Puget Sound Orthopaedics Doctors Volunteer for Local Sports Teams

With offices in Lakewood, Tacoma and Gig Harbor, Puget Sound Orthopaedics provides outstanding orthopedic care across Pierce County. Services offered at Puget Sound Orthopaedics include everyday clinical treatment of orthopedic injuries, sports medicine, specialty services, surgical intervention and diagnostic imaging. No matter which clinic you visit, you will receive quality care from dedicated, talented physicians and exceptional staff members.

In addition to the care they provide to their patients, three Puget Sound Orthopaedics surgeons also volunteer for local sports teams. Doctors Spencer Coray, MD, Patrick Vaughan, MD, and Richard Gray, MD, dedicate their time and expertise to ensure young athletes stay in optimum physical shape and maintain their health for maximum performance.

Spencer Coray, MD

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Dr. Vaughan (left) and Dr. Coray (right) at the 2017 Tacoma Rainiers season opener. Photo courtesy: Sharayah Kinney

Dr. Coray specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, mainly working out of the Lakewood clinic. With his well-honed skills, he helps students reach their full athletic potential and offers advice to sports trainers at local high schools.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Coray has worked closely with many area schools, including Lakes High School, Clover Park High School, Franklin Pierce High School, Curtis High School, Auburn High School, Auburn Riverside High School and Mount Tahoma High School.

“We are available for the trainers to call and ask questions,” he says. “If they need kids to get in the office, we work with them to get them taken care of in a timely fashion.”

Dr. Coray offers his services as needed weekly for football season and as needed monthly for various sports teams the rest of the year. He is proud to have an important role in his community.

“This is a team,” he explains. “Taking care of these kids is a team effort. All of us, if we work together, hopefully we can keep these kids safe, healthy and active.”

Patrick Vaughan, MD

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Dr. Vaughan on the sidelines at a Puget Sound Loggers football game for the University of Puget Sound. Photo courtesy: Daniel Gray

Dr. Vaughan focuses on sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement. A substantial amount of his time is also dedicated to local high schools and colleges. Dr. Vaughan has been the Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the University of Puget Sound for nine years. The doctor’s contributions at UPS include weekly examinations of the athletes at their training room in the fall and winter, followed by less frequent visits in the spring time. He also helps at football games during the season.

Dr. Vaughan’s other volunteer work includes time with the Gig Harbor High School and Peninsula High School football teams where he acts as a resource for the trainers. The doctor also works closely with the Tacoma Rainiers. Dr. Vaughan greatly enjoys his work with the teams and says, “It gets you close-up and you feel like you’re in the action.”

Richard Gray, MD

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Dr. Gray is ready on the sidelines for the Bellermine Preparatory football games. Photo courtesy: Daniel Gray

Dr. Gray has a focus on spine surgery, hip and knee replacement, and sports medicine. Dr. Gray has been serving the Tacoma area for more than 25 years and is the attending physician for sports at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Central Tacoma.

At Bellarmine, Dr. Gray is present for football games, and may also attend other events such as races and track meets. Should an athlete sustain an injury during a game, Dr. Gray is there to provide care. Common injuries can include fractures, dislocations, spinal damage and sometimes concussions. Though he is present for all sporting events, his main role is to act as an adjunct to the training staff assigned to the team. Dr. Gray is proud to be part of the Bellarmine team, and it’s easy to see that passion is at the heart of why he practices medicine.

“It’s really cool to be around a bunch of kids that are doing something extracurricular that involves such an amazing commitment,” he says. “They develop camaraderie.”

The integral work of these surgeons and their commitment to serving their community will continue to benefit students for years to come. The same passion doctors Coray, Vaughan and Gray bring to their volunteer work is found in the care from the entire team at Puget Sound Orthopaedics.

To learn more about these and other surgeons at Puget Sound Orthopaedics or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call 253-582-7257.

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