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Meet our Spine Specialists

Our providers are uniquely cross-trained to recognize and treat multiple conditions, which means we can get you up and moving again more quickly than other providers.

In addition to some of the area’s leading neurological and orthopaedic surgeons, our staff includes well-regarded physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, chiropractic physicians, pain psychologists, spine-trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well as outstanding physical and occupational therapists.

Get to know the transdisciplinary team in the SpineCare Program.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Our physiatrists work with patients manage treatment plans, which may include medical management, determining if additional testing is necessary to identify and treat pain and to monitor progress throughout the program. This is a non-surgical approach to treating neck and back pain.

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Diane W. Braza, MD

Chair, Professor

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Heather M. Curtiss, MD

Assistant Professor

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David deDianous, MD

Associate Professor

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Philip A. Nelson, MD

Associate Professor

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Carley Sauter, MD

Assistant Professor

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Christopher L. White, MD

Assistant Professor

Neurology

Our neurologists work with patients manage treatment plans, which may include medical management, determining if additional testing is necessary to identify and treat pain and to monitor progress throughout the program. This is a non-surgical approach to treating neck and back pain.

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John M. Skantz, MD

Assistant Professor

Neurosurgery

Our surgeons take a conservative approach to ensure that non-operative treatment, if indicated, has been exhausted prior to considering surgery. If surgery is considered, the use of imaging and/or other testing is used to confirm if a surgical procedure is the best solution for treating your pain.

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Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD

Sanford J. Larson Professor and Chairman

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Hesham Soliman, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor; Director, Spinal Oncology Program; Associate Director, Spine Fellowship Program

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Karin Swartz, MD, FAAN

Associate Professor

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Marjorie Wang, MD, MPH

Professor; Vice Chair, Clinical Operations; Chief, Community Division of Neurosurgery; Director, Spine Fellowship Program

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our surgeons take a conservative approach to ensure that non-operative treatment, if indicated, has been exhausted prior to considering surgery. If surgery is considered, the use of imaging and/or other testing is used to confirm if a surgical procedure is the best solution for treating your pain.

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Brandon Rebholz, MD

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Our pain psychologist can help patients understand individual emotional and behavioral responses to ongoing/chronic pain. Additional testing may be useful to help the psychologist to determine treatment options that would focus on coping/management with chronic symptoms.

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N Timothy Lynch, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Professor

Chiropractic Medicine

Our chiropractors provide spinal manipulation, if appropriate, to restore joint mobility to restricted movement of the spine. This alleviates pain and muscle tightness, allowing patients to participate more comfortably with the SpineCare program.

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Jordan Gliedt, DC

Assistant Professor

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Jeffrey A. King, DC, MS

Assistant Professor; Director of Chiropractic

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Boyd M. Peterson, DC

Assistant Professor

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Gregory L. Whitcomb, DC

Assistant Professor

Allied Health Professionals

Physical & Occupational Therapy that specializes in the treatment of spine problems is the cornerstone in managing neck and back related symptoms. Once in the SpineCare program, our Allied Health Professionals use their vast knowledge and experience in teaching exercises, body mechanics and lifestyle changes essential for spine health. Their goal is to work with each patient to develop an individualized plan in managing their spine symptoms.

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Mary Beth Ponzo, PT, DPT, MS

Program Manager, SpineCare

Therapy Professionals

  • Carol Fitzgerald, OTR, CEES
  • Pam Fleckenstein, MPT
  • Michael Goetter, DPT
  • Jean Koelbl, PT
  • Cynthia Samonte, MPT

 

  • Craig Schneider, DPT
  • Chris Wichert, DPT
  • Jazmin Brantley, PTA
  • Nicole Harms, PTA
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