Basheal M. Agrawal, MD
Dr. Basheal (Bobby) Agrawal joined St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2014. He specializes in neurological surgery and is the St. Mary’s Medical Director of Spine Surgery.
Robert E. Replogle, MD
Dr. Robert E. Replogle joined St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2016. He specializes in general neurosurgery, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, and neurosurgical spine surgery. He has been practicing since 1999.
Prior to moving to Grand Junction, Dr. Replogle lived in Rochester, New York, but his roots are in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Virginia. Following residency, Dr. Replogle moved to Dallas, Texas, for a combined fellowship in neuroendovascular and operative cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, editorial reviews, and book chapters. Dr. Replogle is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Replogle specializes in an array of conditions of the brain and spine, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s), brain tumors, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, cervical herniated disc, peripheral nerve damage, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
|Brian P. Witwer, MD
Dr. Brian Witwer joined St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2006 after practicing in Kentucky, Indiana, and in private practice in Grand Junction. He specializes in neurological surgery.
Dr. Witwer received his medical degree from Temple School of Medicine. During his medical training he spent a year at Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Oncology Department. There he studied angiogenesis and the biology of tumor vasculature of the brain. He competed his residency training at the University of Wisconsin. During his training Dr. Witwer participated in an in-folding fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of Chicago. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 papers, abstracts, and book chapters.
Dr. Witwer specializes in the treatment of brain and spine diseases. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive spine surgery.
|Edward E. Maurin, MD
Dr. Edward (Ted) Maurin joined St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2014. He specializes in general neurosurgery and has been practicing since 1997.
A Colorado native and a graduate of Grand Junction High School, Dr. Maurin received his engineering degree from Colorado State University and his medical degree from the University of Colorado. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Vermont. Prior to returning home to Grand Junction, he practiced in Farmington, New Mexico and Portland, Maine. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Maurin has broad, ongoing neurosurgical interests that include minimally and less invasive spine surgery, brain tumors, neuro-trauma, and general neurosurgery.
|Emily Godfrey, PA
Emily Godfrey joined St. Mary’s Center for Brain and Spine Surgery in 2014 after practicing for three years at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center with the surgical service. She is a certified physician assistant and has been practicing since 2010.
Godfrey earned a Masters of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Prior to entering in the PA profession she was an EMT- Paramedic practicing in Pennsylvania.
Her love for the outdoors brought her to Colorado. She works closely with the neurosurgeons assisting in taking complete medical histories and neurosurgical exams, first assisting in the operating room for a range of neurosurgical procedures which include brain surgery, spine surgeries, neuro-trauma and general neurosurgery.
|Laura Fox, PA
Laura Fox joined St. Mary’s Center for Brain and Spine Surgery in 2016. She is a Colorado native and graduated from Grand Junction High School in 2003. Fox earned a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science at Colorado State University in 2009 and completed a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2015 at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.
As a Neurosurgery PA, she examines, diagnoses, and treats patients with various neurosurgical disorders, interprets tests and radiographic images and prescribes medications, all in collaboration with her attending physician. You will also find Fox assisting in surgery for a wide range of neurosurgical procedures including brain, spine, and neuro-trauma surgeries.
|Scott Barry, PA
Scott Barry joined St. Mary’s Center for Brain and Spine Surgery in 2016. He is a certified physician assistant with nearly 20 years of neurosurgery experience.
Barry earned his undergraduate degree in sports medicine from the University of Montana, his physician assistant degree at Medex NW University of Washington and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Barry was an EMT- Paramedic in Montana and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for three years on the flight team.
As a neurosurgery PA, Barry works closely with the neurosurgeons assisting in taking complete medical histories and neurosurgical exams and assists in the operating room for a range of neurosurgical procedures.
|Amanda Welcer, PA
Amanda Welcer joined St. Mary’s Center for Brain and Spine Surgery in 2016. She is a certified physician assistant.
Welcer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and completed a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Worcester.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native moved to Grand Junction in 2013 and worked as an orthopedic surgery physician assistant for three years prior to joining St. Mary’s. As a neurosurgery PA, Welcer works closely with the team of neurosurgeons, assisting in brain and spine operations, as well as interpreting imaging and laboratory tests.
Erik Speer, PT
Erik joined the St. Mary’s Life Center team in July 1995. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1991 then worked in Denver in an orthopedic private practice for 3 years before relocating to Grand Junction. In addition to providing patient care at St. Mary’s, Erik has served in some leadership roles (current rehabilitation supervisor at the Life Center).
Clinical Experience/Areas of Interest: 26+ years treating outpatient, orthopedic/musculoskeletal patients (acute to chronic conditions)
Professional Education: a multitude of manual therapy and exercise therapy courses. Most recent emphasis in spine and the neuroscience of pain.
Beth Keddy, PT
Beth Keddy joined St. Mary’s Hospital after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. After a couple of years working in acute care for St. Mary’s Hospital, she transferred to The Life Center.
She has attended a multitude of continuing education courses including the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in treating the spine. She also completed the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) oncology certification in 2015.
Areas of interest:
Holly Daniel, PT
Holly Daniel joined St. Mary’s Life Center in 2008 after working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and private practice. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1988. Since then she has pursued a variety of ongoing professional education including a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science for the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyrn University.
Holly completed STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) oncology certification in 2015. She became a certified lymphedema therapist in 2013. She is also certified in dry needling. She taken several recent continuing education course in spine-related rehabilitation and the use of microcurrent as a therapeutic modality.
Jill Flaherty, PT
Jill Flaherty P.T. M.S. returned to St. Mary’s Physical Therapy after completing a Master’s Degree in Motor Control from the University of Oregon. Her major specialties in Physical Therapy are Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and Vestibular Rehabilitation. She also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Athletic Training from Colorado Mesa University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from University of Northern Colorado. She previously held a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician with additional education in Wilderness Medicine.
American Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Academy
American Physical Therapy Health Policy and Administration Section
Executive Board of the Colorado American Physical Therapy Association
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Julie Sinnott, PT, MS.
Julie Sinnott PT, MS joined St. Mary’s Hospital in 1996 following graduation from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Julie is certified to teach the full Pilates Method, receiving her Pilates training at Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM in 2002. Julie also holds a Master’s degree in Dance from the University of Oregon.
Julie’s clinical practice was initially more neurologically-based, but she has focused primarily on outpatient orthopedics at The Life Center since 2006. She treats patients with a wide variety of orthopedic diagnoses.
Special areas of interest:
Spine rehabilitation (including core stabilization with a Pilates perspective)
Ankle/foot injuries (including post-operative; orthotic intervention, as appropriate)
Jona Bollinger, MPT BS.
Jona Bollinger joined St. Mary’s Life Center in 2010 after working at the University of Washington in Seattle and as a sole practitioner in Telluride. Jona graduated from Purdue University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Science and from Northwestern University in 1997 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree. In 2018, Jona has returned to school, pursuing a Doctorate of Education for Health Sciences. Since 2010, she has been developing and teaching continuing education courses for physical and occupational therapists. In addition, Jona is trained in the Pilates method and the Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis method. Treating all orthopedic concerns, Jona appreciates a holistic approach, incorporating manual and movement therapies.
Clinical Experience/Areas of Interest:
Carl Abele, PTA
Carl Abele graduated from Denver Technical College with a physical therapy assistant degree in 1995. He had previously completed massage therapy school at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts (Tucson, AZ) in 1985. He joined St. Mary’s Life Center in 1996.
Carl enjoys working with adult and pediatric patient populations with neurological, orthopedic and balance issues/deficits.
Chadd Gray, PTA
Chadd Gray has worked as a physical therapy assistant after graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He joined the St. Mary’s Life Center team in January 2017. He has practiced primarily in the outpatient setting seeing a variety of patients under numerous physical therapists with varying specialties ranging from vestibular rehab to spine to sports rehab. Chadd has experience treating patients with various pathologies including neuropathic pain, spinal pain, balance dysfunction and orthopedics (spine and extremity). Chadd’s ongoing professional education has provided a large range of clinical tools for treatment.
Wendy MacAskill, MPT,CSCS
Wendy joined the team at St. Mary’s Life Center in February, 2000 and enjoys the teamwork aspect at the Life Center and the variety of exercise mediums available to her patients. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Biological Science with a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. She received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She has remained current in her status as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association since receiving the certification in 1999. Although Wendy treats patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions, she most enjoys working with patients who are post surgical, including joint replacements. Additionally, Wendy has training for exercise design and musculoskeletal dysfunction in pre and post natal women.
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Traci Spinuzzi, MSPT.
Traci Spinuzzi joined St. Mary’s Hospital in 2000 where she primarily worked on the inpatient rehab and neuro-trauma units. She transferred to The Life Center in 2008. Traci graduated from Texas Woman’s
University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and has worked as a neurological specialty therapist since that time. Traci is a certified LSVT BIG clinician as well as a skilled oncology rehabilitation therapist.
Areas of specialty:
Neurological Rehabilitation (stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury)
Degenerative neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
Gait and balance disorders