Heidi Tonken, M.D.
- Offers My Health Online
This provider offers Sutter Health's electronic health record with the following online services:
- Email your doctor's office
- Prescription refills
- View test results
- Proxy access for caregivers
- Track immunizations
- Secure mobile access
- Schedule an appointment*
- Pay bills online*
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Accepting new patients
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- Medical Affiliations
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
- Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group
Sutter Medical Network
Credentials & Notables
- Medical School:
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 1988
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland and McGill University, Quebec
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Oakland
Harry J. Buncke Microsurgery Research Fellowship San Francisco, California
- Primary Language(s)
- Additional Language(s)
Critical Ischemia Time in Microvascular Transfer of the Serratus Anterior and Gracilis Muscles. Basic and applied myology: Perspectives for the 90's
- Unipress Padova
Yim, K., Briones, R, Lineaweaver, W., Tonken, H., Hansen, M., Pearl R., Buncke, H.J.
Microvascular Transfer of the Gastrocnemius Muscle in Rats
Tonken, H., Zhang, F., Sudekum, A., Newlin, L., Buncke, H.J., Lineaweaver, W.C.
Microvascular transfer of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle and Myocutaneous Flap in rats
Zhang, F., Lineaweaver, W., Kao, S., Tonken, H., Degnan, K., Newlin, L., and Buncke, H.J.
Experimental Microvenous Thrombosis following Anastomosis with A Knotted Suture
Tonken, H., Zhang, F., et al.
Primary Common Bile Duct Anastomosis in the Rat Using Microsurgical Techniques
Chausmorn, C., Lineaweaver, WC., Tonken, H., Zhang, F., Buncke, H., et al
ACL joint pathology, Adolescent athletes, Arthritis of the shoulder, hip & knee, Impingement syndrome, Knee disorders, Non-surgical management of orthopedic problems, Pediatric sports medicine, Rotator cuff and shoulder instability, Rotator cuff injuries, Shoulder dislocation, Shoulder disorders, Sports-related injuries, Viscosupplementation injections
Former physician for Monta Vista High School football team, former volunteer physician for the San Francisco National Bodybuilding Championship
Dr. Tonken enjoys travel, biking, and tennis. She also enjoys the arts, including theatre, ballet and art museums. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Philosophy of Care
I have practiced non-operative orthopedics for more than 20 years. My areas of
expertise are sports injuries and arthritic joint pain. My medical background did
not follow a traditional path; in addition to orthopedics, I have training and experience
practicing general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urgent care and occupational
medicine. As a result, I bring a broad perspective to my clinical practice, beyond
that of a standard orthopedic evaluation.
Of particular value to
my patients is my knowledge of the nonsurgical options available to them. I am particularly
sensitive to the fears and anxieties that many patients experience with injuries and
illnesses. For example, I have learned that some patients believe they may not need
surgery, and that the physician may not have completely considered the nonsurgical
alternatives before recommending surgery. I have also learned that many patients worry
they may not be able to return to their preinjury state of health. These are just
a few examples of my familiarity with patients' concerns, and why I place such an
emphasis on discussing those concerns with patients.
I also believe
it is important for patients to participate actively in the decision-making process.
I believe that such discussions lead to more comprehensive evaluations and appropriately
tailored treatments. Other important features of my philosophy of care are my emphasis
on prevention, patient education and overall general health.
that my unique perspective on the nonsurgical aspects of patient care adds greatly
to my patients' overall experience, irrespective of whether they actually undergo
My perspective as a non-operative orthopedist adds an important dimension to patients seeking orthopedic care at PAMF.
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