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Strasburger Orthopaedics is the newest orthopaedics center to open in Lincoln. Scott Strasburger, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 18 years. His team consists of two physician assistants, Melinda Okosun and Jack Nickolite, in addition to Nicole Gandara, RN and Pat Martin, orthopaedic tech.

Strasburger Orthopaedics is located at 7121 Stephanie Lane, suite 100 near 56th and Pine Lake Road adjacent to Madonna Proactive. They began taking patients on February 3, 2014. To schedule an appointment call them at 402-466-0100.

Dr. Scott Strasburger is originally from Holdrege, and received his bachelor's degree in life sciences from Nebraska in 1990. He played football for the Cornhuskers and was a third-team All-American and a two-time All-Big Eight selection at Nebraska. Strasburger was also an academic All-American and earned the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award and postgraduate scholarship in 1984. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1985.

Strasburger attended the Nebraska Medical Center School of Medicine and served a surgical internship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Strasburger returned to Tennessee for his orthopaedic residency and received advanced training at the world-renowned American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

Strasburger specializes in sports medicine injuries, complex rotator cuff injuries and shoulder and knee replacements. He also has years of experience helping patients with other orthopaedic and sports medicine needs. Strasburger is married and has three children. He is passionate about his community and supports a variety of charities including the UNL Catholic Newman Center, Make a Wish and Cystic Fibrosis.

Melinda Okosun, PAC, serves as physician assistant and first assistant in orthopaedic surgery with Dr. Strasburger. Okosun received a Masters of Science in Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She studied Psychology at Rockhurst University and completed a year of training in the Masters Occupational Therapy program prior to deciding to pursue a career as a physician assistant. She has always had a passion to care for others and becoming a PA was the perfect avenue to accomplish this pursuit.

Okosun began her career in Washington D.C. with a general surgery practice for two and a half years. Upon moving to Lincoln, she spent three years with Surgical Specialists, LLC. She has worked with Dr. Strasburger for over a year and is incredibly excited to continue this relationship at Strasburger Orthopaedics. Okosun is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a certified member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. Okosun is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care and is dedicated to helping ensure patients experience extraordinary care at Strasburger Orthopaedics.

Jack Nickolite, PAC, ATC, joins Dr. Strasburger at Strasburger Orthopaedics, having over 30 years of experience treating injuries to athletes. Nickolite was previously employed at the University of Nebraska where he provided care to UNL athletes in all sports. His assignments included working and traveling with the Husker football and basketball teams. As a dual credentialed health care professional (physician assistant, athletic trainer) he provided primary care services to UNL athletes. He also held the duties of associate director of Athletic Medicine and was head football athletic trainer from 1995 to 1997. 

Nickolite's relationship with Dr. Strasburger actually dates back to when he provided care to Strasburger during his football career at Nebraska. He subsequently joined Dr. Strasburger in his private practice 17 years ago. Nickolite earned his Bachelor of Science and master's degree from the University of Nebraska and then furthered his education at UNMC in the physician assistant program. Nickolite is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Strasburger and his staff are committed to providing personal, muscle, bone and joint care for athletes and active people. Their goal is to help patients get relief from pain and return to a normal, active life quickly. For more information go to or check them out on Facebook. You can also contact them for a tour and consultation at 402-466-0100.

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