New Milford Orthopedic Associates has merged practices with Danbury Orthopedics, forming Western Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists.

The combination of the two firms follows the merger of Danbury Orthopedics with the Hand Center of Western Connecticut last year.

"This merger creates an orthopedic group that has a combined history of over 90 years of service to our communities," said Dr. Anthony Viola, president of New Milford Orthopedic Associates, and a specialist in total hip and knee replacement surgery.

"As musculoskeletal care becomes more sub-specialized," he said, "this association enhances our ability to administer exceptional and quality care for the total needs of our patients."

"Merging the two prominent orthopedic groups within the Western Connecticut region allows us to share our level of expertise and service, across the full range of orthopedic specialties, and deliver the highest quality of care across a broader geographic region," said Dr. Michael Brand, sports medicine specialist and president of Danbury Orthopedics.

"As always," he said, "our goal is to provide the utmost in patient care and state-of-the-art surgical technique -- helping our patients

regain mobility, lead active lives and attain optimal well-being."

The impetus behind merging and growth is to provide better service with more experience and depth than ever before, the doctors said.

The surgeons and specialists of the combined practice now include Viola and Brand, along with Drs. Andrew Bazos, Lionel Brown, Angelo Ciminiello, Robert Deveney, Joseph DiGiovanni, John Dunleavy, Daniel George, Ross Henshaw, Frank Hermantin, John Lunt, Philip Mulieri, John Mullen, Evan Rashkoff, Randolph Sealey, Daniel Southern, Michael Spiegel and Robert Yaghoubian.

Since 1954, Danbury Orthopedics has served the Greater Danbury area with state-of-the-art orthopedic care.

The practice's physicians are fellowship-trained surgeons and specialists who offer comprehensive and patient-centered care across the full spectrum of orthopedic issues.

Its Centers of Excellence offer specific expertise for foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine, sports medicine and total joint patients, and its rheumatology, pain management and therapy services departments offer specialized treatment for nonsurgical care.

The practice sees more than 70,000 patients annually and performs more than 5,000 surgical procedures each year.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.dortho.com or call 203-797-1500.

New Milford Orthopedic Associates has provided comprehensive orthopedic specialty coverage to Litchfield and upper Fairfield counties for more than 30 years.

Its physicians offer a full range of surgical and non-urgical orthopedic care, including fellowship-trained expertise in sports medicine, arthroscopy, joint replacement and spine surgery.

Main offices in New Milford and Sharon are supplemented by satellite centers in Brookfield, Newtown, Pawling, N.Y., and New York City.

The staff offers onsite radiologic services including X-ray and MRI, as well as state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities that are just a few steps away.

For more information, visit www.newmilfordortho.com/ or call 860-355-8000.