Orthopedic Nurse Practitioners

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists’ nurse practitioners are skilled in helping you understand your body and how to live a healthier life. They work with you to teach you about your health.

Our nurse practitioners emphasize the promotion of health. In addition to health teaching and counseling, they can provide you with complete physical examinations, they can diagnose and treat common illnesses, manage stable chronic conditions, and monitor your response to medications.

Nurse practitioners are individually licensed by the state in which they practice.

Joan O'Brien Hart Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Joan O’Brien Hart

Joan Hart has been working at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists since 2001 as a Nurse Practitioner with Dr. John Knight. Her caring and compassionate manner puts patients at ease and contributes to their successful recoveries.

Joan Hart has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware followed by her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has expertise in pain management and sports medicine. Joan has published several articles on postoperative pain management.

Using her nursing background, Joan places a strong emphasis on patient education. She spends time with patients teaching them about their orthopedic conditions, how to get better and what to expect after surgery. Joan is available for phone consultation to assist with advice regarding many patient questions such as postoperative recovery advice, pain management, physical therapy and frequency of follow up appointments.

Patients have the option of seeing Joan in the office when the doctor is unavailable or in surgery. She can perform injections, order x-rays and diagnostic studies and evaluate postoperative wounds. Her caring and compassionate manner put patients at ease and contributes to their recovery.

What patients say

“Joan Hart was very thorough with her explanation and solutions. I liked how she suggested several options from exercises, medications, cortisone shots and surgery. I felt heard. She knew what she was talking about and related to me.” – Rhonda Miller

Office Location: Walnut Creek & San Ramon

Laura M. Davis Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Laura M. Davis

Laura has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Sports Medicine program at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists since 2009. With a background as a registered nurse, Laura places a strong emphasis on patient education. Laura also assists in surgery, which contributes to her ability to provide continuity of care. Her focus on getting her patients on the road to recovery while minimizing down time, makes Laura an asset to the Sports Medicine program at MOS.

Laura works with Dr. Michlitsch and Dr. Preston in the clinic where patients can make appointments with her for initial evaluation, injections, diagnostic testing, and guidance through diagnosis and recovery.

Laura is an East Bay native who completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Human Biology with a focus on infectious disease and public health. She was an All American athlete for Stanford’s Varsity Swim Team and was a member of the USA national swim team.

Laura completed her master’s degree at Samuel Merritt University. Her enthusiasm for sports medicine and orthopedics developed through her athletic career and during her involvement treating sports injuries in the physical therapy department of Stanford’s health clinic.

Laura also teaches at Samuel Merritt University as an adjunct associate instructor for the Nurse Practitioner masters students in the splinting casting lab and musculoskeletal medicine lectures.

Named 2018 Bike Commuter of the Year – Contra Costa County

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What patients say

“Laura was willing to spend all the time necessary to understand my symptoms and examine my elbow. She was very professional, yet kind and understanding. I have already recommended her to a co-worker.” – Tyler

Office Locations: Walnut Creek, San Ramon, & Brentwood