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Meet WPOSM’s Experienced, Dedicated Medical Support Team

At Western PA Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our reputation for excellence and our track record of optimal treatment outcomes are a team effort. In addition to the expertise and skill of our board certfied orthopedics specialists, our ability to be on the leading edge of our field and provide effective, appropriate resolution for virtually any problem depends heavily on the support, capabilities and dedication of our medical support team. Meet the people who help our top-tier orthopedists ensure you get the best possible care.

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 Oleg Cooley, PA-C

Physician Assistant “Orthopedics is a technical specialty with many challenges. There are many ways to fix a fracture. The challenge is to find what is best for the patient. What I enjoy about it is when a patient is able to walk again, return to a sport and live pain-free.”

Education: B.S., Physician Assistant Sciences, Hahnemann University

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Additional Education:

  • AO Basic Fracture Management Course
  • Zimmer Two-Incision Hip Replacement Course

Years of Experience: 29 Years at WPOSM: 22


 James Burda, PA-C

Physician Assistant “I give the patient an understanding of their condition, as well as the treatment options, both conservative and surgical, so they can make an informed decision. My hope is that they leave their appointment with the feeling that they’re on their way to getting better.”

Education: B.S., Physician Assistant Sciences, St. Francis College

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant

Additional Education: AO Basic Fracture Management Course

Years of Experience: 17 Years at WPOSM: 17


 Anthony Rentz, PA-C

Physician Assistant “My style of patient interaction is hands-on and personable. I like to speak with my patients and learn something more about who I am treating personally. I believe this leads to better communication and better care.”

Education: B.S., Health Science, St. Francis University.
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies, St. Francis University

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants


 Amanda Ferrante, PA-C

Physician Assistant “I strive to provide exceptional patient care based on empathy and attentiveness. I am greatly impacted by my patients’ well-being. My goal is to improve quality of life and have each patient walk out with smile on his or her face. At the end of the day, it is always about the patient.”

Education: B.S., Health Science, St. Francis University.
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies, St. Francis University

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Member: American Academy of Physician Assistants


Jason Lonesky

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Coordinator “I chose athletic training as my profession due to an athletic injury I sustained in high school. My athletic trainer was able to get me back to activity quickly. I was led to my profession because I enjoy sports and helping others.”

Education: B.S. in Athletic Training, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Certification: Certified Athletic Trainer

Member:

  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer’s Society

Years of Experience: 12 Years at WPOSM: 3


 Jesse Potchak, CST

Certified Surgical Technologist “I work with all five of our surgeons. I enjoy the hands-on patient care and the pace inside the operating room. Also, orthopedics is a continually evolving specialty and there is always more to know and learn.”

Education:

  • Associate’s Degree, Allied Health Science, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • B.S., Criminology in Special Populations, Mount Aloysius College

Certification:

  • Certified in Surgical Technology
  • 18 additional CME credits annually in various healthcare-related topics

Years of Experience: 10 Years at WPSOM: 3


Robert Michael Hood, CST

Certified Surgical Technologist “I try to be compassionate, reassuring, understanding and patient. I explain aspects of care to the patient to ensure he or she is aware of all that is to be expected from the experience.”

Education: Associate’s Degree in Allied Health Science, University of Pittsburgh

Certification: Certified in Surgical Technology

Years of Experience: 10 Years at WPSOM: 2


Want to find out more about WPOSM’s physician assistants and other medical support personnel? Call (814) 255-6781 for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.