THE TEAM

  • Bryan Springer, MD is the medical director and co-founder of Operation Walk Carolinas. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, NC specializing in adult reconstruction (joint replacement) of the Hip and Knee.

    He currently serves as the Fellowship Director at the Hip and Knee Center. He is actively involved in research, education and is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Hip Society, The Knee Society and is President of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. Dr. Springer has been involved in Operation Walk for 2 years. He accompanied Operation Walk Denver on 2 mission trips to Panama. It was during those trips that he realized how important it was to provide access to joint replacements to patients who would otherwise have no access to this life changing operation. “Our team is committed to providing this care to the less fortunate in third world countries. I am excited to have such a talented team participate in this mission.”

  • Dr. Walter Beaver is a Board-Certified surgeon with OrthoCarolina’s Hip and Knee Center and part of the leadership team for Operation Walk Carolinas, and has previously traveled to Panama with Operation Walk Denver. Actively involved in the research and development of advancements in orthopedic surgery and surgical devices for the hip and knee, Dr. Beaver specializes in surgery for arthritis of the hip and knee, primary total knee replacement, primary total hip replacement, revision total knee replacement, revision total hip replacement, and arthroscopic knee surgery. He is also the Head Team Physician for Hendrick Motorsports, a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and was named one of the top 26 knee surgeons in the United States in 2012 by Orthopedics this Week.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Mokris, a surgeon with OrthoCarolina’s Hip & Knee Center, focuses his practice on primary and revision total hip and knee replacement, and arthroscopy of the knee. He also specializes in small incision surgery and outpatient total joint and replacement and is involved in research and development of new products for hip and knee replacements.  Besides his medical work and research, Dr. Mokris is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,  the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association and the North Carolina Medical Society.

  • Jose PerezCoste is a Hospitalist Medical Doctor working at CMC Mercy. He is originally from The Dominican Republic and has been living in the USA for 4 years. He joined OpWalk Carolinas on January 2016 after a co-worker encouraged him to. This mission has become important to him because being from a 3rd world country he has seen the needs and poverty some people live in and helping them with surgeries they would never be able to afford takes away a life of pain and suffering. He is proud to be part of this group and is ready to provide his help as much as possible.

  • Paul Coleman PA works for OrthoCarolina at the Hip & Knee Center, specifically working with Dr. Bryan Springer as his Physician Assistant. He is originally from Southern California. He studied and worked in the Philadelphia region prior to moving to Charlotte several years ago. He has had the privilege of accompanying OpWalk Denver on two prior trips to Panama and has seen first hand the joy and gratitude patients express when they are the recipients of this great work. Witnessing, and participating in, someone’s life-changing event, such as regaining the ability to walk and function pain-free, gives him the drive to want to keep doing it again and again. That is why he joined OpWalk Carolinas.

  • Logan Stewart is the public relations manager for OrthoCarolina and manages team media and communications for Operation Walk Carolinas. She decided to join the OpWalk mission as a volunteer to help the team grow their outreach and media exposure for more visibility, and will be traveling with them to Cuba to document the trip.

  • Maria Lopez works at CMC-MERCY as a Coordinator for SPD. She has been there for 12 years and still loves doing what she does. Her reason for joining the Operation Walk Carolinas team is the satisfaction she gets from seeing the smiles on the patients’ face. Knowing they make a difference in the life of an individual, giving them a second chance at doing what they love to do. She feels it’s a privilege and honor to be a part of this wonderful group.

  • Susan Conard is a Physical Therapist with 24 years of experience who works at CMC-Mercy. Prior to working in the acute care environment, she worked on the inpatient brain and spinal cord injury teams at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Florence, South Carolina.

    This is her first mission trip. She is hoping to make a significant difference in people’s lives by helping them regain strength, range of motion and functional mobility post-operatively, allowing for them to return to an independent and pain-free lifestyle. She is also hoping by serving on the OpWalk team, she will be a good example and role model to her two young daughters, showing them that one of our duties in life is to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

  • Kim Dunn has been a Physical Therapist for 26 years. She currently works for Carolinas Healthcare in both acute care and outpatient settings.  She  graduated from Medical College of Virginia then continued her education at Old Dominion University where she worked on her advanced masters in orthopedics and taught as part of adjunct faculty.
    She felt called to join Operation Walk Carolinas when she heard how well the mission would reach those in need. This is her first medical mission trip and she is very excited to share what she has learned with people who do not have access to quality medical care and to see the life changes Op Walk will provide .

  • Chris Petrie works with Crosslink/Stryker Orthopaedics in Charlotte, NC. He, along with a number of his Operation Walk Carolinas teammates have had the opportunity to join the Operation Walk Denver team on two recent missions to Panama. In his nearly 19 years in the Orthopaedic device industry he can tell you these trips have been the most rewarding experiences in his professional career. As a team member he is responsible for securing the implants and instruments utilized in the hip and knee replacement procedures.
    “Cuba….here we come!”

  • Andrea Tremble is a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) focused on acute rehabilitation at Carolinas Medical Center’s Mercy hospital.  She has worked in the Carolinas Healthcare System since 2014, with experience in inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, and aquatic therapy, and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  She holds a Bachelors degree in International Health from Clemson University and an Associates degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program from Central Piedmont Community College.  Andrea resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Tony, and infant daughter, Olivia.  Andrea is proud to be part of the OpWalk Carolinas team, and is most excited for the opportunity to have a life-altering impact on those in underserved communities.

  • Gena Walker, MD has worked as a hospitalist since graduation from residency and has worked for Carolinas Hospitalist Group for 9 years. Gina graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine – class of 2000 and University of Pittsburgh Hospital System Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency in 2004. She was recruited to work with Operation Walk Carolinas by Dr. Springer and Dr. Beaver and traveled to Panama in the spring of 2015 for the inaugural trip. When she is not at work, she is the mother of 3 young children.

  • Sima Parikh, MD has been a Hospitalist for 7 years and has worked for Carolinas Hospitalist Group for the past 5 years. She completed her internal medicine residency at University of Chapel Hill Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was recruited to be a part of OpWalk by Dr. Gena Walker and is excited to be a part of the team.

  • Darlene Edge has been a surgical technologist for more than 12 years and has been at CMC – Mercy for just over 7 years. She was fortunate enough to travel with the Operation Walk Denver team and members of OpWalk Carolinas to Panama in April 2015.  She realized during that mission that she was getting as much or more from their patients as she was giving them and she can’t wait for the next trip.

  • Kristi Sylvester has been an RN with Carolinas healthcare system for 10 years. She graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of Akron and moved to Charlotte soon after. She has been in the operating room 9 years and absolutely loves what she does. This is going to be her first trip with Op Walk and she is very excited to be apart of the team. She looks forward to all that will come from this experience and the knowledge she will contribute but also gain as well. When not at work she loves playing with her sweet pitbull Jax.

  • Susan Deal RN BSN is currently the Director of Nursing at Mallard Creek Surgery Center in Charlotte, NC.  She has more than 25 years of Orthopaedic experience and served as the NAON President-Piedmont Chapter for several years.  Susan is one of the founding members of the Operation Walk Carolinas team and stays very involved with other medical volunteer organizations.  She is married and has two beautiful little boys.

  • Steve Roodman, MD, is an anesthesiologist practicing in Southern Illinois. He is the Medical Director of Anesthesia for five area hospitals including Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois. He is the current President of Anesthesia Associates of Southern Illinois, LLC – a group that services five hospitals and one surgery center in Southern Illinois. Dr. Roodman has served as a consultant on electronic medical records for one of the largest hospital systems in the US.  Dr. Roodman went on his first Operation Walk trip with the Denver Team to Panama in 2014. He continued his participation in the Operation Walk Denver program with a second trip to Honduras in April 2016. During his time in both Panama and Honduras, Dr. Roodman realized that being part of a team which provided total joint replacements to patients in desperate need, was more professionally and personally rewarding than he had ever imagined. Since 2014, he has been working with Dr. Springer on planning and fund-raising for the Operation Walk Carolinas program.

  • Stephen Herrington has been working in global supply chain management for over 22 years, including Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, the Middle East (Iraq) & Asia. He is currently working at OrthoCarolina as the Director of Supply Chain Management.

    In addition to his commitment to help people in need, Op Walk Carolinas got his special attention because he has seen closely the effect of the situation in Cuba. Being born and raised in South America allowed him to recognize a lot of opportunities regarding health care assistance. Witnessing the condition of that population (including his relatives in Venezuela) definitely made him feel that he could and should do something else to help.

  • Erin Devine is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently works for Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She works at both CMC Main and Mercy, providing anesthesia for a variety of cases including, but not limited to Neurosurgery, Transplant, Pediatric, Laparoscopic & Robotics, and Orthopedic surgery.
    Erin has served as a medical volunteer for Operation Smile since 2009, and has been on two missions in Ethiopia, one in Peru, and one in Morocco. Her passion is to provide healthcare to those with limited access. She is honored to be on the Operation Walk Carolinas Team going to Cuba in May.

  • John Scherr, MD currently serves as the Director of Special Projects for Carolinas Hospitalist Group (CHG).  He has been a practicing internist for 35 years, a hospitalist since 1998, and has worked with Carolinas Healthcare System since he and his family moved to Charlotte from New Zealand in 2002.  He and his wife, Ruth, were recruited to OpWalk Carolinas by Dr. Gena Walker, whom he originally recruited to join CHG.  Today, he and Gena work closely together in managing the Hospitalist group at CMC and CMC-Mercy.  The Scherrs have done medical volunteer work in Haiti, and they both look forward to making a difference in Cuba.

  • Amy Whisnant, RN MSN CNOR is currently the Director of Perioperative Services at CHS Mercy in Charlotte, NC and has 20 years of OR experience.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Lenior Rhyne University and her master’s degree in Nursing from UNCG.  She has a daughter and a son who attend Clover SC High School.  This is going to be her first trip with Operation Walk, she is very excited to be a part of this amazing team and looking forward to the experience.

  • Dr. Sayson is a native Californian, but has lived in Charlotte for 17 years and is proud to call the Carolinas home. He currently specializes in Orthopedic and Cardiovascular anesthesiology at Presbyterian Hospital and Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, two areas he feels goes hand in hand. He has provided anesthesiology support on mission teams to Honduras as an US Army Medical officer, and to Ecuador as a short-term missionary with World Medical Missions.

    His passions include his wife of 31 years (Christy), brewing beer, and running.

  • Karen Mitchell is a nurse in the operating room at Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, where she has been a total joint coordinator for 26 years.  She has over 30 years experience in the OR, and is certain this is how God has wired her up!  She loves what she does, and loves the idea of helping those less fortunate.  She is active at Carmel Baptist Church, enjoys Bible Study, spending time with her family, and traveling to New York City to visit her daughter in college.

     

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