Drs. Kornelis and Lori Poelstra sincerely thank the community for all its support over the past 10 years. They are excited for the continuation and expansion of The Spine Institute under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Creek.

Dr. Aaron Creek is taking the helm at The Spine Institute!!  Simultaneously, Drs. Kornelis and Lori Poelstra, the founders of the practice, will be moving to Silicon Valley in California to open a new Robotic Spine Institute.   

We are all proud of this transition and so appreciative, that all of you have made The Spine Institute the leading center for all your spine care needs across our beautiful Panhandle.  We are very excited about the opportunities that await the Poelstras in their new endeavors out West while our team in Florida is equally thrilled to continue to serve our community with the most excellent, comprehensive spine care available.  

Dr. Aaron Creek moved to the Destin area from the famous Leatherman Spine Institute in Kentucky and after Hurricane Michael, he joined The Spine Institute.  He is also highly skilled and a firm believer minimally invasive- and robotically assisted spine surgery and performs all surgical procedures from the neck (cervical) to the lower back (lumbar), and to the SI-joints/pelvis, no matter how complex. He sincerely believes in compassionate care for all his patients and has proven to be an excellent communicator with our patients and referring doctors alike.  A

Additionally, Dr. Charles Wingo has been with The Spine Institute for six years.  He was previously with the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and helped grow that group into a powerhouse of orthopedic care.  Dr. Wingo is highly skilled in both surgery as well as interventional modalities such as comprehensive pain management, injections, and radiofrequency ablations.   Our surgeons are assisted by three excellent physician extenders, including Jonathan Needler PA-C, Rachel Samuelson PA-C, and Anna Braun ARNP-BC.    

Dr Creek has worked alongside the Poelstras and our extenders since January and is ready to carry our Institute to the next level with the addition of 2 new providers soon! The entire staff is onboard and excited to welcome you as we expand our practice to become the leading spine center in the Southeast.   

We appreciate your referrals and support as we continue spine care excellence for you and your loved ones!