Wayne Gardner, PA-C, graduated with a BS degree in Medical Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated first in his class from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program of the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center in 1980, receiving the Margaret K. Kirklin Award for Academic Excellence. He has been employed in surgical sub-specialty practice since graduation and has maintained National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification throughout.
During his 25- plus year career, he has worked in private and university practices in Chicago and Orlando. He has served as a lecturer and preceptor for Physician Assistant students and has expertise in all aspects of Cardiothoracic surgery, tissue banking, and management of the ICU patient.
Currently, his interests include development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and he has formally taught these techniques to physician assistants and surgeons, alike. He is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Tara Batz, P.A.-C., earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of North Carolina, graduating magna cum laude. She then received a Master of Science in physician-assistant studies at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Batz has been a member of the neurosurgical community in Orlando since 2006, developing a growing understanding of the complexity of various neurosurgical conditions and treatment strategies. Her primary goal is to educate patients about their conditions so they can make appropriate management decisions with their Masson Spine Institute of Orlando team of health care professionals. She is accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and active with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants.
Charles Goodnough, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who completed his undergraduate program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from South College with a Bachelor of Science in physician assistant studies. He is a former Mr. USA, professional athlete and fitness trainer who has worked with professional, college and amateur athletes. An expert in designing and customizing fitness and rehabilitative programs, Goodnough has spent the past 16 years evaluating, treating and improving the quality of life for spine patients at NeuroSpine Institute