Western Orthopaedics - Dr. Armodios M. Hatzidakis, M.D. - My Team

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Armodios M. Hatzidakis, M.D.

Armodios M. Hatzidakis, M.D.

Orthopaedic Specialist, Shoulder and Elbow

"I stay updated and proficient in both time-honored and modern techniques "


'Team Hatzidakis' works together closely to provide continuity in patient care; allowing for a streamlined, efficient care cycle for each individual.  My team members are dedicated to ensure the highest professional level of care is provided to all patients treated at Western Orthopaedics, PC, and share a special interest in the specialty of shoulder and elbow.  Each of my PA's are highly qualified in diagnosing and treating injuries and disorders of the shoulder and elbow.  Our team mentality results in highly effective care for all of our patients. 

Rose Christensen, PA-C

Rose is originally from Michigan but moved to California where she lived for several years obtaining her undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees. She received high honors from Pepperdine University with a B.S. in Sports-Medicine/Pre-Med. While at Pepperdine and shortly after, she participated in various research projects under her professors and worked in local Orthopaedic practices, such as Santa Monica Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group and Orthopaedic Specialists of North County San Diego, gaining invaluable experience. She then went on to obtain a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona California ranking in the top ten of her class. Directly following, she participated in a Physician Assistant Orthopaedic residency program through Arrowhead Orthopaedics in Redlands, California. Rose came to Denver and joined the Western Orthopaedics team under Dr. Armodios Hatzidakis and Dr. Kevin Nagamani in the fall of 2012. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants.

Renee Charest, PA-C, MSPAS

Originally from New England, Renee was born and raised in southern New Hampshire. She subsequently attended The University of New Hampshire where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences in 2013. She immediately moved to New York City where she attended Touro College Manhattan’s Physician Assistant Program, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2016. Renee then moved to Denver and worked in facial plastic surgery for a short while. She joined Western Orthopaedics in Spring of 2017, as part of Dr. Hatzidakis’ team working in both the clinical and research settings. A previous competitive swimmer, Renee enjoys skiing, cycling, and hiking with her dog in her spare time. She is an active member of the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Paul C. Birge, PA-C, MS

Paul proudly joins the Western Orthopaedics team under Dr. Armodios Hatzidakis in the spring of 2018.  A native of the Rocky Mountain west, Paul left Colorado for 19 years, returning in 2011, to work in the Emergency Department at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.  Prior to that, he worked in Taos, New Mexico, including with Taos Orthopaedic Institute.  After earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Colorado State University, he began his career in health care as an EMT at the University of California Los Angeles, in 1992.  After that, he completed his physician assistant training at the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program in 1997.  He then attended the University of Texas at Tyler, earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology in 1999.  His research interests included bone health and the physiology of altitude.  He enjoys coaching baseball, fly fishing, skiing, and traveling with his family.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Claudine P. Richter, MMS, PA-C

Dina was born and raised in Iowa and attended Bellevue University for her undergraduate degree. There, she obtained her dual Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and biology in 2005 and immediately began working in a breast cancer research lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Shortly after, she moved to Kansas City where she worked in a research lab at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Dina and her husband moved to Denver in February of 2010 and continued her research path working at the University of Colorado Denver until she started PA school. She attended Red Rocks Community College’s Physician Assistant Program and concurrently completed her Master of Medical Science from Saint Francis University in 2018. She joined Western Orthopaedics in Fall of 2018 as part of Dr. Hatzidakis’ team working in both the clinical and research settings. Dina enjoys most things outdoors including skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and hiking with her husband in her spare time. She is an active member of the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistant.
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)