SpineHope Board & Executive Team


 Matthew Geck

Matthew J. Geck, MD, Co-Founder/Board Chairman/Co-Medical Director

Matthew J. Geck is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery. His practice is a referral center for some of the most complex cases of adult and pediatric scoliosis, as well as other complex problems of the adult and pediatric spine. He is currently a Co-Chief at Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center in Austin, Texas. Dr. Geck’s medical proficiencies and aptitudes, coupled with his leadership skills make him a great fit for his role with SpineHope. 


Hal Katz, J.D., Board Member

Hal is a Partner at Husch Blackwell, LLP. Hal practices in many facets of general corporate and transactional areas, such as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, reorganizations, franchises, joint ventures, management arrangements, employment and healthcare matters. Numerous businesses, governmental entities and nonprofit corporations rely on Hal to represent their interests in strategic planning and corporate governance matters. Before joining the firm, Hal was a Partner at Brown McCarroll. He is board certified in healthcare law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education team. Hal also serves as SpineHope’s legal counsel and is focused on its development and growth as an organization.


Ethan S. Lauer, CNIM, Co-Founder/Board Member

Ethan S. Lauer is CEO of ImplantBase.Com, a cloud-based mobile platform for medical device sales professionals, distributors, and manufacturers — providing field inventory visibility, sales reporting, and surgery management.  Ethan was previously CEO of NeuroTechs, a multi-state intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IOM) company.  His background in IOM, a vital service during the spine surgeries we provide, and start-up business development experience serves SpineHope in establishing its foundation and continued growth.

Ryan Murdock, MD, Co-Medical Director

Ryan Murdock, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics in Austin, Texas. Dr. Murdock attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. During residency at the University of Maryland he received specialized training in pediatric orthopedic trauma and fracture care as well as pediatric spine surgery at Johns Hopkins University. During his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, his training focused on the treatment of pediatric fractures, spine disorders such as scoliosis, and hip disorders such as hip dysplasia. Since 2015, Dr. Murdock has been a committed SpineHope volunteer, serving as the Surgeon Lead for the Costa Rica Global Outreach Program and volunteer surgeon for the SpineHope U.S. Hub Program. In 2017, Dr. Murdock joined the SpineHope Board of Directors and currently serves as the Co-Medical Director.

Jason York, MBA, Treasurer

Currently, Jason serves as the CEO/Administrator of Orthopedic Associates of Central Texas P.A., a 16 physician orthopedic practice in Austin, Texas. Jason’s professional background includes: Director of Sports Medicine at Georgetown Hospital in Texas, Associate Instructor at Southwestern University and Texas State University; Director of Marketing for HealthSouth Central Texas; and Researcher with an emphasis on sports injuries to the vestibular system. Jason completed a Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine, Exercise Science, and Physical Education from Canisius College in NY; a Masters of Science in Sports Medicine from West Virginia University; and a Masters of Business Administration from Troy State in Alabama. In 2014, Jason joined the Board of Directors at SpineHope to assist with organizational growth and outreach.

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Dawn Deakin, MA, PMP, Executive Director

Dawn is honored to serve as SpineHope’s Executive Director. She has a background of leadership positions with both non-profit and for-profit organizations, assisting with organizational development; process improvement; client/customer outreach, engagement and relationship management; program coordination and management; event planning and fundraising efforts; marketing; and strategic and tactical planning. With a passion for helping children in need, Dawn is excited to serve SpineHope and support its amazing mission, raise awareness, and extend its global reach.