Encinitas – Orthopedic Surgeon Team




Stephen P. Nichols, M.D.

  • Undergraduate: San Diego State University
  • Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Residency: McGill University
  • Fellowship: Loma Linda University

A native of San Diego, Dr. Nichols enjoys golfing, cycling, skiing and sailing. He appreciates his patients need to stay active at any age. From sports injuries to total joint replacements, one of the greatest rewards for Dr. Nichols is helping his patients improve their quality of life.


Patrick J. Padilla, M.D.

  • Undergraduate: Pepperdine University
  • Medical School: UCLA
  • Residency: Duke University

As a competitive athlete himself, Dr. Padilla understands how his patient’s well-being is a crucial component to their quality of life. He treats all types of orthopedic conditions with a special interest in sports medicine. Dr. Padilla has been recognized by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Surgeons.”


Ryan C. Meineke, M.D.

  • Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Oakland Bone and Joint Specialists

Dr. Meineke is very involved in his patient’s recovery and treatment planning. Growing up in North County San Diego, he is grateful to be practicing in the community that he was raised in. His special interests are in total ankle replacement surgery for patients with end-stage ankle arthritis.

Direct Orthopedic Care, Specialist Skills Without the High ER Bill!