You need a medical team that can understand your pain and partner with you for a solution. We’ve compiled a bilingual team with world-class expertise, first-hand experience with orthopedic pain, and great listening skills.
Dr. Erik Bendiks
Dr. Bendiks is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon, a leading spine surgeon and researcher, and a Fellow of the American College of Orthopedic Surgery. He has been nominated as a Top Doctor by the International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, lectured at numerous conferences, and taught other spine surgeons on new techniques and technology, including his knowledge and development of new implant designs.
Dr. Bendiks is one of the leading surgeons in the Southeast United States for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. He pioneered a percutaneous technique for low back fusion (Lumbar Fusion) which has since been adopted by leading spine centers across the United States for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Bendiks’ method of minimally invasive interspinous decompression (Stenoplasty) allows patients to be sent home the same day with significant pain relief in a matter of days.
In 2004, he also pioneered a 360 degree minimally invasive method for fusing vertebrae together, which he continues to use today. Dr. Bendiks is affiliated with seven hospitals in the Atlanta area. Dr. Bendiks speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.
Dr. Jeffry Dressander MD
Dr. Jeffry Dressander is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Orthopedic Surgery. He has over 20 years of experience in orthopedic medicine and surgery.
Dr. Dressander graduated in 1997 from Rush Medical College and attended the University of Wisconsin for his residency. He treats patients with general orthopedic issues and also specializes in joint replacement, and knee, shoulder, hip, and sports medicine. Dr. Dressander is affiliated with Northside Hospital and Perimeter Surgery Center.
Anne Thurman PA-C
Anne Thurman graduated from undergraduate studies in biology from Indiana University in 1982 and with a degree in Medical Science as well as her Physician Assistant degree from St. Louis University in 1984. She has worked in a variety of clinical situations, including orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and urgent care prior to joining Dr. Bendiks in practice March of 2012. In addition to her clinical practice she acted as practice manager of Metro Health in Indianapolis and has precepted students from Butler, Mercer, and Emory Universities. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and biking as well as spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Jennifer Morrison PA-C
Jennifer Morrison is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in spine and general orthopaedics. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 at the University of Notre Dame and then earned her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2012 from South University in Savannah, GA. She holds a Georgia State Physician Assistant License and is Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.
Jennifer lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica Shyr PA-C
Jessica Shyr graduated with a degree in biological sciences from Stanford University in 2003 and graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 2011. She previously worked in Cardiothoracic Surgery before joining Georgia Spine & Orthopaedics in January 2016. She enjoys assisting Dr. Bendiks in the operating room and working with the diverse population of patients at the practice. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and spending time with her family and friends.
Bret Stacy, PT
Bret has 22 years of experience in the physical therapy industry all over the country. He has owned private practices in Hawaii and Alabama, and served as the Area Vice President for Physiotherapy Associates for all of Tennessee and Mississippi and the East Coast Regional Manager at Ancillary Care Solutions. He was also the President of Professional Physical Therapy Consultants LLC, which provided outpatient physical therapy, home health, and consulting services to companies and clinics in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Bret has also held roles such as Regional Director at Integrity Rehab group and Clinic Director at Professional SportsCare and Rehab. He holds certifications in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute and Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine. He specializes in providing hands-on treatments and individual treatment plans to return patients back to their previous level of function. He has also been a consultant with the USC football team and Duke Track and Field, and has worked at multiple USA Olympic Track and Field Trials and NCAA Championship meets.