Advanced Practitioners

For over 19 years, the advanced practitioners of Ortho NorthEast have been providing orthopedic care services to patients and the community.  The nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) of the advanced practitioner program are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals.  The NPs and PAs work together with the physicians of ONE as part of an integrated medical team to deliver high quality orthopedic care to patients. As Ortho NorthEast has grown, so has the program.

ONE’s team of advanced practitioners are an integral part of providing care to patients in the emergency department, hospital, and office setting.  From assisting in surgery to treating patients in the office and emergency department, the advanced practitioners at Ortho NorthEast provide quality care to patients in all aspects of their orthopedic treatments.

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Alex Nehls, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
PA Studies:  Butler University/University of Nebraska
Physician:  Dr. Chris LaSalle
Specialty: Hand & Upper Extremity

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Ben Steele, PA

Undergraduate:  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
PA Studies:  University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
Physician:  Dr. Ward Hamlet
Specialty:  Hand & Upper Extremity

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Daniel Watts, PA

Undergraduate:  University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
PA Studies: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Physician:  Dr. Ward Hamlet
Specialty:  Hand & Upper Extremity

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Cindy Fordyce, PA-C

Undergraduate:  University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
PA Studies:  University of Kentucky/University of Nebraska
Physician:  Dr. Scott Karr
Specialty:  Foot & Ankle

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Bob Gibas, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV
PA Studies:  Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA
Physician:  Dr. Jason DeDoes
Specialty:  Foot & Ankle

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Wes Akers, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Huntington University, Huntington, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Physician:  Dr. Jeffrey Harris
Specialty:  Adult Joint Reconstruction

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Andy Bollier, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
PA Studies: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Physician:  Dr. William Berghoff
Specialty:  Adult Joint Reconstruction

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Kaley Weber, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
PA Studies: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Physician:  Dr. Christopher Johnson
Specialty:  Orthopaedic Oncology & Joint Reconstruction

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Tasha Bowers, PA-C

Undergraduate:  The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
PA Studies:  University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
Physician:  Dr. Shantanu Kulkarni
Specialty:  Pain Management

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Andrea Lanning, NP

Undergraduate:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
NP Studies: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty:  Pain Management

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Leni Schwartz, FNP-C

Undergraduate:  Indiana Wesleyan University, Muncie, IN
NP Studies:  Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Physician:  Dr. Jon Karl
Specialty:  Pain Management

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Nicole Curl, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
NP Studies:  Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Physician:  Dr. Jeffrey Barr
Specialty:  Pain Management

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Carissa Ashtary Yazdi, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
PA Studies:  Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Physician: Dr. Alan McGee

Specialty:  Multi-Specialty

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Sam Dismuke, MSBS, PA-C

Undergraduate:  University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
PA Studies:  The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Physician: Dr. John Williams
Specialty: Neck & Back

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Rebekah Garrison, PA-C

Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
PA Studies:  East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Physician: Dr. Micah Smith
Specialty: Neck & Back

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Laura K. Tirpak, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Defiance College, Defiance, OH
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Physician:  Dr. Ahmer Ghori
Specialty: Neck & Back

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Matt Bienz, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Ball State University, Muncie, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Physician:  Dr. Jeffrey Hartzell
Specialty:  Sports Medicine

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Nathan Hyde, PA

Undergraduate:  University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
PA Studies:  University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
Physician:  Dr. David Conner
Specialty:  Sports Medicine

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Adam Pratt, PA

Undergraduate: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
PA Studies: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Myers FL
Physician: Dr. Stephen Wright
Specialty: Sports Medicine

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Nathan Roach, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Physician:  Dr. Michael Lee
Specialty:  Sports Medicine

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Kristin Tait, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
PA Studies:  George Washingtom University, Washington, DC
Physician:  Dr. John Pritchard
Specialty:  Sports Medicine

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Brian Yochim, PA-C

Undergraduate:  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty:  Sports Medicine

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Kaitlyn King, PA-C

Undergraduate: Messiah College, Grantham, PA
PA Studies: Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
Physician:  Dr. Jason Heisler
Specialty:  Trauma

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Holly McCarty, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
PA Studies:  Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
Physician: Dr. Jason Heisler
Specialty:  Trauma

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Ruth Poppele, NP-C

Undergraduate:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
NP Studies:  Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Physician: Dr. David Goertzen
Specialty:  Trauma

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Stacey Root, PA-C, ATC

Undergraduate:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
PA Studies:  Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Physician: Dr. Jason Heisler
Specialty:  Trauma

Multi-Specialty

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Lynnae Fiechter, MSN,FNP-BC

Undergraduate:  Illinois State University, Normal, IL
NP Studies:  Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Specialty:  Multi-Specialty

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Cayla Vorndran, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Gannon University, Erie, PA
NP Studies: Gannon University, Erie, PA
Specialty:  Multi-Specialty

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Tracy Dinh, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Miami University, Oxford, OH
NP Studies: University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH
Specialty:  Multi-Specialty

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Karen Drury, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
PA Studies:  Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
Physician:  Dr. Leamon Williams
Specialty:  General Orthopedics

Walk-in Clinic

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Karl P. Cordes, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty: Multi-Specialty, PA

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Crystal Heminger, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty:  Multi-Specialty

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Jason Knisely, PA-C

Undergraduate:  Ball State University, Muncie, IN
PA Studies:  University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty:  Multi-Specialty PA

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Brittney Sloan, PA-C

Undergraduate: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
PA Studies: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty: Multi-Specialty