Our Amazing Volunteers


We Could Not Have Done What We Have Without These Amazing Individuals!

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We are so incredibly thankful for all the volunteer support we have received over the years. The volunteers who have supported the SpineHope mission have been wonderful to work with. This would not be possible without you, so thank you all for helping us make a difference!

2016 SpineHope Volunteers

Volunteer Surgeons:

  • Matthew Geck, MD (Spine Surgeon), Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center in Austin, Texas
  • Laurence Mermelstein, MD (Orthopedic Surgeon), Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. in Commack, New York
  • Ryan Murdock, MD (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon), Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics in Austin, Texas
  • Alec Stall, MD (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon), Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Texas

Other Trip & SpineHope Volunteers:

  • Brandon Black, Medtronic, Inc. – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip & U.S. Hub Program Volunteer
  • Jon Block, Ion Intraoperative Neurophysiology – SpineHope Ambassador & Conference Presenter/Educator
  • Mae Caime, Long Island Spine Specialists – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Kathy Cantilo – Special Events Coordinator & SpineHope Ambassador 
  • Alistair Deakin, KaleidaCare – SpineHope Ambassador
  • Ann Elkin, Ph.D.,Clinical Psychologist – SpineHope Ambassador
  • Bridges Gordy, Biotronic NeuroNetwork – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip & U.S. Hub Program Volunteer
  • Jorge Guerrero, MD, Anesthesiologist at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Curtis Jackson, Medtronic, Inc. – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip & U.S. Hub Program Volunteer
  • Kim King , Rackspace – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Bari-Sue Mermelstein, MD, Peace Love Pets Veterinary Care – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Mike Murphy, Medtronic, Inc. – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Justin Silverstein, MD, Neuro Protective Solutions – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Kristopher Stillwell, PA, – 2016 Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip Volunteer
  • Colleen Turner, CT Marketing Solutions, Inc. – Assistance with locating medical products and supplies donations for SpineHope medical mission trips.
  • Sarah Wilson, University Student/post-baccalaureate studies at The University of Texas at Austin – Volunteer Coordinator, Event Coordinator Assistant & SpineHope Ambassador

Benefit, Event & Fundraiser Volunteers

  • Shaidri Alrich, GoDance
  • Berenice Bonilla
  • Mae Caime, Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.
  • Kathy Cantilo
  • Rebecca Cheek
  • Alistair Deakin, KaleidaCare
  • Houston Elrod
  • Yenei Estrada
  • Keely Floyd, SentryNeuro
  • Kristen Garner
  • Anand Immaneni, SentryNeuro
  • Dallas Jahn
  • Emily Kegans, SentryNeuro
  • Ali Morkas, SentryNeuro
  • Joseph Reeves, KaleidaCare
  • David Scott, KXAN Austin
  • Sarah Wilson

Volunteer Organizations

  • Biotronic NeuroNetwork/NuVasive
  • Ion Intraoperative Neurophysiology
  • Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.
  • Neuro Protective Solutions
  • MEDITEK
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • SentryNeuro

2015 SpineHope Volunteers

Volunteer Surgeons:

  • Matthew Geck, MD (Spine Surgeon)
  • Laurence Mermelstein, MD (Orthopedic Surgeon)
  • Ryan Murdock, MD (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon)
  • Alec Stall, MD (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon)

Other Trip & SpineHope Volunteers:

  • Brandon Black (Medtronic) – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Equipment Representative
  • Jon Block (Surgical Neurophysiologist for Ion Intraoperative Neurophysiology) – SpineHope Ambassador
  • Mae Caime & Team (Executive Director at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.) – Coordinated, executed and brought both sponsors, donors, contributors and attendees to the 2015 NY Walking on Sunshine Benefit
  • Kathy Cantilo – 2015 SpineHope Reception Host & SpineHope Ambassador 
  • Henry “Culley” M. Hughes II, CNIM – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Neuromonitoring Tech
  • Ann Elkin, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist) – SpineHope Ambassador
  • Curtis Jackson (District Sales Manager/Austin at Medtronic)  – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Equipment Representative
  • Kimberley King – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Onsite Coordinator & Translator
  • Maricela Soberanes, CRNA – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, OR Support & Medical Translator
  • Colleen Turner (Independent Medical Marketing Professional for CT Marketing Solutions, Inc.) – Assistance with locating medical products and supplies donations for SpineHope medical mission trips.
  • Mike Urban (Biotronic) – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Neuromonitoring Representative
  • Sarah Wilson (University Student/post-baccalaureate studies at The University of Texas at Austin) – Volunteer Coordinator, Event Coordinator Assistant & SpineHope Ambassador
  • Jordan Workman (DePuy Synthes) – 2015 Costa Rica Mission Trip, Onsite Coordinator & Translator

Volunteer Organizations

  • Biotronic NeuroNetwork
  • Ion Intraoperative Neurophysiology
  • Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.
  • Medtronic, Inc.

2014 SpineHope Volunteers

Volunteer Surgeons:

  • Matthew Geck, MD (Spine Surgeon)
  • Ajeya Joshi, MD (Surgeon)
  • Sassan Keshavarzi, MD (Neuro-Surgeon)

Other Trip & SpineHope Volunteers:

  • Connie Abril
  • Brandon Black (Medtronic)
  • Jon Block (Ion Intraoperative Neurophysiology)
  • Mary Emerson, RN
  • Aaron Garza (Globus)
  • Jason Glynn (Globus)
  • Wynn “Bridges” Gordy
  • Henry “Culley” M. Hughes II, CNIM (Biotronic)
  • Curtis Jackson (Medtronic)
  • Kim Helman King (Biotronic)
  • Chris Naylor, CNIM
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Jordan Workman (DePuy Synthes)