Robyn Thompson-Etzel, MA, ATC, L/PTA

Robyn hails from the prairie lands of Illinois but grew to love the mountains of the west as a child.  The beckoning of the Colorado lifestyle was enough to draw her to Denver upon completing her Masters Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa.  

In her 29 years of practice as a certified athletic trainer Robyn has treated, rehabilitated, and educated every level of athlete from high school to professional, including Broncos, Colorado Ballet and even pop singer Sheryl Crow.

Robyn has worked with Dr. Mei-Dan since his arrival at UCHealth/CU Sports Medicine and continues to enjoy her role in the ever growing sub-specialty of hip preservation.

As the mountains beckon, Robyn follows the call, enjoying trail running, mountain biking, hiking 14ners and camping, as well as the cultural diversity that Denver has to offer.

Christopher Kreider, MS PA-C

Christopher was fortunate to grow up in Colorado and was raised backpacking, skiing, hiking 14ers, canyoneering, and cycling, all passions he continues to pursue today.  He attended CU Boulder for undergraduate work in Anthropology and went on to pursue a Masters in Science and Physician Assistant degree from Northeastern University in Boston.  He started his career as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedics 18 years ago and has since worked in General Surgery and Pain Management.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the hip preservation team.  Having raced competitively in road, cyclocross, and mountain bike disciplines in cycling, he shares a similar passion with many of our patients.

Jessica Lee, MD, Hip Preservation Fellow


Jess grew up playing competitive tennis in Carmel, IN where she was co-Captain of the women’s Carmel Greyhound tennis team. She then discovered her true passion: rock climbing, and was an active member of the rock climbing club and served as the Photography Editor of the daily newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed orthopaedic residency at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, after which she completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction, minimally invasive hip and robotic knee replacement surgery at the Hedley Orthopedic Institute of the West in Scottsdale, AZ.  Jess enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and running road and trail ultramarathons. Additionally, she likes to spend time outside hiking, stand up paddle boarding and bouldering with her two Texas blue lacy crag dogs, Stella and Asher. 


Rebecca Peterson, Surgery Coordinator

Rebecca, our surgery scheduler, grew up in Iowa with a passion for being active through sports. She attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology-Athletic Training. She then worked in an orthopedic clinic while obtaining a Masters in Health Education and Promotion through Walden University. In 2019, the beautiful mountains and sunshine of Colorado called Rebecca and her family west where she now enjoys being outside, hiking, skiing and enjoying all that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer. 


Darby A. Houck, BA Professional Research Assistant

Darby, our research assistant, was born and raised in Annapolis Maryland. She received her BA degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was an athlete of the CU Freestyle Ski team. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research intern with CU Sports Medicine and following graduation, she began working full-time as a Professional Research Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, skiing, hiking, climbing, and many other outdoor activities.