests:
Hand, wrist & elbow

David M. Wexler, MD
Special Interests:
Total joint replacement of hip, knee & ankle

Support Medical Staff

Eric J. Daniels, PA-C Ocean Dunton, PA-C Oscar Falconer, PA-C
Ashley MacDearmid, PA-C Molly Nadeau, PA-C, ATC Kim Perkins, PA-C
Sarah Webber, PA-C Jenee Wechsler, ACNP-BC Mark S. Wright, PA-C, MS, DFAAPA, CAQ-Ortho

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral?

If your insurance requires a referral, please call your primary care practice. If you don't need a referral and haven't seen another provider for this problem, please call us for an appointment.

What you can expect at your first appointment

  • You will complete a registration form and medical history if you didn't receive one by mail.
  • We will verify your demographic and insurance information.
  • A medical assistant will bring you into an exam room where you may be asked to change into a gown or pair of shorts we provide.
  • The physician will meet with you and order X-rays if needed.
  • Once the X-ray images are ready, the physician will meet with you to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options.

Where are surgeries performed?

We perform surgery at the Alfond Center for Health (ACH) in Augusta and Thayer Center for Health in Waterville. Procedures that require an overnight stay are performed at the ACH, as are more complex cases that may not require hospital admission.

What happens if I have an emergency need?

One of our doctors is on call 24/7 for emergencies. If you call our answering service, you may ask to have the doctor call you back. If you're in medical distress, please call 911 instead.

Don't call the doctor on call for routine prescription refills; monitor your pain medicine supply and plan accordingly. Call our office Monday through Thursday for medication refills.

Is prior authorization needed for my surgery?

All insurances have different requirements for prior authorizations. Check with your insurance company to learn if your procedure requires authorization.

Quality Data

At MaineGeneral, we believe you should have accurate information to help you choose a health care provider or medical practice based on the quality of care you can expect to receive.

Click the Patient Experience button below for information about our level of care based on medical practice survey responses from patients.

Patient Experience

Contact Us

Augusta, Gardiner and Winthrop
Phone: (207) 621-8700
Fax: (207) 621-8745

Phone: (207) 873-8100
Fax: (207) 873-8101

Referral fax for all locations: (207) 621-8745