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Johnson County Spine is committed to excellence in the treatment of patients with spinal disorders. New patients are evaluated by Dr. Hess, or with the assistance of Ashely Melton, PA-C. Every effort is made to treat the patient non-surgically. Treatment modalities may include physical therapy and epidural steroid injections. If surgery becomes necessary, the patient will receive the finest surgical care available. Dr. Hess is the inventor of numerous spinal implants and a surgical procedure. He is also the co-founder of Spinal Simplicity.

Dr. Hess performs procedures that are on the cutting edge of spinal surgery. Dr. Hess is one of only a few spinal surgeons in the United States selected as a clinical investigator for Depuy Spine (a Johnson & Johnson company), Synthes Spine, and Vertiflex.

Dr. Hess is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery. He trained in neurological surgery at State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. He then completed fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of Florida in 1988. Following his training, Dr. Hess has devoted his career exclusively to spinal surgery. He was in practice for 15 years in New Jersey before relocating to Kansas in 2003.

Tami Torticill, PA-C evaluates patients presenting to the office with no recent radiological studies. She then arranges for the appropriate tests to be performed before the patient is evaluated by Dr. Hess. Tami assists Dr. Hess on all surgeries, and she coordinates the post-operative care of the patient in the office.