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Medical icon Shasta Vansickle, PA-C

Shasta was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. She studied Pre-Med and received her BS in Biology with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  At UALR, Shasta also competed in Division I Cross Country and Track & Field and played one year of basketball.  She went to Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY for PA school.  Her husband then recruited her to Colorado, which was not a hard sell!  She was raised in a rural town in Arkansas and will always respect the hardworking and farming communities and still enjoys taking care of patients with this mindset and way of life.  Little Rock and New York helped her to understand cultural diversity and to better understand people and patients from different backgrounds.  Previously, Shasta worked in pediatric orthopedics and while unplanned was fortunate enough to fall into pediatric and adult spine surgery.  She has worked with several spine surgeons in the area and has grown a real love and passion for this area of medicine.  She works with Dr Horner on the physiatry Team at Panorama. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, running, hiking, skiing, going to sporting events, and traveling.Shasta has been a Pa for more than 10 years. She supports the non-operative philosophy of trying everything we can to avoid surgery, while also realizing that sometimes surgery is still necessary and the only thing that will correct the underlying orthopedic issues. Shasta is also well trained in understanding EMG results, reading her own x-rays and MRIs, ordering and explaining spinal injections, discussing cellular treatments, referring to specialized physical therapists, and performing ultrasound guided joint injections.