$10 Sports Physicals at the Summit Center

It’s that time of year again! NAO and DeRosa Physical Therapy are excited to host their annual Sports Physicals on Saturday, July 20, in Flagstaff. We encourage you to attend if you are a student or club athlete and need to have a pre-participation physical evaluation for next year’s 2019-2020 school year. All athletes from all over northern Arizona are welcome. The doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. and close at noon. First come, first served. Please come prepared! Here is some helpful information: Please know all minors under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. All participants will need to have their AIA forms pre-filled out and completed. You can Read More

Happy birthday, Dr. Yuri Lewicky!

Today marks a very special day at NAO because it’s Dr. Yuri Lewicky’s birthday! What makes this fellowship-trained surgeon tick? I make a connection immediately upon meeting my patients and in those first moments, I dedicate myself to providing them my very best care. I strive to provide what I, myself, would expect in a physician – clear communication, a thorough understanding of the condition and treatment, and when necessary, the highest level of surgical skill. Through past personal experiences, I understand the enormity of a potentially life-changing injury and the importance of returning to normal activities as soon as possible. In 2006, I returned to Flagstaff (born and raised) to join the team at NAO as a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist. It Read More

Happy Birthday, Dr. Cody Martin!

He’s “kinda” a big deal. The medical staff, service teams and patients at NAO wish Dr. Cody Martin, our newest joint replacement surgeon, a very wonderful birthday! We asked this board-certified, fellowship-trained doc what gets him out of bed in the morning. Here’s what he said: One of the sweetest joys in this life is helping relieve someone else’s pain and suffering. I love being an orthopaedic surgeon because I am able to see patients overcome their injuries and musculoskeletal problems and improve their quality of life. I may not have all the answers, but I will do my best to provide the best care that an orthopaedic surgeon has to offer.  I graduated with University Honors from Brigham Young University with 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

Urgent Ortho FAQ

(Note: Urgent Ortho is not a credentialed “Urgent Care Center” – it is an orthopaedic clinic) Do I need an appointment? We provide care on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are encouraged. No appointment or referral* is needed. Who treats patients? Every walk-in patient is treated by an orthopaedic provider who specializes in muscle, bone and joint care. What are your hours? We are open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call or check the home page for updates on holiday schedules and/or closures. It is a good idea to arrive as early in the day as possible as wait times increase throughout the day. Do you treat Chronic Pain ? No. We do not treat chronic back pain, Read More

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