Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Meet Orthopedic Institute’s trained, licensed mid level practitioners. They perform tasks that might otherwise be performed by physicians or under the direction of a supervising physician. All Physician Assistants at Orthopedic Institute have certification by NCCPA.

Lee Arnold, PA-C

Lee joined Orthopedic Institute in 1997. He earned a degree in Electronic Technology from Northwestern Electronics Institute in Minneapolis and in Applied Sciences from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before completing the PA program at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines.

Patrick Heiser, PA-C

Patrick Heiser, PA-C

Patrick joined Orthopedic Institute in 2007. He earned a Nursing Degree from the University of South Dakota and a BS degree in Physicians Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.

Emily Petermann, PA-C

Emily Hohman, MS, PA-C

Emily joined Orthopedic Institute in 2012. She earned a degree in Biology from Morningside College in Sioux City, and a Master of Science PA Degree from Des Moines University.

MMike Langston, ATC, PA-Cike Langston, ATC, PA-C

Mike joined Orthopedic Institute in 1999. He earned an Athletic Training Degree from Minnesota State University and a PA Degree from the University of South Dakota. He has earned certifications from NATA and NCCPA.

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Lori Lawson, DNP, FNP-C

Lori joined Orthopedic Institute in 2014. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing from South Dakota State University.

Courtney Linton, MS, PA-C

Courtney Linton, MS, PA-C

Courtney joined the Orthopedic Institute Hand Team under the supervision of Dr. Blake Curd in 2011. She has eight years of experience in orthopedics. Educational background includes a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Sioux Falls, a BS in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota, and a Master Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with specialization in Orthopedics from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Alissa Moen, MS, PA-C

Alissa Moen, MS, PA-C

Alissa joined Orthopedic Institute in 2004. She earned a degree in Biology from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Science PA Degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.

Scott Rawson, MS, ATC, PA-CScott Rawson, MS, ATC, PA-C

Scott joined Orthopedic Institute in 2000. He received degrees in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Charleston and in Health/Physical Education from Marshall University, both in West Virginia, before completing his PA Degree at the University of South Dakota.

Heath Reinke, PA-C

Heath Reinke, MS, PA-C

Heath joined Orthopedic Institute in 2012. He earned a degree in Biology from Northwestern College and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa.

Chad Scott, MS, PA-C

Chad Scott, MS, PA-C

Chad joined Orthopedic Institute in 2001.  He earned degrees in Biology, Psychology and a Master/PA Degree from University of Iowa.

Ryan SlabaRyan Slaba, MS, PA-C

Ryan joined Orthopedic Institute in 2015. He earned a degree in Biology, and a Master of Science PA Degree from the University of South Dakota.

 

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Craig joined Orthopedic Institute in 1980. He earned a degree in Biology from Augustana College and a Health Science/PA Degree from Wichita State University in Kansas.

Cassandra Tornow, PA-C

Cassandra Swann, MS, PA-C

Cassie joined Orthopedic Institute in 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master of Science Physician Assistant Degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Melissa Thoene, MS, PA-C

Melissa joined Orthopedic Institute in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology from Mount Marty College and a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota.

Christopher Tibbetts, MS, PA-C

Christopher Tibbetts, MS, PA-C

Chris joined Orthopedic Institute in 1994. He graduated from the University of North Texas and earned a Master/PA Degree from Baylor College of Medicine.

Allison Johnson, MS, ATC, PA-C

Allison West, MS, ATC, PA-C

Allison joined Orthopedic Institute in 2012. She earned a degree in Athletic Training from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master Degree in PA studies from the University of South Dakota.