Physician Biography

Michael Bridge is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty interest and training in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is an active member of Kelowna Orthopaedics providing elective and orthopaedic trauma care at Kelowna General Hospital.

After completing a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, he spent a one year fellowship studying Foot and Ankle surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He joined the Kelowna Orthopaedic Surgical Group after completing his fellowship in 2009.

He treats a number of complex foot and ankle problems from throughout the Interior, and is currently an active Clinical Faculty at UBC. He is involved with medical student and resident teaching and clinical research.

Education, Training, Credentials

Staff Surgeon
2009 - Current
University of British Columbia Okanagan

Kelowna General Hospital General, Foot and Ankle and Trauma Surgery
Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery
2008 - 2009
University of British Columbia

Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Post Graduate Medical Education
2003 - 2008
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Residency Training
Undergraduate Medical Education
1999 - 2003
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
Graduate Education
1996 - 1998
University of Victoria

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Master of Science
Undergraduate Education
1991 - 1995
University of Victoria

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology Bachelor of Science with Distinction

Practice, Focus/Procedures

  • Disorders of the Foot and Ankle
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Bunions
  • Foot and Ankle Deformities
  • Toe Deformities
  • Rheumatoid Joint Disease of the Foot and Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis and and Post traumatic Joint Disease of the Foot and Ankle
  • Achilles Tendon Pathology
  • Lower Extremity Tendon Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis and fibromatosis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Foot and Ankle Sports injuries – ankle arthroscopy
  • Unknown cause of pain or generalized pain of the foot or ankle
  • Other Foot and Ankle Injuries or Conditions

Referral Policy

Referrals from primary care physicians: accepted

Referrals are most welcome, however, because of the high demand for consultation, referrals must be ranked according to urgency, and the likelihood that there will be a surgical solution for the problem. While Dr. Bridge is knowledgeable on bony and soft tissue foot and ankle issues overall, the focus of the practice is surgical care. Currently screening of non-surgical and routine orthopaedic problems will be performed by a musculoskeletal physician associated with the Kelowna orthopaedic group in hopes of reducing wait times for surgical patients. With this initiative we expect to see material improvement to wait times for patients. Dr. Bridge does send a reply to the referring physician for each appropriate consult indicating an approximately wait time for consultation.

Referrals from Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Physicians, Physiatrists and Rheumatologists: accepted and seen urgently within 1-2 months

WorkSafe BC Referrals: accepted

IME’s: Currently not being accepted

Kelowna Bone and Joint Health now requires a completed standard referral form with all referrals. In addition to this, appropriate x-rays within 6 months of the referral need to be included in the referral. The standard referral form ensures that you are seen by the most appropriate physician in the shortest amount of time. The x-rays are required to ensure that your presenting complaints are fully assessed on the first visit, rather than having to book a follow-up appointment to provide treatment recommendations for your diagnosis.

Cancellation Policy

If illness, travel problems or other extenuating circumstances arise, we appreciate a phone call as soon as possible so that we can make use of the office time for another patient and reschedule your appointment.

Missed appointments (without a phone call): At any given time there are hundreds of patients waiting to see Dr. Bridge in consultation, a no show – short cancellation fee of $100 is in place. If you have to cancel for any reason, please call the office at least 48 hrs prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid this cancellation fee.

Referral letters will be returned to the referring doctor with a note stating that the appointment was not attended. Rescheduling will usually require another referral letter.

Follow-Ups

A letter is generated after each consult and sent to the referring doctor. Letters typically outline the diagnosis, the treatment options, and any follow-up required. Please feel free to review this letter with your family doctor.

If you still have questions or concerns after your consultation, please feel free to call and book a follow-up appointment. A lot of information is typically conveyed at the time of the first consult, and it is common to have additional questions or concerns arise. If you need further information on the problem and treatment options, or have any concerns, please feel free to call.


Contact

Dr. Michael Bridge

Current Appointments


2009 - Current:
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna BC

2012 - Current:
Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia
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