CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Kato enjoys working with patients to help them get back to doing the things they love. She understands that joint pain can not only affect a patient physically but also emotionally and she wants to help patients regain control of their lives. She plays an integral role throughout the surgical process; she prepares patients for surgery, assists during the procedure, and sees patients post-operatively as well. Her goal is to give patients the confidence they need to feel good about proceeding with joint replacement surgery.
Kato earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training from the University of Utah, followed by a Master’s degree in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University. After working for 2 years as an athletic trainer, she returned to school to get a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah. She has been working at BBJP for 3 years. She is proud to be among the growing number of women in the orthopedic field.
CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Dan’s priority is to do all he can to take the fear out of surgery. He understands that joint replacement surgery can provoke a lot of anxiety and he will take the time to give patients a clear understanding of the process. His experience preparing patients for surgery, assisting during surgery, and seeing them through the recovery give him in- depth knowledge in which patients find both comfort and confidence.
After working for 8 years in the academic, research, and clinical settings as a medical photographer, he returned to school, earning a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences from The George Washington University’s Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC. He has been working at Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians for 8 years.
Shelby, Medical Assistant, has always had an interest in watching the body work to its fullest potential. Being a member of a team that helps patients become not only pain-free but gets them back to that potential is something she takes pride in. She is happy to be an integrated member of Dr. Boone’s squad in helping direct patient questions, and assisting with care in the pre and post-operative stages. Shelby earned her Bachelor of Science degree studying biology at Gonzaga University. As a previous Gonzaga athlete, she enjoys learning and practicing the best treatment in order to keep us pain-free and enjoying the activities we love to do. As an added perk, she enjoys having Dr. Boone’s wisdom on how to treat all of the running injuries she continues to incur. She hopes to officially practice medicine after further medical schooling in the future.
Sarah, Medical Assistant has worked at Bellevue Bone & Joint for the past year and half. In her time with the practice, she has found great joy in educating and preparing patients as they approach their total hip joint replacement. Sarah has been an active athlete all her life and understands the setbacks our bodies can impose on both our daily and life goals. Combined with a major in Biological Sciences from the University of Denver, clinical knowledge, and personal experience Sarah loves to provide patients with a comprehensive and easy to understand steps of how to set yourself up for a successful surgery with Dr. Boone.
Brooke has worked at BBJP for about 4 years. She originally started in the billing office but took over surgery scheduling in 2016. Brooke will be your point of contact for scheduling your surgery or making any changes. She will also schedule your pre-op exam as well as your first post-op visit.