Our Physicians

David Carrier, MD

Undergraduate
Union College

Medical School
University of Rochester

Internship & Residency
University of Rochester

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Surgical Procedures:

  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Fracture and Tendon Repair
Dr. Carrier is a Rochester native living in the area since he was 2 years old. He went to Pittsford-Mendon High School and graduated from Union College in 1984 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation from the University of Rochester Medical School in 1990, he continued there for his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. After completing his residency in 1995, he joined his father, Dr. Robert Carrier, Dr. Liberatore Monaco and Dr. Timothy Clader to start his private practice. Dr. Carrier is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He currently is a clinical instructor for Physician Assistant students from a number of local colleges and was formerly part of the teaching faculty for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Carrier’s practice interests remain diverse. He enjoys the one on one contact with patients while evaluating their problems. More importantly, he works with them to formulate the best individualized treatment plan for them. He believes that patient education is critical so patients understand their problems thoroughly and can choose treatments wisely. He is more than willing to answer questions for patients so they are well informed about their problem and treatment options. Dr. Carrier performs a wide variety of surgeries from simple carpal tunnel releases to complex joint replacement reconstructions. Total hip and total knee replacements, rotator cuff repairs, knee and shoulder arthroscopies, ACL reconstructions and fracture repair are some of the more common surgeries that he does.

When not at work, you are most likely going to find Dr. Carrier at a sporting event either watching or coaching one of his four children. His family lives in Victor and they are very active in football, soccer, ski racing and baseball. In the winter, Dr. Carrier’s real passion is skiing and he relishes skiing the steep and deep out west. When he gets a chance in the summer, sport fishing is his other passion. Around home, he enjoys woodworking and trying to keep his house in one piece.

Gary Bessette, MD

Medical School
Dartmouth Medical School

Internship & Residency
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Sports Medicine Fellowship
University of Minnesota

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Bessette graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Dartmouth and went on to a Fellowship in Sports Medicine. He subsequently served as a team physician for the University of Minnesota Division 1 athletic teams. Dr. Bessette has published papers in peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals, and has presented the results of his research at national meetings. In addition to his time on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, he has held teaching faculty positions at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Bessette is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Building on this background of teaching, Dr. Bessette takes time with his patients to insure that they understand their diagnosis and treatment options so that they can make informed choices in their care. As a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, he has extensive experience in the most up-to-date arthroscopic surgical techniques of the knee and shoulder.

In his leisure time Dr. Bessette enjoys woodworking and sailing.

Rola Rashid, MD

Medical School
Upstate Medical University at Syracuse

Internship & Residency
University of Iowa

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Special Procedures & Techniques
The majority of her surgical practice includes taking care of fractures, arthroscopy, rotator cuff repairs an

Dr. Rashid seemed destined to be in the medical field. She was born in Rochester, NY to a father who is a physician and a mother who is a nurse.

Dr. Rashid completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester in 1993. She went to medical school at Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, finishing in 1997. Dr. Rashid found the Orthopaedics program at the University of Iowa to be exceptional, and decided to do her residency there. She found the people and her time there, very rewarding. Upon her return to Rochester, Dr. Rashid was fortunate to be welcomed at Rochester Community Orthopaedics (RCO) by Dr. Timothy Clader, Dr. David Carrier and Dr. Gary Bessette. She has been practicing at Rochester Community Orthopaedics since 2002.

Dr. Rashid is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is affiliated with Rochester General Hospital. She performs surgeries there and at the Linden Oaks Surgery Center.

Dr. Rashid takes pride in getting to know her patients. Wanting to personally understand the patient is the reason she and the partners at RCO do not use Physician’s Assistants. The patient is evaluated, treatment options are discussed and questions are answered. She enjoys taking care of a diverse variety of orthopaedic conditions ranging from minor hand surgery to total joint reconstruction. The majority of her surgical practice includes taking care of fractures, arthroscopy, rotator cuff repairs and total hip and knee replacements.

In off time, Dr. Rashid enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, gardening and keeping active – running, biking, swimming, boating, downhill skiing and waterskiing.

Abby Millner, RPA-C

Abby joined Rochester Community Orthpaedics in June of 2015. She is a graduate of Penfield High School and went on to attend Daemen College in Amherst, NY receiving a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2005. Abby has been employed at Rochester General Hospital in the Orthopedic Surgery department between 2005 and 2015 and has also worked in upper extremity and spine specialty private practices in the area. She is currently a Clinical Instructor within the MT Physician Assistant Program and a member of the Rochester Regional Physician Assistant Society.

Dr. Matthew Bessette, MD

Dr. Bessette grew up in the Rochester area and is a graduate of Pittsford Medon High School. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at the University of Virginia. He completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a Candidate Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and a Fellow member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.