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

Havasupai Hiker Healing After Dangerous Grand Canyon Slip

Published in Flagstaff Business News, April 11, 2018 A traumatic injury refers to a severe physical injury that occurs suddenly, such as from a vehicle accident or fall, and requires immediate medical attention. These kinds of injuries can range from a single bone fracture to complex injuries, including multiple bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and/or vascular structures.   A new sub-specialty of surgeons called orthopedic traumatologists, who are specialty trained in treating traumatic injuries of the bones, muscles and soft tissues (orthopedic) has emerged in the United States. Orthopedic traumatologists are surgeons who have chosen to complete additional surgical training in this complex area of medicine.   Northern Arizona University professor Jean Balestrery understands all too well how an orthopedic trauma can be Read More

3-D imaging – the first of its kind in Arizona

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics now offers Cone Beam Technology, the first of its kind in Ariz. We just improved the Advanced Imaging offerings at our orthopaedic and spine clinic. In an ongoing effort to meet the diagnostic needs of our patients, improve the quality of digital reads of this type of radiology, and enhance the patient experience, we, NAO, has acquired a CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System. NAO is one of the first in the nation and the very first in the state to acquire the latest in Advanced Imaging capabilities with the new system. The system uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to capture 3-dimensional cross-sectional images of bone or soft tissue in arms, legs, hands and feet. As a practice Read More

PRP – a natural way to heal stubborn injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP, can naturally help heal injured joints, muscles and connective tissues. It uses parts of your own blood to reduce pain and speed up healing. Our physicians are trained experts and provide PRP for a variety of conditions and areas of the body, such as: Arthritis of the knee and hip High hamstring tendinitis Connective tissue tears Shoulder pain Plantar Fasciitis Peroneal Tendonitis Achilles Tendon Pain How does it work? WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE Why PRP? Less side effects when compared to steroid injections or surgery Longer lasting Natural and organic; from your own body Speeds up and promotes healing Minimal to no down time Minimally invasive PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so Read More

$10 Sports Physicals for the 2018-2019 school year

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and DeRosa Physical Therapy will be hosting their annual Sports Physicals day. All student athletes who need to fulfill an annual pre-participation physical evaluation for the 2018-2019 school year are welcome! All schools are welcome! NOTE: Please know all students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. Saturday, May 19 8 – 11 a.m. Summit Center, 1485 N. Turquoise Dr. in Flagstaff NOTE: Please complete required paperwork FIRST Form 15.7A and Form 15.7B which you can download from There is only a $10 charge (cash/check only) for each physical, performed by a licensed medical/orthopaedic provider. Each $10 from Flagstaff High School students will be matched and $20 donated back to FHS Read More

A Different Approach to Back Surgery: From the Side, Not the Back

By Eamonn Mahoney, M.D. Featured in  FBN on Jan. 25, 2018 in Columnists When most people think of back surgery, they probably picture the patient laying on their stomach and the surgeon making incisions on the back, close to the spine. But for nearly a decade, specialty trained orthopedic and spine surgeons have been taking new approaches to get to the lower spine, including from the side of the body, the throat and the abdomen. These new approaches mean less pain and faster recovery. Often, a patient’s recovery time and post-surgery pain is based on the amount of injury that surrounding soft tissues and other internal areas near the site. These new techniques aim to decrease trauma to the body, reduce pain and shortens Read More

Treating an ankle sprain

By Chris Diefenbach, M.D. Featured in  FBN on October 28, 2017 in Columnists For many in Flagstaff active in various types of sports and recreation, an ankle sprain is an unfortunate and uncomfortable set back. Recently, a good friend of mine sustained her first ankle sprain and we had a long discussion regarding various aspects of this injury. This is the gist of our conversation and the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about ankle sprains. Research tells us that ankle sprains are the most common reason for Emergency Department visits in the United States, with a total number of ankle sprains approaching two million per year in the U.S. alone. If you have ever experienced an ankle sprain in your life, have you wondered what Read More