Now hiring for a Certified Medical Assistant

Job Title: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at our Flagstaff clinic location, inside the Summit Center General Summary: Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is an independent, physician-owned practice with a workforce of 80+ employees, 11 physicians and 5  locations throughout Northern Arizona. Our hallmark is our people and their unified efforts to deliver exceptional orthopaedic care to our customers -the residents and visitors of northern Arizona. At NAO, our Certified Medical Assistants are key members of a high-quality, efficient and integrated care team. The main responsibilities for a Certified Medical Assistant at NAO is to serve and communicate with multiple patients daily, assisting our providers during clinic, while performing various clerical duties. This role relies heavily on use of computers, phones and personal interactions Read More

A Different Approach to Back Surgery: From the Side, Not the Back

By Eamonn Mahoney, M.D. Featured in  FBN on Jan. 25, 2018 in Columnists When most people think of back surgery, they probably picture the patient laying on their stomach and the surgeon making incisions on the back, close to the spine. But for nearly a decade, specialty trained orthopedic and spine surgeons have been taking new approaches to get to the lower spine, including from the side of the body, the throat and the abdomen. These new approaches mean less pain and faster recovery. Often, a patient’s recovery time and post-surgery pain is based on the amount of injury that surrounding soft tissues and other internal areas near the site. These new techniques aim to decrease trauma to the body, reduce pain and shortens Read More

Treating an ankle sprain

By Chris Diefenbach, M.D. Featured in  FBN on October 28, 2017 in Columnists For many in Flagstaff active in various types of sports and recreation, an ankle sprain is an unfortunate and uncomfortable set back. Recently, a good friend of mine sustained her first ankle sprain and we had a long discussion regarding various aspects of this injury. This is the gist of our conversation and the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about ankle sprains. Research tells us that ankle sprains are the most common reason for Emergency Department visits in the United States, with a total number of ankle sprains approaching two million per year in the U.S. alone. If you have ever experienced an ankle sprain in your life, have you wondered what Read More

ONLINE assessment tool to test your joint or back pain

Our convenient, private online survey will help you determine when it may be time to talk to a medical professional about your orthopaedic pain. Your individual results will print out in a report for you to share with your primary care doctor. Start your Hip and Knee assessment  If occasional Hip or Knee pain has become everyday pain, find out what’s causing the pain and what treatments might work to get you back on course. This online survey will test

4th Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail at Summit Center

Free Halloween Event for Families  FLAGSTAFF, AZ- The Summit Center kicks off Halloween with its annual Trick-Or-Treat Trail in the early evening of Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. This year, there will be a multi-themed motif inside the Summit Center. Enchantment awaits for kids of all ages! They will have a fun and safe evening parading through beloved children’s movie wonderlands. The Trick-or-Treat Trail is a fun way for youngsters to still experience the thrill of trick-or-treating, but without the “fright factor” because of the friendly Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and DeRosa Physical Therapy staff welcoming them. “The Trick-or-Treat Trail promises fun for the entire family,” said Yvette Carrasco, NAO Radiology Technologist and member of the volunteer planning Read More

New Spine and Pain Center Opens!

The non-surgical services in the Spine and Pain Center are now accessible in a newly remodeled and designated area inside the Summit Center. John Ledington, MD, and an expert team of specialists, provide services such as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), injection therapy, nerve testing, pain management through the Pain Wellness Clinic, and non-surgical interventional medicine for nerve pain. Care is is provided for more than just the back and neck, as pain can be a whole-body condition. In the neighboring clinic, just footsteps away, is the other clinic within the Spine and Pain Center, also in the Summit Center. Here, care for patients with conditions such as stenosis, arthritis, disc problems, compression fractures, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and other debilitating problems of the Read More

Understanding the Bare Bones About Osteoporosis

By Timothy Bonatus, DO, Orthopaedic Surgeon  The facts about osteoporosis in the United States (according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation): More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Nearly half of all women and one in 12 men age 50 and older will have at least one osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Nearly 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures of the back, wrists and hips occur each year. Nearly 75 percent of all hip fractures occur in women and approximately 90 percent of women over the age of 75 have osteoporosis. Only 20 percent of those who experience an osteoporosis-related fracture pursue follow-up treatment for osteoporosis. Of those elderly patients who experience a hip fracture, as many as 40 percent die within one Read More

Meet Tim Fitch, PA-C

Urgent Ortho provider    Why Flagstaff? Our family found just what we were longing for here and enjoy living where others love to live. What is your motivation for a healthcare career and for orthopaedics? I am primarily motivated toward helping with the alleviation of suffering, and promoting a path of independence for patients. What’s a proud moment in your work? A supervising physician once asked me to operate on his own cervical disc herniation. What is your clinical expertise and areas of interest? My expertise lies in seeing patients as if they were my relatives, and withholding judgment. In yoga, it’s called Prem; unconditional love. My interests are the needs of others. What do patients appreciate in you? My genuine interest is Read More

$10 Sports Physicals for the 2017-2018 school year

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and DeRosa Physical Therapy will be hosting their annual Sports Physicals day. All student athletes who need to fulfill an annual pre-participation physical evaluation for the 2017– 2018 school year are welcome! All schools are welcome! NOTE: Please know all students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. Saturday, July 22 8 – 11 a.m. Summit Center, 1485 N. Turquoise Dr. in Flagstaff NOTE: Please complete required paperwork FIRST Form 15.7A and Form 15.7B which you can download from There is only a $10 charge (cash/check only) for each physical, performed by a licensed medical/orthopaedic provider. All proceeds from Flagstaff High School students will be matched and donated back to FHS Read More