Amanda Peña is the Practice Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Dr. LaPrade. She grew up in Vail and joined our team after working in physical therapy for over 10 years. Her background makes her the perfect liaison between patient and physician. Amanda is the initial contact for all patients and works with each patient to coordinate office visits, surgeries and all other patient needs. Amanda’s responsibilities also include coordinating personal and research related events for Dr. LaPrade.
Jill Monson, PT, OCS is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the APTA and is an active member of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT). Jill has over 15 years of clinical experience specializing in lower extremity injuries, particularly complex knee conditions. She is an active contributor to the local academic community through frequent medical conference lecturing, CE courses, conference planning committee participation, associate faculty teaching at the U of M DPT program. Jill lectures at multiple local conferences annually, she has presented nationally and internationally, and has authored medical journal articles and book chapters within her scope of expertise. Jill enjoys using her specialization to help patients solve persistent or challenging orthopaedic problems and return to their maximal performance in life and sport. In her free time, Jill enjoys camping, hiking, biking and traveling with her husband and 3 children.
Nick DePhillipo, ATC, OTC, CSCS is the Athletic Trainer for Dr. LaPrade and completed The Steadman Clinic athletic training fellowship in 2016. Nick oversees clinical duties and serves as liaison between patients and physical therapists for postoperative rehabilitation. He also acts as a first assistant in all surgical cases and is responsible for research pertaining to clinical outcomes. Nick is originally from Margate, New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at Rowan University in 2013 and his Master’s of Science degree in Advanced Athletic Training in 2015 from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He is an avid surfer and ice hockey player and enjoys visiting back home when he can, spending time with family and friends. Nick is very excited for this opportunity and continuing his practice at Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Chris Armstrong, PA-C, ATC Began his medical career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from South Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University, Chris provided medical coverage for both collegiate and professional sports during his career. Chris joined our team following the completion of his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University. While at Marquette, he completed a clinical rotation in sports medicine orthopedics with Dr. LaPrade in addition to a rotation in primary care sports medicine and a secondary rotation in orthopedics. Chris moved to the Vail Valley in 2017 along with his wife, Danielle. As a physician assistant, Chris is responsible for evaluation and medical management of our patients including pre- and post-operative care, as well as assisting Dr. LaPrade in the operating room.