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Media Coverage Report – August 2019

August 15, 2019

Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine

Baldwin Bone & Joint Opens New Office in Foley, AL

New Location, Same Great Doctors, Specialized Orthopaedic Care Foley, AL (August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL. In response to continued growth in South Baldwin County, the practice is opening […]


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BALDWIN BONE & JOINT OPENS NEW OFFICE IN FOLEY, AL

Foley, AL ( August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL.

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Baldwin Bone & Joint Opens New Office in Foley, AL

New Location, Same Great Doctors, Specialized Orthopaedic Care

Foley, AL (August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL.

In response to continued growth in South Baldwin County, the practice is opening a 4th office location to offer convenience for our patients who live in Foley and the surrounding areas. Baldwin Bone and Joint has provided orthopaedic services to patients for over 26 years.

The new Foley location is conveniently located near South Baldwin Regional Medical Center where five of the board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists are on staff and available to serve. These physicians are available for appointments four days a week at the new office location. They include Doctors Rhett Hubley, John Todd, Matt Goldman, Michael Chamblee and Charles Gordon.

Rhett Hubley
John Todd
Matt Goldman
Michael Chamblee
Charles Gordon
(L-R: Drs. Rhett Hubley, John Todd, Matt Goldman, Michael Chamblee and Charles Gordon)

Referrals and appointments may be scheduled by calling 251.621.4700 or online at baldwinboneandjoint.com.

Media Coverage Report – July 2019

July 24, 2019

Alabama spine institute grows team — 3 details
Becker’s ASC Review
Written by Angie Stewart

Alabama spine institute grows team — 3 details Becker’s ASC Review The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint added nurse practitioner Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP, to its team of neck and spine specialists.

The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint added nurse practitioner Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP, to its team of neck and spine specialists.

Three insights:

  1. Ms. Luscher comes to The Spine Institute from a private orthopedic physician group. The addition was first announced in May. 2.
  2. Ms. Luscher began working in hospital and outpatient specialty settings in 2008 as a registered nurse. In 2014, she received her master’s degree in nursing.

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What are my therapy options for a herniated disc?

herniated discSuffering a herniated disc (also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc) may be one of the most serious injuries of your life so far. Although it is a very common injury for people 35-55 years old who are active, it does cause significant distress and disruption to life. Unfortunately, the recovery time may be longer than you expected—and the lingering pain might be the bane of your existence for a few months. What can you do to make sure that you are getting the most effective treatment to fix this temporary medical problem?

What is a herniated disc or slipped disc?

The 26 vertebrae that make up your spine are cushioned by soft, rubbery discs. They allow the spine to bend and flex while also acting as shock absorbers. Discs can experience wear and tear over time and they can be aggravated by certain activities or conditions like improper lifting, excessive body weight, smoking, sudden pressure, and repeated strenuous activities. When a cushion ruptures, you now have a condition known as a herniated disc or slipped disc.

The common symptoms of a herniated disc? It’s the lower back pain or neck pain you may be experiencing right now. The protruding disc can also inflame nerve roots and lead to sciatic nerve pain. Not treating a herniated disc can lead to permanent nerve damage that causes an array of potential complications in the future, such as losing sensation in the inner thighs and legs.

Therapies for a herniated disc or slipped disc

Our experts at Baldwin Bone and Joint recommend several types of therapies for a herniated disc, depending on the situation.

Medications and Injections – Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil for mild to moderate discomfort. If you’re suffering from more severe pain, he or she may prescribe a narcotic or anticonvulsant, to be used for a limited duration of time. Other recommended treatments might include a muscle relaxer if you are experiencing muscle spasms.

Injections – An epidural steroid injection is a quick and simple procedure that can quickly relieve pain. For the procedure, the irritated spinal nerve (caused by the protrusion of the herniated disc) is bathed in steroids, a powerful anti-inflammation medicine.

Core Strengthening – Strengthening your core is critical to keeping your spine healthy. It means relieving some of the burden your back muscles have in supporting your spine, which can result in less back pain. That could mean heading to your local Pilates or yoga studio and practicing your favorite poses. For more personal support from a trained specialist, you can participate in a lumbar stabilization program supervised by a physical therapist.

Physical Therapy – Going to physical therapy is an investment in the optimal functioning of your body. When your muscles work together effectively, they pave the way to a healthier spine that will reduce the chances of future injuries. Physical therapists can help improve your strength, flexibility, and motion by teaching you proven exercises and stretches, using proper techniques that will provide the safest possible training program. They can monitor and holistically evaluate your progress in order to determine the best combination of exercises that will help you reach optimal spine health.

To request an appointment with the team at Baldwin Bone and Joint, please click here.

Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP

Elizabeth

Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) who earned a Masters of Nursing degree in 2014. A registered nurse since 2008, she transitioned solely to orthopaedic care in 2014, treating patients and assisting in spine, general orthopaedic and orthopaedic trauma surgeries among others.

Education

  • Masters of Nursing – Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
    The University of Massachusetts, Boston (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    The University of South Alabama (2008)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences
    The University of Alabama (2006)

Certification

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified

Licensure

  • State of Alabama

Activities and Honors

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, 2002-2005
  • Officer- Vice President of Academic Excellency 2003-2004
  • Dean’s List: 2001-2005
  • Member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
  • Member of Golden Key Honor Society
  • Member of NSCS Honor Society

Shireen Knowles, CRNP

Shireen Knowles, CRNP

Shireen Knowles has been a nurse since 2002 and a nurse practitioner since 2010. Her professional focus has been in orthopaedic and neuropathic conditions, including spine health, since graduating from UAB. Since 2016, Shireen has worked with Dr. Paul Canale, medical director for The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint.

Education

  • Master of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of Nursing
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL (2008)
  • Associate in Applied Science (Associate Degree in Nursing)
    Alabama Southern Community College
    Monroeville, AL (2002)

Certification

  • Alabama Board of Nursing, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Licensure

  • State of Alabama

Patrick Dunn, PA

Patrick Dunn, PA

Patrick Hall Dunn Jr. has been a Certified Physician’s Assistant for 20 years. For the last 14 years he has worked alongside Dr. Paul Canale, Medical Director for The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint PC. During his 20-year career he has worked primarily in a surgical setting specializing in spine and orthopaedics.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Surgical Physician Assistant,
    University of Alabama
    Birmingham, Alabama (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
    Millsaps College
    Jackson, MS (1993)

Certification

  • Physician Assistant-Certified
    National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Licensure

  • State of Alabama

Societies

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Alabama Society of Physician Assistants

Paul Canale, M.D.

Dr. Paul Canale is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who has successfully treated patients with neck and spine conditions for more than 30 years. He specializes in complex spinal reconstruction surgery. Dr. Canale serves as medical director of The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint.

Education

  • BS Mechanical Engineering: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1980
  • Masters Program, Mechanical Engineering: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1981

Medical School

  • The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL, 1985

Internship

  • General Surgery:  Wayne State University,Detroit, MI, 1985-86

Orthopaedic Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1986-90

Fellowship

  • Foot/Ankle/Complex Lower Extremity Reconstruction:
    The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1990-91
  • Spine Disorders/Surgery:
    University of Missouri/ Columbia Spine Center: Columbia, Missouri, 2003-04

Certification and Licensure

  • State of Alabama
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1993

Societies

  • Alabama Orthopaedic Society (AOS)
  • Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Baldwin County Medical Society
  • Medical Association of Alabama

Other

  • Medical Director, The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint

 


Charles Gordon, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Charles Gordon is a board eligible, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with specialized training and emphasis in minimally-invasive spine surgeries. He practices with The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama.

Education

  • B.S., General Physics, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS 2007

Medical School

  • M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Little Rock, AR, 2011

Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
    
Buffalo, NY, 2017

Fellowship

  • Spinal Surgery, University of Maryland and Shock Trauma Hospital
    Baltimore, MD, 2018

Certification and Licensure

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board Eligible
  • Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Societies

  • AO North America Spinal Surgery, Fellow
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • North American Spine Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Medical Association of the State of Alabama
  • Alabama Orthopaedic Society
  • Patient Testimonial

    “It got to a point where I physically couldn’t turn and it just continued on and the pain was intensifying. It was hard to walk; it was hard to sit – I just had to say, ‘This is not going to work. I gotta find something that will cure it.’ And that is when I found Dr. Gordon.”

    Steve Schwartzer, Patient of Dr. Charles Gordon, Jr.
  • Patient Testimonial

    “When I came out of surgery, I reached down to my left leg and I looked at Deb. I said, ‘There’s no pain. This feels great!” And it did. You know for it being less than 24 hours out of surgery. And to be straight and to walk without any pain? I’m telling you what, I still can’t describe it.”

    Tim Peavy, Patient of Dr. Charles Gordon, Jr.
  • Steve Schwartzer
  • Tim Peavy

THE SPINE INSTITUTE AT BALDWIN BONE & JOINT ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF ELIZABETH “HILL” LUSCHER, CRNP

DAPHNE, ALA. (April 25, 2019) The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint is expanding its practice with the addition of Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, a board-certified Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) who has focused her career on treating patients with orthopaedic injuries and conditions.

Luscher became a registered nurse in 2008, working in hospital and outpatient specialty settings in the Mobile area. In 2014, she earned a Master of Nursing degree with honors from the University of Massachusetts, then returned to the Gulf Coast to practice with a private orthopaedic physician group until most recently. 

 “We are delighted Hill Luscher joined our team at The Spine Institute,” said Charles Gordon, M.D., The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint. “Her extensive experience working with patients who suffer from neck and spine injuries makes her a great fit for our practice. We can’t wait for our patients to get to know her.” 

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