OUR STAFF

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DR. ERIK NILSSEN

As founder and guiding force behind the Nilssen Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Nilssen devotes his passion for service to building the most premier center in the world.

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DR. SONYA AHMED

Sonya Ahmed, MD is a board certified and fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeon with expertise in treating disorders of the foot and ankle. Her surgical interests include arthroscopic and open treatment of […]

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JAMES GONZALEZ

James was born and raised in Anaheim, California. He spent over a decade serving in the Navy as a corpsman and an Independent Duty Corpsman rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer prior to being honorably discharged.

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LIBBA NANCE

Libba was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC.  She attended Meredith College in Raleigh where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  In 2008 she relocated to Gulf Breeze.

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JUSTIN BROWN

Justin was born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to Florida in 2001. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Anthropology and Social Science from Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton, Florida.

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DANIELLE DAVIS

Danielle was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised all over the world due to her parents’ service in the Marine Corps. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.

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TAYLOR DENT

Taylor was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She planted her roots in the Pensacola area in 2008 and attended the University of West Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration.

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PAMELA RUSSELL

Pam was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She relocated to Pensacola in July 2015 and joined Nilssen Orthopedics in October 2015. She is responsible for the billing aspect of Nilssen Orthopedics.

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ALICIA GURTLER

Alicia was born at Eglin AFB but moved 7 times before landing back in Mary Esther, FL. She is a huge animal lover that currently has 4 dogs and 3 cats as well as reptiles and saltwater fish.

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KATIE LAIRD

Katie is a true local – born and raised! She received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Alabama. Katie began her journey at the Andrews Institute in 2016 and joined the Nilssen Orthopedics team in August of 2020 as our scheduler and workers’ compensation coordinator for both Drs. Nilssen and Ahmed.

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DIANA TATE

Born and raised in Maryland, Diana relocated to Pensacola in 2014 with her two sons to be near family. She originally graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree, but returned to school to obtain her Radiography degree at Pensacola State College.

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