Meet Our Staff!


Kornelis Poelstra, MD PhD
Kornelis Poelstra is board certified in orthopaedic spine surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries, arthritis of the spine, spinal deformity, oncologic conditions, spine fractures, disc replacements, spinal cord injuries and more. He has also done research with wound infections, stem cell implantation, advances in minimally invasive spinal surgery and treatment studies after spinal surgery. He has also received numerous certifications and awards. Click here to view them. To rate him, click here.

Lori Poelstra, MD
Lori Poelstra is board certified in neuro-anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. She specializes in the evaluation of the neck and back, non-surgical treatment of cervical and lumbar disease, interventional pain medicine, regional anesthesiology, epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulators, functional discography, percutaneous facet fusions, peripheral nerve blocks, small and large joint injections, neuro-anesthesiology and general anesthesiology. To rate her, click here.

Charles Wingo, MD

Dr. Charles Wingo is board certified in orthopaedic spine surgery. After working 25 years in Tallahassee FL, he came here to the Emerald Coast. He specializes in the evaluation and management of all spinal problems with an intent to locate the specific pain generator. If symptoms persist beyond what core conservative care can resolve, Dr. Wingo also has a special interest in motion preservation spine surgery and interventional pain procedures. To rate him, click here.

Pritesh Patel, MD

Dr. Pritesh Patel is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has joined us to treat pain with a physiatric approach. After completing medical school at St. George’s University, he did his internal medicine residency at Louisiana State University, and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Wayne State University. To rate him, click here. To learn more about what he does go to the Physiatry page.

Jonathan Needler PA-C
Jonathan Needler is a board-certified Physicians Assistant who has spent time over the last 5 years working with various spine specialists and neurosurgeons. Jonathan has assisted numerous surgical procedures which allows him to explain to the patient the process the diagnostic work up and the surgical procedure itself. Jonathan has worked for Dr. Poelstra over the last two years establishing a close working relationship and familiarity with Dr. Poelstra's preferences regarding appropriate treatment plans.

Rachel Samuelson PA-C
Rachel Samuelson is a board-certified Physician Assistant who specializes in spine surgery. As a Kansas City native, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Biology at the University of Kansas before receiving her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to joining us, Rachel worked alongside various surgical specialists, assisting in clinical and surgical settings as a first-assist. She is educated in the diagnostic work-up and trained to provide all aspects of spinal care with great compassion.

Anna Braun ARNP
Anna Braun is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is from Central Florida. After receiving her bachelors in nursing from Samford Univerity in Birmingham, she acqurired her masters in nursing from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Anna comes to us after spending the last seven years as a first assist in the UAB operating room. She has extensive experience in the operating room with first assists and is competent at both office based and surgical settings.


Monica - Clinical Coordinator

Sue - Surgery Scheduler

Dawn - Surgery Scheduler

Hailey - Radiographer and Medical Assistant

Brittni - Radiographer and Medical Assistant

Carie - Injection Scheduler

Jessica - Radiographer and Medical Assistant

Stephanie - Medical Assistant

Kathy - Medical Assistant

Katie - Medical Assistant

Whitney - Insurance Coordinator

Misty - Legal Coordinator

Tonya - Receptionist

Jamie - Receptionist

Susan - Receptionist

Nicole - Finance Director

Amy - Billing Coordinator

Sharon - Billing

Amarissa - Billing

Sandra - Billing

Jon - Medical Records/Technical Support