Meet Annie Muehlberger, APRN, RN
Hi, my name is Annie Muehlberger. I’m a nurse practitioner (APRN, RN) for Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics. I’ve worked here since February 2018, and I work with Dr. Mark Winston and Dr. Brian Divelbiss, who are the hand surgeons here in the clinic.
The most common conditions that Dr. Divelbiss and Dr. Winston come in contact with in our clinic include trigger finger, whether it be for injections or trigger finger release surgery, and we do a lot of post-op care with carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. We do Dupuytren’s release, whether it be surgical or with an injection. We do radial wrist fractures and also distal radius elbow fractures. Those are the types of conditions we see most commonly.
As an APRN, my primary role is to go in and see the patients prior to the doctor coming in, to understand why they’re here, what they’re here for, how long their problem has been going on, and if there’s been an acute injury or a chronic problem. If there needs to be an injection, I can take care of that prior to the doctor coming in and seeing them, and really my job is to make the doctor’s evaluation go quickly and smoothly with the information I provide.
Prior to joining Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, I worked in Wichita as an orthopedic nurse practitioner since I graduated in 2014. I worked with many different physicians in Wichita, including a hand specialist, sports medicine specialist, a trauma doctor, and a shoulder physician. I chose to stay in orthopedics when I moved back to Kansas City because I have a passion for patients who are in a time of need and seek our help, whether it be a chronic or an acute issue. Dickson-Diveley was a great opportunity. When I interviewed here with Dr. Divelbiss, he really made this feel like a home environment. Everybody working together as a team, all 16 physicians, and really trying to provide our community with the best orthopedic excellence that we can.
My philosophy of care with each and every one of my patients is to treat them as if they were one of my family members, like my mom and dad. I try to listen as intently as possible and really come to terms with what we can do as a clinic to best help any problem, whether it be an acute or chronic issue.