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Robyn M. Stuhr

Robyn M. Stuhr, MA, ACSM-RCEP

Robyn is the director of the Sports Medicine Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in UC San Diego Health System. Robyn has a master's degree in exercise physiology from UC Santa Barbara and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a registered clinical exercise physiologist, and as a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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Formerly, she was executive vice president of Education at the American Council on Exercise and program director of the Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Robyn spent ten years as administrative director and exercise physiologist at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City — the top-ranked orthopedics hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The Women’s Sports Medicine Center was the first sports medicine program in the United States dedicated to the treatment of active and athletic women. Robyn has broad experience in sports medicine, health promotion, cardiac rehabilitation and business and occupational health, exercise prescription and testing and program development.

Robyn is on the executive board of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association, the ACSM "Exercise Is Medicine" Education Committee and the National Osteoporosis Foundation's Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Robyn has been a contributing editor to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and has written several book chapters and articles on exercise, health and fitness. Robyn has lectured extensively to professional and general audiences about a variety of fitness and health topics, including exercise for bone health, weight management, body image, the Female Athlete Triad, healthy aging and motivational strategies. Robyn has teamed up with the Arthritis Foundation, the Association of Rheumatology Healthcare Professionals and the American Council on Exercise to create a course for fitness professionals on exercise and osteoarthritis.

Robyn currently provides personal exercise consultations for individuals wanting to improve their bone strength through exercise. Appointments can be made by calling 844.DR SPORT (844.377.7678).

Suzanne L. Wahl, PA-C

Suzanne L. Wahl, PA-C, MMS

Suzanne joined UC San Diego Health System in 2012 as a certified physician assistant (PA-C), specializing in sports medicine. She began her sports medicine career in 2000 working as a certified athletic trainer with collegiate athletes at the University of Colorado and the University of Washington.

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In 2005, she gained clinical and surgical expertise by serving as chief orthopedic PA-C for the University of Washington’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, where she developed and managed the Arthroscopy, Research and Training Lab.

Suzanne earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Colorado, completed her PA-C coursework at Red Rocks Community College and earned her master’s degree in medical science at St. Francis University. Suzanne continues to advance her knowledge by staying actively involved in clinical research, resident education and arthroscopy training. In her down time, Suzanne enjoys cycling, skiing, sailing, cooking, gardening, photography and living an active lifestyle with her husband.

As a physician assistant, Suzanne is most passionate about:

Team Medicine

“The relationship between myself and an orthopedic surgeon is as important as the relationship between a soccer goalie and the team’s defensive players, or a cyclist and his bike. Our interdependency allows patients to receive superior care that is dependable, comprehensive, safe and efficient.”

Patient Education

"We deal with surgical injuries everyday, but we have to remember that each one is a new experience for the patient. Spending time with patients to address their questions, concerns and goals is imperative for a successful recovery. Providing knowledge can empower patients to be more active participants in their health care.”

Academic Medicine

“Being at a place where there are accomplished physicians, astute residents, inquiring medical students and pioneering researchers is inspiring. They raise the bar in medicine and make UC San Diego Health System an invigorating environment.”

Kevin Messey, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

Kevin Messey, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

Kevin is a certified athletic trainer who specializes in sports medicine, biomechanical evaluation and rehabilitation. His unique corrective exercise strategies have proven to help athletes return to activity pain-free. Since 1995, he has worked with athletes of all ages, sports and skill levels, including high school, college, professional and Olympic level.

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He has a master’s degree in sports health care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of A.T. Still University. Prior to that, Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine/athletic training from Missouri State University. He has additional certifications as a corrective exercise specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. His approach to client care includes static and functional postural assessment, thorough orthopedic evaluation techniques, the Graston Technique, muscle energy techniques, mobilizations, PNF, corrective exercise, custom foot orthotics, Kinesio taping and other corrective taping techniques. Kevin brings his years of experience with elite athletes in the athletic training room to patients in our sports medicine practice. He has a progressive approach to sports medicine and provides elite level one-on-one care for each client.

Kevin came to UC San Diego Health System in 2013 from UC San Diego Athletics where he was the head athletic trainer for seven years and the assistant athletic trainer for four years prior to that. Kevin was also an athletic trainer at the ARCO Olympic Training Center from 2001 - 2002, where he worked with Olympic-level athletes in soccer, archery, bobsled, canoe, cycling, field hockey, kayak, rowing, rugby, softball, track and field and triathlon. He has also worked with the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants.

Dustyn L. Severns

Dustyn L. Severns, PA-C, MS

Dustyn is a senior physician assistant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health System. He plays an integral role in the joint reconstruction service and orthopedic oncology service, caring for patients with degenerative diseases of the lower extremity joints, as well as patients with musculoskeletal tumors.

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Dustyn provides ongoing clinical care, from the pre-operative evaluation all the way through surgical care and post-operative recovery.

In addition to his clinical and surgical duties, Dustyn has the privilege of participating in research projects in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the primary investigator in a study of patient activity levels after joint replacement surgery utilizing personal activity monitors. He is active in medical student education and is a professional sponsor and advisor for the physician assistant student club at UC San Diego.

Dustyn graduated with distinction from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in athletic training/exercise science in 2000. He further developed his orthopedic knowledge by completing an orthopedic technology program at Grossmont College and completed the national certification examination to become a certified athletic trainer. In preparation for PA school, he worked for one year in an orthopedic surgery office where he gained additional experience with patient care, practice management and interaction with practicing physician assistants. Since becoming a PA in 2003, Dustyn has worked in general orthopedics, spine surgery and with joint reconstruction patients. Dustyn’s academic training reflects his passion for understanding the body, movement and function.

Dustyn married his high school sweetheart, Mary, and has two amazing children. In his spare time, he enjoys triathlon training, cycling, surfing and playing with his kids.