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.”
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!”
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.
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.