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Washoe County Medical Society

Washoe County Medical Society Leadership / Board of Directors

Shaina Richardson


Shaina Richardson M.D.

Dr. Shaina Richardson, M.D. practices full-time as a board-certified anesthesiologist in Reno, where she’s been in practice for 5 years. She is a 6th-generation Nevadan and was born and raised in Reno. She graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2012 and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado in 2016.

She was elected as an Officer of the Board of the WCMS in 2019 and became President in September 2021. She also serves as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee with the Nevada State Medical Association. She is a current member of the House of Delegates for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the national governing body for her specialty. She has also served on the Board of her large private practice group, Associated Anesthesiologists. She is both a Community Faculty Member and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.

She is fluent in Spanish and a proud mother of two young daughters, both of whom are enrolled in public school as part of a Spanish immersion program. An explorer at heart, she has travelled extensively with her husband, has lived abroad, and remains an avid hiker and loves the beautiful outdoors of her home state.

Patrick Woodard, M.D.

2021 Past-President

Patrick Woodard, M.D.

Dr. Woodard Renown hospitalist, is a senior healthcare executive with more than 10 years’ experience in healthcare and healthcare information technology. A practicing board-certified internal medicine physician, he serves as associate chief medical information officer at Renown Health, an integrated delivery network in Reno. Before joining Renown, he was a co-founder and chief medical and technology officer for DocDox, a physician software start-up based in Washington, DC, for four years. He was house staff president at Howard University Hospital and obtained his medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Woodard graduated from Georgetown University after first studying violin performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Today, he is a trustee of the Reno Philharmonic Association and is a member of the board of directors of Washoe County Medical Society. He is also a delegate to the Nevada State Medical Association, where he is co-chair of the commission on medical practice.

Jay K. Morgan WCMS President

Immediate Past President

Jay K. Morgan, M.D., FAANS
Specialty, general Neurosurgery with an Emphasis on Complex Spine

Jay K. Morgan, M.D., is managing partner of Sierra Neurosurgery Group. In 1993, he joined the group after serving on their academic staff. His specialties include treating complex spine disorders and vertebral vascular disease. He is board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgeons. In 2016 he received the WCMS C.H. Woods Award. He completed his medical doctorate at Ohio State University, School of Medicine in 1984 and his Fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, in 1998-99. He completed his residency in 1990 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He’s served as chairman of Neurosurgery at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and as chief of Neurosurgery at Renown Regional Medical Center. He is a member of various organizations including:  The International Stroke Society, the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery, a Stroke Fellow of the American Heart Association, the Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, as well as his national, county and state medical associations. Dr. Morgan has extensive research experience, has been published and presented lectures. He shares the rewards as well as the challenges facing medical providers in our community through candid, open communication with the public. Dr. Morgan enjoys reading, working out, gazing into the heavens and studying the stars, and spending time with his family as he never seems to waver on his commitment to his family or friends.

Dr Bayo Curry-Winchell


Bayo Curry-Winchell, M.D.

Dr. Curry-Winchell is a family medicine physician who works in urgent care at Saint Mary’s Medical Group.  Dr. Curry-Winchell began journey in the medical field as a physician’s assistant. She practiced as a physician assistant for three years in occupational, family, and urgent care specialties.  In 2012, she earned her degree in medicine from the Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, Fl. She did her residency at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Curry-Winchell was chosen as one of the 20 Under 40 by the Young Professionals Network. She was elected to the 2019 WCMS board of directors and serves as co-chair of the membership/public relations committee.

Robin White

Delegation Chairman

Robin White M.D.

Dr. Robin White, M.D. is a pediatrics specialist in Reno, NV. She graduated from University Of Nevada School Of Medicine and specializes in pediatrics.

Dr. Thomas Christensen Director


Thomas Christensen, M.D

Dr. Christensen received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where he was number one in his class. His orthopedic residency was completed at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. After residency, Dr. Christensen completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as a fellowship in Open and Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery with Dr. Laurent Lafosse at the Alps Surgery Institute in Annecy, France.

Dr. Christensen is the only surgeon at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic Board Certified by both the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Hand Surgery. He is also a volunteer at the University of California, Davis where he visits monthly as a visiting clinical professor to the assist in the teaching of resident orthopaedic surgeons.

Dr. Christensen specializes in shoulder, elbow and hand disorders, injuries, reconstruction, and microvascular surgery.

He began practicing at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2013.

John Hardwick MD


John Hardwick M.D.

Dr. John Hardwick, M.D. is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Reno, Nevada. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Nevada and Illinois. He is affiliated with Renown Regional Medical Center and Northern Nevada Medical Center.

Dr. Ali Nairizi director


Ali Nairizi, M.D.

Ali Nairizi, M.D., is an interventional pain specialist as well as a board certified anesthesiologist and board pain specialist.  Originally from Tehran, he earned his medical degree in 2004 from Shahid Beheshti University School of Medicine. He then attended Pennsylvania State University to obtain a master’s degree in cellular and molecular physiology. After completing his master’s degree, he went to Drexel University for his residency. In 2014, Dr. Nairizi joined Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists. In 2017, he was named the Best Doctor by the readers of Reno Magazine. Elected to the WCMS board in 2019, he also serves as co-chair of the membership/ public relations committee.

Tim O’Mara


Tim O’Mara, M.D.

Dr. O’Mara received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Trauma fellowship at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington in 2006. Dr. O’Mara finished his Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Dr. O’Mara also finished a third Orthopedic Fellowship in Hip and Knee Replacement at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in August 2007. He is subspecialty trained in trauma, pediatric care, and hip and knee replacement.

Dr. O’Mara is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Daniel Spogen, MD Professor


Daniel Spogen, M.D.

After 23 years in private practice Dr. Spogen came to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to become faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In 2 years as director of medical education he helped start OB & Sports Medicine Fellowships, METRIC, and faculty development sessions. He is also assistant student clerkship director. In October 2006 he became Chair of the Department.

For the last 18 years he has been the Family Medicine Interest Group liaison to the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians. He also is active in the Nevada and American Academies of Family Medicine. Dr. Spogen has a medical degree from University of Southern California.

Daniel A. Hansen


Daniel A. Hansen, M.D.

Daniel A. Hansen, M.D., is an anesthesiologist and practices at various hospitals and surgery centers in Reno and the surrounding areas. He works with a diverse patient population and enjoys serving his community. After receiving a Bachelor of Art in English, he then completed his post-baccalaureate studies in biochemistry at the University of Nevada-Reno and then medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He then completed his anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Clinic Arizona where he served as Chief Resident.

He is a 5th generation Nevadan and is a proud husband and father of five boys. When not working, he enjoys all that Northern Nevada has to offer.

Dr. Hansen is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Lars Webb. MD


Lars Webb, M.D.

Lars Webb. M.D., is a Nevada native. He completed both his undergraduate and medical school at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He went on to complete a general surgery residency at the University of New Mexico. He went to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a fellowship in bariatric and advanced GI/MIS surgery. He was happy to return to Reno with Western Surgical Group to provide care for fellow Northern Nevadans.

Sharon Wright, MD


Sharon Wright, M.D.

Sharon Wright, M.D., is a general surgeon with Western Surgical Group who focuses her practice on the care of thyroid disorders, parathyroid disorders, breast cancer, as well as a wide breadth of other general surgical issues.

Hailing from Oregon, Dr. Wright enjoys the Nevada outdoors and spending time with her husband (Dr. Nicholas Spoerke, a Western Surgical Group trauma physician) and their two daughters.

Natasha McGlaun

Student Board Member

Natasha McGlaun
Student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Natasha McGlaun, a third-year medical student, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland before entering the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.

Natasha’s goal is to get more students involved in WCMS not only as members but active in advocacy, legislative activities and on committees that address issues facing physicians today and in the future.

She is very active already in her professional associations. In addition to her  board position, she serves as:

      • American Medical Association Medical Student Section Representative (2018-Present)
      • Policy Analyst for the AMA MSS House Coordination Committee (2019-Present)
      • Student Leader for the UNR Chapters of Medical Students for Choice and Students for a National Health Program (2019-20)
      • Media Chair for Students for a National Health Program (2020-21)

If medical school and volunteer activities aren’t enough, Natasha is the mother of a nearly 2-year-old daughter, Laurel and wife to husband, Emilio, who is handling childcare duties while Natasha is in school.