Joseph C. Flynn, M.D. received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia in 1951. He interned at Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando, Florida. He completed his orthopedic residency at Jefferson Medical College Hospital. Dr. Flynn trained at the Pennsylvania State Hospital for Crippled Children where he developed a lifelong love for children’s orthopedics and scoliosis. He had been in practice in Orlando since 1958. Dr. Flynn’s interest in scoliosis and spinal deformities led him to spearhead the successful campaign for the establishment of a statewide scoliosis screening program in Florida schools. He continued his lifelong dedication to clinical research and teaching. He had published numerous articles on a variety of orthopedic subjects concerning both children and adults. Dr. Flynn passed away in June 2010. He is missed dearly but is honored and remembered as our Founder.
Joseph C. Flynn, Jr., M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He attended Georgia Southern College where he received a B.S. in Biology. His education continued at the master’s degree level at both Georgia Southern College and the University of Florida College of Medicine. He served an internship in General Surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. His residency in Orthopedic Surgery was completed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1992. This was followed by a one year fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the Arkansas Spine Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. His areas of research have included spinal deformity and spinal instrumentation with presentation of his work at national meetings. Primary interests include pediatric and adult spinal deformities, as well as degenerative and traumatic disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine. Dr. Flynn, Jr. served as the Department Chairman of Orthopedics at Orlando Health (formerly known as Orlando Regional Hospital). He is also on Faculty at UCF School of Medicine. Dr. Flynn has won the Top Doctors Award in 2008 and Consumer’s Research Council of America has awarded him America’s Top Orthopedist Award in 2008. He currently serves as a member on the Resident Advisory Committee for Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is instrumental in training the Orthopedic residents at Orlando Regional Medical Center in the spinespecialty. Dr. Flynn retired in 2020.
Kimberly Carter, PA-C, graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2011. She earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Misericordia University in 2015. Kimberly is fully licensed as Physician Assistant by the State of Florida and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Joseph E. Snavely, M.D. is a Central Florida native and received much of his training and education in the area. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida before obtaining his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed five years of orthopaedic surgery residency at Orlando Health including a year as Chief Resident. Dr. Snavely completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL where he received both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine training. Dr. Snavely is active in research and has authored peer-reviewed publications in well-respected spine surgery and orthopaedic surgery journals. He has also presented his research at numerous scientific meetings at the international, national, and state levels receiving multiple awards for his work. Having trained extensively in all areas of spine surgery, Dr. Snavely has special interests in minimally invasive spine surgery and in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders and deformity. Dr. Snavely is excited to return home to the Central Florida area and provide top-level spine care treating each patient as if they were a member of his own family. His focus is to ensure that each patient is educated on their available treatment options and stays actively involved in the decision-making process.
Javier A. Placer, M.D. is Board a Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Board of Pain Medicine. He completed his Spine and Pain Management fellowship at the University of Florida Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Dr. Placer’s area of specialized medical care includes:Physical Medicine, Pain Management, Rehabilitation, Pain relief treatment via injection, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Sports Medicine. Dr. Placer serves on the Faculty of UCF School of Medicine. He has won the Patient’s Choice Award in 2008 and 2009. He has also won the Patient’s choice award of Most Compassionate Doctor in 2008 and 2010. Consumer’s Research Council of America has awarded him America’s Top Physician Award in 2009 and 2010.
Geoffrey Stewart, M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. His practice is limited to the treatment of spine disorders in central Florida since 1996.
Dr. Stewart received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his Orthopedic training in Boston at Tufts University Affiliated Hospitals and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He then completed the Maryland Fellowship in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery with Dr. Paul McAfee in Baltimore, Maryland, incorporating both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine training.
Dr. Stewart has a special interest in complex spinal reconstruction and revision surgery. He has authored a number of articles on spine surgery, and his research has won awards at major scientific meetings and has received patents for spinal instrumentation. Dr. Stewart serves on the Faculty of UCF School of Medicine. He has won the Top Doctors Award multiple times. Dr. Stewart was awarded the Health-grades Orthopedic Care Excellence Award making him the Only Five-Star rated provider in the Orlando area for Spine surgery in 2007. Dr.Stewart has also appeared on the popular TLC show, “My Strange Addiction” where he rendered his expert opinion on one of the subjects suffering from cervical spine pain.
He emphasizes non-surgical management when possible. When surgery is needed he incorporates the latest in minimally-invasive techniques.
Francis K. Cheung, PA-C, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Biology in 2008. She earned her Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2012 and graduated with Honors. Francis is fully licensed as Physician Assistant by the State of Florida and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.