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 partners with Dr. Sternenberg on hand and wrist procedures.
Mike received his physician assistant training at the Oregon Health & 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.
Mike partners with Dr. Sternenberg.
JD Burrup, PA-C
JD has worked with Dr. Kranenburg 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.
- 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 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’s 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, wood working, welding and glass blowing.
Steven Reeder, PA-C
Steven partners with Dr. Yaser Metwally, helping 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.
Steven and his wife enjoy many of the outdoor activities Southern Oregon has to offer.
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 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.
Sabrina enjoys the outdoors spending her free time hiking, horseback riding and kayaking
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 fluent 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 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.