Our Doctors

Dr. Stuart M. Hilliard

Dr. Hilliard is a north Texas native. Having grown up in the Dallas area and graduating from Lake Highlands High School in 1992 . He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a degree in Biology before attending medical school in Lubbock, Texas at Texas Tech School of Medicine. After graduating with honors in 2001, he began his general surgery internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, Dr. Hilliard traveled to Portland, Oregon for his fellowship in hand surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. Following his fellowship, he returned to north Texas and began his practice in the Denton area.

Dr. Hilliard holds the firm belief that each patient should be treated as if they were a member of his own family, and he will make no exceptions when it comes to the quality of their care. He believes that all his patients deserve to be adequately educated about their condition as well as completely informed of all the surgical and nonsurgical options to better involve them in their own care. If surgery is found to be necessary, he utilizes the most up to date and minimally invasive treatments possible to treat his patients.

Dr. Hilliard and his lovely wife, Amy, live in Carrollton with their 3 children, Collin, Payton and Harrison. They enjoy spending time as a family and being involved in their community.

Dr. Tatiana Boyko

Dr.  Boyko is a board certified surgeon who specializes in hand surgery including arthritis injections and surgery, tendonitis treatment, treatment and surgery of fractures of the hand, wrist and forearm. She diagnoses and treats carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel compression neuropathies. Other common hand conditions that she treats include trigger finger, Dupuytren’s disease, ganglion cysts of the wrist, mucous cysts in the fingers and DeQuervain’s tendonitis, commonly known as “mommy wrist”, among many others.

Dr. Boyko received her bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Research at UCLA, and graduated medical school with Honors from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Boyko then completed her surgical residency at the University at Buffalo. During her training, Dr. Boyko also completed two post-doctoral research fellowships. She studied tissue engineering at Weill Cornell Medical College and investigated skeletal stem cells, bone fracture healing and wound healing at Stanford University. Dr. Boyko then went on to receive an EMBA and is involved in surgical innovation projects.

Dr. Boyko is a hand surgeon who likes to think of herself as a hand doctor who wants to help you with anything that is ailing your hand. Dr. Boyko believes in aligning herself with her patient’s care goals and in providing her patients with education about their condition and available treatments including conservative and surgical options.”

Dr. Timothy Larson

After graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, Dr. Larson left the Rocky Mountains for the Midwest and the Ohio State University for medical school. He graduated Magna Cum Laude honors and received the Academic Excellence Scholarship for the top performance in his class, and was elected as a junior medical student to join the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Larson performed his internship and residency training in Charlotte, NC at the Carolinas Medical Center, a nationally recognized training program with strong clinical, surgical, and research training. It was there that he discovered his love for hand anatomy and hand surgery, and upon graduating he returned to Ohio for 1 year of specialized training at the Mary S. Stern Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship in Cincinnati.

Dr. Larson began practice in Denton in 2013, , bringing his surgical knowledge and skill as Denton’s only full-time orthopedic hand surgeon with specialized training in complex disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow, including advanced training in endoscopic carpal tunnel release, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, surgical, percutaneous and collagenase treatment (Xiaflex) for Dupuytren’s disease, and specialized care for fractures and trauma to the hand and upper extremity. This complements his advanced training in finger, thumb, wrist, and elbow arthritis treatment, including joint replacement, thumb basilar joint arthroplasty, and minimally invasive treatment of tendon disorders of the upper extremity.

Aside from enjoying a busy and rewarding orthopedic practice, Dr. Larson enjoys spending time with his wife and children, running and participating in Ironman triathlons, playing tennis and pickleball, serving as a youth basketball and volleyball coach, and traveling.

Dr. Patel

Dr. Nilpesh Patel

Dr. Patel is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. He has a special interest in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery including sports-related injuries, fracture treatment of the upper extremity, Dupuytren’s contracture, traumatic conditions including tendon repairs and reconstruction as well as nerve-related conditions. 

Dr. Patel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and Chemistry. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina receiving his medical degree in 2004. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and completed a five-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at Emory University. 

With an interest in hand and upper extremity surgery, he moved across the country for specialized training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He completed the prestigious fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr. Patel enjoys outdoor activities, traveling with his wife, and watching his 3 children play sports.

Megan M. Wood, MD

Dr. Wood is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and upper extremity. She is a Dallas native who studied at The University of California, Berkeley and returned home to attend medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, also the home of her orthopedic surgery residency. After her residency, she completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery under the tutelage of Dr. David Green at The Hand Center of San Antonio and UTHSCSA. She also received additional training in pediatric and congenital hand conditions at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Dr. Wood has published scientific articles and book chapters on various orthopedic and hand-related topics, and she has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical School for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She is an active and engaged member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Megan Wood
Dr. DiLiberti

Thomas C. DiLiberti, MD

Dr. DiLiberti is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow in adults and children. His areas of focus include fractures, sports injuries, tendinitis, arthritis, and nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. He provides both non-surgical and surgical treatment options. After completing his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, Dr. DiLiberti graduated from medical school in Houston, TX. He then completed his orthopedic residency at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1997, he completed his hand and microvascular surgery fellowship at the University of California in San Diego.

Dr. DiLiberti also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in hand surgery and is a member of both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is honored by his peers as a “D Best Doctor” in D magazine. He acts as the hand surgery consultant for the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars. He also acts as the hand surgery consultant for SMU athletics. Dr. DiLiberti has published scientific articles as well as lectured at national meetings.

At BetterWay Medical, we have a team of expert hand surgeons who specialize in providing exceptional care and treatment for various hand conditions, including ganglion cysts. If you're seeking effective solutions and reliable expertise, you've come to the right place.

Our doctors, Dr. Stuart Hilliard, Dr. Tatiana Boyko, Dr. Timothy Larson, Dr. Nilpesh Patel, Dr. Megan M. Wood and Dr. Thomas C. DiLiberti, are highly skilled in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. They possess extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hand conditions, ensuring that you receive the highest level of care tailored to your specific needs.

When it comes to ganglion cysts, our team understands the discomfort and inconvenience they can cause. Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that usually form along the tendons or joints of the hand or wrist. They can vary in size and may cause pain, limited range of motion, or aesthetic concerns. Our hand surgeons specialize in ganglion cyst treatment, offering effective solutions to alleviate your symptoms and improve your hand's functionality.

With our advanced techniques and state-of-the-art facilities, we provide comprehensive care for ganglion cysts. Our doctors will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, utilizing diagnostic tools and their expertise to determine the most suitable treatment approach. Whether it's through conservative measures or surgical intervention, our goal is to relieve your pain and restore your hand's optimal function.

In addition to ganglion cysts, our hand surgeons are well-versed in various other hand conditions. Dr. Tatiana Boyko specializes in hand surgery, including arthritis injections and surgery, tendonitis treatment, fracture treatment, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel compression neuropathies, trigger finger, Dupuytren's disease, and more. Dr. Timothy Larson brings his specialized training in complex hand disorders, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, Dupuytren's disease treatment, and comprehensive care for fractures and trauma to the hand and upper extremities. Dr. Nilpesh Patel has a special interest in sports-related injuries, fracture treatment, tendon repairs and reconstruction, and nerve-related conditions.

When you choose BetterWay Medical, you're selecting a team of dedicated professionals who prioritize patient care and outcomes. Our doctors believe in aligning themselves with your care goals, providing education about your condition, and presenting you with both conservative and surgical treatment options. We understand the importance of personalized care and strive to empower you to make informed decisions regarding your hand health.

To schedule a consultation or learn more about our services, contact us today. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you and guide you through the process. Don't let hand conditions limit your daily activities or cause unnecessary discomfort. Trust the expertise of our hand surgeons at BetterWay Medical for exceptional care and effective solutions.