MEET THE TEAM Nationally Recognized in Orthopaedics

Granite Orthopaedics was started in October 2010, Dr. Paul Pflueger being one of the founding partners. Since then, our staff has grown to over 40 employees and 3 locations!

  • 5 Surgeons
  • 2 Physicians Assistants
  • 1 Nurse Practitioner
  • 1 Physical Therapist
  • 1 Hand Therapist
  • 2 Physical Therapy Assistants

When you need comprehensive, one-on-one orthopedic care that’s close to home, get in touch with Granite Orthopaedics. We offer a wide range of orthopedic services, including preventative health care to ensure a pain-free, happy life.

Using state-of-the-art technology and advanced techniques, our highly credentialed orthopedic doctor also performs the latest procedures such as ACL reconstruction, total hip arthroplasty, total hip replacement surgery, total knee arthroplasty, shoulder replacement and ankle replacement.

For your orthopedic care needs, visit Granite Orthopaedics. We serve the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Williamson, Dewey-Humboldt and nearby areas. Our friendly, experienced physical therapy team can help you get back to living life to the fullest.

Prescott’s Leading Provider of High-Quality Orthopedic Services

Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 “Best Hospitals” edition as one of Arizona’s highest-ranked hospitals, particularly in orthopaedics. The collective focus of the YRMC team of clinicians, caregivers and support staff is delivering outstanding, community-based healthcare. U.S. News & World Report rated YRMC as:

  • Sixth-highest among Arizona’s 110 hospitals
  • Second-highest among Northern Arizona’s 24 hospitals
  • “High-Performing” for hip replacement (11 percent of all U.S. hospitals performing this surgery earned this ranking)
  • “High-Performing” for knee replacement (10 percent of all U.S. hospitals performing this surgery earned this ranking)

YRMC was also recognized for controlling hospital-acquired infections. The YRMC team works vigilantly on behalf of patients to control infection. In a hospital environment, this is a complex process that requires team participation in every aspect of patient care. YRMC has also been recognized by other well-respected consumer organizations for its safe surgical record. Why are we sharing this news with you? Because our orthopedic surgeon team is a big part of YRMC’s success.


Paul C. Pflueger, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Sports Medicine

“I chose orthopaedics because I prefer interacting with a wide variety of patients, from the young to the elderly, in a way that allows me to improve their quality of life. I enjoy helping patients get better, get stronger and have less pain. I enjoy the opportunity to return patients to their pre-injury level of activity, whether it’s golf, tennis, hiking or whatever their leisure or sport activity may be.”

“For me, the patient always comes first. Most patients have already done extensive research into their condition prior to seeing me. I believe that an interactive approach with patients will lead us to a mutually agreed upon treatment plan. I hope to give my patients the opportunity for an improved quality of life with less pain, better function and improved outlook for their future.”

In his free time, Dr. Pflueger supports Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Arizona, the YMCA and Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He believes in exercise and personal fitness, and his hobbies include exercise, fly-fishing, woodworking and family activities.

  • Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship Training: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

W. Lee Richardson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Hand & Upper Extremity

“I became interested in orthopaedics after I sustained an injury as a high-school athlete. My interest in helping others combined perfectly with my fascination for how the human body functions. I enjoy helping my patients regain their independence and ability to interact with the world around them by treating their hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions.”

“Every patient is different. I explain conditions and situations fully to each patient and involve them in the decision-making process. Most patients have a pretty good idea what their problem is and how it is affecting their life. My job is to guide them to the best solution for their particular situation. I help my patients understand their condition so that together, we can make it better.”

In his free time, Dr. Richardson enjoys being with his family and playing basketball. He is also involved in his children’s athletic pursuits and an active member of his church.

  • Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship Training: Hand & Upper Extremity, University of Rochester Medical Center, Roch
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • MD: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association of Hand Surgery

Evan N. Simonson, DPM

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Specializing in Foot & Ankle

“Early in my medical experience I saw a need for quality, evidence-based foot and ankle surgeons. Keeping patients active and on their feet is, and always has been, a rewarding aspect of my field. What I most enjoy is the patients. Period. I love the academic side of my job, but what gets me up in the morning is the satisfaction and relief I can provide for those I treat.”

“I prefer giving patients options and educating them about the benefits and potential risks for each treatment. Patients have different goals, so I tailor my treatments to best fit their needs and expectations. I hope to give them peace of mind. I can very often provide relief from pain, but I also want them to know they are making the right decision for their personal health. I often have a treatment in mind that will provide excellent results, but if the patient has other priorities, there are many other options that may provide relief.”

In his free time, Dr. Simonson enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, cooking, woodworking, metalwork, reading and travel. He enjoys spending time with his three daughters and wife.

  • Board-Qualified: American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Residency: Foot & Ankle Surgery, Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • DPM: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago, IL
  • Member: American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association

Richard Bassett, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Total & Reconstructive Joints

“I started my career as a physical therapist and enjoyed working with patients who had hip and knee replacements, so I decided to go back to school to specialize in hip and knee arthroplasty as an orthopedic surgeon. I enjoy seeing my patients improve their function and daily activities with less pain.”

“I want my patients to understand their specific orthopaedic condition and provide them with all alternatives of care, including all the available conservative and surgical options. I hope to give my patients improved quality of life with less pain.”

In his free time, Dr. Bassett enjoys following the stock market. He likes boating and snow skiing with his family as well as watching his children in their sporting events.

  • Board-Certified: American Board of Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship Training: Hip & Knee Arthroplasty, The CORE Institute, Phoenix, AZ
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, York, PA and Baltimore, MD
  • DO: AT Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics

Francisco Jaume, DO

General Orthopedic Surgeon

“I chose to become an orthopaedic surgeon after I sustained numerous sports injuries growing up which impacted the sports I could participate in. With the advancements in medicine, orthopaedic surgeons are now able to repair sports injuries, allowing the athlete to compete again. I always wanted to be able to help a patient regain function from an injury which was keeping them from reaching their full potential.”

“My inspiration as an orthopaedic surgeon comes from my experience in the United States Marine Corps as a staff sergeant and as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. I truly enjoy being able to provide the orthopaedic care our veterans need and deserve.”

In his free time, Dr. Jaume enjoys riding his motorcycle and has a love for sports cars. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching his children participate in sporting events.

  • Board-Certified: American Board of Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgery
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
  • DO: University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Member: American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Academy of Sports and Medicine, American Osteopathic Association, Arizona Osteopathic Association.
  • Chairman of the Department of Surgery: YRMC Medical Director for Advanced Wound Care Center, YRMC
  • Doctor of the Year 2015: YRMC

Chris Legler, DPT, CMPT

Head Physical Therapist - Prescott Valley

Chris is the head Physical Therapist at our Prescott Valley office! He has a passion for helping his patients achieve their rehabilitation goals and improve their lives. He recently became a NAIOMT certified Manual Physical Therapist. Chris also enjoys teaching at Yavapai College as an adjunct professor.

Chris has strong ties to the Prescott area since moving to Prescott Valley as a boy and currently resides in Chino Valley with his beautiful wife and 4 children. He enjoys being active in the outdoors and understands the role that fitness and healthy living plays in maintaining a high quality of life.

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy Northern Arizona University 2009

Heather Moore

Physical Therapist

Micah Caudle

Hand Therapist
  • Master of Occupational Therapy : Midwestern University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics : Mississippi State University, 2001
  • Micah started at Granite : in 2016
  • In his free time, Micah likes to ride bikes, spend time outside, and enjoys listening to music.

Mark Thiele, PA-C, Board Certified

Physician Assistant

Mark joined Granite Orthopaedics in 2015. In collaboration with our orthopaedic surgeons, Mark conducts physical exams, diagnoses and implements treatment plans, provides injections, orders and interprets tests, assists in surgery, and writes prescriptions.

“I was interested in the medical field as long as I can remember. My mother is a pharmacist and I always appreciated the bond she had with her patients and the service she happily provided them. Orthopaedic surgery gives me that same opportunity as well as the satisfaction of being able to be part of a team that can improve patient’s quality of life.”

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and rooting for his children with their club soccer teams. He is active in serving at his church in various positions. 

  • Board Certified Physician Assistant since 2004
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania 2004 Master of Health Science
  • Utah State University 2002 Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education

Colby Dobson, PA-C, Board Certified

Physician Assistant

Colby Dobson is a physician assistant (PA) who has been with Granite Orthopaedics since its inception in November of 2010. In collaboration with our orthopaedic surgeons, Colby conducts physical exams, diagnoses and implements treatment plans, provides injections, orders and interprets tests, assists in surgery, and writes prescriptions.

“I enjoy being a PA and helping patients stay active, helping them return to a better quality of life and helping to alleviate their pain is very important to me.” 

Colby and his wife reside in the Prescott area with their three children. They enjoy serving and participating in various community activities. They love spending time outdoors: hiking, camping, cycling, or running.

  • University of Utah: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology
  • Drexel University: Master of Health (M.H.S.) and Physician Assistant degree (PA-C)

Megan Sitrin, ACNP-BC, Board Certified

Nurse Practitioner

Megan Sitrin is the newest team member to join Granite Orthopaedics! She was born and raised in Prescott and as a 5th generation Prescottonian, is happy to have moved back to Prescott after working at UCLA for over 12 years.

In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She loves playing volleyball, coaching her children’s sports teams, and traveling.

  • University of Arizona: Undergrad 2004
  • UCLA: Masters in science and nursing 2009
  • Worked at UCLA from 2005-2018

Granite Orthopaedics success hinges on the hard work and caring staff from the front office personnel to the physician.  The moment you check in, we want your experience to be top-notch when dealing with all staff members.  With our friendly front staff, medical assistants and x-ray technicians, you should be put at ease prior to meeting with the physician or physical therapist.

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Whether you are a skilled competitive athlete, weekend warrior or occasional participant, musculoskeletal sports injuries can stop you in your tracks and keep you on the sidelines.



Our orthopedic surgery team is adept at minimally invasive shoulder, hip, knee and ankle replacement.



No matter what you do for a living or what types of activities you perform, your hands and upper extremities can take a beating.



We are the only providers in Prescott performing advanced ankle replacement surgery, which has excellent outcomes for qualified patients.



Our physical therapy team helps our patients and other people in the community overcome musculoskeletal pain and injuries from sports, work and living life.