Meet Our Doctors
One of the country’s premier spine experts, Dr. Scott Katzman, M.D., and his award winning team of surgeons and medical staff, specializes in minimally invasive procedures and pain management, offering a comprehensive program that uses the latest in research, technology and treatments – from non-surgical treatments to gentle, minimally invasive surgery with an incision smaller than a postage stamp.
Dr. Scott Katzman, MD
Dr. Scott S. Katzman received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1985. He attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College, graduating in 1989. He did his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Arizona and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in 1996. Dr. Katzman specializes in both minimally invasive spine surgery and laser surgery. He has been a clinical instructor for many well-known companies such as Biomet, Johnson & Johnson, Clarus, Kyphon and Orthocore. He has lectured throughout the world teaching and promulgating his techniques.Dr Katzman has been helping his patients with endoscopic and percutaneous discectomy since he was first trained in 1989. He has advanced his skills for last few decades in minimally invasive laser spine surgery and discectomy techniques. He also performs spinal disc replacements and fusions with a very special technique that is gentle to the human tissue, so his patients are able to have outpatient surgery, including fusions and disc replacements.
Dr Katzman has invented some of his own spinal implants. If your condition requires it, some of his specially designed implants may be used to help your back problem. In 1994, Dr. Katzman started his private practice in Fort Pierce, Florida. Today, he has offices throughout the state of Florida all specializing in minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer, MD
Dr. Jeffrey H. Oppenheimer received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1979. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1984. He did his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center. Dr. Oppenheimer became a certified Neurological Surgeon in 1993. Dr Oppenheimer has specials skills in minimally invasive spinal fusions. He has spent decades mastering and perfecting his techniques to allow a patient to undergo outpatient spinal fusions for both the cervical and lumbar spine. He has been published in several medical publications and is a member in good standing with Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AMA and North American Spine Society. Dr. Oppenheimer currently services the following offices: Altamonte Springs, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Palm Beach Gardens.
Dr. Robert D. Simon, MD
Dr. Simon obtained his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 1988. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI in 1994. He obtained his Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery in 1996 and recertified again in 2006. He has been performing orthopedic surgeries in private facilities and hospitals in Florida since 1997. In addition, Dr. Simon has also been the team physician for the Detroit Rockers professional soccer team, the University of Detroit men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Detroit Drive professional arena football team, the Brother Rice High School football team and numerous other high school football and hockey teams. Some of this professional memberships include the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons , American Association of Spinal Surgeons, Florida Orthopedic Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society, and the Palm Beach County Spine Surgery Society.
Dr. Monica McPhail-Pruitt, MD
The Feinberg School of Medicine.
University Of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
Board Certified in Pain Medicine Board Certified in Anesthesiology
Luciano Barletta PA.-C is a physician assistant who is accredited and licensed by the state of Florida. He is a member of the Advance for Physician Assistants Advisory Board and has been a participant in many activities and public outreach opportunities for educating others about spine surgery. Education and Experience: Alderson-Broaddus College, West Virginia: Bachelor of Science degree. The VA Center at West Virginia University: Post graduate studies included orthopedic surgery and medicine. Master’s degree in Clinical anatomy and a PhD in Medical science. Over 25 years of experience in orthopedics and spine surgery.
Lewjack was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and raised overseas until moving to the US at age thirteen. After receiving a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Lewjack attended Duke University’s Physician Assistant program, graduating with honors in 1988. He has 23 years surgical experience, primarily in orthopaedics, with research experience in evaluation and design of orthopaedic prostheses (knee, hip, spine, and shoulder) including biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Nader Mohamed Habela, MD
Dr. Nader Mohamed Hebela completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College before continuing on to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following his residency, he served as the Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hebela also completed a fellowship in spine surgery in Maryland at Saint Joseph's Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has contributed his experience and expertise to two educational and research publications in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. His clinical interests include surgery of the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine and his research interests include focus on biology of the bone formation in the spine and extremities.