Chelsea Bruening, Physician Assistant
Chelsea grew up in Carroll, Iowa. She attended Simpson College for undergraduate school and Des Moines University for graduate school where she earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Before moving to Colorado, Chelsea worked on the orthopedic trauma at both Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. When she’s not working, Chelsea loves traveling, hiking, playing and watching sports, and cheering for her favorite team, the Iowa State Cyclones!
Barry Bronk, Physician Assistant
Barry grew up in Arvada, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Barry was both an All-American and academic All-American quarterback while attending Ottawa University. He received his PA degree from Wichita State University and then went on to receive his Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska. Barry is a PA working with the trauma team at Panorama Orthopedic and Spine center.
Chris Erwin, Physician Assistant
Chris grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. He initially had a background in sports medicine and worked as an athletic trainer prior to going to PA school at Midwestern University in Chicago. Once he graduated he worked as an orthopedic PA in Longmont, Colorado working in specialties including: upper extremity, lower extremity, total joints and sports medicine before joining Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center. He now works with the trauma team at Panorama and St Anthony’s Hospital. Chris enjoys all aspects of Orthopedics but currently focuses on trauma. When he is not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his kids, and his wife Nicki. Like most who live here, he enjoys the Colorado lifestyle and likes hiking, camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding.
Sonya Silleck, Physician Assistant
Sonya grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University (Missouri) where she was an NCAA All-American swimmer and academic All-American. After completing her undergraduate studies, Sonya worked for several years in a genetics research lab at the University of Colorado. She remained at CU to earn her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. Sonya is a hospital-based ortho trauma PA and has been with Panorama since 2007. Sonya maintains a special interest in wilderness/backcountry medicine. When not working, she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, swimming, and traveling with her husband and 2 children.
Nicholas Walsh, Physician Assistant
Nick grew up in Denver, Colorado. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology. While in college, he played rugby for the University of Iowa as well as the University of Colorado. He attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for his graduate studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Health Science as well as his PA certificate. He since has gained experience in both Orthopedic Sports Medicine as well as Orthopedic Trauma Surgery. Currently, Nick is a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Team at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. He is a passionate fly angler and spends most his free time on the river, fly fishing in the Rocky Mountain high country.
Renata Palmer, Physician Assistant
Renata grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended undergraduate school at The University of New Mexico. She went on to graduate from the Physician Assistant program at Midwestern University in Illinois. Before moving to Colorado she worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago as part of their orthopedic trauma team. When she is not working she enjoys spending time outdoors; especially running and hiking with her dog.
Tara Lang, Physician Assistant
Tara Lang grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and attended college at the University of Colorado, Denver where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Following that, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete a Master of Science Degree and receive her degree as a Physician Assistant. Tara always wanted to be a healthcare provider and she was excited to become a PA because of the collaborative nature and wide variety of opportunities. During PA school she developed a passion for surgery and the world of orthopedics. She enjoys working in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine and treating injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. She is passionate about providing care and education to patients, helping to rehabilitate their injuries and helping them to continue to lead an active lifestyle.
When she is not working, Tara enjoys traveling, skiing, golfing, snorkeling, and spending time with her husband and dog cheering for The Denver Broncos.
Molly Burns, Physician Assistant
Molly Burns was born and raised in a small farm town outside of West Chester, PA. For her undergraduate education she attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. She completed her Physician Assistant Master’s degree at Pacific University outside of Portland, OR.
She is overjoyed to call Colorado home and devoted to positively impacting the lives of patients. Molly looks forward to building strong foundations, advocating for patients, and has a caring approach to medicine.
Outside of medicine Molly finds joy in mountain biking, travel, yoga, fresh powder days and spending time with loved ones.
Emily Czyzyk, Physician Assistant
Emily Czyzyk grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and attended college at the Villanova University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Following that, she attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA where she received her degree as a Physician Assistant. Emily graduated and became an Orthopedic PA in 2017 where she worked in sports medicine, trauma, and general orthopedics in Richmond, VA prior to moving to Denver and joining Panorama in 2021. Emily is part of the foot and ankle team at Panorama and works primarily with Dr. Conklin and Dr. Deol. When she is not working, she enjoys skiing, hiking, live music, and hanging out with her adorable labradoodle.
Brooke Mansfield, Physician Assistant
Brooke is a Colorado native growing up in Broomfield, CO. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder for her undergraduate studies earning a degree in Integrative Physiology and then received her medical training and obtained her graduate degree in Physician Assistant studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Brooke was always passionate about pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery therefore she initially gained experience serving as a PA in Orthopedic Trauma at a level 1 trauma center in Phoenix, AZ. She always knew she wanted to return to her home state of Colorado one day and is happy to be back serving her local community. She primarily works with Dr. Dan Haber in sports medicine and hip preservation. Brooke is always active in her free time and enjoys traveling, skiing, going to sporting events/concerts and spending time with her two nieces.
Heather Pupavac, Physician Assistant
Heather Pupavac grew up in Long Beach, California and Centennial, Colorado and then spent 15 years living in Washington, D.C. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder (BA Economics) and then law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (MA Natural Resources and Environmental Law Studies). Then she decided to pursue a medical career and attended Chamberlain University to receive her BS in Nursing, and MS in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
After changing careers from business into nursing, Heather wanted to be a flight nurse. She worked in the Emergency Department and ICU to gain the necessary experience to fly, but because it is so competitive, she decided to go back to school for her NP in case flying didn’t work out. She ended up graduating NP school at the same time she received a flight offer, and decided ultimately to pursue her NP degree. Once she found surgery as an NP, she never looked back. Today she loves working in surgery and can’t imagine doing anything else.
Heather’s medical background is in trauma and acute care surgery with University of Maryland. It was there that she trained with a really strong trauma team. She enjoys the team approach and collaborating with others. After working in trauma, she wanted to specialize and really become an expert in a more narrow surgical specialty. Because she already saw and managed a lot of orthopedic injuries, she decided to specialize in orthopedic trauma.
When she’s not working, Heather loves surfing, SCUBA diving, skiing, yoga, animal rescue, travel adventures near and far, and spending time with family and friends.
Chelsea Tidwell, Physician Assistant
Chelsea Tidwell grew up in Oxford, Mississippi and attended school at the University of Arkansas Salus University
She became a Physician Assistant to practice medicine and provide meaningful care to the community. Before joining Panorama, Chelsea worked as an orthopedic surgery PA at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she worked in orthopedic trauma for more than four years. She specialized in fracture management and orthopedic trauma in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Today, she works at Panorama as part of the orthopedic trauma team at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
When Chelsea is not working she enjoys visiting the national parks for adventures in backpacking and camping.
Amanda Millard, Physician Assistant
Amanda was born in Madison, WI. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Upper Iowa University where she participated in 4 years of collegiate soccer. She then attended King’s College to complete her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She worked for 2+ years at Marshfield Medical Center in Foot & Ankle, prior to moving to Colorado to join Panorama. She primarily works in the Express Clinic and with Dr. Grossman on the Orthopedic trauma team. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, running, reading, and spending time with family, friends and her two Golden retrievers.