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Nikki Hannon, PA-C: Assistant to Dr. Owens

Nikki Hannon, PA-C


Post Graduate Education:University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Reno, NV – Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Undergraduate Degree:University of Nevada, Reno, NV – Bachelor of Science, Public Health
Associations & Certifications:National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination


Nikki Hannon’s path to Great Basin Orthopaedics (GBO) began when she was in high school and found herself at the GBO clinic, sidelined with a sports injury. Multiple injuries – and successful outcomes – later, Nikki had a strong appreciation for the orthopaedic specialists who helped her get back to the sports she loved. As a Physician Assistant with GBO, she credits those experiences with launching her career path.

During college, Nikki returned to GBO as an undergraduate intern, shadowing hand and wrist specialist Dr. Timothy Dooley. While pursuing her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies, she did a clinical rotation with GBO joint replacement specialist Dr. Jessell Owens. As she completed her degree, Nikki knew she wanted to work in a patient-centered practice and was delighted to have the opportunity to join GBO.

Nikki’s training includes orthopaedics, as well as emergency medicine, physical therapy, pediatrics, women’s health, and neurosurgery. This broad experience enhances her understanding of patient health and offers her a well-rounded skillset. She has a particular interest in knee and hip surgeries and sports medicine, which she attributes to her active lifestyle.

While Nikki was raised in Portola, California, she has called Reno, Nevada home for most of her life. Like many locals, she appreciates the outdoor opportunities the region has to offer, and particularly enjoys mountain biking and hiking. She is a proud first-generation college graduate and credits her strong work ethic to her upbringing in a hardworking family.

I will follow Amy wherever she goes. I relate to her because of her approach, and I trust her judgment and treatment plan(s) without hesitation.
Larry Brumberger
Amazing professional! She made a custom splint for our son (who lost the tip of his thumb) so he could get back to playing sports. She squeezed him in without an appointment. Thank you!
stacy becker
Great service. Nice staff. Would recommend to anyone needing knee replacement.
Jil L.
Great Basin Orthopedics repaired my elbow accident and recently performed a total hip replacement. The elbow outcome was excellent using GBO's Physical Therapy services and I am hopeful the hip will be better than new in a short while. Stephen Capel was my therapist for the elbow and is now for my hip. I have full confidence with him.
James Tiner
If you live in the Reno area, you just can't do better than Great Basin Orthopaedic. I'm someone with knee problems going way back decades, as well as other orthopedic issues, so I think I know what I'm talking about. Don't settle, get the best, go to Great Basin, or, as they call it GBO. I promise you will be glad you did.
Wanda H.

Dr Hayes helps me with my Plantar Fasciitis. He always offers alternative ways to mediate the pain and also takes care of my concerns. I've been going to him for years and he's amazing every time. Thank you!

Prompt professional knowledgeable service encountered from all staff members very patient oriented practice. Very pleased with my visit.
Mary B.
Fixed my sons Right Clubfoot with very mininal treatment compared to other doctors recommendations. Minimal serial casting, No surgery, minimal bracing time. And over a year now with No treatment, and His foot looks perfect. Although I felt rushed along, and sometimes dismissed. I cant complain much, as I also felt the doctor did an excellent job, and wasnt there to screw around or put me through the ringer with extra treatments or procedures. Too many doctors out there seem to try and treat Clubfoot, and do more damage than good. Dont go anywhere else for clubfoot treatment.
Trisha R
This place is amazing! I am telling everyone I know!
My son was seriously injured in a skateboarding accident. The hospital said nothing was broken and sent him home telling him to follow up with an orthopedic specialist. He did not have insurance but was in process of getting some as he just moved to Nevada and no long qualified on mine. I called all the orthopedic clinics I could find they all said they would not see him. Finally one said OK in Sept. Even though I told them he could not use his arm at all and was in incredible pain. Get some insurance and call back. I offered to self pay for him still no. I finally found Great Basin. They were the kindest most helpful people I had talked to anywhere. They got him in within 4 days. The cost was exactly what they said. They then counseled him on where and how to get some insurance. When I followed up with them the next day they explained how they had applied the payment I had sent and his situation regarding insurance. I understood he was going to need insurance for any major treatment. We just needed to have his arm examined and get a professional opinion and make sure letting it go, while we got insurance, was not going to cause more damage. Great Basin is the first medical facility I've had to deal with in the last two years that has actually treated us like living beings. I am so appreciative. Thank you for helping us.
Kacee Casto
Great staff, great service. In and out with answers and a plan.
Lenny Mad
I was so impressed with the friendly and caring people. I would say it was one of the best appointments for anything I have ever had! Thank you!
Sandy Jennings
Very friendly and knowledgeable! Gave detailed information as appointment progressed! Thank you!!!!
Lonnie Shields
Gracias por toda la ayuda durante la visita.
Amazing office, professional, staff is happy, website is user friendly and the medical expertise is A++! Keep up the great hard work you all do in helping others.
Polly A.
The referral to the Physical Therapy Specialists was great! I really appreciate the efficiency of this practice in terms of taking me back at my scheduled appointment time, efficiency through x-ray, and not having to wait for the doctor. These attributes really made the experience.
Tina is knowledgeable, compassionate and has me on my way to recovery!
Elizabeth Korinek
I'm very pleased with everything they have done for me.
Betty T.
The check-in process was efficient. All the staff members were professional and cordial.

The staff at Great Basin are the best I've ever encountered. I can't pick just one because they all work so well together and step in when needed to complete a task. I really thought it was amazing. AND all were so friendly and interested.

I was amazed that when making the appointment that they were able to see me in two days.
I hurt my foot playing softball last summer. My friend referred me to Great Basin Orthopaedics. The doctors were super nice, and the employees were super nice, too. I hope to be back on the softball field this summer.
Kelly M.
Great care from all levels!!! Excellent care from the emergency room to rehab! Follow-up care will be excellent, also!!! Excellent care, excellent recovery, makes healing much faster, perfect recipe!!!

Doctor Timothy Dooley is the 'ideal' doctor, someone who validates my pain, listens to my problem and treats me with respect and courtesy and he laughed at my silly jokes. Smile and personality that put me at ease! Thank you for being you.

Totally AWESOME STAFF!! You will be glad you used them—you owe it to yourself to check them out, rather than only the HUGE “other” Ortho guys. I tried them both and I am BLESSED that I ended up with GBO. They are passionate about improving your life and helping you fully recover! Six stars out of five, 11 stars out of ten!!
David Michael Bel