Kay Nelson received her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Indiana State University and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Nevada, Reno. She participated in research about neuropathic signaling and deformities during both undergraduate and graduate school. She was trained in orthopedic surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, Colorado and the Reno Orthopedic Clinic. Before she went to PA school, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in both skilled nursing facilities and Renown. At Renown, she specialized with the neurosurgery department.

She was born in Reno but grew up in San Diego. Most of her family still resides in Reno. Her hobbies include snowboarding, hunting and playing catch with her chocolate Labrador, Karson. In the summer before PA school, she lived in Costa Rica where she studied Spanish.

Kay feels particularly honored to treat chronic pain patients, because she herself suffers from chronic knee pain. After multiple surgeries and attempts at treatment, she uses multiple forms of conservative treatment to make her pain manageable. She understands the psychological and physical affects that chronic pain imposes on her patients. Using a multi-modality treatment approach, she hopes to improve the quality of life of each patient she sees.