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Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
Our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants - Partners in your care
Many orthopedic problems are managed by Physician Assistants. Our P.A.s are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and are licensed professionals in the state of Oregon with prescribing privileges. Our P.A.s meet stringent continuing medical education requirements including recertification by examination every six years.
They work as a team with the supervising physician to review your condition, prepare alternative care options, participate in your surgical care and provide post-operative follow-up care. In essence our P.A.s provide an excellent extension of the orthopedic surgeon. All our P.A.s have been credentialed by and have privileges in the two area hospitals and the Surgery Center of Southern Oregon.
Meet our Nurse Practitioners:
RICHARD LOTZ, FNP
Mr. Lotz is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in Oregon and California. He joined the practice in September, 2003 and practices office orthopedics for adults and children.
M.S. degree in Nursing from California State University,
Mr. Lotz has been in active practice as a Nurse Practitioner since 1996. He has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including: Emergency Medicine, rural Family Health Clinic, Multi-specialty group practices and orthopedic specialty practice.
Mr. Lotz has a particular interest in orthopedic problems, pediatrics and general family medicine.
SUSAN WATKINS, MSN, APRN, BC
Susan is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has been a provider at Southern Oregon Orthopedics since October 2003. Susan received her nurses training first at Angus College of Nursing near Brechin Scotland. She received an ADN from Portland Community College, a BSN degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and a Master’s of Science degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing.
Susan is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an advanced practice registered nurse and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Society for Scholarship in Nursing.
Susan’s experience includes 22 years of perioperative nursing practice predominantly but not limited to orthopedic trauma, sports medicine, and total joint replacement. As an operating room nurse she has functioned in the role of scrub nurse, circulating nurse, education coordinator, trauma coordinator and OR manager. She has worked as an RN First Assistant assisting in surgery since 1998. She has maintained an office based practice since 2006.
In October 2005 Susan was awarded a fellowship in orthopedic trauma through the AO Foundation. She spent six weeks at Queen’s University Hospital in Nottingham England observing practices in trauma care.
In October of 2008 Susan became certified as an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner through examination. She is one of two nurse practitioners in the state of Oregon to be certified in orthopedics.
TOM TRUBENBACH, FNP
Tom is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He received his MSN and Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California, and his BSN at Oregon Health Sciences University where he received the Emily and Warren Bishop Nursing Scholarship.
He has aslo received additional education and training as a Surgical Assistant, and has been performing in that capacity since 2003. Prior to entering the nursing program, Tom served as an Army Medic in both the National Guard and Active Duty from 1988 to 1996.
Tom also continues to work in private family practice.
Meet our Physician Assistants:
MIKE BARKER, PA-C
Mike received his physician assistant training at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. He has a B.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Mike is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. He is a Certified Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He is also a Spanish Medical Interpreter.
Mike partners with Dr. Sternenberg.
JD BURRUP, PA-C
JD received his physician assistant training at Pacific University School of Health Sciences in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he earned a M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from Boise State University. His experience includes injury care and rehabilitation for minor league hockey and basketball athletes, as well as spinal stabilization therapeutic exercise training. He is particularly interested in orthopedic trauma management.
JD is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.
Needling with Irrigation for Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinosis: A Systematic Review. 2011. (Author).
Bone Contusion And Meniscal Tears In Acute ACL Disruption: Retrospective MRI Findings. 2009. (Research assistant. Presented at Sports Medicine Symposium in Boise, ID April 2009).
JD partners with Dr. Kranenburg.
KENT FRY, PA-C
Kent received his physician assistant training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University. He has earned Board Certification from the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and has a clinical interest in treating patients with injuries and illnesses associated with the foot and ankle. Kent is also active in assisting in the treatment of orthopedic trauma patients at both Rogue Regional Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center.
Kent is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. He partners with Dr. Richard Owens.
STEVEN REEDER, PA-C
Steven received his physician assistant training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He received a B.S. in general Science from the University of Oregon and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Sciences University.
Steven is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.
Steve has a strong interest in knee and hip related problems, and total joint replacements.
Steve and his wife enjoy many of the outdoor activities Southern Oregon has to offer.
Steven partners with Dr. Metwally.