With great joy Karen Meakins recently wrote Dr. Alejandro Badia, to let him know of her recent athletic achievements. Karen won her 12th National Title, a record for this sport. This amateur athlete and squash coach from Barbados suffered from a partially torn shoulder tendon that prevented her from playing. On October of 2011 she decided to get it corrected after her local physician recommended she see Dr. Alejandro Badia, upper body orthopedic surgeon in Miami. After the procedure she had intense occupational therapy for 3 months followed by gym work with a trainer. She says the success of the procedure has resulted in her being able to get back to competitive squash. Karen is grateful for Dr. Badia’s surgical skills and for his open communication style. His habit of returning emails promptly and answering her questions has given her tremendous comfort during the recuperation stages. She tells us “I think I am very lucky because I had a great surgeon, a great therapist and a great trainer. I am back to 90% mobility right now and my shoulder is stronger than it has ever been because of all the hard work in the gym. I plan to play in the World Masters in July which was always my goal post surgery. I wasn’t sure even 2 weeks ago that I would be ready to play but I am extremely satisfied with where my shoulder is right now so I have decided to enter.” Go team Karen!