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

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.

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 works with Dr. Kranenburg focusing on spinal surgeries.

JD earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training at Boise State University. In college, JD 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 managing injuries on the sidelines and locker rooms and later in the clinic. Building on that experience, he went to PA school at Pacific University School of Health Sciences in Hillsboro, Oregon where he earned a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Outside of work, JD enjoys snow boarding, camping, hunting, traveling, and off roading in his Jeep.

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. Yaser Metwally and helps patients with hip and knee problems, including 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.

Sabrina L. Shumar, PA-C

Sabrina L. Shumar, PA-C

Sabrina L. Shumar, PA-C

Sabrina collaborates with Dr. Todd Clevenger, focusing on sports injuries.

Sabrina received her physician assistant training at A.T. Still University in Phoenix, Arizona, where she earned a M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She previously received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Biology from Colorado State University.

Sabrina is a Certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.

In her free time, Sabrina enjoys the outdoors. She loves to backpack, hike and cycle on her road bike.

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.