Joan Winters – Mindfulness for Managing Chronic Pain

“Dr. Cal Robinson is so easy to talk to and is so helpful. He has helped me learn mindfulness principles and apply what I’ve learned to manage my chronic pain.

Because of mindfulness training, I experience much less pain in my leg and I can do more of what I want to do.”

Joan Winters

James Akridge – Total Knee Replacement

As an attorney defending medical malpractice claims, I choose my surgeons carefully. I was 63 when Dr. Boyd Haynes did a total knee replacement, in Feb 2016. Several of my friends have had single or bilateral knee replacements by other providers. So I have context when it comes to assessing the relative outcome of my total knee replacement.

One of my attorney associates is married to an ortho scrub tech at Mary Immaculate Hospital who works with many orthopedic surgeons. She could give no higher recommendation than Dr. Haynes. With her insights, and having seen several other orthopedic surgeons myself and inquired about many others, I felt confident in choosing Dr. Haynes.

He warned me that my result would depend largely on my post-op physical therapy efforts. There is no denying how important that is, but my range of motion during surgery was reported as outstanding. I had asked Dr. Haynes the brand of prosthetic appliance he would install. He explained that he chose the one offering the widest fitting options, maximizing his ability to tailor the fit to my anatomy. The result is simply beautiful.

I found the benefits of yoga several years ago. I am the last person to be considered an athlete, but I manage to hit a 3-wood far enough to generate envy among my retiree golfers. One of my golfing buddies is a retired college athletic coach. Coach hit with my club, and that was not my secret. I suggested it was my flexibility due to yoga. He attended a class with me, but his bilateral knee replacements (not done by Dr. Haynes) made it too difficult for him to be getting up and down from all fours, etc. I could almost straighten my leg immediately after surgery, something that makes Dr. Boyd smile and that my knee replacement buddies say is remarkable. I followed the guidance of PT and kept up my HEP. As a yogi, I can now do Child’s pose (deep kneeling) easily! About the only thing I cannot do as before is sitting cross-legged.

Before the surgery, another orthopedic surgeon had warned me that my knee, ruined in an auto accident, with surgery 40 years prior, would be a special challenge. The chief concern of Dr. Haynes was a staple securing that old muscle transfer. He was able to work around it, and the results are fantastic! I no longer chronically take a prescription NSAID (for the pain in my overloaded “good” leg), and even quit my high blood pressure meds immediately after the surgery. I just got the best rate offered for some life insurance I am adding, which tells you that the underwriters saw no issues. I agree with that referring scrub tech that no one could have done better than Dr. Haynes. Clearly, he is the Best!! Thank you for giving my life new legs!

James Akridge

Judy Bryan – Physical Therapy after Rotator Cuff Surgery

I completed four weeks of Physical Therapy today with Dr. Tom Toothaker for a torn rotator cuff surgery. I found him to be an exceptional Physical Therapist. Not only did I quickly get my range of motion and strength back, I learned how to continue the PT at home on my own. Dr. Toothaker was kind, compassionate, a good listener, as well as presenting himself with confidence and professionalism.

The entire staff at OSC Physical Therapy was a pleasure to work with. They all did an outstanding job of making my experience pleasant and as comfortable as possible under the circumstances. I recommend them highly.

Judy Bryan

Mary Gypson – Physical Therapy after Hip Replacement

I had the best experience at OSC PT with Dr. Tom Toothaker. The exercise plan he created for me was both challenging and exhilarating.

My goals were to be able to put on my own socks, do my pedicure, and get back to my usual activities. Six months of being totally reliant on a cane for stability and a year plus of a pronounced limp had taken a toll on my muscles.

Nine sessions and my goals were met and exceeded! Now, I am more limber and stronger than I have been in years.  I am back to bike riding and power walking. This 69 year old grandma is a lot happier, more fit, and so grateful.

Thank you, Dr. Tom, I could not have done this without you. Thank you, Hunter and Corey, for working with me and keeping me “honest”.

The entire experience there was professional, positive and friendly.

Mary Gypson

Walter Satchell – Broken Shoulder Treatment and Physical Therapy

I want to share my experience with the Orthopaedic And Spine Center. I was ice skating late November when I fell and broke my left shoulder Humerus bone and received a large contusion of my right leg, each requiring me to go to physical therapy for a number of weeks.

I can honestly say that I have never had such an experience where you felt the staff was sincerely concerned with your injuries and wanted to do all they could do to get you back into a regular routine. They understood your pain levels but at the same time made you realize that in order to get back to normal, there would be some pain associated with the therapy.

Dr. Coleman made me feel very comfortable with the diagnoses and was always willing to answer any questions or concerns that I had. I felt like he was willing to spend as much times as necessary to be sure my arm was healing as needed and always left the door open if I ever needed to call him with any concerns.










My physical therapist was Jim Koske and I felt that he was an expert in his field and knew exactly what I needed to do to get better. He spent time with me and answered any questions and was always overlooking my treatment with the physical therapist assistants and tech staff. The entire staff was always helpful with my questions, explaining the different exercises I needed to go through.

Also, when you first come into the building you are met by Stacia and Cliff at the front desk who receive you with a smile and get to know you by name. It is nice walking into the office, being greeted by someone who knows you by name and has already signed you in.

I would like to express my sincere thank you to the entire staff at Orthopaedic And Spine Center but especially the following staff:
Dr. M. R. Coleman (Medical Doctor), Jim Koske (Physical Therapist), Bill Richards and Victoria Bartnikowski (Physical Therapist Assistants), Hunter, Catina, Jamail, Tom and Mika (Tech staff), and Stacia and Cliff (front desk staff).

If I ever have to have orthopedic medical needs again, you can be sure I will be going back to the medical staff at Orthopaedic And Spine Center.

Walter Satchell

Roddy Bryan – Physical Therapy for Lower Back

Physical Therapist in Newport News

Dr. Tom Toothaker is an amazing Physical Therapist. I saw him for muscle tightness in my lower back. He very quickly alleviated the tightness in my back and always explained what he was doing and why. He is the best Physical Therapist I have ever seen and I recommend him highly.

Roddy Bryan

Barbara Harvey – Physical Therapy

I thoroughly enjoyed the PT time I spent with Dr. Osowski and Maria, his assistant. They both listened and responded to my needs, challenged me to progress and encouraged me on days that my pain level was up. I asked Dr. Osowski many questions regarding “why” something felt a certain way, how long it would take build strength, range of motion, etc. and he always explained the process. Maria always ensured I completed my exercise routine, even when I wanted to skip something. In fact, the entire office was friendly.

Tanya Taskey – Lumbar Spine Fusion

I had lower lumbar spinal fusion for a degenerative disk issue. My surgery went well and I was happy to go home the same day, even walking out by myself with a walker. I was skeptical at first to go home, because of what I kept reading online about recovery. I was home and comfortable with my family. I prepared myself for a comfortable way to sleep and sit before the surgery and had everything ready at home. I kept up with my pain medicine as they said for the first couple of days and it didn’t bother me much. I even went to two Thanksgiving dinners one week after surgery.

I appreciated the home care I got (Personal Touch Home Health) and it was nice to talk to them about things. They were very supportive and helpful with everything.

It took me 8 weeks to get back to work. I work with one year-olds at a day care center and of course, that involves lifting, bending, sitting, squatting and a lot of back work. I worked closely with the physical therapy staff and they helped me get stronger with the type of work I do. I had to take it slow at work in the beginning, but after about 4-6 weeks of physical therapy, I am more comfortable with my movements at my job. I had to have patience and understand it can take a moment to feel like yourself again.

The staff from the doctor’s office and the Physical Therapy was great. The staff are personable at Physical Therapy, including the front desk and strong people skills at the office.

I must say it was a slow process, but not what I expected, it was better. I was doing house work just weeks after the surgery and was taking walks with my back brace 3 weeks after surgery, with precaution and only up to my abilities.

Thank you to Dr. Carlson, and Dr. Andrew Osowski with Fred Wintermantel at Physical Therapy for all their help and guidance through all of this. Today, I can say I am just about 90% better at my 3 month mark.

Tanya Taskey

Cynthia Hockaday – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion

Kudos to Dr. Carlson of the Ortho & Spine Center in Newport News, Va.

For MANY years I suffered with pain shooting down my right leg. The chiropractor and many injections were just temporary fixes. My husband’s insurance company changed, which allowed me to go wherever I wanted to go for treatment. At the recommendation of an acquaintance, I decided to go see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. After telling him about my long term problems, he ordered an MRI. When that came back, he told me that I could elect to have surgery or continue with shots. I had had enough of the “temporary” injections and elected for surgery.

On January 2, 2013, I had L-4, L-5 and S-1 fusion. It’s 4 years later and I am so glad that I went to Dr. Carlson and elected to have the surgery. I suggest if you have any ortho problems you consider Dr. Carlson or one of the many other qualified doctors at OSC. My husband has since seen another Dr. at this facility for a rotator cuff and I am once again under Dr. Carlson’s treatment for another issue – I’m sure he will remedy that also.

Cynthia Hockaday 


John Asby – Multi-level Cervical Spine Fusion & Laminectomy

I have been living in excruciating pain and torment for years. I have also visited the top docs in the country (Philadelphia Eagles Spine Surgeon, Johns Hopkins and many more). They all agreed that my spine was a mess, but some thought that surgery wouldn’t help in the pain I was describing to them. They also differed on when I needed the surgery and how much to fix.

I had recently heard of a local surgeon who had done amazing things and had also first-hand friends describe their experience with him. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson said I needed major surgery, a C3-C7 fusion and laminectomy. I knew what that entailed due to my extensive research. My research revealed that the recovery pain was horrible and major meds would be needed. Also, Dr. Carlson agreed with the other surgeons that he couldn’t guarantee the head pain relief, but assured me relief of the arm pain that kept me up every night for years.

After 2 years of battling a decision and trying many other non- surgical procedures and and medications, I decided to go with it. I had nothing to lose, as I wished for death instead of the continuance of what I was living with.

I had the surgery last Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. That night, I started to come out of the surgery fog and became clear minded. From that point on, I have experienced none of the previous crippling headaches and have had zero arm pain. I have energy and clarity like never before, even under plenty of high power medications. The recovery pain was so minimal, I tried to eliminate the pain medications the day I went home (one day in hospital). That was a mistake, so it took 1/2 day to correct my stupidity and get back on track.


(This photo shows the gravity of the surgery).

It has now been 6 days and I am on half of the prescribed pain meds and really have incredible energy and no pain. This is very hard to believe and my family is so thankful to God for giving us Dr. Carlson.

P.S.   As an engineer, I research everything. I looked at Dr. Carlson’s resume and it is quite impressive academically, but the testimonies of the folks I spoke with are the real proof. He could probably serve at any of the big names like Mayo, Johns Hopkins, etc., if he wished. I am so glad he didn’t choose that path.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank You, and most of all, Thanks to God!

John Asby