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Stephen Capel, PT

Stephen Capel, PT


Post Graduate Education:Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Undergraduate Degree:San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Bachelor of Arts in Biological and Cognitive Psychology


Steve graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in biological and cognitive psychology and a minor in biology. His studies focused on the structure and function of the brain and how we learn and process information. He went on to pursue physical therapy training at Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

Steve has extensive training and experience in manual therapy and biomechanical analysis of human function, particularly as it relates to running and throwing. He has 20 years of experience working in outpatient orthopaedics and enjoys working with the entire spectrum of orthopaedic conditions. Steve’s goal is to have each patient be an “expert” in their own recovery, so that they are better able to manage their particular injury as they move through recovery and beyond.

Growing up, Steve was a multisport athlete playing baseball, basketball and football in high school. As an adult, he has dabbled in ultra-endurance events, completing four ironman triathlons and ten ultra-marathon events, ranging from 50 kilometers to 50 miles. His athletic background and education give him unique insight. Not only can he identify with the athlete’s mind, he understands the physical demands required of high-level athletes, as well as the more prevalent recreational athlete.

Steve and his wife, a physical therapist and elite level ultra-runner, relocated to her hometown of Reno in 2001 after several years in the Bay Area. He has spent the majority of his free time over the past six years coaching his two boys in their athletic pursuits of baseball, basketball, football and skiing. He enjoys the occasional round of golf when time allows.

Dr. Dickens is a great surgeon he has done now over 4 surgeries after I was in a motorcycle accident when a car hit me. He has really been an advocate for me and for getting things taken care of. Plus his positive attitude and encouragement is second to none.

The check-in process was efficient. All the staff members were professional and cordial.
I have seen 3 doctors in this office and they are all excellent in their field.
Virginia Anderson
After my great success with Grant after my knee surgery, requested him once again for arthritis issues on both shoulders. While there are still improvements to be made, I feel I have made progress in a very short time, because of Grant’s knowledge & skills in his field! Most important, he cares about his patients & listens to their needs! In addition, Grant makes sure his staff follows through with his instructions & gives the same great care! Many thanks & appreciation to Grant & his staff at GBO!!
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.
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
I have been a patient of both Dr. Fyda and Dr. Hayes. Both doctors were thorough and knowledgeable in all facets of my care. I felt very comfortable and confident knowing I was in well-trained hands.
Shannon S.

Staff at Great Basin Orthopaedics are so caring.

It's been a few years since I went here with a broken arm and I can't thank them enough for the excellent care I got!!! I was able to avoid surgery and avoid my arm getting to stiff since he didn't put me in a full cast. The staff was super friendly throughout the whole building from the receptionist, the nurses, the x-ray techs and the dr. Literally everyone had a smile and that's rarer these days
Carissa Byram
I was never a patient, but as an intern I enjoyed my time working here. The Doctors who run the practice are top notch. Work environment is structured organized and cheerful. I was offered a position but they couldn't get it approved but they gave me the help I needed to get my degree!
Austin Noriega

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.

I love how smoothly everything runs here. My doctor is amazing the nurse is great too. From checking in, to follow ups to my surgery (ACL) everything went so smoothly and even my post op care. I wish all my doctors outside ortho would go so smoothly! Great job guys!
Sharon B.

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.

Thorough, knowledgeable and professional
Jim Gaskill

Dr. Owens is an amazing surgeon. She did a beautiful job on my total knee replacement with a hinged knee. Everything was perfect, I was walking right away no problems no
complications, all this after difficulty walking for over 30 years and recovering from being paralyzed from the waist down. I highly recommend this very skilled surgeon. She goes the extra mile. Everything was explained and informed thru every step of the process, all my questions were answered, I never have been so prepared for a surgical procedure.

Very friendly and knowledgeable! Gave detailed information as appointment progressed! Thank you!!!!
Lonnie Shields

Best ortho doc ever! Dr. Owens has exceptional knowledge and takes the time to communicate clearly and answer all questions. I highly recommend her!

the staff at Great Basin is excellent from the phone, front desk, nurses and x-ray tech. very pleasant to deal with.
A very efficient run medical facility. Very professional staff who greeted you with a smile and introduced themselves in all interactions with the organization. A model for other medical groups to take notice.
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.
It was super convenient having PT at the same place as my surgery because they worked together to help me focus on my goals, to know what I could and couldn’t do and what my limits were. They were available to answer my questions on the spot, which helped the entire process go faster.
Kiley Cryer
Gracias por toda la ayuda durante la visita.
Absolutely positive experience!
Catherine Oppio
I'm very pleased with everything they have done for me.
Betty T.