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Dr. Paul Y. Shonnard MD

Dr. Shonnard received his medical degree from University of Nevada School of Medicine and did his residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He has also completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He has been practicing in Reno since 1996.

Dr. Shonnard has ongoing research programs in hip arthroscopy and percutaneous calcaneus fracture work. He lectures and teaches at a master level on hip arthroscopy at national and international meetings on an ongoing basis and has completed textbook chapter submissions for a recent Germany based hip arthroscopy textbook. His work on calcaneous was presented at the National meeting of the Orthopedic Trauma Association. Dr. Shonnard has served as the Vice President of the Nevada Orthopaedic Society, Chief of Orthopaedics as well as the Chief of Surgery at Renown South Meadows and the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV. He is subspecialty trained in trauma and his practice focuses on arthroscopic management of joint maladies, shoulder and hip pathologies, joint replacement and trauma.

He is a Nevada native and enjoys skiing, hunting and athletics. He is actively involved in skiing and ski racing programs, in addition to many other outdoor activities. Dr. Shonnard is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is licensed by the State of Nevada.

Shana Fearnley PA-C

Shana Fearnley PA-C joined the Nevada Orthopedics team at its creation in 2009. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nevada Reno in 1997, where she was a collegiate track and field athlete. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Science/Physician Assistant Studies at Rosiland Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, Illinois in 2000. Shana has worked in orthopedics since graduating from PA school. She has worked with Dr. Shonnard since 2002 and assisted Dr. Shonnard with hundreds of surgeries. Shana is a member of the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Shana is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Shana enjoys running, crossfit and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

There are so many wonderful words to describe my adventure with Dr. Shonnard and all his people. Enough to make a great movie! So I decided to write this poem to him to show my satisfaction.

Thank you


My husband, Abel went to Dr. Shonnards office with what we thought was the need for knee replacement surgery. Our initial appointment was with Shana Fearnley, Dr. Shonnards assistant. Watching Abel walking to the examining room, Shana questioned whether his knee pain was actually coming from his knee. Through Shana's experience, diagnostic skills and the x-rays she requested, it was determined Abel's hip joint was completely gone. We are so thankful we did not have the knee replacement surgery only to find out the hip joint was causing the knee pain.

Meeting Dr. Shonnard, coupled with our research on joint replacement surgeons in Reno, and Shana's diagnostic abilities we were confident we had found the right practice.

Abel and Judy Mendeguia
April 14, 2011