Hip Preservation Clinic

Our team/concierge approach is unparalleled. Care is well-coordinated across specialties, saving patients’ time and increasing efficiency.

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to our team! We look forward to working with you.

Jess Lee

Jessica Lee,
MD

Dr. Jessica Lee, MD is dual fellowship trained in Adult Reconstruction and Hip Preservation Surgery. She grew up playing competitive tennis in Carmel, IN where she was co-captain of the women’s Carmel Greyhound tennis team. She then graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Jess attended Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed orthopedic residency at Wright State University, 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. Following this, she spent two years in hip preservation fellowship training with Dr. Omer Mei-Dan and is excited to combine these perspectives in providing custom, personalized surgical hip care for patients based on individual needs. Jess is an active member of Women in Arthroplasty (WIA), AAHKS, ISHA and AAOS. Outside of helping patients to get back to better function, Jess enjoys utilizing her own joints to rock climb, snowboard, and trail run. Additionally, she likes to spend time outside hiking, foraging, and bouldering with her two Texas blue lacy crag dogs, Stella and Asher.

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 over 20 years ago and has since worked in General Surgery and Pain Management. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and care to our patients. Having worked with many surgeons and physicians across many disciplines of medicine, Christopher feels very fortunate to be working with Dr. Mei-Dan, the hip preservation team and our patient population.

Christopher Kreider

Hannah Brickse,
PA-C

Hannah was born and raised in Bradenton, FL where she enjoyed spending time outdoors as much as possible, especially playing soccer and running. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree and then James Madison University where she earned a degree in Master of Physician Assistant Studies. She has worked in orthopedics for nearly a decade and in neurosurgery for two years. Hannah was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in 2020 and as someone who is very physically active, having hip preservation surgery has given her a new appreciation for health, life and the medical field.

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

Robyn grew up in Illinois and attended Western Illinois University where she played basketball while earning a bachelor of science degree in athletic training with an emphasis in health education and psychology. Robyn worked in high school outreach and physical therapy before returning to school at the University of Iowa as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, earning a masters degree in exercise science. She then relocated to Colorado where she started work with CU Sports Medicine rotating through the many services of orthopedics which provided invaluable exposure to varying levels of injury, treatment and recovery. Robyn has over 30 years of experience which includes the development of the first Athletic Training Residency program in orthopedics within UCHealth. Robyn has worked in hip preservation and with Dr. Mei-Dan since his arrival at CU Sports Medicine. When not spending time learning all things hip, Robyn enjoys trail running, backpacking, mountain biking and her new love of ice/rock climbing.

Rebecca Peterson

Rebecca Peterson,
ATC: Surgery Coordinator

Rebecca 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.

Kaleigh Henry, Professional Research Assistant and Data Manager

Kaleigh spent most of her childhood in the southeast, playing soccer and lacrosse year-round. In college, she co-captained Harvard’s Division 1 women’s rugby team (go Harvard-Rad!). She moved to Boulder in 2020 as a Hip Preservation patient and now enjoys trail running, HIIT, skiing, hiking and bouldering. She joined the team in 2022 while attending CU Boulder’s accelerated pre-medical post-baccalaureate program after spending the prior six years working for Google and Delta Air Lines.

The Physical Therapy Team

Natalie Markland (CU Hip Team PT Lead)

Natalie graduated from Creighton University with her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 and has her Bachelors in Athletic Training as well. She enjoys running, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing with her dog. She has been in the Boulder area since she was in elementary school and loves to be outside in the Colorado sunshine.

Ellie Smith

Ellie grew up moving around the West Coast but ended up settling in Boulder, Colorado for high school. She received a BA in Science and Management with a Biotechnology sequence in Southern California at Claremont McKenna College and was on the varsity swim team. She then moved to the Midwest to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St Louis. She moved back to Boulder after graduation and has been working with the active Boulder Community at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center ever since. She enjoys working for the hip perseveration team and is passionate about working with swimmers. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and skiing and spends her free time with her dog waffles, and her friends and family.

Kate Martin

Kate Martin completed a sports physical therapy residency and is a board certified sports specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Prior to arriving at CU, she spent eight years at The Ohio State University where she served as the Lead of the Hip Team gaining extensive experience managing patients after hip surgeries. Kate is proud to be a part of the CU Hip Team because of its true interdisciplinary nature and focus on providing elite level patient care. Personally, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, and live music.

Erica Meyer

Erica Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Exercise Science and then attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received her M.S. in physical therapy. She also received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification in 2014. On her off time, she enjoys hiking, camping and biking with her family.

Mike Boykin

Mike completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa and his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has experience in both track & field and strength & conditioning, having worked with athletes from middle school through the professional ranks. He is passionate about assisting individuals return to sport and maintain an active lifestyle.

Pam Bollinger Andringa

My initial background was in pediatrics and pediatric sports and then I moved into sports over the ages. Having been a competitive gymnast for many years, I gained a special understanding of the treatment of the performing artists such as gymnasts, dancers and skaters. The relationship between the hip and spine and how their function influences the body from the feet to the top of the head makes them particularly fascinating to work with. Outside of work, I enjoy time with my family, furry friends. My favorite outdoor hobbies are horseback riding, mountain biking and skiing.

Sue Torrence, MS, PT, ATC (Traveling PT)

Sue has spent her professional life in Colorado after growing up in Michigan. Her over 20 year professional road led to Colorado after completing her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from Purdue University. Boiler Up!

Sue started working with Dr. Mei Dan and his team soon after he moved his practice into Boulder. She spearheaded many of his protocols and videos for his surgical recoveries. She worked at CUSMPC leading and overseeing the Hip Preservation Rehab team until 2020 when she left to start her own company, On Your Way Physical Therapy. Although Sue is no longer working at the CU Center, she remains a member of the hip team as her rehab services are delivered within patient’s homes locally. She provides both non-operative and Pre and post-operative care. With post-op patients, she initiates care for those near the Boulder area, including services to out of town patients staying near Boulder for a portion of recovery. Then, she assists patients transition to outpatient physical therapy to continue their recovery. She also provides telehealth visits for those patients in the State of Colorado for non-operative and post-operative care alike.

The Rocky Mountains brought her to Colorado and she and her husband enjoy hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, river activities, traveling and pickleball.

Please visit www.onyourwaypt.com for further details.

Lindsay Donath, PT, DPT, ATC

Lindsay grew up in Wisconsin and began her sports medicine career as a Badger at UW-Madison. There she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has extensive experience with both on-the-field injury management as well as rehab for athletes of all ages. As an athletic trainer she has provided medical coverage for numerous events including Ironman triathlons, marathons, Olympic Development Programs, and collegiate level events at the University of Wisconsin and CU Boulder.

As a Physical Therapist Lindsay has developed a specialty in treating the hip and pelvis. She enjoys working as an interdisciplinary team for a more holistic approach to patient care. Other specialties include Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), manual therapies, aquatic rehab, and return to run exercise progression. Additionally, Lindsay led the CU Hip PT team for two years.

In her spare time Lindsay enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and chasing after her family in the Colorado sunshine.

“I was born with a slight hip dysplasia that had increasingly started to weigh on me over the years as I became more active. I never thought any of this would have been possible a year ago and couldn’t help but feel disheartened thinking that an active lifestyle may no longer be feasible. I wish I had done this years prior. Dr. Mei-Dan and his entire team were wonderful and there to support the whole way. I am SO grateful to the entire team and am looking forward to a lifetime of alpine starts and long mountain miles!”
— Rachel Sapp (Bilateral Hip Arthroscopy, CAM resection, CapsularPlication, and Synovectomy)