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    WELCOME

    At Spine & Orthopedic Specialists, our mission is to help restore and enhance your musculoskeletal health. Here you'll find convenient access to specialized musculoskeletal care. Our vision is to improve patient health through a multidisciplinary team devoted to musculotskeletal care, as well as treatment of bone, joint, soft tissue and related disorders.

    We'll help you live in motion--whether that's through exercise therapy, injections, or surgery. Now, you have a single, trusted source to care for your aches and pains--a source that provides convenient access to specialized musculoskeletal care.

    Our Facilities

  • Our Providers

    our providers

    Our providers are dedicated to up-to-date minimally invasive spine and orthopedic techniques and old fashioned patient care.

    When it comes to providing quality comprehensive minimally invasive spine and orthopedic care, our Board Certified and Board Eligible Orthopedic Surgeons are setting the standards in Arizona. We are committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of spine and orthopedic care possible. Whether it is the treatment of immediate, chronic, pediatric, or work-related injuries, we strive to provide optimal health care until our patients complete their journeys back to good health.

  • Contact Us

    Contact Us

     
     
     

    Phone Numbers

    Main Number:
    (480) 353-0446
    Billing Questions:
    (480) 353-0446
    Fax Number:
    (877) 715-6428

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  • Services

    our services

    specialized orthopaedic care

    Our physicians provide specialized orthopedic care, spanning a wide variety of symptoms, conditions, and treatments for the musculo-skeletal system.

    Click on the pages on the side to learn more about some of the most common symptoms and conditions we treat.

  • Back & Spine

    Back & Spine

    Non-surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections
    • Decompression
    • Medical Management

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our Physicians help patients find relief from the following symptoms & conditions:

    • Acute and Chronic Neck and Back Pain
    • Herniated Disc, Sciatica, and Radiculopathy
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Myelopathy
    • Degenerative Conditions of the Adult Spine
    • Scoliosis

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

  • Shoulder

    Shoulder

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our Physicians help patients find relief from:

    • General Shoulder Pain
    • Degenerative Conditions of the Shoulder
    • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
    • Biceps Tendinitis
    • Burners and Stingers
    • Fracture of the Collarbone (clavicle)
    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Glenoid Labrum Tears
    • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
    • Rotator Cuff Tears
    • SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
    • Shoulder Instability
    • Shoulder Dislocation
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Shoulder Separation
    • Snapping Scapula Syndrome

    Non-surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections
    • Medical management

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

    • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Arthroscopic Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation Repair
    • Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
    • Arthroscopic Capsular Plication
    • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Biceps Tendon Rupture Repair
    • Biceps Tenotomy/Tenodesis
    • Distal Clavicle Excision (Resection)
    • Glenohumeral Debridement
    • Intracapsular (Glenoid) Injection
    • Major Pectoralis (Pec) Repair
    • Manipulation Under Anesthesia
    • Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
    • ORIF Surgery for Proximal Humerus Fracture
    • SLAP Repair
    • Shoulder Impingement Surgery
    • Shoulder Resurfacing
    • Subacromial Decompression
    • Subacromial Injection
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Elbow

    Elbow

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our Physicians help patients find relief from:

    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    • Golfer"s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
    • Ligament Injuries
    • Little Leaguer's Elbow
    • Fractures
    • Loose Bodies
    • Biceps Tendon Rupture
    • Triceps Tendon Tear

    Non-surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    • Golfer"s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
    • Ligament Injuries
    • Little Leaguer's Elbow
    • Fractures
    • Loose Bodies
    • Biceps Tendon Rupture
    • Triceps Tendon Tear

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

    • Biceps Tendon Repair
    • Capsular Release
    • Elbow Arthroscopy
    • Epicondyle Debridement and/or Tendon Repair
    • Extensor Debridement & Repair
    • Fracture Fixation/Repair
    • Ligament Reconstruction (e.g. UCL or "Tommy John" Surgery)
    • Olecranon Bursectomy / Bursa Excision
    • Osteophyte Removal
    • Triceps Tendon Repair
  • Knee

    Knee

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our Physicians help patients find relief from:

    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
    • Fractures of the Tibial Spine
    • Goosefoot (Pes Anserine) Bursitis of the Knee
    • Knee Arthritis
    • Kneecap (Prepatellar) Bursitis
    • Meniscus Tears
    • Multiligament Knee Injuries and Reconstructions
    • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
    • Osteochondritis Dissecans
    • Patellar Fracture (Broken Knee Cap)
    • Patellar Tendon Rupture
    • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)
    • Patellar Tracking Disorder (Anterior Knee Pain)
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)
    • Quadriceps Tendon Rupture
    • Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
    • Supracondylar Femoral Fracture
    • Tibial Fractures
    • Tibial Plateau Fracture
    • Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
    • Torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)

    Non-surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections
    • Medical management

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

  • Ankle

    Ankle

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our Physicians help patients find relief from:

    • Achilles Tendon Injuries
    • Ankle Sprains
    • Hallux Ridigus (Stiff Big Toe)
    • High Ankle Sprain (Syndeosmosis Ligament Injurry)
    • Jones Fracture
    • LisFranc (Midfoot) Fracture-Dislocation
    • Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

    Non-surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections
    • Medical management

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

    • Ankle Fracture Surgery
    • Cheilectomy
    • Debridement of the Achilles Tendon
    • Fixation for LisFranc Injury
    • Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture
    • Transfibular Ankle Fusion
  • Fractures

    Fractures

    Our physicians are highly skilled treating both standard and complex extremity fractures:

    • Legs
    • Arms
    • Feet
    • Hands
    • Wrists
    • Thighs
    • Upper Arms
    • Forearms
    • Hips
    • Knees
    • Ankle
  • Hip

    Hip

    Symptoms & Conditions We Treat

    Our physicians help patients find relief from:

    • Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip
    • Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis of the Hip)
    • Femoral Fractures
    • Hip Arthritis
    • Hip Bursitis
    • Hip Fractures
    • Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip
    • Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh
    • Preventing Hip Fractures
    • Snapping Hip Syndrome

    Non-Surgical Treatments

    Our physicians view surgery as a treatment option only when all other avenues have been explored. Our non-surgical treatments include:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections
    • Medical management

    Surgical Treatments

    When all other treatment options have been considered and surgery still appears to be the best option, our physicians are skilled in the following surgical techniques:

    • Femur Fracture Fixation with Dynamic Hip Screw
    • Femur Fracture Fixation with Intramedullary Rod (i.e. Gamma Nail)
    • Hemiarthroplasty
    • Hip Fracture Treatment with Surgical Screws
    • Large Bearing Metal-on-Metal Mini Total Hip
    • Mini Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Hip Replacement (metal on metal)
  • Patients

    Patient Resources

    We're dedicated to making your experience as a patient smooth, comfortable, and and efficient. We've prepared this section to help you learn more about the administrative aspects of your care.

  • Education

    Education

    Be Prepared For Your Procedure

    Explore our interactive media portal to learn more about your procedure or condition.

  • Locations

    Locations

    Main Number:
    (480) 353-0446
    Billing Questions:
    (480) 353-0446
    Fax Number:
    (877) 715-6428

    Scottsdale Office


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    Address:

    20401 N. 73rd Street,
    Suite 175,
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255


    Hours:

    Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Fridays, 8:30am - 12:00pm
    Closed for lunch between 12pm - 1pm.

    Fountain Hills Office


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    Address

    16838 E. Palisades Boulevard,
    Building C, Suite 153,
    Fountain Hills, AZ 852628


    Hours:

    Thursdays, 8:30am - 12:00pm

  • Lucas Glynn, PA-C

    Lucas Glynn, PA-C

    Todd Doerr, MD

    Spine & Orthopedic Specialists is excited to have Lucas Glynn as part of our clinical team. Lucas is a certified physician’s assistant who had already excelled as an Intensive Care RN for 6 years prior to receiving his PA degree.

    EDUCATION

    University of Washington School of Medicine
    (MEDEX Northwest Division
    of Physician Assistant Studies, Seattle WA)

    Credentials

    National Commission
    on Certification of Physician Assistants

    Affiliations

    American Academy of Physician Assistants
    Hospital Staff Privileges
    Scottsdale Healthcare – Thompson Peak Campus

    Orthopedics is a very rewarding practice for Lucas, especially when he sees his patients returning to their normal level of function and enjoying the activities that they have become accustomed to. His personal touch and education-centered approach to medicine have helped to make his interaction with patients a joy.

    Lucas was born and raised in Minnesota, which helped to spark his love of playing hockey. His other interests out side of the operating room include: hiking with his family, traveling, fishing, catching up on a good novel, and a long game of golf.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQs & Common Situations

    I Have an Injury

    Injuries or pain can be disabling, especially when they affect your quality of life and productivity. Our patients tell us that after they suffer an injury, they simply want to get back on their feet and healthy as quickly as possible with the least invasive treatment available.

    Most simple sprains and strains can be treated with Rest, Ice, Elevation, and Anti-Inflammatories (link to HW article), however if the pain persists past a reasonable period of time, you should undergo an evaluation by a musculo-skeletal specialist.

    Many men in particular often feel they can "tough it out" after suffering an injury, however delaying treatment for your injury can potentially lead to long-term consequences that would otherwise be easily avoided. Seeing a specialist immediately after your injury can make a major difference in avoiding long-term complications. In fact, some severe injuries are more easily treated if discovered early.

    I Need a Physical

    Many young athletes require a physical in order to participate in organized sports. A physical is one of the most simple and straightforward services we perform and usually takes less than 20 minutes.

    During the physical, our physicians will take a brief medical history, check heart and lung function, test dexterity, and evaluate new or previous injuries. A physical is also a good opportunity to voice any concerns you may have about nagging injuries or pain that may not have in and of themselves required a dedicated visit.

    What do I need for My First Visit?

    First, welcome to Spine & Orthopedic Specialists! We take enormous pride in providing you with superior care in a comfortable and convenient office environment.
    In preparation for your first appointment, be sure to bring the following items:

    • Insurance card
    • Co-payment due for visit
    • Insurance authorization
    • If applicable, workers compensation information
    • If applicable, any referral forms from your physician
    • If applicable, any X-Rays, MRI Films, CT Scans, or EMGs
    • If applicable, any pertinent medical history such as lab results
    • A valid form of ID such as a driver's license

    Please fill-out the appropriate forms and bring them to your visit.
    Click Here to Print and Fill Out Patient Forms

    If you are in pain, try to avoid activities that may aggravate your symptoms.

    We ask that our new patients arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time so that you have enough time to fill out additional paperwork and get checked in.

    I’m Scheduled for a Test. What Now?

    If our physicians determine that you should undergo a diagnostic test, we send the appropriate prescriptions and patient information to the testing facility. The testing facility will contact you to schedule an appointment.

    We ask that you call our office once your appointment is made to schedule your follow-up appointment with our physicians.

    I’m Scheduled for Surgery. What Now?

    After one of our physicians determines that surgery is needed, you'll have an opportunity to work with our Surgical Coordinator to decide on the surgery date and location, and arrange any paperwork with the hospital or surgery center.

    Prior to undergoing surgery, you will require a lab evaluation (i.e. Complete Blood Count), authorization from your insurance company, and a medical clearance from your primary care physician. We will work with you to arrange for all of this.

    Several days before your surgery, you will undergo a pre-operative visit with the physician who will perform surgery on you to discuss the nature of the surgery, risks and benefits, usual post-operative course, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

    We are privileged to play such an important role in your healing process and look forward to helping you find relief.

    I’ve Had Surgery. What Now?

    First, congratulations on completing your surgery. Our goal now is to facilitate the healing process and ensure the best possible result from your surgery.

    The hospital will usually give you discharge instructions before you leave. It is extremely important that you follow these instructions, as failure to do so could "undo" the benefits for which we laid the groundwork during your surgery.

    Most discharge instructions are as follows, but check the exact copy the hospital gives you to be sure:

    • Keep your incision dry for 7-10 days. This means you should completely avoid showering or bathing, and use only a sponge bath to clean yourself when necessary.
    • As along as your incision is draining, it should be covered.
    • Once your incision is dry, it can be left open to air.
    • Pain medications will usually be provided prior to discharge. Be sure to use these as directed.
    • Activity restrictions or bracing instructions will also be provided prior to discharge and should be followed carefully.

    A post-operative visit is usually scheduled 1-2 weeks after your operation and is often scheduled for you prior to your surgery.

    Congratulations on being on the path to recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us during our regular business hours. In the case of an emergency, you can contact the physician after hours by calling the office's main number and asking the answering service to page the physicians. Call 911 if you require immediate assistance.

  • I Have a New Injury

    I Have a New Injury

    Please, check back soon for more information.

    Take the Next Step

  • Pay My Bill

    Pay My Bill

    We offer two options for paying your bill:

    Pay Your Bill by Phone

    Call us at (480) 353-0446. Over the phone we accept payment by Mastercard, Visa, Discover, AMEX and debit cards are accepted.

    Pay Your Bill by Postal Mail

    Your statement has a form you can fill out to include a check or credit card. Simply mail the attached form back to our practice.

  • Contact the Doctor

    Contact The Physician

    If you need to contact the physician please give us a call at
    (480) 353-0446.

    Office Hours

    Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Thursday
    Fridays, 8:30am - 12:00pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Request Test Results

    Request Test Results

    If you were referred to have additional tests performed outside of our office, please call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician to review those results in person.

    It is a good idea to schedule your follow-up appointment once you have the test scheduled.

    Many results must first be screened by the physician and have further recommendations made, and this may take an extra day or two.

    Take The Next Step

    To schedule an appointment to review your test results please call our office at (480)-353-0446

  • Request Medical Records

    Request Medical Records

    We're dedicated to making your experience as a patient smooth, comfortable, and efficient. We've prepared this section to help you learn more about the administrative aspects of your care. All requests for medical records take at least 5-7 business days to complete. There is a charge for the release of medical records.

    To request a copy of your medical records to be sent to another physician or hospital, please complete our medical release form, listed below. The medical release form can then be hand-carried or mailed to your treating physician's office.

    Request Forms:

    To request a copy of your medical records be sent FROM our office, please fill out this form.

    To request a copy of your medical records be sent TO our office, please fill out this form.

    You may read our health information privacy policies here.

    For office addresses, please see our locations page.

  • Renew a Prescription

    Renew a Prescription

    Spine & Orthopedic Specialists will prescribe pain medication for a limited time as part of your surgical care. If long term pain management is necessary, patients may be referred to their primary care physician or a pain management physician.

    Refills will not be made if you "run out early" so be sure you take your medication as prescribed. Do NOT increase the prescribed amount of medication without a physician's permission. You are responsible for your medications. If your pain medication or muscle relaxant medication is lost, misplaced or stolen, it will not be refilled.

    Prescription refills are handled during our office hours only.

    Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Friday, 8:30am - 12:00pm
    Closed for lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    If your prescription is running low, please do not wait until the weekend or until your medication has completey run out. If you are planning to travel out of town, you should also make sure that a sufficient supply of medicaton is available for use on your trip.

    To renew a prescription, simply contact your pharmacy and follow their directions regarding prescription renewals. We will refill your prescription, if approved, within 24 hours from the time the pharmacy notifies us.

  • Register As a New Patient

    Register as a New Patient

    We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our practice. We invite you to begin your new patient registration as soon as you'd like by following these directions:

    Print and Fill Out the Following Forms

    Select one of the following forms
    based on the nature of your injury

    Prepare for Your Office Visit

    In addition to completing the provided forms, we will also require the following information for your visit:

    • Driver's License or other Valid Government-Issued Photo ID
    • Insurance card and any co-payment due for your visit
    • All previous X-Rays and MRIs
    • List of current medications and their dosages

    NOTE: You will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25.00, should you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time.

    Get Directions to Our Office

    Visit our Location Page to see a map of our office and get personalized driving directions.

    We Look Forward to Seeing You!

    Please arrive 20 minutes early if you have not yet filled out these forms. If you have completed forms with you, you only need to check in with the reception desk 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

    Thank you for your assistance completing this information. We look forward to seeing you on the day of your appointment!

  • Had Surgery. Now What?

    I've Had Surgery. What Now ?

    First, congratulations on completing your surgery. Our goal now is to facilitate the healing process and ensure the best possible result from your surgery.

    The hospital will usually give you discharge instructions before you leave. It is extremely important that you follow these instructions, as failure to do so could "undo" the benefits for which we laid the groundwork during your surgery.

    Discharge Instructions


    Keep your incision dry for 7-10 days. This means you should completely avoid showering or bathing, and use only a sponge bath to clean yourself when necessary.


    As along as your incision is draining, it should be covered.


    Once your incision is dry, it can be left open to air.


    Pain medications will usually be provided prior to discharge. Be sure to use these as directed.


    Activity restrictions or bracing instructions will also be provided prior to discharge and should be followed carefully.


    Note:

    Most discharge instructions are as follows, but check the exact copy the hospital gives you to be sure.

    A post-operative visit is usually scheduled 1-2 weeks after your operation and is often scheduled for you prior to your surgery.

    The Path of Recovery

    Congratulations, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us during our regular business hours. In the case of an emergency, you can contact the physician after hours by calling the office's main number and asking the answering service to page the physicians. Call 911 if you require immediate assistance.

  • Scheduled for a Surgery

    Scheduled for a Surgery ?

    After one of our physicians determines that surgery is needed, you'll have an opportunity to work with our Surgical Coordinator to decide on the surgery date and location, and arrange any paperwork with the hospital or surgery center.

    Prior to undergoing surgery, you will require a lab evaluation (i.e. Complete Blood Count), authorization from your insurance company, and a medical clearance from your primary care physician. We will work with you to arrange for all of this.

    Several days before your surgery, you will undergo a pre-operative visit with the physician who will perform surgery on you to discuss the nature of the surgery, risks and benefits, usual post-operative course, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

    We are privileged to play such an important role in your healing process and look forward to helping you find relief.

    ** Patients can typically be seen within a week after requesting an appointment. **
  • Scheduled Test

    Scheduled for a Test ?

    If our physicians determine that you should undergo a diagnostic test, we send the appropriate prescriptions and patient information to the testing facility. The testing facility will contact you to schedule an appointment.

    We ask that you call our office once your appointment is made to schedule your follow-up appointment with our physicians.

    ** Patients can typically be seen within a week after requesting an appointment. **
  • My First Visit

    My First Visit

    Welcome to Spine & Orthopedic Specialists! We take enormous pride in providing you with superior care in a comfortable and convenient office environment.

    In preparation for your first appointment

    Be sure to bring the following items:

    • Insurance card
    • Co-payment due for visit
    • Insurance authorization
    • If applicable, workers compensation information
    • If applicable, any referral forms from your physician
    • If applicable, any X-Rays, MRI Films, CT Scans, or EMGs
    • If applicable, any pertinent medical history such as lab results
    • A valid form of ID such as a driver's license

    If you are in pain, try to avoid activities that may aggravate your symptoms.

    We ask that our new patients arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time so that you have enough time to fill out additional paperwork and get checked in.

    It is a great privilege to assist you in your healing process and we look forward to meeting you!

    - The Spine & Orthopedic Specialists Team


  • I Need a Physcial

    I Need a Physical

    Many young athletes require a physical in order to participate in organized sports. A physical is one of the most simple and straightforward services we perform and usually takes less than 20 minutes.

    During the physical, our physicians will take a brief medical history, check heart and lung function, test dexterity, and evaluate new or previous injuries. A physical is also a good opportunity to voice any concerns you may have about nagging injuries or pain that may not have in and of themselves required a dedicated visit.

    Take the Next Step

    ** Patients can typically be seen within a week after requesting an appointment. **
  • I Have an Injury

    I Have an Injury

    Injuries or pain can be disabling, especially when they affect your quality of life and productivity. Our patients tell us that after they suffer an injury, they simply want to get back on their feet and healthy as quickly as possible with the least invasive treatment available.

    Most simple sprains and strains can be treated with Rest, Ice, Elevation, and Anti-Inflammatories (link to HW article), however if the pain persists past a reasonable period of time, you should undergo an evaluation by a musculo-skeletal specialist.

    Many men in particular often feel they can "tough it out" after suffering an injury, however delaying treatment for your injury can potentially lead to long-term consequences that would otherwise be easily avoided. Seeing a specialist immediately after your injury can make a major difference in avoiding long-term complications. In fact, some severe injuries are more easily treated if discovered early.

    Take the Next Step

  • Request an Appointment

    Request an Appointment

    Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, either online or by phone. Returning patients may also use our Patient Portal

    Once your Appointment is Scheduled

    Please arrive for your scheduled appointment on time. Patients who arrive more than 20 minutes after their scheduled time may be rescheduled. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call us at least 24 hours in advance so we may use those times for other patients.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Contact Information:

    Main Number:

    (480) 353-0446

    Billing Questions:

    (480) 353-0446

    Fax Number:

    (877) 715-6428

  • Participating Insurances

    Participating Insurances

    Insurance Information

    Bring your insurance card with you to your first appointment. It is essential that we have complete and accurate insurance information.


    If your insurance plan requires a referral to see a specialist, please contact your primary care physician for a referral, unless you have a medical emergency.


    Most insurance companies require that your treatment be approved before you enter the hospital or have surgery.


    Your insurance company may require a second opinion about your physician's recommended course of treatment.


    Proceeding without prior approval, or a second opinion, may result in a loss of all or a part of your insurance benefits.


    We Participate in the Following Insurance Plans

    • Accountable Health/IHP
    • Aetna US Healthcare
    • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS):  APIPA/SCAN ONLY
    • APIPA
    • Arizona Foundation for Medical Care
    • Beech Street
    • CAPP Care
    • Caremore
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
    • Cigna
    • First Health/CCN (Coventry)
    • Galaxy Health Network
    • Great-West Health (HMO, POS, PPO)
    • Health Management Associates (AMN/RAN)
    • Health Net of Arizona
    • Humana Health Care Plans
    • Humana Choice Care PPO
    • LifeWise Health Plans of Arizona
    • Medical Mutual
    • Medicare
    • Pacificare (PPO/Metro HMO/MetroPlus HMO/Secure Horizons)
    • PHCS
    • SCAN
    • Schaller Anderson Network of Arizona (HMO only)
    • Secure Horizons (Complete Access, East Valley, Phoenix Secure Hospital, Sun Health & Thunderbird Networks - Does not include Evercare plan)
    • State Compression Fund (PCN is PPO Network)
    • Three Rivers Provider Network
    • TriCare/TriWest
    • United Healthcare
    • USA Managed Care Organization
    • Workers Compensation
  • Ross Uthe, PA-C

    Ross Uthe, PA-C

    Ross Uthe, PA-C

    Spine & Orthopedic Specialists is proud to have Ross Uthe as a Certified Physician Assistant on our clinical team. Ross received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, graduating with honors. While in college, Ross enjoyed working as a physical therapy assistant and as a supervisor and instructor for a local recreation association.

    Education

    College – Oakland University, Rochester, MI
    Master of Physician Assistant Studies – Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, OH

    Credentials

    Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
    Certified by the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants
    ACLS Certified 2011

    Affiliations

    American Academy of Physician Assistants
    Hospital Staff Privileges
    Scottsdale Healthcare – Thompson Peak Campus
    Scottsdale Healthcare – Shea Campus
    North Valley Surgery Center

  • Curtis Mina, M.D.

    dr. Curtis Mina, m.d.

    Curtis Mina, MD

    Dr. Curtis Mina is a board-eligible, fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in minimally invasive methods for treating spinal pathology as well as navigated spinal instrumentation.

    Dr. Mina studied biomedical engineering at Northwestern University following which he completed his medical degree at Duke University in 2007. His additional training includes an orthopedic residency at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, which has been the top ranked orthopedic program in US News and World Report for each of the last five years. He then completed a combined neurosurgery/orthopedic surgery spine fellowship at Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, KY. He trained with both orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons learning to incorporate methods from both of these disciplines for treating spine pathology. Dr. Mina has also completed additional training in minimally invasive spine surgery during a traveling fellowship to Singapore, where he worked at Singapore General Hospital shadowing many of the early pioneers of minimally invasive spine surgery. There he learned how these techniques differ from those traditionally taught to trainees in the US.

    During his career, Dr. Mina has also been active in giving back to various and diverse community. He has recently traveled to Ghana for two weeks where he performed complex spinal reconstructive procedures in children with severe scoliosis who were otherwise unable to obtain surgical care. Additionally, while in medical school, Curtis organized and completed a 51 day, 4300 mile cross country bicycle trip from Virginia to Oregon as a means of raising funds to benefit the Sarcoma Foundation of America. This organization strives to develop new methods for treating children with orthopedic tumors.

  • Cory Nelson, M.D.

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    Cory Nelson, MD

    Dr. Cory Nelson is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who joins Spine & Orthopedic Specialists with an expertise in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He currently has hospital privileges at Scottsdale Healthcare in Thompson Peak and Shea as well as Desert Ridge Outpatient Surgery Center and North Valley Surgery Center.

    Specialty

    Dr. Nelson specializes in the non-operative and operative management of injuries in youth and adult patients of all skill levels from recreational to professional athletes.

    Education

    B.S. in Microbiology, magna cum laude
    Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, AZ

    M.D. with distinction
    The George Washington University School of Medicine
    Washington, DC

    Dr. Nelson completed an additional year of advanced training at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA. While at Kerlan-Jobe, he participated in both the sideline and surgical management of professional athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, LA Kings, and Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Nelson also provided on-field coverage for several high school and collegiate football teams, including USC, Fullerton College, and Stony Brook University. He is currently the orthopedic consultant for Fountain Hills High School School District.

  • Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy

    THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.

    PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. THE PRIVACY OF YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO US.

    Our Legal Duty

    We are required by applicable federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your protected health information. We are also required to give you this notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your protected health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice while it is in effect. This notice takes effect April 14, 2003, and will remain in effect until we replace it.

    We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided that such changes are permitted by applicable law. We reserve the right to make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our notice effective for all protected health information that we maintain, including medical information we created or received before we made the changes.

    You may request a copy of our notice (or any subsequent revised notice) at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this notice, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice.

    Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

    We will use and disclose your protected health information about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations. Following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your protected health care information that may occur. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but to describe the types of uses and disclosures that may be made by our office.

    Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, we would disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to a home health agency that provides care to you. We will also disclose protected health information to other physicians who may be treating you. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.

    In addition, we may disclose your protected health information from time to time to another physician or health care provider (e.g., a specialist or laboratory) who, at the request of your physician, becomes involved in your care by providing assistance with your health care diagnosis or treatment to your physician.

    Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the health care services we recommend for you, such as: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, reviewing services provided to you for protected health necessity, and undertaking utilization review activities. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the hospital admission.

    Health Care Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to conduct certain business and operational activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities.

    For example, we may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when your doctor is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you by telephone or mail to remind you of your appointment.

    We will share your protected health information with third party "business associates" that perform various activities (e.g., billing, transcription services) for the practice. Whenever an arrangement between our office and a business associate involves the use or disclosure of your protected health information, we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your protected health information.

    We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. We may also use and disclose your protected health information for other marketing activities. For example, your name and address may be used to send you a newsletter about our practice and the services we offer. We may also send you information about products or services that we believe may be beneficial to you. You may contact us to request that these materials not be sent to you.

    Uses and Disclosures Based On Your Written Authorization: Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information will be made only with your authorization, unless otherwise permitted or required by law as described below.

    You may give us written authorization to use your protected health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Without your written authorization, we will not disclose your health care information except as described in this notice.

    Others Involved in Your Health Care: Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person's involvement in your health care. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment. We may use or disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any other person that is responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death.

    Marketing: We may use your protected health information to contact you with information about treatment alternatives that may be of interest to you. We may disclose your protected health information to a business associate to assist us in these activities. Unless the information is provided to you by a general newsletter or in person or is for products or services of nominal value, you may opt out of receiving further such information by telling us using the contact information listed at the end of this notice.

    Research; Death; Organ Donation: We may use or disclose your protected health information for research purposes in limited circumstances. We may disclose the protected health information of a deceased person to a coroner, protected health examiner, funeral director or organ procurement organization for certain purposes.

    Public Health and Safety: We may disclose your protected health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious and imminent threat to your health or safety, or the health or safety of others. We may disclose your protected health information to a government agency authorized to oversee the health care system or government programs or its contractors, and to public health authorities for public health purposes.

    Health Oversight: We may disclose protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations and inspections. Oversight agencies seeking this information include government agencies that oversee the health care system, government benefit programs, other government regulatory programs and civil rights laws.

    Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority that is authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. In addition, we may disclose your protected health information if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence to the governmental entity or agency authorized to receive such information. In this case, the disclosure will be made consistent with the requirements of applicable federal and state laws.

    Food and Drug Administration: We may disclose your protected health information to a person or company required by the Food and Drug Administration to report adverse events, product defects or problems, biologic product deviations; to track products; to enable product recalls; to make repairs or replacements; or to conduct post marketing surveillance, as required.

    Criminal Activity: Consistent with applicable federal and state laws, we may disclose your protected health information, if we believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public. We may also disclose protected health information if it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.

    Required by Law: We may use or disclose your protected health information when we are required to do so by law. For example, we must disclose your protected health information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request for purposes of determining whether we are in compliance with federal privacy laws. We may disclose your protected health information when authorized by workers' compensation or similar laws.

    Process and Proceedings: We may disclose your protected health information in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process, under certain circumstances. Under limited circumstances, such as a court order, warrant or grand jury subpoena, we may disclose your protected health information to law enforcement officials.

    Law Enforcement: We may disclose limited information to a law enforcement official concerning the protected health information of a suspect, fugitive, material witness, crime victim or missing person. We may disclose the protected health information of an inmate or other person in lawful custody to a law enforcement official or correctional institution under certain circumstances. We may disclose protected health information where necessary to assist law enforcement officials to capture an individual who has admitted to participation in a crime or has escaped from lawful custody.

    Patient Rights

    Access: You have the right to look at or get copies of your protected health information, with limited exceptions. You must make a request in writing to the contact person listed herein to obtain access to your protected health information. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this notice. If you request copies, we will charge you $25.00 for each page or $10.00 per hour to locate and copy your protected health information, and postage if you want the copies mailed to you. If you prefer, we will prepare a summary or an explanation of your protected health information for a fee. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice for a full explanation of our fee structure.

    Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your protected health information for purposes other than treatment, payment, health care operations and certain other activities after April 14, 2003. After April 14, 2009, the accounting will be provided for the past six (6) years. We will provide you with the date on which we made the disclosure, the name of the person or entity to whom we disclosed your protected health information, a description of the protected health information we disclosed, the reason for the disclosure, and certain other information. If you request this list more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice for a full explanation of our fee structure.

    Restriction Requests: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your protected health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency). Any agreement we may make to a request for additional restrictions must be in writing signed by a person authorized to make such an agreement on our behalf. We will not be bound unless our agreement is so memorialized in writing.

    Confidential Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you in confidence about your protected health information by alternative means or to an alternative location. You must make your request in writing. We must accommodate your request if it is reasonable, specifies the alternative means or location, and continues to permit us to bill and collect payment from you.

    Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your protected health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request if we did not create the information you want amended or for certain other reasons. If we deny your request, we will provide you a written explanation. You may respond with a statement of disagreement to be appended to the information you wanted amended. If we accept your request to amend the information, we will make reasonable efforts to inform others, including people or entities you name, of the amendment and to include the changes in any future disclosures of that information.

    Electronic Notice: If you receive this notice on our website or by electronic mail (e-mail), you are entitled to receive this notice in written form. Please contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice to obtain this notice in written form.

    Questions and Complaints

    If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us using the information below. If you believe that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your protected health information or in response to a request you made, you may complain to us using the contact information below. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request.

    We support your right to protect the privacy of your protected health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Todd Doerr, M.D.

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    Todd Doerr, MD

    Dr. Todd Doerr is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialization in the minimally invasive spine, hip and knee arthritis, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, as well as sports medicine. Currently, he is the Chair of Orthopedics and Co-Chair of Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak.

    Specialty

    Minimally invasive spine, sports medicine, shoulder, hip and knee arthritis, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder.

    Credentials

    Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
    Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners
    Licensed by the Arizona State Board of Medical Examiners

    Affiliations

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
    American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Hospital Staff Privileges
    Scottsdale Healthcare-Thompson Peak
    Scottsdale Healthcare-Shea
    Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn
    Desert Ridge Outpatient Surgery Center