Prescott Native Brings Her Love of Anatomy—and People—to a Career in Orthopedics
Prescott native Megan Fernow Sitrin MSN, RN, ACNP-BC has loved science since her days in Mr. Les Fenderson’s anatomy class at Prescott High School (PHS). She’s always loved people, and that’s why she pursued a career in nursing; after graduating from PHS, she headed to the University of Arizona.
From there, she headed to Los Angeles, where she worked in a Level 1 Trauma Center at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center for more than a decade.
During that time, she became an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner … and began to develop an interest in orthopedics (this interest was intensified because of her background as an athlete who played volleyball, basketball, and softball throughout her high school career).
A few years ago, Megan and her husband Ryan decided to return to Prescott with their children Lyla, Conner, and Sydney, in part so Megan could help with her grandparents’ healthcare.
After commuting to Los Angeles for two years, she knew she wanted to work locally, and things fell into place: a year and a half ago, she accepted a Nurse Practitioner position with Granite Orthopaedics.
As a child living in Prescott, Megan recalled, she had to travel to Phoenix and Flagstaff to get orthopedic care.
“I love providing a service in Prescott that was not here when I was growing up,” Megan said, “and is needed more than ever as our population continues to grow in the tri-city area.”
After taking the Position at Granite Orthopaedics, Megan wanted to further expand her orthopedic knowledge and recently completed a Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Certification in Orthopaedics from Duke University in May 2020. She was recently inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International.
Megan attributes her success at Granite Orthopaedics to being able to work with the surgeons: Dr. Pflueger, Dr. Richardson, Dr. Simonson, and Dr. Bassett. She said this has given her knowledge of a variety of orthopaedic alignments. She also attributes her success to her two mentors and colleagues at the practice, Colby Dobson PA-C and Mark Thiele PA-C.
“Megan is the kind of person that can light up a room, has so much care and compassion for all her patients, and everyone that meets her loves her,” said Alyssah Bailey, a medical assistant at Granite Orthopaedics.
Wayne Sidabras, one of Megan’s patients said, “She always treated me as if I was the only person in the clinic. She went the extra mile. She always listened to my concerns. Granite Orthopaedics is very blessed to have Megan on staff!”
Megan loves being back in town, raising her family in the community she loves. When she’s not working, she enjoys coaching her kids in sports, participating in recreational volleyball and softball, and spending time with friends and family.
For more information about Granite Orthopaedics visit www.graniteortho.com.