509.435.0973

   
 
 

Alpine Orthopaedic & Spine, P.C.

Alpine Orthopaedic and Spine in Spokane Washington has the support team of experienced and professional individuals that are dedicated to prompt and compassionate care for orthopedic and spine patients and their families. Our office is committed to providing excellent service to both our referring providers and our patients. To this end, we have incorporated casting, extremity bracing and in office x-ray to streamline the experience for our patients, while positioning the office in a central location in North Spokane adjacent to other vital healthcare services and professionals.

     
 
     
 
     

 

 
 
 

Alpine Orthopaedic & Spine, P.C.
212 East Central, Suite 365
Spokane, Washington 99208
T: (509) 435-0973
F: (509) 435-0978

 
 
   

MIGUEL A. SCHMITZ, MD

Dr. Schmitz moved to the Northwest early in his career as he completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Chemistry at Carroll College in Helena, Montana in 1982. His training for medical school and orthopaedics has directed his career throughout the country as he sought the best training in orthopaedics, sports medicine, arthroscopy and spine surgery. After eleven years in private practice and a previous orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship in New York, he performed a one year comprehensive spine surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both healthcare partners of the Harvard Medical School. With dual fellowships in surgical sports medicine and spine surgery, Dr. Schmitz is happy to offer his services in these disciplines for patients from the Inland Northwest.

 

 

MEDICAL SCHOOL, RESIDENCY, EDUCATION

  • University of Washington Medical School; Graduated with Honors Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor society-1990 Medical Honors Thesis in Biochemistry-1989 Seattle, WA September 1986-June 1990
  • Montana State University(within WAMI system of University of Washington) Bozeman, MT September 1986-June 1987
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Parkland Memorial Hospital; Children’s Medical Center; Zale Lipshy Medical Center; St. Paul Medical Center; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital; Dallas VA Medical Center; Baylor University Medical Center; Dallas Spine Hospital; Norfolk & Norwich Medical Center-Norwich, U.K. Dallas, TX 7/1/1991 to 6/30/1995 Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Carroll College; Graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Honors; Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society B.A. in Biology Helena, MT August 1982-May 1986

 

FELLOWSHIP

  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Programs Under direction of Kirkham Wood, MD, Christopher Bono, MD, Mitchell Harris, MD 8/1/2007-7/31/2008 Spine Surgery
  • University Of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital Kenneth DeHaven, MD and associates Rochester, NY 8/1/1995 to 7/31/1996 Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy

 

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc.: July 16, 1998 through December 31, 2018
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification for Sports Medicine: November 7, 2008 through December 31, 2018
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertification: 2008: 99th Percentile score
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certification for Sports Medicine: 2008: 95th Percentile score

 

SOCEITY MEMBERSHIP

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society(U Washington) (1990-)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Member(2000-)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America(2002-)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine(2002-)
  • North American Spine Society(2009-)
  • American Medical Association(1986-2002)
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society(Carroll College) (1985-)
  • Clear Creek Valley Medical Society (1998-1999)
  • Colorado Medical Society (1998-1999)
  • Oakland County Medical Society-(1997-1998)
  • Denver Medical Society (1998-1999)
  • Oregon Medical Society(1999-2008)
  • Spokane County Medical Society(2009-)
 
 
 

J. RYAN SAUNDERS, MPAS, PA-C

Ryan’s broad-based background beyond medicine has allowed him to bring a unique perspective to Alpine Orthopaedic and Spine, P.C. Raised in Coulee City, Washington, Ryan originally sought a career in architecture at Washington State University for one year. He then chose to serve his country in the US Army as a Combat Engineer for three years. Upon returning to the Northwest, he studied civil engineering for three years at the University of Idaho. Realizing that he enjoys using his hands, he completed training in invasive cardiovascular technology at Spokane Community College, and he then worked as a cardiovascular technologist in San Antonio for eight years. While in Texas, he studied biochemistry at the University of Texas, San Antonio. With an opportunity to return to the Northwest, he ultimately elected to complete his degree as a physician’s assistant at the University of Washington, graduating in 2006. He earned Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in 2007, while working as a PA with Spokane Plastic Surgeon, Kaiulani Morimoto, MD, and the Rockwood Clinic. Having worked in all aspects of Plastic surgery and having studied engineering, Ryan’s background lends itself well to the orthopaedic and spine clinic.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Physician Assistant Studies: University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA
  • Masters degree: University of Nebraska School of Medicine Omaha, NE

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • NCCPA certification
  • Washington State Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants

 

 
 
 

CHASE KAUFMAN, PA-C

Chase was born and raised in Billings, MT, and is now an official member of the Spokane community. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, Cum Laude. While studying at Rocky, Chase played 4 years of collegiate football for the Battlin’ Bears and worked as a Cardiology Stress Test Technician in Billings. He continued his education at Rocky Mountain College and completed his Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2017. Chase has always had a strong interest in orthopaedics and chose to emphasize his clinical elective and surgery rotations around the specialty. With an extensive background in sports and familiarity with the Northwest, Chase’s work ethic and passion for orthopaedics embodies the standard of care that is provided here at Alpine Orhopaedic and Spine, P.C.

 
 
 
 
 

Alpine Orthopaedic & Spine, P.C.
212 East Central, Suite 365
Spokane, Washington 99208
T: (509) 435-0973
F: (509) 435-0978

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