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At Northwest Speciality Hospital, we are proud to offer a wide range of clinics and services through our network of partners. From primary care to specialized treatments, our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare for all your needs. Explore the list below to find out more about what we have available. Our experienced staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help guide you in making informed decisions about your health.

Roland Kent, MD

Spine Surgery

Dr. Roland S. Kent is a fellowship trained Spine Surgeon. Fellowship training is the highest level of training available for spine surgical care in the United States. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, alternatives to bony fusion including disc replacement, fracture care, bone health, sacroiliac (SI) joint disease, revision spine surgical care, and complex spinal disorders. Dr. Kent is excited to finally be back home. After graduating from Coeur d’Alene High school he received a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and then joined the Navy. He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and then internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from the combined Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where he performed complex surgical care at Harborview, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He returned to the Navy as the chief of Spine Surgery at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, where he taught spine surgery to resident physicians and managed the Navy’s highest volume interdisciplinary spine practice with physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, pain psychologists, physical medicine specialists and other spine surgeons. There, he built a comprehensive spine surgical practice specializing in cutting-edge technologies and time-honored surgical strategies. He presented academic papers at national and international spine meetings and helped to establish a standardized curriculum to teach young surgeons spine surgical techniques and principles.

Additionally, he provided expert spine surgical care to active duty military members, the elite Navy special warfare community, military retirees and their families. During his two decades in the US Navy, he served in Washington, DC, Virginia, Diego Garcia, Italy, Cuba, Afghanistan and finally in Spokane as a Navy reservist. In 2015, Dr. Kent joined the Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, Washington as the Spine Surgery Section Head where he helped develop the interdisciplinary spine surgical program at Rockwood Neurosurgery and Spine, integrating the efforts of surgical and non-surgical spine specialists.

Dr. Kent has returned to North Idaho as a co-founder of Axis Spine Center and the only fellowship trained spine surgeon in the area. He has a passion for returning patients to function through the careful utilization of non-surgical spine treatment strategies combined with the appropriate, evidence-based application of successful surgical interventions.

List of surgical specialties:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Alternatives to bony fusion including disc replacement
  • Fracture care
  • Bone health.
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint disease
  • Revision spine surgical care
  • Complex spinal disorders

Fellowship Trained

Education: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Medical School: Navy Medical Center Portsmouth

Residency: Navy Medical Center Portsmouth

Memberships: AOSpine International

Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
Candidate Member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Military Member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association
North American Spine Society

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Daniel Blizzard, MD

Spine Surgery

Dr. Daniel J. Blizzard is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon specializing in comprehensive spinal surgical care ranging from minimally-invasive and motion-sparing techniques, to scoliosis and deformity surgery, and revision surgical treatment.

Dr. Blizzard was raised in Liberty Lake, WA and graduated valedictorian of his class from Central Valley High School. He then attended the University of Washington on academic scholarships from the Gates Foundation and the Washington NASA Space Grant, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Bioengineering. Dr. Blizzard attended medical school at Yale University where he was selected as a Doris Duke Research Fellow for his work investigating osteobiologics and 3D-MRI in spine surgery. After medical school, he completed his general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University in Durham, NC. He then graduated from the combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA performing complex surgical care at the Emory University Hospitals, Grady Memorial Hospital (the busiest Level 1 trauma center in the country), and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital.

Dr. Blizzard has a specific interest in the development and utilization of new diagnostic and surgical techniques with the goal of reducing the pain, recovery time, and longterm morbidity associated with traditional spine surgery.  Throughout his training Dr. Blizzard pursued these interests, leading dozens of studies assessing the clinical efficacy of new minimally-invasive fusion techniques, motion-sparing techniques for cervical spine pathology, and the identification and prevention of complications in spine surgery.

Fellowship Trained

Education: University of Washington

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery – Duke University, Durham, NC

Fellowship: Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery – Emory University

Memberships: AOSpine International

North American Spine Society
Candidate Member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197

Douglas Blaty, DO

Spine Surgery

Dr. Doug Blaty is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive techniques. His approach to spine care is based on the philosophy that every patient has a unique problem, and treatment should be focused on each individual’s specific complaints and symptoms. While the treatment for many patients may be non-operative, if surgery is chosen, Dr. Blaty always seeks to provide patients with the most effective and innovative options.

Dr. Blaty developed a special interest in anatomy and the spine at a young age through involvement in athletics and his own injuries. Since graduating from Lake City High School in 2001 as a Valedictorian, Dr. Blaty went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He graduated as a PAC-10 All-Academic athlete in track and field, and was also a University of Washington Top-10 record holder in the decathlon and indoor heptathlon.

Receiving a Master of Science in biomedical sciences from Barry University, Dr. Blaty further built his knowledge in anatomy through hands-on cadaver work. He later attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was a 2-time recipient of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship. Awarded a research fellowship during medical school, Dr. Blaty continued his pursuit of musculoskeletal knowledge, focusing on orthopedic-based basic science research.

Dr. Blaty completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR where he continued to maintain his primary focus on the spine, not only in his clinical training, but through multiple clinical research projects and presentations ranging from osteoporosis to degenerative spine conditions. He then completed his spine surgery fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center, training with world renowned spine surgeons, while also leading research focused on lateral-access lumbar spine fusions. Through his training experiences, Dr. Blaty has developed a passion for less invasive spine surgery options, and always strives to advance spine care and patient outcomes.

Fellowship Trained

Education: University of Washington (BA) and Barry University (MS)

Medical School: Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery – Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Fellowship: Spine Surgery - Twin Cities Spine Center

Inland Northwest Spine

Phone: (208) 667-1376

Fax: (855) 644-2974

850 W. Ironwood Dr Suite 300
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

David Glassman, MD

Spine Surgery

Dr. David Glassman is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon at Northwest Specialty Hospital. He is an international speaker, published author, professor, and thought leader. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he has received the highest level of training attainable in spine surgery. Dr. Glassman remains actively engaged in innovative research, embracing the latest innovations in surgical techniques and approaches including the use of augmented reality to provide remote integrated surgery. Over the course of his training and experience, he has developed a balanced approach to the use of surgical intervention and values the importance of non-operative care when customizing a comprehensive treatment plan with his patients designed to improve the quality of their lives.

Dr. Glassman attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, graduating with honors at the top 10% of his class. Following graduation, he served two tours as a Seahawk helicopter pilot and was awarded Pilot of the Year while serving as an Instructor Pilot for the United States Navy.

Dr. Glassman was then accepted into the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading medical institutions and earned his Doctor of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Glassman then completed his spine fellowship at Harborview Medical Center at University of Washington in Seattle, where he was trained by world-class orthopedic surgeons on complex and minimally invasive surgical spine interventions.

As the Head of Spine Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Staff Spine Surgeon at VA Medical Center La Jolla, and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dr. Glassman used his extensive experience to teach techniques and approaches to orthopedic care while mentoring the full range of students from medical school applicants to residents.

Dr. Glassman created a practice that combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery to enhance patient care while improving resident physicians’ education. His multidisciplinary treatment involved physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncture providers, pain psychologists, and pain medicine specialists. His skillful surgical care allowed active-duty military members, including Navy special forces, to return to active duty and increased the quality of life and daily function of military retirees, veterans, and their families.

As a part of his humanitarian projects, Dr. Glassman has also been active in global health issues providing his care and expertise to those in underserved communities in the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As part of medical missionary teams serving these areas, he provided care for complex spinal reconstructive procedures and shared his insights and experience as a surgeon while speaking at international symposiums on orthopedic spine surgery.

After more than twenty years of military service, Dr. Glassman is excited to be practicing in Idaho, where he can enjoy hiking and camping in the great outdoors with his wife and children.

Fellowship Trained

Education: United States Naval Academy

Medical School: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Residency: Naval Medical Center

Fellowship: University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center

Memberships: American Medical Association: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
AO Spine North America

Publication(s): "Surgical Telementorship: San Francisco Fleet Week and Preliminary Information about the ARTEMIS Study," Davis K, Ambrosio A, Colombo C, Griffith M, Ieronimakis K, Sammann A, Bronston A, Glassman D, Tadlock M, Pamplin J, Military Health System Research Symposium, Aug 2019.

"The Impact of Stenosis and Translation on Spinal Cord Injuries in Cervical Facet Dislocations," Glassman D, Magnusson E, Agel J, Bellabarba C, Bransford R, The Spine Journal, Apr 2019.

"Physical Therapy After Lumbar Spinal Fusion in Necessary to Optimize Patient Outcomes," Mombell K, Perry N, Wade SM, Fredericks D, Glassman D, Morriseey P, Clinical Spine Surgery, Sep 2018.

"Does a Staged Posterior Approach Have a Negative Effect on OTA-43C Fracture Outcomes?" Chan DS, Balthrop PM, White B, Glassman D, Sanders RW, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma, Feb 2017.

"Simple Steps to Minimize Spine Infections in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis," Myung K, Glassman D, Tolo VT, Skaggs DL, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, Jun 2013.

"A New Surgical Technique for Treatment of Supracondylar Humerus Fracture Malunions in Children," Skaggs DL, Glassman D, Weiss JM, Kay RM, Journal of Children's Orthopedics, Aug 2011.

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Jeffrey Larson, MD, FAANS

Spine Surgery

Jeffrey J. Larson, M.D. is a board certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Larson received his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Genetics at Wayne State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He continued his studies in Cincinnati to complete his surgical internship and neurosurgery residency training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Mayfield Clinic and Spine Institute. Dr. Larson Specializes in brain surgery, spine surgery, neuro-oncology, neuro trauma and image guided neurosurgery.

Education: University of Cincinnati

Medical School: University of Cincinnati Medical School

Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical School

Memberships: American Board of Neurological Surgery

Coeur d'Alene Spine & Brain

3320 Grand Mill Ln
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: (208) 765-9100
Fax: (208) 765-9103

Jennifer Torok, NP-C

Spine Surgery

Jennifer Torok provides new patient consultations and recommendations for multidisciplinary treatments, interventional therapies, and autonomous medical management. She works closely with our spine surgeons and interventional pain management physicians to collaboratively provide the best comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient.

Jennifer received her Masters Degree in nursing from Gonzaga University in 2005 and has been a practicing nurse for over twenty three years. She is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner, and is an active member of the Obesity Medical Association.

Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Ashley Lammers, PA-C

Spine Surgery

Ashley Lammers is a Physician Assistant with experience in both Neurosurgery and Pulmonology. She earned her bachelors degree from Ohio University and a Masters degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Oregon before obtaining a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She provides comprehensive spine care and is passionate about helping patients to return to an active lifestyle.

Ashley enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, preferably on adventures with her husband and dog. As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she has enjoyed exploring all this area has to offer!

Education: Ohio University

Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Sarah Murphy, PA-C

Spine Surgery

Education: Pacific University

Washington State University

Certifications: PA-C

BLS Provider
ACLS Provider
PALS Provider

Axis Spine – Post Falls

1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

(208) 457-4208 | Phone
(208) 457-4197 | Fax

Sarah Murphy, PA-C is a board certified Physician Assistant who is joining the team at Axis Spine Center as a surgical PA. She is a Pacific Northwest native having grown up in southwest Washington and recently relocated to Rathdrum with her husband.

Before obtaining her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University, she worked in a multitude of settings which included mental health, obstetrics, and emergency medicine. Sarah is excited to work in both the clinic and operating room to help patients become healthier, happier versions of themselves with improved quality of life.

Outside of medicine Sarah loves the outdoors and enjoys fitness including running, yoga, and jiu jitsu. She also enjoys exploring new places with family and friends and looks forward to experiencing northern Idaho.

Patricia Vieth, PA-C

Spine Surgery

Patricia Vieth, PA C received her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University in 2007. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Patricia has gained 10 years of experience in neurosurgery and spine, including consultations, diagnosis, and formulation of treatment plans to address spine pathology. She also has extensive history working as a first assist in a variety of complex spine surgeries. She will work closely with Dr. Kent, Dr. Blizzard and the interventional spine team at Axis Spine to provide the best comprehensive evaluation and treatment for each patient at Axis Spine.

Outside of the office, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. As a mom of 3, she is often attending sporting events and school functions. She is a native to North Idaho and loves the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Education

Idaho State University

Memberships

American Academy of Physician Assistants
Idaho Medical Association

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Ryan Morris, PA-C

Spine Surgery

Ryan Morris, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in health science from Boise State University and his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of the Cumberland’s located in Kentucky.

Ryan is a North Idaho native and prior to attending his master’s program, he gained experience while previously working at Axis Spine. He is excited to return back to North Idaho and Axis Spine to aid in providing comprehensive spine care in his hometown. Outside of work Ryan likes to spend time with his family and friends.  His favorite hobbies include hiking, golfing, and spending time on the lake.

Bachelor of Health Science, (BS): Boise State University
Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MMS): University of the Cumberlands

Axis Spine Center

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

Kaspar Sander, PA-C

Spine Surgery

Kaspar Sander, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who is joining Axis Spine Center to work both in the operating room as a surgical first assist and in the clinic where he will see patients for a multitude of spine related issues. He was born and raised in Spokane and is delighted to be back in the Pacific Northwest, along with his wife who is also from the area.

Kaspar attended Gonzaga University for his undergraduate studies where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology. He then moved to Arizona for PA school where he obtained a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University, graduating at the top of his class. Kaspar previously worked for an orthopedic spine practice in Arizona and is excited to be continuing his career in orthopedic spine at Axis Spine Center.

Kaspar collaborates with Dr. Roland Kent, and is driven to provide patients excellent care in order to help improve their quality of life.

Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MMS): Midwestern University (Glendale)
Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology (BS): Gonzaga University

Axis Spine Center

Post Falls
1641 E Polston Ave Suite 101
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: (208) 457-4208
Fax: (208) 457-4197 

 

Coeur d'Alene
7600 N Mineral Dr Ste. 450
Coeur d'Alene, ID. 83815

Phone: 208-457-4208
Fax: 208-457-4197

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