Best Doctor Joke Award goes to Dr. Puttler

In light of Veteran’s day in early November, Dr. Puttler seemed the most fitting to feature on our blog next. Did you know Dr. Puttler was in the U.S. Army for 15 years serving our country? During that time, he served as a Flight Surgeon for a Special Operations Aviation Unit, Orthopedic Surgeon, and as the Commander of the 102nd Forward Surgical Team while deployed for a year-long tour in Iraq in 2006. He looks back on this season with gratitude for being able to serve his country and says the following, “I appreciate dearly the service and sacrifice of the men and women, and their families, who wear or have worn the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States.” Thank you Dr. Puttler for your service to our country and your continued service to your community through orthopedics.

Additionally, Dr. Puttler, who has been with ROI for eight years, shares a little bit more about his personal life in this post. It was apparent through Dr. Puttler’s interview that nothing matters more to Dr. Puttler than his family. His favorite trip ever was his honeymoon to Bora Bora with his wife of 12 years (and counting!). When asking about his family and children, he was beaming talking about his kids. Dr. Puttler said, “I have three wonderful daughters. They are the light of my life and motivation for nearly everything that I do.”  Dr. Puttler’s daughter’s participate in a wide range of activities, to which Dr. Puttler enjoys watching. His daughters participate in fast pitch,soccer, wake boarding, wake surfing and one is even an equine triathlete with her horse, Wills. His favorite sport that they participate in together, however, is snow-skiing.

Do you have a hard time pin-pointing your favorite exercise? So does Dr. Puttler, as he honestly noted. However, important to note is all the activities him and his family enjoy doing, wake-boarding, wake-surfing and snow skiing. So it’s definitely not his lack of active exercise, but perhaps that he has too many good options! That being said, Dr. Puttler has been an avid snow skier and water skier his whole life and continues to enjoy these activities with his children, as he teaches them what to do and what he used to be able to do.

His favorite food is a good barbeque meal and Dr. Puttler and his family appreciate their long haired German Shepard Dog, Champ. They say that he patrols the yard and keeps them safe while they sleep.

Dr. Puttler’s best doctor advice is prefaced by his favorite “doctor joke”, which is: “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.” The best advice Dr. Puttler gives to his patients is to give yourself an honest self-assessment of your abilities and level of fitness.  Understand where you are now, and develop a plan for where you want to be.  Then, stick with it!

A big thank you to Dr. Puttler for his service to our country and for sharing about himself. If you have had Dr. Puttler I am sure you know what a gift he is to Rainier Orthopedic Institute and to the greater Puyallup valley for sharing his skills and abilities as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Puttler is looking to expand his practice in the following areas: hip replacement,
knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and knee replacement. Don’t forget that the best marketing for our doctors is word of mouth. If you had a good experience with a doctor at ROI, share it with others. Dr. Puttler is always grateful for his patients and the opportunities he has to get to know each of them through his practice.