Meet Our Team of Neck
and Spine Specialists

Our fellowship-trained neck and spine specialists can determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery or other procedures that can help get you back to your life faster and free from debilitating pain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth "Hill" Luscher, CRNP

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.

Kristy W. Barrentine, ACNP-BC

Kristy W. Barrentine, a registered nurse since 2004, has practiced as a nurse practitioner since 2009. Over her career span, Kristy’s professional clinical focus has been spine treatment, with experience in both neurosurgery and interventional pain management. Kristy began working with Dr. Charles Gordon, The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint in May of 2020.

James Michael Companion, PA-C

Mike Companion has practiced as a Certified Orthopaedic Physician’s Assistant since 2005. Over the span of his professional career, he has worked primarily in a surgical setting specializing in adult reconstructive surgery, revision surgery, and sports medicine. Mike began working with Dr. Charles Gordon, The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint in December of 2019.

Office Hours

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

We are available and on-call 24 hours, 7 days a week, including holidays, for emergencies. If you have an emergency, please call our office at (251) 625-2663.

Patient Paperwork

Upon your visit, please bring these completed forms:

MRI Review Demographic Form
Notice of Privacy Practices

Complimentary MRI Review

Contact us to find out if you are a candidate.


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