Our Clinical Team

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are qualified to work directly with patients, diagnosing and managing common problems and managing patient conditions. Nurse practitioners are authorized to perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, write prescriptions and offer patient counseling and education. Many patients use NPs as their primary healthcare providers. NPs are generally found to be good listeners who are able to spend more time with patients, listening and answering questions.

Anna Christie, FNP-C

Anna Christie, FNP-C

Anna Christie

Anna is the newest Family Nurse Practitioner to our practice. As an American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certified FNP at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Anna performs injections, prescribes physical therapy and treats orthopedics injuries and issues of all kinds. She works as a first assist with our surgeons and is able to refer patients to surgery, should the need arise. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters of Nursing at Graceland University. After working as an ICU charge nurse and PACU nurse at ARRMC and then at Providence Medical Group as a Primary Care Provider, we are happy to have Anna join our collaborative care team here at Southern Oregon Orthopedics.

"It gives me a sense of well-being to help people to become the healthiest they can be to have a more fulfilling life."

When not at work, Anna enjoys spending time with her family which includes 3 grandchildren and spending time outdoors running, hiking, and skiing.

Richard Lotz, FNP

Richard Lotz, FNP

Richard Lotz

Mr. Lotz an active Nurse Practitioner since 1996, MrLotz has practiced in a variety of clinical and hospital settings settings including Emergency Medicine, multi-specialty group practices and orthopedic specialty practice. Qualified to see all ages and types of patients, Mr. Lotz has a particular interest in sports medicine. He works as a critical member of the care team at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, providing treatment, care and referrals for patients with orthopedic injuries and ailments of all types.

A resident of Southern Oregon since 1997, Mr. Lotz serves as the Medical Advisor for Rogue Valley Pop Warner Football and as a board member of Phoenix-Talent Pop Warner Football while also serving as the primary medical provider for the athletic programs at North Medford High School, South Medford High School, Crater High School, Phoenix High School and St. Mary’s High School. He is the team medical provider for Southern Oregon University men’s and women’s rugby clubs and a medical consultant and provider for USA Rugby.

Physician Assistants

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a medical professional who practices medicine under the direction of a physician. Both the physician and the PA share responsibility for patient care. Examining patients, diagnosing illness, recording a medical history, developing and carrying out a treatment plan, assisting in surgery, prescribing medications, performing minor procedures and counseling with patients are duties that fall under the scope of a PA. A PA is not licensed to perform surgery, but at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, each of our surgeons partners with a PA to make sure that patients get prompt, thorough care. Our PAs are qualified to meet with patients, treat many conditions and assess whether or not patients should be further assessed by a surgeon.

James Berking, PA-C

James Berking, PA-C

James Berking, PA-C

James works with Dr. Kranenburg treating spinal disorders and orthopedic injuries. He is originally from Rochester, NY and moved to the Rogue Valley in January 2018.

During his undergraduate experience at the University of Vermont, James became interested in a career in orthopedic surgery after many sports injuries of his own, doing an internship a physical therapy clinic, and performing physiology research regarding the effects of aging on human skeletal muscle. During college he also became certified as a Wilderness First Responder and EMT. After numerous different jobs in healthcare, he finally settled on becoming a physician assistant. He received his Masters of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training included rotations in general and trauma surgery, and he is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

James is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys whitewater paddling, mountain biking, skiing, and fly fishing. "It is my great pleasure to address orthopedic injuries in the community, and to help restore patients back to a state of function, reduced pain, and improved overall wellness".

Mike Barker, PA-C

Mike Barker, PA-C

Mike Barker, PA-C

Mike works with hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Sternenberg.

Mike received his physician assistant training at the Oregon Health and 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.

When not at work, Mike enjoys mountain biking, boxing and camping and fishing with his family.

JD Burrup, PA-C

JD Burrup, PA-C

JD Burrup, PA-C

JD has worked at Southern Oregon Orthopedics since October of 2011 treating spinal disorders and orthopedic injuries. He is from Boise, Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training at Boise State University. In college, he worked with Boise State athletes, studying injuries and rehabilitation. After this, he worked with Boise minor league basketball and hockey, traveling with the teams, and caring for their injuries. Building on that experience, he attended PA school at Pacific University School of Health Sciences in Hillsboro, Oregon, earning a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

His career in healthcare began with an interest in exercise physiology, ultimately leading him to a profession in medicine, which provides an environment rich in science and continual learning. He believes lifestyle influences much of our health, and medical science gives us the tools to improve what we otherwise could not.

Research:

  • 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).
  • Contributing investigator in a study comparing biologics in spinal fusion.

Noah Keegan, PA-C

Noah Keegan, PA-C

Noah Keegan, PA-C

Noah collaborates with Dr. Patrick Denard, focusing on shoulder related injuries.

Noah is a new resident of Oregon and hails from central Maine. He joined the practice in April of 2013. Noah completed his training at the University of Utah’s Physician Assistant Program and has a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. He completed his undergraduate studies at Boston University. Noah is a Certified Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In addition to his position at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Noah enjoys running, hiking, woodworking, welding and glass blowing.

Steven Reeder, PA-C

Steven Reeder, PA-C

Steven Reeder, PA-C

Steven partners with Dr. Todd Clevenger and helps patients with sports injuries and joint replacement procedures.

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.

In his free time, Steven and his wife enjoy many of the outdoor activities Southern Oregon has to offer.

Dillon Smith, PA-C

Dillon Smith, PA-C

Dillon Smith, PA-C

Dillon partners with Dr. Richard Owens, focusing on foot and ankle injuries.

Dillon received his physician assistant training at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho, where he earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to his transition to medicine he obtained a B.S. and Master of Architecture degrees.

Dillon is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants and a Certified Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He spent two years in Chile on church missions where he learned to speak Spanish.

Dillon enjoys staying active in a variety of sports and spending time with his young family. He currently coaches his son’s basketball and baseball teams.

Paige Heller PA-C

Paige Heller PA-C

Paige Heller PA-C

Paige works with Dr. Bengard in hand and upper extremity surgeries.

Paige is a new resident of Medford as of March 2017. She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. She is originally from Arkansas where she received her Bachelors degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Paige is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. She is also a certified member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In her free time, Paige likes to hike, mountain bike, snowboard, run, or do anything outdoors.

Michael Jaskot PA-C

Michael Jaskot PA-C

Michael Jaskot PA-C

Michael Jaskot works with our trauma surgeon Dr. Wade Gordon helping patients with a wide variety of orthopaedic injuries.

He is a new resident to the Rouge Valley as of November 2017. Prior to moving to the area and completing his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, he lived in California working as an EMT for 7 years, with experience in both the pre-hospital and hospital setting. Helping to treat orthopaedic injuries during that time led him to pursue a career as a physician assistant in orthopaedic trauma surgery. He also holds a B.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Michael is a veteran, having served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and is currently an active member with Team Rubicon, a team of U.S. military veterans supporting national and international disaster relief aid.

When not at work, Michael enjoys trail running and rock climbing with his wife.

Daniel Tuell, PA-C

Daniel Tuell, PA-C

Daniel Tuell PA-C

Daniel works with Dr. Adam Cabalo treating spinal disorders and orthopedic injuries. He completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at MCPHS University in Manchester, New Hampshire. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and completed his post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

When not at work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and canoeing.