Meet Our Providers
The physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics are all board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and provide high quality, patient-centered care for you and your family. We have four orthopedic doctors and two physician assistants (PAs) at Midwest Orthopaedics ready to serve you. They are among the best orthopaedic professionals in Johnson County, Kansas, and their collective expertise defines our practice.
Meet the Doctors
Meet the PAs
Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Graduation from an accredited program and passage of the national certification exam are required for state licensure.
The Physician-PA team can help increase efficiency and optimize patient care. Frequent consultation and review of patient care, by both the physician and the PA, assures that all patients are receiving the best possible care. Some of the PA’s responsibilities include:
- Take patient histories
- Perform physical examinations
- Administer injections
- Order and interpret laboratory tests and imaging studies
- Formulate diagnoses and treatment plans
- Schedule surgeries
- Provide surgical assistance
All of these actions are performed with the supervision and consultation of the attending physician.
Meet the PTs
Physical therapists hold a masters or doctoral degree in physical therapy and are required to pass an examination to become certified physical therapists. Many graduates continue on to do an internship, where they train with an experienced physical therapist one-on-one prior to treating patients on their own. Physical therapists can further specialize in particular types of therapy or certain modalities, such as hand therapy or the McKenzie method.
If your doctor prescribes physical therapy, you will be paired with a therapist who will help you to improve your strength, endurance, mobility, and overall physical condition. The therapist will evaluate your baseline strengths, limitations, endurance, balance, and other factors. This information will be used to design an individualized treatment plan. A variety of treatment modalities may be incorporated, such as hot and cold therapy, ultrasound, and manual therapy, and adjustments will be made as needed, based on your progress.
Matthew graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has worked in a variety of outpatient physical therapy settings and enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, but his main passion is treating spine/chronic pain and sports related injuries. His greatest enjoyment comes from educating his patients and helping guide them through the process of improving their function. His philosophy relies on empowering the patient through self-awareness of habitual activities, patterning and designing a simple, but effective home program that gives each individual control over their pain/dysfunction. He is excited to be a part of the Midwest Orthopaedics team and managing patient care through optimal communication with the physicians. This teamwork between physician, physical therapist, and patient optimizes patient outcomes.
Nate received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from K-State in 2014 and his DPT from the University of St. Mary in 2017, joining us after graduation. During his training, he did several clinical rotations that will be relevant in his work with Midwest Orthopaedics Physical Therapy: post op total joint replacement patients, sports medicine and worker’s compensation patients. Part of his training was done under our clinic Director, Matt Stensrud!
Nate’s personal treatment philosophy is to provide a personalized plan that is different for every patient. He prides himself in listening and hearing what the patient has to say and coming up with a treatment plan based on the individual. Nate enjoys working with patients from all different backgrounds, and injury histories. “I will always put my patients first and work hard to try and help them get to where they want to go. I am passionate about getting to know my patients and building trust, to form a relationship that helps make therapy enjoyable.”
Physical Therapist Assistant
Sean has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He then graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kansas City Kansas Community College in May of 2013. He has a background in sports medicine, pain management, and wellness. His wife, Alicia, is a respiratory therapist and they welcomed a happy, healthy little girl in March of 2016.