Specialties

  • Skilled Orthopedic Team

  • Mercy Orthopedic Associates’ staff features orthopedic and rehabilitative providers, including orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants. Together, our physicians have over 80 years of practice experience. Our team approach means you will benefit from the combined experience and expertise of all orthopedic providers. Our physicians are fellowship-trained in orthopedics, sports medicine and hand and upper extremity and board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.



  • Orthopedic Physicians

  • Kane-AndersonKane Anderson, MD, is a fellowship-trained board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand conditions. He is also trained in general orthopedic surgery. Dr. Anderson is the only surgeon in the Four Corners region that is a member of American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is committed to dedicated expertise and additional training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He was mentored by both orthopedic and plastic surgeons during his training, including two of the past presidents of their respective surgical societies.

    Dr. Anderson specializes in minimally invasive procedures for many conditions, including the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s contracture. He performs over 100 endoscopic carpal tunnel surgeries per year. He also performs minimally invasive Dupuytren's release known as percutaneous needle aponeurotomy, often in the office for the patient's convenience.

    Additional surgical interests include treatment of wrist arthritis with motion-sparing procedures, scaphoid fractures and non-unions, tendon transfers, and micro surgery including nerve repair.

    Dr. Anderson pursued his general orthopedic surgery residency training at Dartmouth Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. In addition to his surgical training, he completed a master’s degree at the Dartmouth Institute, focusing on the quality improvement of health care. There, he authored several scientific articles and participated in the creation of a multi-disciplinary care pathway for patients with osteoporotic fractures and hand injuries. In addition, he received the Alma Hass Milham Award for ethical and humane patient care, the OREF Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery grant for fostering critical analysis of orthopedic literature, a National Institute for Health grant to support his master’s degree training, and was a nominee for the Dartmouth resident teaching award.

    Before moving to Durango, Dr. Anderson completed specialized training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Harborview is the only Level 1 Trauma referral center for a five state region, where he performed over 800 upper extremity and microvascular procedures.

    Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been selected to be a member of the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Forum. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, having acquired special additional certification (Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand).

    Dr. Anderson and his wife, Dr. Mareca Pallister, an obstetrician/gynecologist, live in Durango and enjoy spending time with their children in the outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing and fishing.

    Kim-FurryKim Furry, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Orthopedic Associates. Dr. Furry received her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Colorado, where she also completed her internship in general surgery and orthopedic training. Dr. Furry is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Colorado Medical Society. Her particular orthopedic interests include trauma, sports medicine and total joint replacement.

    Dr. Furry is married and is a native of Durango. Her father was one of the founding members of the former Durango Orthopedic Associates. Her hobbies include photography, skiing, martial arts, woodworking and reading.

    Richard-Lawton1Richard Lawton, MD, PhD, is a board-certified fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Orthopedics, who also received training at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lawton specializes in the treatment of knee, hip and elbow problems who addresses most problems with non-operative treatments, but for those patients requiring surgery, he utilizes arthroscopic or minimally invasive techniques. He has special interest in sports related injuries, arthritis and elbow problems.

    Dr. Lawton completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Dr. Lawton is also an accomplished athlete himself, which provides him with special insight into the challenges of competitive sports and the specialty of sports medicine. For example, during college, he played football and earned six Varsity letters — four in football and two in baseball.

    After college, he went on to earn a graduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago. At DePaul, he was a Schmitt Academic Scholar, the baseball team captain and studied on a full assistantship. Dr. Lawton earned his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was on academic scholarship and served as class president for three years.

    Dr. Lawton completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received the E.W. Johnson Award and the Mark B. Coventry Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research and was a nominee for the Charles Neer Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. 

    Dr. Lawton completed a fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado, where he specialized in shoulder and knee reconstruction and sports medicine. He is one of only three doctors in the world who has trained at both the Mayo Clinic and Steadman-Hawkins. The Steadman-Hawkins Clinic is regarded as one of the world’s top sports medicine clinics, treating World Cup soccer players and athletes from the NFL, NBA, U.S. Ski Team and Major League Baseball. During his time at this world-renowned clinic, Dr. Lawton was the assistant team physician for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos' and Colorado Rockies.

    Dr. Lawton has been an instructor at the Mayo Clinic since 2001, teaching surgery techniques in the elbow and shoulder to other surgeons. He is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Sports Medical Foundation, a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Shoulder and Elbow Society. He also served as the Chief of Surgery at Mercy Regional Medical Center from 2004-2005, 2007-2008 and served as the President of Medical Staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center in 2006. He has been published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgeries, the Clinical Orthopedics Related Research, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics.

    Dr. Doug LucasDouglas E. Lucas, DO, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. He is trained in general orthopedics and advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques used in treating many common foot and ankle problems.  His other areas of expertise include limb deformity correction, joint and cartilage preservation, and total ankle replacement.  Additional clinical interests include trauma, sports injuries, and pediatric disorders. Dr. Lucas focuses on providing outstanding patient care to the Four Corners region and performs outcome based research to help shape the field of foot and ankle surgery.

    Dr. Lucas earned his medical degree from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia and received his general orthopedic training from Ohio University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Stanford University, known as a referral center for complex foot and ankle problems. As a result, Dr. Lucas performed over four hundred procedures including limb deformity correction, Charcot reconstruction and total ankle replacement during his year there. He also worked with both Stanford varsity and professional athletes in the bay area.

    Dr. Lucas is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and currently holds a seat on the society’s research committee helping to encourage meaningful research. He also participates in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, among others.
    During training, Dr. Lucas developed a passion for outcomes based clinical research. He has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals including Foot and Ankle International, The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Foot and Ankle Specialist. He has written book chapters for several orthopedic texts on topics such as plantar plate injury, peroneal tendon injury and hallux rigidus. He also won numerous research awards and prizes for his work and has presented at both local and national meetings.

    Dr. Lucas moved to Durango with his wife Ashley Lucas, PhD, RD, and their two children. They are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy nearly all activities that the area has to offer. He is particularly interested in mountain and road cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. He and his wife look forward to settling into the community and raising their children in this wonderful environment.

    Dr. Paige Mallette

    Paige R. Mallette, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult reconstruction surgery and total joint arthroplasty.

    Prior to earning her medical degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, Dr. Mallette graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in biochemistry. She received her orthopedics and sports medicine training from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Mallette completed her fellowship in adult reconstruction at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Orange, California. Dr. Mallette has also received advanced education on hip and knee arthroplasty from the DePuy Synthes Institute in Chicago.

    Dr. Mallette has participated in several orthopedic clinical research and basic science research projects in association with the University of Washington, the University of Colorado and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition, she has co-authored several scientific articles and participated in many medical presentations. She is a previous member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society, a professional group for female orthopedic surgeons.

    Previously, Dr. Mallette served as the clinical research coordinator for both the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Department of Orthopedics at Genzyme Corporation - Biosurgery and Diagnostics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Mallette enjoys skiing, sailing and hiking.


  • Physician Assistants

  • Emily HavenerMs. Emily Havener is a physician assistant with Mercy Orthopedic Associates. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed in Colorado and New Mexico. She is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint conditions ranging from acute injuries, degenerative conditions, and musculoskeletal diseases. Ms. Havener’s professional interests include general orthopedics and joint replacement with a special interest in orthopedic trauma.

    Ms. Havener received a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of St. Francis in Albuquerque. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, she worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Durango. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

    Ms. Havener has worked in physical therapy, family medicine, and emergency medicine. Additionally, Emily participated in humanitarian work in Africa, providing medical care to the underserved in Kenya.

    Ms. Havener is originally from California, but has lived in the Durango area since 2010. She is an avid traveler, having visited over 25 countries. Seven years ago, she met her significant other, Drew, in Brazil, and along with their dog Jaime, now calls Durango home. They enjoy the many outdoor activities accessible in Southwest Colorado, in particular hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, and fishing. Emily is also self-professed foodie and loves to cook for her family and friends.

    Peter Jamieson, PA-CMr. Peter Jamieson is a physician assistant at Mercy Orthopedic Associates. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. His professional interests are general orthopedics, sports medicine and hand surgery.

    Mr. Jamieson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a Certificate in Physician Assistant Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    For the most part, Peter has been a resident of the Durango area since 1974. He is interested in mountaineering, skiing and hiking.  His mountaineering experience includes expeditions to the Himalaya, where he became the 14th American to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1983.  He and his wife, Gwenda, can be found in the mountains and canyons of the Southwest when not in the operating room or clinic.

    Clayton LaBaumeMr. LaBaume earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  Since 2014, Mr. LaBaume has worked with Mercy’s Spine Center of Excellence and Spine Colorado to provide care to patients around the Four Corners. He is certified to provide care in both Colorado and New Mexico. 

    Douglas Phelps, PA-CMr. Douglas J. Phelps is a physician assistant at Mercy Orthopedic Associates. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is trained in assisting with orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine.

    Mr. Phelps received his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a Paramedic Certificate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Mr. Phelps is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery.

    Mr. Phelps and his wife Jolene have three children, Brandon, Zachary and Hannah. He enjoys basketball, camping and skiing.

    Ann Theine, PA-CMs. Ann Theine is a physician assistant with Mercy Orthopedic Associates. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and she is trained in assisting with orthopedic surgery, general surgery and emergency medicine.

    Ms. Theine received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2000. She was a faculty member of the orthopedic trauma department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon and has since returned to her home state of Colorado. She has special interest in joint replacements and sports medicine including complicated revision surgeries. Ms. Theine is a member of the Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Foundation.

    Ms. Theine and her family enjoy cycling, hiking, skiing and traveling.

    Trevor Wall, PA-CMr. Trevor Wall is a physician assistant with Mercy Orthopedics Associates and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Mr. Wall’s professional interests include general orthopedics and sports medicine, with a special interest in hand and upper extremity.

    Mr. Wall graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Texas Tech University and obtained his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. During this time, he assisted in the publication of research focused on Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, Mr. Wall has taken the opportunity to be a part of humanitarian work for the underserved in Belize.

    Mr. Wall and his wife, Erin, love all the great outdoor activities that the Durango area has to offer. They enjoy experiencing nature, be it cycling, camping, hiking or fishing.


  • Mercy Spine Center of Excellence Physicians

  • Dr. Amir AbtahiDr. Amir M. Abtahi is a board eligible spine surgeon, specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar degenerative diseases, scoliosis, spine trauma, tumors and infections of the spine. Dr. Abtahi is also trained in minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery and spinal deformity surgery.
    Douglas-Orndorff-140x170Dr. Douglas Orndorff is a fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon, specializing in motion preservation surgery, cervical and lumbar degenerative and trauma conditions, spinal deformity and the treatment of spinal tumors.
    Jim-Youssef-140x170-1Dr. Jim A. Youssef is a fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders and alternatives to bony fusion in spine surgery.
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