Virginia Orthopaedic Spine Specialists & The Spine Center

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Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists (VOSS)

Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists (VOSS) is a medical group made up of experts who focus on the best patient experience from start to finish - and the results that get patients back to everyday life. Our specialists work closely with patients, from discussing their condition to their options for treatment and recovery. These comprehensive surgeries, combined with the latest minimally invasive procedures and positive outcomes, are exactly why physicians refer patients to Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists.

orthopaedics

The physicians and staff of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists take an individualized approach to orthopaedics, with doctors who have pursued additional fellowships that prepare them for surgeries of the spine, hand, ankle, or foot. Advanced diagnostics and imaging enable our orthopaedic surgeons to manage the care of patients whose conditions are caused by a variety of factors, ranging from tumors and infections to injuries and trauma.

sports medicine

Despite the best preventative exercises and conditioning, even expert athletes can experience injuries in the game. Whether you enjoy the regular weekend tennis match with friends or play sports semi-professionally, increased levels of activity among people of all ages mean that athletic and sports injuries have become more and more common. Each patient who comes to VOSS receives an individualized treatment plan designed to help decrease pain, improve body strength, and restore mobility.

joint replacement

We perform joint replacement procedures that restore patients' motion as well as comfort, and offer a variety of joint surgery options. Joint resurfacing, knee and hip implants, and joint replacements are only a few of the procedures available. Whether it's a hip, knee, or wrist joint, we get you back to golfing, biking, and dancing again.

our locations

office hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists
www.virginiaorthopaedicspecialists.com

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

Neck and back pain can be a nightmare. For most people it goes away in a few days. Unfortunately for some, spine problems do not go away quickly. The Spine Center of Hampton Roads can help. If you have experienced multiple surgeries and/or long periods of pain and disability from neck and back pain, we offer evaluation and treatment geared to provide you with an optimal, pain-free lifestyle.

Our specialists evaluate patients for both medical and surgical means of relieving pain, and provide them with the service that's right for them - from physical therapy to orthopaedic surgery. Spinal fusion, laminectomy and discectomy are common procedures.

services and facilities

At the Spine Center of Hampton Roads, you will have convenient access to the latest diagnostic technology. We utilize x-ray, MRI, CT, bone scan and other advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate each patient's individual needs. Physical therapy is available at Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy locations throughout Hampton Roads. An aquatic therapy treatment program designed specifically for spine treatment is also available.

Neck and back pain are complex problems. By fostering partnerships among diagnostic, hospital and therapy facilities, the Spine Center of Hampton Roads creates a unified treatment program that promotes communication and continuity of care for our patients.

is surgery the answer?

When possible, conservative treatments are utilized. Surgery is considered the last resort. The goal of conservative care is to restore you to the highest level of functioning as quickly as possible. We often use exercise and body mechanic training, as well as therapeutic injections, as alternatives to surgery.

If surgery becomes necessary, our orthopaedic spine specialists use the latest advanced techniques and equipment available. The ultimate goal of surgery is to return you to your desired activities in a safe and timely manner.

our locations

The Spine Center of Hampton Roads
www.virginiaorthopaedicspecialists.com

2012 Meade Parkway
Suffolk, VA 23434
phone: (757) 673-5680
+ map and directions

MAST One Building
1040 University Blvd., Suite 200
Portsmouth, VA 23703
phone: (757) 673-5680
fax: (757) 393-4864
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Our Physicians:

Alexander M Aboka, MD, MPH

Alexander M. Aboka, MD, MPH, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a master in public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health — both in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Aboka is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He speaks English and Spanish.

Dr. Aboka completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, he completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, with advanced training in sports medicine, modern arthroscopy and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He has extensive experience providing sports medicine coverage at a variety of levels. He has worked with several high schools, collegiate soccer, collegiate football (University of New Mexico Lobos), semiprofessional hockey and professional football teams, including time with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dr. Aboka specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine and musculoskeletal conditions affecting athletes and active individuals of all ages, including children, teens, and seniors. His goal is to help all of his patients with an injury or chronic ailment return to – or maintain – their level of activity. He emphasizes non-operative measures and draws from a full spectrum of conservative measures, including physical therapy, bracing and injections, depending upon each patient’s needs and preferences. Dr. Aboka also works closely with athletic trainers and physical therapists to ensure that each patient has a customized treatment plan that suits their activity level and lifestyle.

When surgical intervention is needed, Dr. Aboka employs a variety of modern, arthroscopic techniques and advanced reconstructive approaches to achieve the best surgical outcomes – and the quickest recovery – possible. He has extensive experience performing surgery for total and partial joint replacement, rotator cuff tears, ACL reconstruction, hip and shoulder arthroscopy, meniscus repair, joint stability and arthritis.

+ Read Dr. Aboka's articles on orthopaedic and sports medicine topics on the BS757 Blog!

+ Hear Dr. Aboka explain the benefits of arthroscopic acl reconstruction for active individuals!

Steven C Blasdell, MD

Dr. Steven Blasdell is a fellow of the American College of Surgeon, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Blasdell is a total joint physician with the expertise necessary for reconstruction of all joints, including knee, hip and shoulders. He treats many older athletes, and has built a reputation for successful rotator cuff repair and upper femur bone replacement and reconstruction in cases of severe bone loss after hip-replacement surgery. He has a special interest in geriatric orthopaedics and performs anterior hip replacements and partial knee replacements, helping patients to recover more quickly and retain more of their own cartilage and muscle. Dr. Blasdell is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed two years of general surgical training at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD, followed by three years of orthopaedic training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Jon C. Brillhart, MPAS, PA-C

Jon Brillhart, MPAS, PA-C, a native Virginian, is a certified physician, assistant as well as a major (O4) in the Virginia Army National Guard and has spent many deployments in Iraq and Kuwait. He served as flight surgeon for the last aviation battalion stationed at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, and was instrumental in assisting the final withdrawal of U.S. forces from the area of operations. 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.

Sarah M Milosek, PA-S

Sarah Milosek, PA-C, a physician assistant, has a master’s degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Milosek is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Ms. Milosek played Division I softball while attending Cleveland State University. She currently plays competitive beach volleyball during her spare time.

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.

Alexander M Aboka, MD, MPH

Alexander M. Aboka, MD, MPH, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a master in public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health — both in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Aboka is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He speaks English and Spanish.

Dr. Aboka completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, he completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, with advanced training in sports medicine, modern arthroscopy and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He has extensive experience providing sports medicine coverage at a variety of levels. He has worked with several high schools, collegiate soccer, collegiate football (University of New Mexico Lobos), semiprofessional hockey and professional football teams, including time with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dr. Aboka specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine and musculoskeletal conditions affecting athletes and active individuals of all ages, including children, teens, and seniors. His goal is to help all of his patients with an injury or chronic ailment return to – or maintain – their level of activity. He emphasizes non-operative measures and draws from a full spectrum of conservative measures, including physical therapy, bracing and injections, depending upon each patient’s needs and preferences. Dr. Aboka also works closely with athletic trainers and physical therapists to ensure that each patient has a customized treatment plan that suits their activity level and lifestyle.

When surgical intervention is needed, Dr. Aboka employs a variety of modern, arthroscopic techniques and advanced reconstructive approaches to achieve the best surgical outcomes – and the quickest recovery – possible. He has extensive experience performing surgery for total and partial joint replacement, rotator cuff tears, ACL reconstruction, hip and shoulder arthroscopy, meniscus repair, joint stability and arthritis.

+ Read Dr. Aboka's articles on orthopaedic and sports medicine topics on the BS757 Blog!

+ Hear Dr. Aboka explain the benefits of arthroscopic acl reconstruction for active individuals!

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.

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.

Melissa Sinkiewicz, DO

Melissa Sinkiewicz, DO, a Physiatrist, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health and Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. She earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sinkiewicz completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. In addition, she completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

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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