Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

The physician assistants and nurse practitioners at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies take care of patients in close collaboration with their surgeon.

Patients may see one of our PA’s or NP’s to prepare for surgery (the pre-op appointment), at the time of surgery, a post-operative appointment, or a regular office appointment.

Here are more details about our staff of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. They work in our Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, CO, clinics and surgery center:

Travis Babcock, PA-C
Travis Babcock, MPAS, PA-C
Joined OCR: March 2014
Physicians: Kirk Kindsfater, MD
PA Experience: Since 2011 in orthopaedics
Education: Master’s degree in physician assistant studies, University of Nebraska Omaha),  2010; Bachelor’s degree, biotechnology, Univ. of Nebraska (Omaha), 2008
Todd Bryce, PA-CT
Todd Bryce, PA-C, LAT
Joined OCR: July 2014
Physician: Kirk Kindsfater, MD
PA Experience: Sports medicine, licensed athletic trainer; since 2014 in orthopaedics
Education: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Chicago), 2014
Matt Crawford, PA-C Matt Crawford, PA-C
Joined OCR: March 2010
Physician: C. Dana Clark, MD
PA Experience: Since 2007 in orthopaedics
Education: Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Shenandoah University, (Winchester, VA), 2006
Amber Curtis, MS, ANCP-C
Amber Curtis, MS, ACNP-C, FNP-C, RNFA
Joined OCR: January 2012
Physician: Michael J. Houghton, MD
NP Experience: Since 2012 in orthopaedics, previously 7 years as an operating room RN and 5 years as an RN first assistant
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), 2003; BSN in Nursing, Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Springfield, MO), 2004; Master’s, Dual Nurse Practitioner Program (Acute Care and Family, Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2012
Katie Driscoll, PA-C
Katie Driscoll, M.S., PA-C
Joined OCR: April 2011
Physicians: Michael Rusnak, MD, Rob Baer, MD, and other physicians who provide care for trauma patients on-call
PA Experience: Since 2011 in orthopaedics
Education: B.S., Physiological Sciences, University of Arizona 2005;  M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL, 2011
Nate Hawkins, PA-C
Nathan Hawkins, PA-C
Joined OCR: December 2015
Physician: Kirk Kindsfater, MD
PA Experience: Since 2005 in orthopaedics
Education: B.A., Athletic Training, North Central College, Naperville, IL, 2001;  M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, 2005
Brian Hoffman, PA-C
Brian Hoffman, PA-C
Joined OCR: November 2004
Physician: Sean Grey, MD
PA Experience: Since 2000 in orthopaedics
Education: B.S., Health Sciences, Lock Haven University, PA, 1996;
The George Washington University PA Program, 2000
Jodi Holthouser, NP
Jodi Holthouser, MS, FNP-BC
Joined OCR: September 2015
Physician: Sean Grey, MD
NP Experience: Since 2015 in orthopaedics
RN Experience: RN-BSN since 2007 in Cardiac Intensive Care, Cardiac Cath Lab, Forensic Examiner, Operating Room (specializing in orthopaedics and general surgery)
Education: M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), 2015; B.S., Nursing, UNC, 2007; B.S., Health and Exercise Science (Sports Medicine), Colorado State University, 2004
LeeAnn Keller, FNP-C
LeeAnn R. Keller, FNP-C
Joined OCR: May 2015
Physicians: Robert Baer, MD, Michael Rusnak, MD, and other physicians  on trauma call
NP Experience: Since 2006
Education: RN-BSN, Southwestern University, Winfield, KS, 2000;
Master’s of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 2006.
Dale Lehman, PA-C
Dale Lehman, PA-C, MS, ATC

Joined OCR: July 1996
Physician: Mark McFerran, MD
PA Experience: Since 1996 at OCR
Education: B.S., Colorado State University, 1989; M.S., University of Florida, 1991; PA certification, Cuyahoga Community College (Parma, OH), 1996
Nancy McRae, PA-C
Nancy McRae, PA-C

Joined OCR: February 2009
Physician: Robert Benz, MD
PA Experience: 2004-07 in physiatry; since 2007 in orthopaedics
Education: B.S., Sports Medicine, Montana State University, 1990; M.S., Health Education, Middle Tennessee State University, 1998; B.S., Physician Assistant, Rocky Mountain College, 2002
David Messinger, PA-C
David Messinger, PA-C

Joined OCR: November 2016
Physician: Riley Hale, MD
PA Experience: Since 2016 in orthopaedics
Education: B.S., Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), 2011; M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY), 2016
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Carri Miller, MPAS, PA-C

Joined OCR: April 2015 Physician: Kirk Kindsfater, MD PA Experience: Since 1998 in orthopaedics Education: Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Iowa, 1995; Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Baylor University, 1992.
Amy Romero, PA-C
Amy Romero, MMS, PA-C
Joined OCR: June 2007
Physicians: Rob Baer, MD, Michael Rusnak, MD, and other physicians  on trauma call
PA Experience: Since 2001 in orthopaedics
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Colorado College, 1995; Certificate in PA studies, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO, 2000
Master of Medical Science, St. Francis University (Loretto, PA), 2000
Danielle Talbert, PA-C
Danielle Talbert, PA-C
Joined OCR: June 2017
Physician: William Biggs, MD
PA Experience: Since 2012 in orthopaedics
Education: Bachelor’s degrees in Integrative Physiology and in Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007; Master of Science, Physician Assistant Practice, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2012

Michael C. Thornton, PA-C

Joined OCR: 2013
Physician: Rocci Trumper, MD
PA Experience: Since 2005 in sports medicine
Education: Master of Physician Assistant, Eastern VA Medical School (Norfolk)
Master of Athletic Training, Old Dominion University (Norfolk)
B.S., Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)