Our Practice – The Spine and Scoliosis Center, originally known as Flynn Orthopaedic Clinic and Flynn Spine and Scoliosis Center became incorporated on February 1, 1990.
WHERE IT BEGAN
The Spine and Scoliosis Center
Studies suggest that back pain affects approximately 90% of adults at some point in their lives and about 67% of adults experience neck pain. These two ailments are among the most common reasons for physician visits and are major causes of disability, missed workdays, and high health care costs. With those painful hurdles in mind, The Spine and Scoliosis Center (SASC) is giving Central Floridians practical, high-quality solutions through revolutionary care. “We have served this area for more than 50 years,” remarks SASC’s founder, Joseph C. Flynn, M.D “Since our doors opened, we have been committed to providing personalized care that improves our patients’ quality of life. We’ve been very successful in accomplishing that.”
Geoffrey Stewart, M.D.
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.
Joseph E. Snavely, M.D.
Joseph E. Snavely, M.D. is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon with fellowship training at Northwestern University in Chicago in both neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery. He has specific training and interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, surgical and non-surgical treatment of degenerative spinal disorders and scoliosis deformity, as well as complex revision spine surgery.
Dr. Snavely is a Central Florida native who obtained his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency at Orlando Health, including a year serving as Chief Resident. This was followed by a year of fellowship training specializing in spine surgery at Northwestern University.
Returning to Central Florida, Dr. Snavely joined The Spine & Scoliosis Center, a highly respected spinal surgery practice serving the area for over 30 years. He was one of the first surgeons in the country to use the 7D Surgical image guided navigation system. 7D is now routinely utilized for safer and more efficient spinal surgery, while reducing radiation exposure.
Dr. Snavely is a faculty surgeon with the Orlando Health Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. He is involved in research and has authored peer-reviewed publications in well-respected spine surgery and orthopaedic surgery journals. He has presented his research at numerous scientific meetings at the international, national, and state levels receiving multiple awards for his presented work. Dr. Snavely has received special recognition as a top doctor in the area. He was recognized by Orlando Magazine as a 2021 Premier Doctor and by Orlando Style Magazine in Orlando’s Doctors of the Year 2022.
Dr. Snavely’s goal is to provide the highest quality of 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. Dr. Snavely provides services across the Central Florida area with office locations in Lake, Orange, and Polk counties and is on the medical staff at both Orlando Health and Advent Health.
Elizabeth (Beth) Spinney, DMSc, PA-C
Elizabeth (Beth) Spinney, DMSc, PA-C is Certified Physician Assistant with training in orthopaedics while practicing in Florida since 2008. Beth joined The Spine & Scoliosis Center in September 2022.
Beth received a Doctorate of Medical Science Degree from the University of Lynchburg where she also published a peer-reviewed scholarly project: Vitamin D as a Preoperative Clinical Predictor for Prosthetic Joint Infection in JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. She earned a Masters of Clinical Medical Science at Barry University where she also received a certificate as a Physician Assistant. She attended Truman State University for her undergraduate studies where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.
She has maintained an active certification with the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 2008. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS), and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA).
In her role as a Certified Physician Assistant, Beth’s responsibilities include evaluation and treatment of disorders of the spine. In addition to evaluating patients in the office, she orders and interprets appropriate laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging. Beth assists in peri-operative care of patients by performing preoperative evaluation, assisting in surgery, and postoperative care. She finds the continuity of care in patients to be very rewarding.
Beth uses the skills that she has developed in orthopaedics to give back and travel with medical teams to provide surgeries to patients in underserved countries with limited access to medical care. She has traveled with teams such as Operation Walk and Faith in Practice and looks forward to the next opportunity to serve.