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Alison Young’s Summit Story

Alison Young, also known as the Blissful Hiker has always had a passion for walking. In 2020, she was faced with the reality of needing double hip replacements. After finding Summit and Dr. Stroemer, Alison came back stronger than ever. Five months after her initial hip replacement, she reached her Summit: 14,000-ft Quandary Peak.

About Alison Young

“Walking has always been my passion, my solace and my truest love. My earliest memory is of singing while looking down at my feet as they carried me along a sidewalk. When we moved from the New York suburbs to the New Hampshire countryside, I was often lost for hours exploring the woods and fields. Though it wasn’t until my dad took me to Yosemite when I was thirteen and I played my flute on top of Half Dome, that I realized just how far my feet could take me.”

When Alison found out she would have to have double hip replacements, she knew that no matter what, she would get back to what she loves most. Luckily, she found hope and healing with Dr. Stroemer and Summit Orthopedics.

What’s Next?

Alison has no intentions to stop here, she is currently training to hike the Continental Divide Trail at the end of June 2021. This will be 3,000 miles and around 130 days of walking from Canada to Mexico.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of a select few nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.