Dr. Joanne Halbrecht, MD

Dr. Joanne Halbrecht, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Female  |  
54 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joanne Halbrecht, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Boulder, CO. She is 54 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Read her story

Boulder Institute for Sports Medicine

3000 Center Green Dr Ste 150

Boulder, CO 80301
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Baker’s Cyst
very high
more than 97% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 89% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Halbrecht's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Halbrecht "Dr. Joanne Halbrecht is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in the conservative and operative treatment of sports injuries and is one of the few orthopedic surgeons in the US with experience and expertise in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy. Dr. Halbrecht has been recognized for her skill in arthroscopic surgery. As a result, she has served many times as an invited instructor for knee and shoulder arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago to orthopedic surgeons from all over the world. She has several publications in orthopedic journals and has been a team physician for football and hockey. She has utilized her degree in engineering while serving as a consultant for orthopedic product design and development."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Halbrecht "Patient assessment includes a detailed history and physical examination. X-rays are performed in house, if necessary. The patient's problem is explained in detail with the aid of anatomical models (e.g. knee or shoulder). Conservative treatment is always discussed first. This may include medication, physical therapy or the use of alternative medicine practitioners, whichever is best suited for the patient and their problem. Ultimately, the treatment decision is made by the patient after all options are discussed. If conservative treatment does not result in resolution of symptoms, surgical treatment is considered."


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Acute Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bursitis
  • Calf Muscle Strain
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Forearm Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Injury
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Meniscal Cyst
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Ruptured Tendon
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Wrist Disorders


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  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Acromioplasty
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Lafayette College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • New York Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Jacobi Medical center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Montifore Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Cor Et Manus-New York Medical College Award of Distinction, 1990
  • Parents' Council Award-New York Medical College, 1990
Media & Publications
  • Referring to Sports Medicine Specialists is a Win-Win, May/Jun 06
  • Eyes on Coding and Billing. Every Doctor Should Know What's Going on in the Front Office., Mar/Apr 06
  • Frozen Shoulder, Jan 27, 98
  • Plantar Fasciitis, Jan 6, 97
  • Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis in the Athlete, 1996
  • The Doctor is in: Tennis Elbow, Mar/Apr 08
  • Collateral Ligament Strain After Total Knee Arthroplasty, Oct 1998
  • The Effects of Cyclic Loading on Tendon Strains, March 1996
  • Arthroscopic Removal of Loose Bodies in Elbows, 1996
  • Office Diagnosis of TFCC Tears Using the Press Test ., 1995, 1993
  • Health News: SLAP Lesions, Nov/Dec 07
  • Orthopedic Surgeon Bones Up on Nutrition, Nov/Dec 06
  • Fluoroscopic Assist in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, 1993
  • Metal-Backed Component Failure and Metallic Synovitis in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Report, 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Halbrecht's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Halbrecht to family and friends
based on 33 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Halbrecht's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Boulder, CO |
Dr. Halbrecht is a great doctor and surgeon! I am 12 weeks post op ACL reconstruction and have no pain, full range of motion and strength. She guided me through the whole process and made enjoyable. Great to talk to, listens to you and takes time to provide education on your injury, all options available and the plan to correct. Would highly recommend Dr. Halbrecht!!!
in Longmont, CO |
Currently seeing Dr. Halbrecht for knee pain. Dr. Halbrecht is a compassionate, active listener and a partner in developing treatment options for my knees. I have pursued or are pursuing with her guidance a full range of tactics - steroid injections, daily NSAID meds, physical therapy, acupuncture (not her call, but with her knowledge and encouragement), etc. She is generous with her time. Her staff is amazing. Competent and caring.
in Boulder, CO |
Straight forward, no nonsense care with a great staff and doctor. Very knowledgeable and practical. she is young, but reminded me of my doctor when I was a child, who I loved and trusted for 21 years!
in Louisville, CO |
This is ah honest description of my experience and perspective/opinion based on that experience. I would give a 0 rating if it were possible. I had an ACL revision done by Dr. Halbrecht, which resulted in a broken screw tip floating loose in my knee joint 8 mos. post op. Dr. H. was defensive and stated the screw tip could not possibly be hers - after having it removed by another surgeon it appears that it definitely was placed by her. Dr. H. was unprofessional, overly confident and lied to us.
9 months after ACL surgery an MRI was ordered. The radiologist reported that the ACL surgery I performed was healed, but the bioscrew from her prior surgery had come loose. In her review that I learned that the loose screw was the one I had placed and that the radiologist's reading was erroneous. Screw loosening is a rare occurrence and relates to screw material and design rather than surgical technique. I am glad she decided to have the screw removed and that the ACL surgery was successful.
Boulder, CO |
Excellent. Thoughtful and honest. Wonderful doctor.
in Boulder, CO |
My experience with Dr. Halbrecht was very professional and exceptional. I would highly recommend her to any friends or family members looking for an exceptional orthopedic surgeon. My experience ended on a very positive note and I could not be more satisfied. THANK YOU Dr.HALBRECHT!!!!!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Halbrecht accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Halbrecht has admitting privileges

North Suburban Medical Center
9191 Grant St
Thornton, CO 80229
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Boulder Community Health
1100 Balsam Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
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Longmont United Hospital
1950 Mountain View Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
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