Our awesome Foot and Ankle Surgeon is celebrating a birthday!

There is an enormous amount of appreciation for Dr. Chris Diefenbach at NAO today and we all want to wish him a very happy birthday! We asked this fellowship-trained surgeon how he first became interested in the subspecialty of Foot and Ankle in orthopaedics, and his views on the care he provides. Here is what he said: It was an easy decision for me to begin down the track of Orthopaedic medicine, as I have always appreciated the mechanics of how the body works. A personal love of recreation, sports and activity, was the driving force behind my pursuit of specialized training in foot and ankle care. I have a commitment to my patients and their clinical experience. I believe in shared-decision Read More

Happy Birthday to an amazing Spine Surgeon!

The medical staff, service teams and patients at NAO wish Dr. Eamonn Mahoney a very wonderful birthday! We asked this board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon what drives his need to care for patients so compassionately, and how he got interested in becoming a back and neck surgeon. Here’s what he said: I’ve always enjoy working with my patients to shape the most effective non-operative or operative treatment plan, together. A specialist in minimally invasive techniques,  I value innovation and the benefits they provide my patients. If surgery is the best option, I’ll always opt for a minimally invasive procedure to allow for faster heal time, with less pain. I earned my Doctorate of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and for Read More

Knowing Which to Visit: ER, Urgent Care or Orthopaedic Walk-in  

By Peter Gibson, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon at NAO  Injuries and illnesses occur when you least expect them. Nearby urgent care clinics can give people the medical care they need, usually at a fraction of the cost or time of an emergency room (ER). They provide care for a wide variety of sicknesses, diseases and other conditions. There are also specialty walk-in clinics that treat musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains from falls and impact accidents. These are orthopaedic walk-in care clinics. Q: What are the benefits of going to an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic versus an urgent care center or emergency room?  A: At an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic, you can get same-day treatment; on-site X-ray, casting and bracing; Read More

Getting your body in shape for winter

By Joel Rohrbough, Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon With Snowbowl now in full swing, skiing and snowboarding are on the minds of many of us in Northern Arizona. If you are in this category, you know how you feel at the end of the season – your musculoskeletal health is in excellent shape. However, that usually isn’t the case at the very start of a ski season. It’s always best to dedicate some time to ensuring your muscles, joints, ligaments and cardiovascular system are prepared for an injury-free season ahead. Skiing and snowboarding demand immense balance, coordination and stamina. If you are hoping to get off the “green circle” easy runs, you must take on more risk and chance of injury. Dry-land Read More

Meet our provider, Kim Sargent, PA-C!

Kim Sargent, PA-C, has been a Physician Assistant for more than 17 years and Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is lucky to have her on our expert team of quality providers. Kim has a vast knowledge of medicine and is skilled in both orthopaedics and spine care. Currently, she provides specialized care in the Hand Cente,r and the Spine and Pain Center, inside the Summit Center. HOMETOWN?  I grew up in Oregon. Most of my childhood was spent in Bend, LaGrande and Colton. BUCKET LIST ITEM? I would like to ride a dual sport bike the length of South America. FAVORITE QUOTE? “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we Read More

Public Lecture in Prescott Valley, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) proudly announces a free lecture open to the public, presented by joint specialists. Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know Join us for an informative afternoon to learn more about: The changes in your joints as you age Risk factors and symptoms Available treatment options If you are you a candidate for surgery Receive answers to your questions Both physicians will be onsite to answer your questions privately after the talk, as well. Your Speakers: Cody Martin, MD, Joint Repair and Replacement Surgeon Jamie Pearson, PA-C, Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Both experts practice the NAO Prescott Valley clinic location When and Where: Monday, Jan. 21 in the Clinic Lobby Doors open at 3:45 p.m. and Read More

Meet our provider, Amanda Matje, PA-C!

Meet Amanda. She is a Physician Assistant with Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and cares for patients in the Hand Center, inside the Summit Center. Amanda has a deep and wide breadth of knowledge surrounding the specialty of Hand and Upper Extremity care and appreciates helping treat patients as though they are family. We thought it would be fun to learn a little more about this exceptional and compassionate NAO provider! HOMETOWN?  Flagstaff! Born and raised! BUCKET LIST ITEM? To attend cooking school in Italy FAVORITE QUOTE?  “But still, like air, I’ll rise. – Maya Angelou IF YOU COULD MEED ANYONE? My Great-Grandma Frances, she was my moms’ favorite and I’m named after her. WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING? I’m leading Girl Scouts, being Read More

Meet our provider, Michael Browne, PA-C!

Meet Michael. He is a Physician Assistant with Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and cares for patients in Flagstaff Medical Center. His work as an orthopaedic provider is a bit unique in that he does not practice in clinic. Michael provides post-operative care to inpatients at the hospital. His goal for a quality patient outcome starts by ensuring the patient is safe, comfortable and has everything they need to begin the healing and recovery process successfully. Our surgeons and patients depend on Michael Brown’s expertise daily. Michael helped answer some fun questions for us! HOMETOWN?  Atlanta, Georgia BUCKET LIST ITEM? To kayak the Numbers Section of the Zambezi River in Africa FAVORITE QUOTE?  “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and Read More

Meet our provider, Jamie Pearson, PA-C!

Meet Jamie. Jamie Pearson, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and practices in the Prescott Valley Clinic location. In addition to providing high-quality, value-based musculoskeletal care, our specialists enjoy getting to know their patients as much as patients enjoy getting to know them! Here are some fun facts about Jamie: HOMETOWN:  Lindstrom, Minnesota BUCKET LIST ITEM: To raft the Grand Canyon FAVORITE QUOTE: The Golden Rule; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. HOBBIES: Working on the house or yard, exploring AZ, and hanging out with family and friends DREAM VACATION:  To travel the Mediterranean CARE PHILOSOPHY AT NAO:  I enjoy being a good listener to my patients and allowing the time they need to help them Read More

NAO Partners with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

                    Committed to using leading-edge technologies to deliver top-tier orthopedic care experiences since 1972, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) has always implemented strategies necessary to meet emerging healthcare developments. Launching continuous, new innovations to deliver state-of-the-art care to its community requires the amalgamation of multiple resources. NAO is excited to announce on June 13, 2018, it formed a partnership with a similar orthopaedic leader having the same commitment to innovation and high-quality, low-cost healthcare. Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the largest orthopaedic outcomes company in the southwest, is the management company for several orthopedic enterprises. One of these is The CORE Institute, a noted orthopaedic leader in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with Read More