Dr. Watkins was born north of Seattle, Washington. He grew up hiking the Cascades where he fished the lakes and rivers.  His father worked in the construction business and his Mother worked for Boeing. His Sister was a ballerina while he spent his winters ( and summers) playing hockey and summers playing baseball, hiking and fishing. In his teens he started sailing and became proficient in sailing and has since been a crew member on small and large races around the Puget Sound and more recently in several regattas in the Caribbean.  

Growing up hockey and fishing were his passions. He started both about the same time at the age of 5. Hockey in Seattle wasn’t popular at the time however, he played in 5 National tournaments and was on tournament winning teams twice. This led to a year of Junior “A” hockey in British Columbia and a year of Junior “A” in Sioux City, IA before being recruited to play in college at Bemidji State University. While in college he played in several Final Four tournaments and was on another national championship team in 1985. After his college career he has coached youth hockey for 15 years.


I started playing hockey at the age of 5 and played through college. I played in 5 national tournaments, 3 final 4 tournaments and have been on two national championship teams in youth hockey and a National championship team in college. I was the first tournament MVP in the Kamloops international tournament, defense MVP as a rookie for the Cowichan Capitals in the BCJHL, team captain in Sioux City and invited to play on the USHL all-star team in a tournament in Switzerland. lI was invited to two US olympic development camps as a teenager in Squaw Valley and Colorado Springs


Throughout college I taught swim lessons, CPR, advanced lifeguard training, as well as basic and intermediate sailing. As a graduate student I taught lab and lecture for undergraduate students in biology and biochemistry. In medical school I was a teaching assistant for anatomy, neuroanatomy, and microbiology. As I resident I supervised the clinical course for medical students. As a resident and staff surgeon I supervised medical students as well as Physician’s Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students. I have lectured as a resident at the regional meetings of the American College of Surgeons and have published multiple articles in various specialty journals as well as a poster presentation at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. (details in CV)


Following fellowship training I was employed at Ashley Valley Hospital in Vernal Utah were my responsibilities included hand and general surgery. I then was a partner at CNOS in Sioux City where the majority of my job responsibilities were hand and upper extremity, however, I also completer peripheral nerve repairs in the lower extremities following traumatic injury, periphery mass excision, and various scar revisions. My patients in Sioux City spanned all ages and included extensive trauma needing reconstruction to elective joint replacement to revision surgery.

Career achievements: 

In addition to multiple publications a few of the notable achievements in my surgical career include being the first surgeon in the US and internationally to use a new, revised headless compression screw. I was also the first surgeon in the state of south dakota to complete a total wrist replacement. I also wrote up my procedure for CMC arthroplasty surgery for use by one of the industry leading orthopedic hardware companies. I was the most experienced surgeon in the region in local anesthesia surgery and CMC semi arthroplasty cases. 


I have been married to my wife (Sheila) for 26 years. I have 4 kids in the family, Wyatt, Brynn, Beau, and Jake. Between us we have a pack of dogs and a herd of horses. 


I have spent many outdoor hours hiking, fishing, and horse riding. I also “guide’ my wife on river floats, back road exploring and open water navigation for her pursuit of her love of photography. I am familiar with any type of craft that floats from kayaks to ocean racing sailboats.


  • Special Olympics
  • Hockey coaching (14 years)