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Mendocino native comes home to serve community as orthopedic surgeon


Before Paul Charpentier, MD even started thinking of becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon, he always knew he would be back to serve his community. Now, 15 years later, he is fulfilling that promise. 

Born and raised in Mendocino County, Dr. Charpentier says he loved everything about Northern California and always dreamed of raising his family here. “My small-town upbringing is a huge part of who I am today. And I would love my children to experience the same.”

Asked what he loves most about Mendocino County, Dr. Charpentier says, it’s the family feel, a deep sense of everyone knowing and looking out for each other. “Now I’d like to serve and care for my friends and their families and our community as whole,” he adds. 

Asked why he chose to be part of Adventist Health Memorial, Dr. Charpentier says he is excited to join a healthcare organization that has built such a legacy and reputation for great care. “Truly, a major deciding factor for me was knowing that Howard is known for its top-notch patient experience and I’ve heard great things about the care we provide. I love the culture at Howard, of treating everyone like family, because that’s what makes our community unique and I believe that’s one of the reasons patients choose Howard to get care. Not to mention that I’ll be joining Dr. Bill Bowen and Dr. Jeremiah Dawson, who have such great reputation and I’m looking forward to working alongside them to serve our community.” 

Dr. Charpentier has a passion for helping people get back to moving with less pain and he believes that learning and leveraging his colleagues’ knowledge and talents helps him provide better care. “I’m a perpetual student and believe that by working with my colleagues we can learn from each other. Leveraging others’ skills and talents helps me to provide better outcomes for every patient. I am honored and humbled each time a person and their family members place themselves in my care.”    
 Adventist Health Howard Memorial President, Jason Wells, commented on what this means for patients, “Dr. Charpentier is not only bringing a great deal of skill and expertise with minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, he also brings exceptional skills with shoulders – services that are all greatly needed in our community; he’s very personable with his patients and likes to tailor his treatment plan to each individual patient.” 

“Dr. Charpentier is a welcome addition to our exceptional team of orthopedic surgeons. He and his wife and three children will be a great addition to our community,” Wells adds.
When he’s not busy caring for his patients, Dr. Charpentier enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelsey and their three children, wood working, bee keeping, fly fishing and being outdoors.  

As a general orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charpentier specializes in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, shoulder and knee arthroscopy – minimally invasive technique to treat joint damage and repair rotator cuff and meniscal tears, orthopedic trauma, as well as basic hand procedures including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel. 
Dr. Charpentier is now accepting new patients at 3 Marcela Drive, Suite C in Willits. To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 459-6115.