Category: Announcements

Coronavirus Update

Please note that our clinic is now open to ALL patients, and elective surgeries have resumed. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. No patients with Coronavirus are being treated at Nevada Orthopedic.

To ensure maximum safety, we are preventing the spread of COVID-19 in any of our patient areas by:

  • Extensively cleaning exam rooms between patients.
  • Frequently disinfecting welcome areas.
  • Continuing to require staff, patients, and visitors to wear masks.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Restricting the number of patients waiting in our lobby area and we have expanded our Northwest waiting room by using our outdoor space with a portable tent and swamp cooler.
  • Screening both patients and staff as needed.

As of this posting, no visitors are allowed. However, should you need an exception in the situation of a pediatric, elderly, or emergency surgery patient, we will allow ONE visitor. Please contact us for additional questions.

Putting Patients First

Rana Crisostomo, Patient Advocate

Practice features full-time advocate

Because our patients are what keep us growing and succeeding, we understand the value of having a seamless line of communication between all parties. As the only orthopedic practice in Southern Nevada with a dedicated patient advocate, we at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center have placed emphasis on this area of our business to ensure satisfaction. With Rana Crisostomo leading the way as our Patient Advocate, we are more than certain that our patients are getting the best service possible day in and day out.

Born and raised in Guam, Rana came to Las Vegas in 2002. In 2009 she found herself working with Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in Medical Assisting, Front Desk Registration, and in the Diagnostic Department. As the years passed, Rana was learning every aspect of the practice from beginning to end in order to help her perfect the practice’s internal “language.” In January of 2012, Rana took over the Patient Advocate role, and hasn’t looked back since.

On a normal day, Rana says the part she enjoys the most is “making the human connection with patients in (her) attempt to help them with their care.” She typically will assist 20 or more patients per week, but volume has never been an issue. As always, Rana puts the patient first, stating “there have been certain patients that stick in my memory, but I look at every patient’s circumstance and ask myself ‘if the person was family–especially my dear grandmother–how best could I help them to a level that I would be satisfied?’”

While there are taxing parts to the job, such as explaining that there may be a substantial wait time before the next available appointment, Rana says that it’s all about learning how to resolve the issues and explain them to patients in a way they understand. “Many patients misunderstand the perceived lack of time that a doctor may spend with them during an appointment is not a personal slight, but rather the doctor’s efficiency gained through their varied experience and training,” she says. With an interest in social work and counseling, it’s no wonder that Rana has perfected the art of patient communication, and we can’t thank her enough for that!

After spending a number of years with the practice, Rana says there are a few things that people should absolutely know about her company. “We are dedicated to our patients’ care and positive outcomes,” she states. “We have treated virtually every kind of orthopedic case, and you are in the best hands possible. Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center is truly an interdependent and interwoven practice that puts patients first.”

Thank you, Rana, for your continued dedication to our patients!

NOSC winter newsletter is here!

The winter 2016 edition of On The Move, Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center’s newsletter, is now available and linked below. This newsletter offers referring practices updates, insights and tips to make their patients’ experiences with NOSC as stress-free and satisfying as possible.


New provider joins Nevada Orthopedic

Christine Apel, ACNP-BC
Christine Apel, ACNP-BC

Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center is proud to announce the addition of Christine Apel, ACNP-BC, a board certified acute care nurse practitioner. She specializes in the area of orthopedic trauma and spine surgery and works closely with orthopedic trauma and spine surgeon Thomas L. Vater, D.O.

She is board certified by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and possesses the education and training necessary to independently perform health assessments; order and interpret a full spectrum of diagnostic tests and procedures; determine medical diagnoses; and evaluate the outcomes of surgical procedures.

She has also earned the designation of Registered Nurse First Assist from The National Institute of First Assisting. This designation means that she is qualified to assist surgeons during procedures.

Prior to joining the practice, Christine was a specialist in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, a Level 1 trauma facility that provides the highest degree of care in the treatment of all injuries.

Christine was a resource pool registered nurse for more than 10 years before becoming a nurse practitioner. As a resource pool nurse, she gained valuable and varied experience rotating between many hospital areas including interventional radiology, emergency and a variety of intensive care units including trauma, surgery and cardiology.

Christine, who has had her collaborative medical research published, received both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Christine was born and raised in the Philippines, is fluent in both Tagalog and Cebuano and currently resides in Henderson with her husband and two children.

Christine will be seeing patients at the practice’s Las Vegas location on West Washington Avenue. To request an appointment, call 702-258-3773 or click here.



Summerlin expo a big hit

Representatives of Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center recently attended a health and wellness expo at Downtown Summerlin. Several hundred people visited the practice’s information booth. Events such as this are just one of the many ways that the practice educates the community about the expertise and capabilities of its physicians.
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Meet Our Providers: Michael S. Bradford, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.


Michael S. Bradford, M.D.

Request an appointment with Michael S. Bradford here or call 702-258-3773

Michael S. Bradford, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 1994.  Currently Chief of Surgery at Sunrise Hospital, Dr. Bradford is an accomplished Adult Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements.  Dr. Bradford has a particular interest in assessing and revising failed total hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Bradford received his Doctor of Medicine in 1986 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Bradford subsequently completed his internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton from 1986-1992.  Dr. Bradford moved to the United States in 1993 to complete a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee Surgery with Wayne Paprosky, M.D at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois, and at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center (Rush University Medical Center) in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael S. Bradford, M.D. was born in Montreal, Canada.

Request an appointment with Michael S. Bradford here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: Thomas C. Kim, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.


Thomas C. Kim, M.D.

Request an appointment with Thomas C. Kim, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

Thomas Kim, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2002.  Dr. Kim is fellowship trained in the surgical treatment of athletic injuries focusing on disorders of the shoulder, hip, and knee with an emphasis on arthroscopic surgery of these joints.

Dr. Thomas C. Kim received his undergraduate education at the Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences in Washington, D.C. where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and was nominated into Sigma Xi for research in Organic Chemistry.  As an undergraduate student, Dr. Kim also received a Minor in Theology.  While attending Georgetown University, Dr. Kim was accepted via the Early Assurance Program into the Georgetown University School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.

Dr. Kim completed a year of general surgical residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed his orthopedic training with the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program.  In 2000, following residency, Dr. Kim completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Harvard University under Lyle Micheli, M.D. in Boston, Massachusetts.  During his fellowship, he provided medical coverage to the Boston Ballet, Boston Marathon, Eastern College Athletic Conference Track Championship, Bay State Games, and several local college and high school hockey and football teams.  His fellowship also involved training at the Boston Children’s Hospital.  The

Boston Children’s Hospital division of Sports Medicine was the first facility in the nation devoted to the treatment of sports injuries in pediatric and adolescent athletes.

Thomas Kim, M.D. was raised in Los Angeles, California.

Request an appointment with Thomas C. Kim, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773.

Meet Our Providers: John J. Kastrup, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.


John J. Kastrup, M.D.

Request an appointment with John J. Kastrup, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

John J. Kastrup, M.D. has been a valued member of Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center since December of 2009, where he specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, including the new partial knee replacement.  Dr. Kastrup was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to provide minimally invasive hip replacements. Dr. Kastrup practices with the most current techniques in joint replacement, utilizes the rapid recovery protocol and uses cutting edge pain management techniques allowing patients to recover from surgery without using intravenous narcotics. Dr. Kastrup supports the Arthritis Foundation, and is dedicated in his practice to finding a cure for the disease.

Dr. Kastrup received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. While attending university, Dr. Kastrup was involved with the original pioneer research on Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction of the Knee.   Dr. Kastrup received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1988.  During medical school, Dr. Kastrup did research focused on Mallet Finger Injuries and his outcomes are referenced in multiple orthopedic textbooks.

After medical school, Dr. Kastrup completed his Orthopedic Internship and Residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA from1988-1993.  He completed an additional year of subspecialty fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic in Adult Reconstructive Surgery where his fellowship involved the treatment of arthritis and joint replacement for the Shoulder, Hip and Knee.

John J. Kastrup, M.D. was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Request an appointment with John J. Kastrup, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

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