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Our dedicated team is committed to the success of your procedure.
We’ll be there before and after your scheduled surgery, providing continuous care for the
length of your stay in the Caymans. We’ll do everything we can to make it a pleasant experience
for you and see that you are well on the path to recovery by the time you return home.
Dr. Scott Hodges is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Southern Adventist University, where he received his undergraduate degree in biology. He went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Hodges served his internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma, where he was awarded Intern of the Year in 1993. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Doctors Hospital and Ohio University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Hodges served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of major. He then returned to medicine and a fellowship in spine surgery at Loyola University of Chicago. He finished his training at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois. In 1994, Dr. Hodges set up a private practice with the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he currently practices. He is also fully licensed and insured to practice medicine in the Cayman Islands at NovoClinic Cayman, with surgical privileges at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Hodges has authored nearly 100 scholarly journal articles, participates in leading research projects, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine, International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery, Society for Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, and many other professional organizations.
Dr. Craig Humphreys grew up in Alaska and attended college at the University of Notre Dame. He completed medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He then completed an internship and residency at Loyola University Medical Center while also volunteering time as an MD in other countries, including India, St. Lucia, and Lithuania. Dr. Humphreys then completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 1996, he joined the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he practiced for more than 15 years with a spine-specialized practice attracting complex spine patients from across Tennessee and northern Georgia. Dr. Humphreys moved back to Alaska in 2012 to found Kenai Spine, a specialized spine practice focused on the treatment of back pain and neck pain, serving a large region of Alaska.
Dr. Humphreys is also involved in spinal research and has contributed to more than 70 publications and academic journals. Dr. Humphreys performs mission surgery in Africa through CURE, and is also fully licensed and insured to practice medicine in the Cayman Islands at NovoClinic Cayman, with surgical privileges at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Humphreys is a member of the Alaska State Medical Board, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine, International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery, Society for Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, and many other professional organizations.
Dr. Nathan Schatzman is a specialized cardiac anesthesiologist practicing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Schatzman attended Harvard College in Boston, then went on to earn his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he graduated in 1989. Dr. Schatzman has 28 years of diverse experience across the field of anesthesiology. Dr. Schatzman is also fully licensed and insured to practice medicine in the Cayman Islands at NovoClinic Cayman, with surgical privileges at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Duff has 28 years of experience in spinal health care. He graduated from Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing; after that he attended Life University in Marietta, Georgia, where he focused on chiropractic care. For many years he operated his own chiropractic practice, and he returned to school to get his nurse practitioner degree in 2015. He currently works as a nurse practitioner for a spine surgery group in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and also serves as the postoperative care coordinator for BalancedBack®.
In the short term after surgery, he works closely with BalancedBack® patients to aid in their recovery, including managing their pain in the early post-op period and assisting with strengthening exercises in the days following the procedure. In the long term, he coordinates care for patients after they return home, following up on their progress and communicating with primary care doctors to see that all patients continue to receive appropriate medical care throughout the duration of their recovery period.
Marissa Koscielski graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in math and a concentration in neuroscience. She then attended the same university’s ESTEEM program, one of the world’s premier graduate programs in technology and entrepreneurship. Marissa’s theoretical math background combined with her interests in neuroscience, pathophysiology, and the different models of health care delivery led her to the medical space, where she now looks for new ways to innovate. Recently, Marissa played a key role in the conception, design, and development of two medical devices: a syringe stabilizer created to help administer self-injections, which is currently undergoing the FDA approval process, and new rehabilitation technology for lower limb amputees and stroke patients, a project that is in development.
In her clinical administrator role, Marissa works on everything from guiding patients through the surgical process to handling data collection and reporting related to BalancedBack®. She also helps the company maintain regulatory compliance for clinical operations.
A Cayman Islands local, Miguel graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a degree in biomedical engineering. In his work for BalancedBack®, Miguel’s primary responsibilities center around patient logistics and inventory management. He does everything from renting cars and booking hotels to keeping patients comfortable after surgery, providing a pleasant overall experience for patients traveling to the Caymans. With his educational background, Miguel also assists in conducting research related to the next generation of BalancedBack®.
Marcus James received his Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of West Georgia, after which he completed two additional surgical assistant programs, one in Chattanooga, TN, and one in Los Angeles. He has extensive surgical experience, having started his nursing career in an operating room about 20 years ago. He began by working on general orthopedics cases and some neurosurgical procedures; after about seven years he moved into spine surgery exclusively.
Marcus currently works as Dr. Scott Hodges’ first assist at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. He also works alongside Drs. Hodges and Humphreys on BalancedBack® surgeries in the Cayman Islands. As the RN first assistant he facilitates every procedure, providing direct patient care during surgery as well as in the pre- and post-operative stages.