Dr. Dan Parker is a board certified sports medicine and family medicine physician who joined Summit Orthopedic Specialists in 2016. He works with athletes of all ages and skill levels, as well as adults who wish to move pain-free.
In his practice, Dr. Parker helps patients maximize function through the latest non-operative treatments for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including acute injuries, overuse injuries and osteoarthritis. He is also trained in other aspects of sports medicine, including concussion, nutrition and performance issues, injury prevention, “return to play” decisions for injured athletes, and exercise prescriptions to increase fitness.
Dr. Parker earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass., and completed a family medicine residency at Santa Rosa Family Medicine in Santa Rosa, Calif. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. Most recently, Dr. Parker was an Associate Professor of Sports Medicine at UC Davis Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he was awarded Clinical Educator of the Year for Family and Community Medicine Residents.
With a strong belief that exercise is medicine, Dr. Parker believes that physical activity is a vital part of each patient’s overall health and wellness. He strives to help his patients achieve their health goals, no matter what their limitations may be.
As a public health professional, Dr. Parker enjoys supporting community events, such as running races, biking and high school sports. He recently conducted a prospective study on injury risk in female marathoners, the results of which were published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Parker is a team physician for Sacramento Republic FC, UC Davis intercollegiate athletics and Davis High School. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children, as well as road biking, kite boarding and running.
Specialties & Services
- Non Operative Sports Medicine