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, referring to specialized physical therapists, and performing ultrasound guided joint injections.
Sarah came to Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center with prior experience in neurology and movement disorders. This background has given her a better understanding of neuroscience and how it translates into what a person is feeling, experiencing and their overall mobility
It is with this knowledge that she will be able to partner with Dr. Karen Knight to provide alternative treatments to chronic pain. Sarah is excited to apply innovative approaches to helping orthopedic and chronic patients lead fulfilling lives.
Sarah grew up playing sports and played volleyball in college at the University of Northern Colorado and skied freestyle her senior year of college for the University of Colorado. In this, Sarah has been exposed to her fair share of orthopedic injuries and feels very passionate about caring for her patients so they can get back to doing what they love.
She has undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Nursing and went on to receive her master’s as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Grand Canyon University. Sarah is currently obtaining a Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health as a nurse practitioner from George Washington University. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, whether it be ski touring, riding single track, swimming, being with her dog, or working on her photography.