Dr. Robert E. Johnson, DO
We are pleased to introduce Robert E. Johnson, DO, a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon.Specialty: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. Dr. Johnson treats people with a wide range of spinal conditions of the neck and back that result in chronic pain and a diminished quality of life. He specializes in several areas of spine surgery, including cervical and lumbar spinal arthroplasty, which helps maintain joint functionality and mobility. By using this surgical technique as opposed to traditional fusion methods, his patients have a better chance to resume a more active lifestyle with a reduction in future complications and follow-up operations.
In addition, Dr. Johnson routinely uses the most advanced robotic equipment during spine surgery, and he is one of the only physicians in the United States who has been trained to do so. Using robotic assistance during spine surgery does not replace the surgeon as impeccable judgment and surgical technique is still vital. Performing a robot-assisted surgery allows Dr. Johnson to have greater precision and make smaller incisions which translates into shorter hospital stays, better clinical outcomes, and faster return to everyday activities.
Spine surgery blends an evolving combination of knowledge and physical ability to help people obtain relief from spinal pathology and maintain the active lifestyle they desire. “My goals as a physician are not only to help patients obtain some relief from their aliments, but to help keep them doing what they love. I passionately believe that you will love living life if you live doing what you love, whether that is getting down on the ground to play with the grandkids or being a high-level athlete.”
Dr. Johnson’s passion for helping people through spine surgery was born out of his experience of how spinal injuries can greatly impact the quality of people’s lives, as was the case with his mother. She was unable to do many things that she loved because of injuries sustained in car accidents at a younger age and associated surgeries. “However, with the advancements in medicine, we now have superior options to help people get back to doing what they love. That’s why I love what I do. I have the privilege to help people in similar situations.”
- Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.
- Orthopedic residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Completed a six month rotation in pediatric orthopedics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and a six month rotation in Trauma/Hand/Foot and Ankle at Tampa General Hospital—in association with Florida Orthopedic Institute—in Tampa Bay, Florida.
- Completed a prestigious spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, where he was trained by the premier authorities on spine arthroplasty and robotic spine surgery in conjunction with traditional surgical techniques.
When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children. He is passionate about restoring cars and trucks and loves cycling, water activities (e.g.: boating, wakeboarding, waterskiing) and hunting.
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Dr. John E. Lassetter, MD
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Dr. Ricky D. Latham, MD
Rick Latham is a graduate of LSU Medical School in Shreveport 1979. Internal Medicine and Cardiology training in Army. Spent 17 years in Army Medical Corp earning Army and Air Force Flight Surgeon wings. Served as Cardiology consultant for aviation medicine to Surgeon General, consultant to NASA and US representative to NATO for cardiology research. Was asked by Army and Air Force to create a Laboratory for Aerospace Cardiovascular Research in 1988 which was done in San Antonio. Moved to Denver in 1994 to take Chief of Cardiology position at Fitzsimmons Army Med Center. After military career moved to Idaho Falls in 1996. In 2007 went to Fairbanks, Alaska as the first cardiologist for the interior of AK and started a cardiovascular program, helping hospital build cath lab, full service clinic and hiring full complement of cardiology providers. In 2015 moved to Coos Bay, OR to help Bay Area Hospital establish a cardiovascular program in similar fashion. After establishing the cardiovascular program, clinic and formulating a formal relationship with OHSU Med Center in Portland I moved back home to Idaho Falls in Dec 2017 to provide consultative and interventional cardiology services to Eastern Idaho community.
Nicholas B. Pearson, DO
Nicholas B. Pearson, DO - Specialties: Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine. We are proud to introduce Dr. Nicholas Pearson, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in sports medicine. Dr. Pearson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan State University. He was named Chief Orthopedic Resident during the program. He then participated in a prestigious orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where he provided medical care for athletes from several high schools and colleges in the Greater Rochester, New York area. He also provided professional team coverage for the Rochester Red Wings, the top Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester Rattlers, a Major League Lacrosse team. In addition to caring for athletes, Dr. Pearson received advanced training in orthopedic surgeries for the general public. He is board eligible with the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Pearson’s father, a physical therapist, was one of his main inspirations to study medicine. “I saw how my father helped to improve people’s lives and well-being, and I knew that was something I wanted to do as well.” He also spent many years working construction and was amazed how the skillset and working with his hands easily translated into being an orthopedic surgeon.
Because of Dr. Pearson’s sports medicine fellowship, he is expertly trained to care for the needs of all community members and athletes. In addition to the procedures a general orthopedist performs, he specializes in minimally invasive shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip arthroscopy and is able to perform life-changing surgeries with significantly decreased healing times. He brings to South-Eastern Idaho many state-of-the-art procedures such as hip arthroscopy and other new and innovative techniques in shoulder and knee surgery. Such procedures help patients continue their active lifestyles and preserve the patient’s native anatomy and function, promoting overall joint health. In addition to treating on-the-field injuries that keep athletes sidelined, he also treats the nagging injuries and pain many people suffer from simply living life.
As a Blackfoot High School graduate, Dr. Pearson looks forward to providing medical care to his hometown community. His wife, Lacie, is originally from Arizona, but they met at BYU-Idaho. Together, they have five children: four boys and one girl. When he’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Pearson enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being outdoors—camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and golfing. And, having participated on the rodeo team in high school, he also loves riding horses.
Dr. Fahim Rahim, MD, FASN
Dr. Rahim describes himself in the following way: kidney doc, entrepreneur, humanitarian, cycling junkie, ski bum, runner, mountaineer, cigar & scotch aficionado, radio talk show host, founder of CardioRenal Centers of America and Comprehensive Care Clinics, father and a cancer survivor.
Dr. Nathan E. Richardson, MD
I consider it a privilege to perform surgery and I am humbled by the trust patients give me to perform procedures to help them alleviate pain and restore their mobility. Motion is life and without a good functional body life can be very difficult. I attended the University of Utah and earned a BS in exercise and sport science. This degree translates very well into orthopedics as it helps me understand the limitations that are produced from pain and stiffness of injured or failing joints. I view life from the athletic eye and can understand the physiology and psychology of the aging athlete. I then went to medical school at the University of Vermont, Robert Larner School of Medicine in Burlington, VT. I graduated with honors and in the AOA medical school honor society. I then completed my Orthopedic surgery residency in Richmond, VA at Medical College of Virginia that is a part of Virginia Commonwealth University. I was the resident representative to the national convention on treatment of fragility fractures. This was a prestigious part of the national movement for orthopedic surgeons to “own the bone.” I was involved in policy making at the national level with the American Osteoporosis Foundation. We were highly involved in a campaign for national awareness of the epidemic of fractures being caused because of osteoporosis. I helped develop monitoring systems at MCV for getting fracture victims evaluated for osteoporosis and treatment to help further fractures. While a resident I was involved in research that was trying to determine the mechanical differences in single and double row rotator cuff repairs.
Following residency, I was privileged to be accepted into the prestigious Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship at the CORE Institute in Phoenix AZ. While there I was a Team Physician for the Texas Rangers during spring training activities and while they participated in the Cactus League. I spent one year exclusively training to perform shoulder replacements and was educated by three surgeons. These three surgeons were trained in the best programs around the world, including France, Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic. I benefited from learning all the best techniques from all three of these world class shoulder centers.
I am well trained in all surgery for the shoulder and elbow. I am a consultant for some of the leading shoulder implant companies in the United States and continue to help with development of new techniques and instrumentation for shoulder replacements. I consider it a great privilege to serve the patients of Southeast Idaho and love to see people return to a pain free active life. Nothing is better than seeing the light come back in the eyes of someone who has faced years of pain or who has been halted by injury.
Dan E. Robinson, DPM, MHA
We are proud to have certified podiatrist Dan E. Robinson, DPM, MHA, as a part of our medical staff. Dr. Robinson specializes in the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle conditions and is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive/Ankle Surgery.
Before medical school, Dr. Robinson thought of becoming an accountant or physical therapist. However, his career aspirations took another turn after his wife suffered a broken foot. The positive experience they had with her podiatrist helped him make the decision to become one himself.
After completing an undergraduate degree at Idaho State University, Dr. Robinson went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Des Moines University in Iowa, and then became a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. After medical school, he completed a three year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery.
Dr. Robinson enjoys his field of work because of the variety of conditions that can be present when dealing with the foot and ankle. With the belief that every patient has individual needs, Dr. Robinson strives to treat patients the way he likes to be treated. The sense of accomplishment that comes from his work as a foot and ankle specialist is very gratifying – knowing that he made someone feel better. He enjoys being involved with the aches and pains from aging to helping athletes of all ages get back to the things they enjoy doing. He works with many of the local high school athletes and is one of the team physicians for Idaho State University.
Ankle pain, foot pain including bunions, hammertoes, heel and other foot deformities are just some of the conditions that Dr. Robinson can improve. He also helps diabetic patients to control foot pain and eliminate future problems, which sometimes lead to amputation. He also is certified in ankle joint reconstruction and joint replacements.
When Dr. Robinson is not working, he enjoys golfing, fly fishing, coaching baseball and spending time with friends and his active family.
David Shelley, MD
David Shelley, MD is a Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist who completed his fellowship at The University of Colorado in 2001. Dr Shelley has lived in SE Idaho for almost 12 years. He is proud to specialize in the treatment of vascular conditions involving venous insufficiency and peripheral artery disease (PAD) and he is the Director of Artery and Vein Specialists of Idaho. Dr. Shelley is also a National expert in the management and the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures with a technique known as Kyphoplasty.
He also frequently travels the country lecturing and teaching physicians the technique of kyphoplasty and has been directly involved with the largest study ever published on the effects of Kyphoplasty for the treatment of painful compression fractures (EVOLVE Study).
In his spare time, he is a mountain bike enthusiast and loves spending time with his family, especially on the lake.
Dr. Daniel P.W. Smith, DO
Dr. Daniel P.W. Smith is a fellowship-trained interventional pain specialist. Before deciding upon a treatment plan, Dr. Smith employs a comprehensive approach to determine the source(s) of a patient’s pain. He then works with each patient to outline a care plan to help patients manage their individual causes of pain. He specializes in using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques for pain management; his particular specialty is neuromodulation through the use of spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a minor in Biology, from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was chief resident for an anesthesiology residency at University of Missouri-Kansas City. He then completed a fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the University of California-Davis, one of the national centers of excellence for his field.
From a young age, Dr. Smith knew that he wanted to be a doctor. He even shadowed an anesthesiologist in middle school, giving him valuable insight into a career in medicine and pain management. Helping his patients find relief from their pain brings Dr. Smith a tremendous sense of joy and satisfaction.
When Dr. Smith is not practicing medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He also loves alpine skiing, cycling, and a good science fiction novel.
Dr. Nathan E. Sneddon, MD
We are pleased to introduce Dr. Nathan E. Sneddon, MD, double board certified and fellowship trained in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine.Specialties: Interventional Pain Management & Anesthesiology
Dr. Sneddon is passionate about helping those who come under his care and successfully managing their pain. His years of surgical training supplement his specialized pain management training and provide him a unique perspective when treating patients and performing interventional procedures. He views his patients as a whole and therefore cares for them in a comprehensive manner using interventional techniques, medications, physical therapy, and behavioral medicine when or if appropriate.
In addition, he specializes in using the most advanced minimally invasive techniques for pain management, with a particular interest in spinal cord stimulation and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He recommends spinal cord stimulation for patients who have chronic back or leg pain, despite having had back surgery in the past. Spinal cord stimulation is also highly effective for people who want to avoid spine surgery. Dr. Sneddon recommends kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation) for patients who suffer from vertebral compression fracture related pain. In a recent study, kyphoplasty has been shown to not only reduce pain but also reduce mortality rates in patients with painful compression fractures. Dr. Sneddon also specializes in chronic migraine management, including Botox injections for migraine prevention.
Dr. Sneddon earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with minors in psychology and zoology, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. His internship in general surgery was at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas, and his orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology residencies were at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He then completed his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the Comprehensive Pain Center of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Sneddon is married with four children who keep him extremely busy. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, hiking, snow skiing, backpacking, and keeping up with Nebraska Cornhusker football.