Meet Our Doctors

Douglas C. Mathews, MD, F.A.C.S.
Dr. Mathews is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon who has obtained his medical education and neurosurgical training at Vanderbilt University Medical School after graduating with honors from UCLA with a degree in Kinesiology. He has served the Middle Tennessee area for over eleven years practicing a broad spectrum of adult neurosurgical disorders involving the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system.

He has extensive experience and training in treating Spinal disease. For years he has treated patients with congenital, degenerative, neoplastic, and traumatic spinal conditions and has been at the forefront of the development and use of non-fusion technology involving dynamic stabilization, as well as the use of minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of pain of spinal origin. Tennessee has been his home for over twenty years, after leaving his native California. He lives in Nashville with his wife and three children.

Lance C. Benedict-BS, Ed., DC
Graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1983, with an education degree and a major in Biology with minors in exercise physiology and chemistry. Prior to professional school, Dr. Benedict taught junior high and high school science in addition to coaching college football. He obtained his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1989 from Texas Chiropractic College. He was President of the Council on Sports Injuries, Physiotherapy Assistant in the intern clinic and was chosen to participate in an internship program with Hermann Hospital and Texas Medical Center, spending 14 weeks studying under Dr. Floyd Haar, Neurosurgeon. In 1994, he was chosen “Young Chiropractor of the Year” by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association. Dr. Benedict was instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at Cumberland Institute for Massage Therapy from 1992-1996 where he wrote the curriculum and was voted “Teacher of the Year” in 1992. In 2003 Dr. Benedict became the co-founder of Tennessee Spine and Nerve Institute, a multi-disciplinary spine center.

Terry D. Totty, DC
Graduated from Life University in 1992 with a doctor of chiropractic degree. He was an associate instructor of Gross Dissection and Anatomy for three years at Life University. With a passion for taking and reading x-rays Dr. Totty instructed new interns in radiology for two years. In 2003, Dr. Totty co-founded Tennessee Spine and Nerve Institue, a multi-disciplinary spine center.

Andrea M. Morgan, PA – C
Andrea, a Nashville native, graduated high school from Harrison-Chilhowee Academy and earned a BA in history and English from Belmont University in 1979. While attending Belmont she was honored with the C.H. Byrn Award. Andrea was also a US Army Reserve Field Medic from 1976-1983 where she began to get a nudge in the direction of the field of medicine. She finished the Physician Assistant Program at Trevecca Nazarene University in 1998 and in the process earned a TN Primary Care Association Fellowship. From 1999-2006, when she joined this practice, Andrea worked in pain management, orthopedic spine surgery and emergency medicine. Her vast experience has made her a valuable asset to this clinic and to the patients we treat.

Darice Spackman, PA-C, ATC
Darice is certified as both a Physician Assistant and an Athletic Trainer. She has been working with Dr. Mathews and Tennessee Brain and Spine since August 2007. Prior to making the change to Neurosurgery, she spent six years working in Orthopaedics, both here in Nashville and in Paris, TN. Darice has been involved with total joint replacements, joint arthroscopies, fracture reductions, and more. She did her undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, where she acquired a degree in Sports Medicine. After working in a hospital setting doing athletic training and physical therapy for two years she moved across the country to New Jersey to attend a PA program operated jointly by Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine and Denistry of NJ. While attending PA school, she worked as an Athletic Trainer for Seton Hall men's basketball team. Her vast experience includes working at the NCAA Men's Basketball Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games at the Meadowlands, NJ and working the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics as an athletic trainer for the Hockey athletes from teams around the world. Darice currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants.

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