Fellowship Trained Surgeons

Foot & Ankle

Orthopartners Fellowship-trained surgeons Dr. Nicole Arcand and Dr. Emily Vafek are two of Connecticuts leading experts in treating foot and ankle pain. With their extensive expertise, they specialize in a wide range of treatments, from complex surgical procedures such as ankle replacements, ankle fusions, and reconstructions, to cutting-edge minimally invasive bunion surgery and other conservative therapies. 

Complete Orthopedic Care

Foot and Ankle

Orthopedic Partners was founded with the commitment to bring quality care close to home. We recognize that if you or a loved one is injured, it’s more than painful – it’s stressful, confusing, and exhausting. We help you live the life you love again faster, on your schedule, and with nationally-recognized foot and ankle experts you can trust to support you through your complete care journey. 

Offering the latest advancements in orthopedic treatment and rehabilitations, we recognize the importance of beginning with conservative and minimally invasive treatment.

From diagnosis, to treatments, second opinions, and surgeries, we will be here for you at every stage of your recovery. 

Every Outcome Counts

Why Choose Us


You can feel comfortable and confident, knowing that our surgeons are all specialists, with elite education, continuous training, and a career commitment to foot and ankle injury and rehabilitation.

Patient-Centered Care

You deserve to be heard. We will listen and respect your experience, values, needs, and preferences in the planning, coordination, and delivery of your care. At Orthopedic Partners, you're not a name, you're a neighbor.

Every Outcome Counts

We pride ourselves on serving this community one patient at a time and are committed to delivering treatments that will decrease your pain and improve your mobility through non operative and/or surgical treatment.

Cutting-Edge Tech

From comprehensive diagnostic testing to innovative conservative care and advanced surgical techniques, we provide state of the art, evidence-based care, pursuing minimally-invasive treatment and delivering unmatched care close to home.

Increased Access

You shouldn't have to wait or travel to receive the care you need. Our team works diligently to ensure you can schedule the treatment you need on your timeline in the comfort of your local community.

Complete Care Journey

Your treatment begins and ends with Orthopedic Partners. We're committed to providing a seamless patient experience with onsite physical therapy and pain management rehabilitation so you can achieve long-term health.

Emily Vafek, M.D.

Dr Vafek, a native of New Jersey, graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a degree in Biology.  She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2011 and went on to complete her Orthopaedic Surgery Training at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.


Nicole L. Arcand, M.D.

Dr. Arcand, a native of Rhode Island, received her Medical Degree from Brown University School of Medicine in 2002. She completed her orthopedic residency in 2007, a trauma fellowship 2008 and a foot and ankle fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Arcand joined the Orthopedic Partners in August 2009. Dr. Arcand’s orthopedic specialty interests are deformity correction and sports injuries of the foot and ankle.

“I will always be tremendously grateful to Orthopedic Partners for the exceptional care I have received. A few years ago I recovered completely from a very bad displaced ankle fracture. No surgery was needed, but I must attribute that to Dr. Emily Vafek. This year I had both knees totally replaced and received outstanding guidance, support and treatment from the following professionals: Dr. Justin Thoms performed my surgeries and I was walking well without walker or cane within a few weeks. Thanks also to Austin Renaud, P.A. Manali, my physical therapist, helped me recover in rapid time with consistent, compassionate expertise. The administrative staff is always friendly and helpful—a pleasure compared to the current outside world. Thank you all for taking such good care of me in difficult circumstances and helping me walk again, painlessly and easily. Great job!”

-Nancy | Orthopedic Partners Patient

We Aid Patients With All Injuries

Whether it’s a minor or major pain that’s limited your ability to move well, our team of expert orthopedic specialists is the starting point and solution for all your orthopedic needs.