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

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

Arthritis May Win a Battle, But It Doesn’t Have To Win the War

By Joel Rohrbough, MD, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon Born and raised in the Midwest, Brian spent most of his life hunting small game such as pheasant and turkey. When he moved to Arizona, he was excited for the opportunity to engage in big game hunts, such as elk and deer. One of his goals was to hunt elk with a bow. His chance came when his name was drawn for a bull elk archery tag. Brian made all the arrangements for the big hunt, loading his truck with everything he needed for the two-week camping/hunting trip. As he lifted the 150-gallon-capacity ice chest into the back of his truck, he felt an excruciating pain in his left shoulder; the grinding Read More

Hip Replacement

If the non-surgical treatments no longer relieve pain and inflammation in your hip, you and your physician may consider total hip replacement as the best way to restore your ability to carry on your normal activities of daily life. Surgeons in the Arthritis and Fracture Care center specialize in repair and replacement of the hip.  Our joint and trauma surgeons are board-certified, clinical experts in the field of orthopaedics, performing at the apex of quality and skill.  Patients experience a caring, compassionate and proficient medical team, assuring patients experience the full-spectrum of pre- and post-surgical care. Our patients appreciate finishing their surgical experience knowing they came to the right place, appreciate for being listened to, and understand our aim to truly help them, is embedded in our culture. The purpose of hip Read More

Full-time Phone (PBX) Operator

Description: Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is looking for a motivated, flexible individual, adept in multi-tasking to join its team.  Under general supervision this individual will act as the first point of contact on NAO’s multi-line phone system (PBX Operator), including handling incoming, outgoing, and intra-service calls. Responds to incoming calls in a timely manner and directs callers to appropriate destinations providing smooth, clear, and professionally courteous communication.  This individual must possess excellent customer service skills and exemplary telephone etiquette. Protects patient/coworker confidentiality and privacy. Performs other duties as assigned. Maintains positive interaction with co-workers and other department personnel. Education Requirements: High School Diploma or GED equivalent Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Good memory skills and ability to work under stress are Read More

Arthritis and Fracture Care Center – KEEP MOVING

  The Arthritis and Fracture Care Center at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is the optimal choice for those considering surgery to relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. Joint replacement (arthroplasty) surgery is a highly effective means of eliminating pain and restoring mobility. Orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Timothy Bonatus, Dr. Bourck Cashmore, and Brandon Clark are leaders in hip and knee replacements for the treatment of arthritis. Trusted for their kindness and expertise, these two surgeons have been in practice for more than 42 years, combined.  Sought out for their innovative and minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat the disease, Drs. Bonatus and Cashmore are dedicated to a common goal – to quickly return patients to their life journeys, enjoying better functionality and less pain.

Jamie Pearson, PA-C, a multi-specialty orthopaedic provider in Prescott and PV region

A Physician Assistant (not to be confused with physician’s assistant) with the NAO Prescott Valley clinic location, Pearson cares for patients with any musculoskeletal conditions (hip, knee, shoulder, hand, feet) who need to see a specialist for their pain. With more than 30 experience, she provides a great service to the people of the Tri-City area and is available 5-days a week. Best of all – Pearson is a kind and compassionate caregiver to all! Her career began as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) then an RN, before graduating as a Physician Assistant in 1997 from Des Moines University, Iowa. For five years she practiced family medicine before getting an opportunity to join an orthopedic group. She has been practicing orthopedics for the Read More


A new-and-improved Urgent Ortho has begun development on the first floor of the Summit Center. During construction, the existing clinic will experience changes in its service hours. Beginning April 1, 2016, Urgent Ortho will no longer be open on Saturdays. Weekday hours will change to Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The quality and the scope of care will absolutely stay the same. Urgent Ortho is Flagstaff’s fast, affordable, walk-in care clinic for joint, bone and muscle injuries.* • Treating new injuries, including spine • Expert muscle, bone and joint care • Trusted Northern Arizona Orthopaedics team • Stuart Davis, M.D., Medical Director • No appointments needed • Lower costs than emergency centers • Most insurances accepted • Payment plans Read More

Full-Time Referral Coordinator Position available (Flagstaff)

Referral Coordinator Position at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics Flagstaff, Ariz. Job Description: Workman’s Compensation outreach liaison Work directly with Marketing Director to develop a robust WC program Act as NAO’s point of contact for all case managers Work with NAO’s clinical WC liaison to ensure WC compliance Maintain ongoing tracking and appropriate documentation on referrals to promote team awareness and ensure patient safety Ensure complete and accurate registration, including patient demographic and current insurance information Assemble information concerning patient’s clinical background and referral needs Work directly with NAO’s authorization department to ensure prior approval requirements are met Review details and expectations about the referral with patients Ensure that referrals are addressed in a timely manner First point of contact to patients Read More