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Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists (VOSS)

Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists (VOSS) is a medical group of physicians and surgeons committed to helping patients heal and live with as little pain as possible. We specialize in treating people of all ages with injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and spine. 

At VOSS, we use advanced diagnostics to manage the care of patients whose pain may be caused by a variety of factors that range from arthritis and tumors to major sports injuries and trauma. 

Depending on the diagnosis, patients may receive care at one of our VOSS locations or through the Spine Center of Hampton Roads, which has two offices. 


Our specialists have pursued additional fellowships and training that enable them to offer a wide spectrum of treatment options. Our goal is always to help patients avoid surgery when possible. Sometimes, however, surgery is necessary to eliminate pain and prevent further muscle weakness or nerve damage. At VOSS, our surgical team works closely with patients to discuss treatment and recovery options. We use minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques when possible to reduce pain after surgery and speed up recovery. 

spine care

The Spine Center of Hampton Roads

Patients who have neck and back conditions related to their spine may suffer debilitating pain that travels into their arms and legs. Simple tasks like getting dressed or sitting for long periods of time can be excruciatingly painful. It’s important to seek help early to avoid permanent nerve damage. Using X-ray, MRI, CT and bone scans, our spine specialists can pinpoint where the spine is affected. 

In many cases, patients can recover with rest, pain management and physical therapy. The goal of conservative care is to restore patients to the highest level of functioning as quickly as possible. We often use exercise, body mechanics training, and therapeutic injections as alternatives to surgery. We coordinate patient care with Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy, which has several convenient locations throughout the South Hampton Roads region. An aquatic therapy treatment program designed specifically for spine treatment is also available. 

If surgery becomes necessary, our orthopaedic spine specialists use the latest leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. The ultimate goal of spinal surgical procedures is to help patients be able to resume their regular lifestyle activities in a safe and timely manner.

our locations

Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists

5838 Harbour View Blvd, Suite 100
Suffolk, VA 23435
phone: (757) 673-5680
fax: (757) 483-3075
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2012 Meade Parkway
Suffolk, VA 23434
phone: (757) 673-5680
fax: (757) 539-5735
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3300 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707
phone: (757) 673-5680
fax: (757) 397-0236
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The Spine Center of Hampton Roads

2012 Meade Parkway
Suffolk, VA 23434
phone: (757) 673-5680
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MAST One Building
1040 University Blvd., Suite 200
Portsmouth, VA 23703
phone: (757) 673-5680
fax: (757) 393-4864
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Steven C Blasdell, MD

Steven C. Blasdell, M.D., of Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Blasdell specializes in hip, knee and shoulder reconstruction and has provided expert orthopaedic care to patients in Hampton Roads for more than 26 years. He has a special interest in partial knee replacements and tailors his surgical techniques to promote rapid recovery with less pain. Dr. Blasdell enjoys spending quality time with his patients, giving them the extra care he believes each person deserves.

Dr. Blasdell is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed two years of general surgical training at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by three years of orthopaedic training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

+ Hear Gayle's story of going from walking with a cane to walking in stilettos thanks to Dr. Blasdell.

M. Andrew Caines, MD

Dr. Michael Andrew Caines specializes in Foot and Ankle Surgery and General Orthopaedics. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1992. He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center, also in Cleveland, with a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Caines achieved Board Certification in July 2000. He has professional memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Dr. Caines resides in the Northern Suffolk area with his wife and two sons and enjoys photography.

+ Hear how Dr. Caines helped Richard recover from multiple foot fractures.

Wayne T Johnson, MD

Dr. Wayne T. Johnson specializes in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Arthroscopic Surgery, Total Joint Replacement and General Orthopaedics. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1977. He served in the United States Navy and completed his internship and residency at San Diego Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Johnson also completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Some of his memberships and affiliations include the American Medical Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Johnson resides in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake since 1983 with his wife.  He has two sons and a daughter.  He enjoys spending time on his farm in Zuni as well as woodturning.  

Richard D Knauft, MD

Dr. Richard Knauft received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California in 1967. He served in the United States Army from 1966-1976 Medical Corp rank as Lieutenant Colonel. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Brook Army Medical Center in 1974.  He received his board certification in 1977 from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 1980, he received a Hand Surgery Fellowship from the National Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Knauft has active memberships with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Association of Hand Surgery and Portsmouth Academy of Medicine. Dr. Knauft specializes in Hand and Wrist Reconstruction Surgery and General Orthopaedics.

When not at work, Dr. Knauft enjoys dirt bike racing with his two sons. 

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He specializes in sports medicine, general orthopaedics, arthroscopic surgery of all joints, especially the shoulder — including total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder procedures and shoulder resurfacing.

Dr. Luciano-Perez received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. He performed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed additional training in sports medicine at Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Columbus, Ga.

Dr. Luciano-Perez is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Medical Association, Virginia Orthopaedic Society and Southern Orthopaedic Association. He also serves as the Medical Director of Bon Secours Sports Medicine.

Dr. Luciano-Perez enjoys golfing and physical fitness.

+ Hear about the personalized care Kayla received from Dr. Luciano-Perez before, during and after her knee surgery.

+ Dr. Luciano-Perez explains the latest treatments for elbow pain.

+ Listen to how Dr. Luciano-Perez keeps older athletes active.

Aaron L Marlow, MD, FRCS

Dr. Aaron L. Marlow specializes in Total Joint Replacements and Adult Reconstruction and Revision Surgery. He graduated from McMaster University School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario in 1994. He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. He completed a Fellowship in Total Joint Replacement at the University of Western Ontario in 2000, specializing in Hip and Knee Replacement and Revision Surgery.

Dr. Marlow has an active membership with the American Medical Association and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Marlow also holds a U.S. patent as an inventor of a hip replacement system and has performed approximately 2200 joint replacements. He plays guitar in a rock band.

+ After suffering from knee pain for over 40 years and undergoing total knee replacement, a patient had this to say about Dr. Marlow: “Dr. Marlow is wonderful.  The Bon Secours home therapist, Meschelle, is a fantastic woman. I try to make sure they know how exciting it is for me to have a future [without knee pain].” Read more.

+ Hear Dr. Marlow talk about advances in total hip and knee joint replacements.

+ Listen to how Dr. Marlow helped Sarah get rid of pain medicines and her cane through a hip replacement.

Jon C. Brillhart, MPAS, PA-C

Jon Brillhart, MPAS, PA-C, a native Virginian, is a certified physician assistant. He has extensive experience in private practice, including general orthopaedics, total joint replacements, surgical- and neurosurgicalorthopaedics assistance, occupational medicine and urgent care.

Mr. Brillhart holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb., and bachelor of science degrees from Roanoke College in Salem, Va., and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ physician assistant program in Roanoke, Va. Mr. Brillhart is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Jason R Miller, MPAS, PA-C, ATC

Jason R. "J.R." Miller, is a certified physician assistant who specializes in assisting with total joint replacements, revision surgeries and general orthopaedics, and is an accredited athletic trainer.

Miller received his degree as a physician assistant from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He has active memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He performs as first assistant to Dr. Aaron Marlow during all total joint replacements and joint revision surgeries.

Uosife Alfahd, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Alfahd is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He attended medical school at Al Arab Medical University. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and limb reconstructive surgery at University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as part of Libyan Doctors Relief in partnership with WAFA Relief and Doctors Without Borders. 

Dr. Alfahd performs many advanced orthopaedic surgeries including primary and revisional joint surgery, trauma surgery, partial knee replacement, knee arthroscopy, and reverse and anatomical shoulder arthroplasty. He speaks English and Arabic.

Nancy Arrington Orie, MPA, MA, PA-C

Mrs. Orie, MPA, MA, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. She has a master of arts in education and human development from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In addition, Ms. Orie earned a master of physician assistant degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.

Ms. Orie is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants and Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Before joining Bon Secours, Ms. Orie was employed by the Children’s Specialty Group in Norfolk, Va., as a pediatric dermatology physician assistant, and also has experience in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery.

Mark B Kerner, MD

Dr. Mark Kerner specializes in minimally invasive surgery, the treatment of painful cervical disks, and the care of patients with failed back surgery. Dr. Kerner graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island with a degree in history. He later attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his orthopaedic surgery training there, serving as Chief Resident his final year. He completed a post-graduate fellowship in Spine Surgery at the San Francisco Spine Institute. In addition to his surgical training, Dr. Kerner places significant emphasis on non-operative treatments of back pain.

+ Find out how spine surgery with Dr. Kerner eliminated Charlie's back pain and kept him from being disabled.

+ Listen to Dr. Kerner explain when you should go to your doctor about back pain.

+ Learn more about back pain and spine surgery through this short video.

Reeta M Arora, MD

Dr. Reeta Arora specializes in a comprehensive non-operative approach to spinal disorders utilizing lifestyle modification, physical therapy, medications, and pain management procedures. Dr. Arora graduated from the American University in Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and worked as a translator in Paris, France before starting medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After earning her medical degree in 1997, she completed her internship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. She completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as Chief Resident her final year.

Theresa G Jackson, MD

Dr. Teresa Jackson specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and non-surgical spine treatment at The Spine Center. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She served a residency in family medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in Newport News. She completed an internship in internal medicine, as well as a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk. In addition, Dr. Jackson trained in pre-med studies at Old Dominion University. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Virginia.

Board-certified in family practice, physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Stroke Association, the American Pain Society and the Medical Society of Virginia. She is also resident member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Nickolas L Pezzella III, MD

Dr. Nickolas Pezzella specializes in non-surgical treatments, including physical therapy, injection treatments, and medical management programs. Dr. Pezzella attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1992. He remained in Richmond, studying at the Medical College of Virginia, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine and completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Pezzella served four years as Medical Director for the Maryview Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation Unit. In 2004, he decided to dedicate his full-time efforts to caring for back pain patients.

Lora C Blount, FNP

Lora C. Blount, FNP, is a certified family nurse practitioner at The Spine Center of Hampton Roads. Ms. Blount earned her master’s degree in family nurse practitioner studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., in 2004, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from VCU in 1998. She earned her diploma in registered nursing from Louise Obici School of Nursing in Suffolk, Va., in 1996.

Ms. Blount’s professional background includes experience in clinical, hospital and private practice setting. Among her experience, she has provided professional care in intensive care, post-anesthesia care and telemetry units.

Ms. Blount is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

LaTara C. Harris, FNP

LaTara C. Harris, FNP, is a certified family nurse practitioner at The Spine Center of Hampton Roads. Mrs. Harris earned her master’s degree in family nurse practitioner studies at Hampton University in 2011 after receiving her first master’s degree in health care administration from Bellevue University in 2005. Mrs. Harris also earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from North Carolina A&T State University in 1999.

Mrs. Harris’ professional background includes expertise in nursing management, and in clinical, teaching and hospital settings. Among her experiences she has provided professional services in intensive care, telemetry, rehab, home health and wound care.

Mrs. Harris is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.

Nadirah N Keith, NP

Nadirah N. Keith, NP, is a certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., and her master of science from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Ms. Keith has worked as a registered nurse with a specialty in kidney/pancreas transplant, vascular surgery, general surgery and critical care. She is currently studying to obtain her doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Keith is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, of which she is a member. She also is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Chi Eta Phi Sorority for registered professional nurses and student nurses, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Originally from Durham, N.C., Ms. Keith resides in Chesapeake, Va., with her husband who is serving in the United States Navy. She is actively involved in her community and church, and she enjoys traveling and shopping. 

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