Leaders of Orthopedics in North Florida
At Coastal Orthopedic Associates, our commitment to excellence and patient centered care is reflected by the skills and experience of our board certified and/or fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians. Using time-proven approaches and procedures, in combination with the latest promising technologies, we provide comprehensive operative and nonoperative musculoskeletal care for the whole-body including knees, back, neck, shoulders, hips, elbows, feet and ankles. It is our goal to ensure a speedy recovery that enables our patients to quickly resume their daily activities. We also have support for athletes of any level with our top-notch sports medicine services.
Coastal Orthopedic Associates offers medical diagnosis and treatment in the following specialty areas.
Dale A. Whitaker, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and the treatment of shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, hand and elbow conditions. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, he graduated cum laude from the University of Florida (UF), and attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Fulfilling his longtime dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Whitaker returned to his hometown to train and practice orthopedics. He completed his orthopedic residency at UF College of Medicine Shands Jacksonville Level One Trauma Center. He then served the program as UF community faculty for several years and has been in the private practice of orthopedics since 1989.
During his tenure, he pioneered the anterior hip total joint replacement technique for the benefit of his patients, as the anterior approach is known for decreased recovery time and decreased dislocation rates.
Dr. Whitaker is trauma trained and provides general orthopedic care to the entire family – pediatric to geriatric. His interests include the treatment of most conditions associated with the upper and lower extremities including knee and hip replacement arthroplasty for arthritis, extremity fractures (non-surgical and surgical), sports-related injuries and arthroscopy of the knees and shoulders. Additionally, he evaluates and treats hand and wrist injuries, fractures and soft tissue complaints such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, thumb arthritis, wrist tendonitis and lacerations. Unique in this community, he also evaluates and treats children’s non-surgical fracture care. Dr. Whitaker is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Kaylan McClary, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon with Coastal Orthopedic Associates. She earned her medical degree and bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dr. McClary completed a five-year accredited orthopedic surgery residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. She then finished her training with a fellowship in sports medicine in Texas with Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked firsthand with medical providers caring for elite teams and organizations such as: Houston Astros, Houston Texans, NASA, Houston Ballet and Rice University.
In addition to caring for elite teams and organizations, Dr. McClary has participated in event medical care for a variety of athletics such as boxing, hockey, rugby, volleyball, rodeo and marathon running.
Dr. McClary’s advanced training includes comprehensive upper extremity procedures including but not limited to: shoulder fracture care, arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, shoulder replacement, biceps tendon repair and Tommy John surgery (a.k.a. ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction).
She is also experienced in open and arthroscopic knee procedures, such as: ligament reconstructions (i.e. ACL), patellar tendon repair, meniscus and cartilage procedure and osteotomies.
Dr. McClary has also been active in orthopedic development and research. She has authored scientific papers and presentations in areas including cartilage defect repair, meniscus repair and ACL reconstruction.
Dr. McClary completed part 1 of the ABOS board certification process, with plans to pursue future board certifications in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Timothy Syperek, D.P.M. is a board-certified podiatrist providing comprehensive care for all aspects of the lower leg and foot. Dr. Syperek combines preventative options with surgical solutions and is one of the leading experts in diabetic wound care.
Dr. Syperek received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree and completed a residency at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. He has training in podiatric orthopedics and sports medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital and in pediatric and adult podiatric surgery through his residency in Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Taking his studies overseas, Dr. Syperek completed a trauma fellowship in Russian Siberia’s Kurgan region.
While serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, and later in the civilian sector, Dr. Syperek helped to establish numerous multi-disciplinary diabetic limb salvage clinics. His international mission work includes helping to create a diabetic limb salvage clinic in Port Au Prince, Haiti, working with and teaching Haitian physicians and surgeons. He is involved in several multi-site clinical studies focusing on diabetic wound care and surgical intervention.
Theresa Morin, APRN is an advanced practice registered nurse and family nurse practitioner with Coastal Orthopedic Associates. Her experience includes more than ten years’ experience in providing medical care for patients in a high stress, high volume environment at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Morin completed her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) from South University in Savannah, Georgia and her Master’s in Leadership & Management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has completed 150 hour practicums in family health, women’s health, adult and geriatic care and primary care. Prior to completing her family nurse practitioner and leadership and management degrees, Morin worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Memorial Hospital. She has also worked as a registered respiratory therapist providing care and education, including use of CPAP machines.
Her prior work allows Morin to connect with patients to educate, analyze and treat under various conditions. As a respiratory therapist, she gained experience in reading and translating lab results to patients and families in order to make informed treatment decisions. As an emergency department nurse, she assessed and provided trauma care in a fast-paced environment. Morin has also supervised personnel and maintained federal, state and hospital guidelines for patient treatment and privacy.
Morin applies her knowledge and skills to the benefit of her patients at Coastal Orthopedic Associates. As part of their high-quality orthopedic care, Coastal is dedicated to caring for all foot and leg issues, from diabetic wounds to non-surgical or surgical treatments, in order to help people live their life with no or little foot and leg pain.
Master of Science in Nursing, FNP, South University, Savannah, Georgia
Masters in Leadership & Management, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah
Associates in Science in Nursing, Concorde Career College, Jacksonville, Florida
Associates in Respiratory Therapy, Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Florida
ACLS- Advanced Care Life Support
BLS- Basic Life Support CPR
ENPC- Emergency Nurses Pediatric
NRP- Neonatal Resuscitation Program
Respiratory Therapist #11179
Registered Nurse #9511057
TNCC – Trauma Nurse Core
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