About Us

Our specialized orthopedic team can help you REBUILD your quality of life, RESTORE your strength, and REACH for greater heights.

Our Team

Dr. Nathan Faulkner

Dr. Nathan Faulkner is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in comprehensive shoulder and knee surgery. He received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Utah in 2003, where he also graduated from medical school and was inducted into the esteemed Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin where he received several education and research awards. He received specialty training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy during his fellowship at the world-renowned Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) in Los Angeles. Dr. Faulkner is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is actively involved in the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Faulkner has been involved in research and has authored several original scientific articles and book chapters. His work demonstrating a technique for grafting complex rotator cuff tears has been highlighted at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery national meeting. He volunteers annually to train orthopedic surgeons worldwide in advanced shoulder surgery techniques at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago. He has extensive experience covering high school, collegiate, and professional sports, and he is currently an associate team physician for the professional lacrosse Denver Outlaws.

Dr. Faulkner is known for being a compassionate physician who takes the time to educate his patients and their families about their orthopedic injuries. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most advanced orthopedic care to facilitate a quicker recovery and the best outcome for his patients.

In his free time, Dr. Faulkner enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, golfing, and skiing. He also enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and children.

Cara Patton PA-C

Cara Cohn is a board-certified Physician Associate. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University in Iowa. Cara graduated among the top 5 students in her class in June 2019 and began working for Colorado Orthopedic Consultants with Dr. Nathan Faulkner. Cara evaluates patients in the clinic treating a variety of orthopedic conditions. In addition, she first assists Dr. Faulkner in the operating room for total shoulder and knee arthroplasties as well as some arthroscopic procedures. She is a member of Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS) as well as American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Cara is passionate about educating her patients with collaborative discussions to develop the best treatment option individualized for each patient. She is a great asset to the team as she is always upbeat, smiling, positive, and is very personable.

Cara is a Colorado native and enjoys all things outdoors. She has run a few half-marathons and plans to do more. She enjoys traveling, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking 14ers, camping, and yoga.


I have worked in the orthopedic world for several years. I am passionate about caring for Dr. Faulkner’s patients. I am a Colorado native, so naturally I enjoy being outside as much as I can. I also won’t ever pass up a cuddle session with my dog, Bean. I am excited to be part of this team and your care.


Arika helps coordinate care for all of Dr. Faulkner’s and Cara’s patients.. She is a Colorado native and is working towards her goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish and camp with her husband and children. She also enjoys CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting.

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