About Us

Garrett Tallman, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Growing up as a young athlete, and eventually an NCAA All-American, I not only had the opportunity to participate in various sports but also suffered one orthopedic injury per year from eighth grade through college. These experiences influenced my academic path to sports medicine and orthopedic surgery.  I also believe it gives me additional empathy and understanding for my patients and translates to an improvement in communication and their overall care.  My goal is to help keep patients active and participating regardless of age.

My philosophy is that people deserve personalized, not institutionalized, care that is specific to who they are and to their own individual needs, and that is in part why I have remained an independent physician for many years.

In my free time, I enjoy surfing, skiing, playing music, and spending time with my family.

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From team doctor to qualified medical examiner, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Garrett Tallman has held a vast variety of titles and specialties in his nearly 30-year career in orthopedic medicine. Also, a fellowship-trained surgeon certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, his thorough knowledge and top-notch expertise in orthopedics and sports medicine ensures that each patient receives the highest quality professional care.

With at least four major orthopedic specialties that range from general orthopaedics to specialized sports medicine, Dr. Tallman has attained a number of distinctions in his decades-long career. From sports team doctor to certified medical examiner, from Magna Cum Laude and medical honor society student to an esteemed member of the Health Grades Honor Roll and even a medical volunteer, Dr. Tallman is a board certified affiliate of two major hospitals.

Special Interests

Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle and Foot Reconstruction, General Orthopaedics
Team Physician San Diego Enforcers, National Public Safety Football League
Volunteer Staff for Koz Enterprises Triathlon Series


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2000, 2010
Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 2010
Fellowship trained in ankle and foot reconstruction 1998
Qualified Medical Evaluator, State of California
National Board of Medical Examiners



California, Arizona


Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
Magna Cum Laude 1987
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 1992

Medical Doctor

Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners


University of Texas Medical Branch


University of Texas Medical Branch


Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

Professional Medical Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA)
California Orthopaedic Association (COA)
Surfers Medical Association
San Diego County Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Active Staff
Tri-City Medical Center, Courtesy Staff


At Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our attentive staff is available Monday through Friday to answer your questions and ensure you are 100% satisfied.

Please call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Garrett Tallman or anyone else at our office: 760-633-4700