Michael Wade is a native of Illinois and received his undergraduate bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Sports Medicine & Athletic Training. He worked as an athletic trainer for a physical therapy company in St. Louis for three years following his undergraduate education, providing physical and sports rehabilitation as well as medical coverage for a large area high school's athletics department. Michael went on to receive his master's degree in physician assistant studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in Chicago. He remained in Chicago for seven years, practicing as a physician assistant in orthopaedic specialties including general orthopaedics, orthopaedic spine surgery, sports medicine, trauma and total joint replacement surgery. In January 2015, Michael relocated to Denver to join Orthopaedic Physicians of Colorado and is now specializing primarily in total joint replacement and orthopaedic trauma surgery. In his free time, he enjoys virtually all outdoor activities including running, hiking, camping, skiing and scuba diving.He has also joined the Wilderness Medical Society and is pursuing continued education in wilderness medicine.