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Derrick Burgess, MD

South Central Sports Medicine Medical Director, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Derrick Burgess is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and specialist in Sports Medicine and shoulder surgery.  It was in high school that Dr. Burgess, a Muscle Shoals, Alabama native, realized his interest in orthopaedics.  After suffering an injury in football, Burgess discovered a mentor that would be a catalyst for his pursuit in medicine.

After high school, he continued his education at Xavier University of Louisiana as a biology pre-med major.  After graduating summa cum laude, Dr. Burgess attended Howard University in Washington, DC for both his medical school training and orthopedic surgery residency.  Dr. Burgess is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He actively participated in sports coverage for Howard University athletics and DC public schools at Coolidge High School. He subsequently completed his sports medicine specialty training under world-renowned surgeon Dr. Frank Noyes at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center. There, he trained extensively in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder, ligament reconstruction, cartilage transplantation, meniscal transplantation, osteotomies and shoulder replacement, including the reverse ball and socket arthroplasty.  He served as associate team physician for the Cincinnati Bengals as well as team physician for Milford High School.  He has also worked on the collegiate level with University of Maryland and Reinhardt University football programs.

Dr. Burgess has authored several peer reviewed articles and presented his research on national platforms including AAOS and AAPMR.

Dr. Burgess enjoys spending time with his wife, Myeasha, and their three children, Suzette, Julia and Derrick, II.  In his spare time he enjoys working out, traveling and playing golf.

Charles Black, DO

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Charles Black, IV, DO, completed medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic training in the Henry Ford-Macomb Hospital in Warren, Michigan. Dr. Black received his fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Black joined the physicians and staff at South Central Orthopaedics and South Central Sports Medicine in September 2016.

Thomas H. Blake, Jr., MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Blake is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. After his stint in the U.S. Army, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Foundation. Dr. Blake is no longer operating, however, he continues to provide office practice of general Orthopaedics.

William Morrison, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Morrison is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, who graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, under the auspices of Michigan State University and received a Fellowship in Sports Medicine/Orthopaedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He has had academic appointments to the Department of Surgery to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, as a clinical instructor. His interests are in total joint reconstruction and trauma.

Steven Nowicki, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Nowicki is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who completed medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and received his fellowship in Spine Surgery from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Nowicki has a special interest in total joint replacements of the shoulder, hip and knee.

Richard O'Keeffe, Jr., MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. O’Keeffe is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who received his fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He completed medical school at Columbia University and his residency program at the University of Connecticut. Dr. O’Keeffe has a special interest in shoulder injuries and sports injuries.

Tony N. Cao, PA

Physician Assistant

Tony N. Cao, PA is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who graduated with a Master of Science in Medicine from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. He has been practicing medicine since 2014 with medical experience in neurosurgery and interventional cardiology. In addition, Tony has a medical background working as a medical technologist. He has special interests in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery.

Tony is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants. Moreover, he is certified in basic life support (BLS), advance critical life support (ACLS), pediatric advance life support (PALS) and acute trauma life support (ATLS). Given his background and special interests, Tony provides sports coverage for all Jones County high schools as well as services for injured athletes at the Wellness Center.

Dan Diers, DPT, ATC, MPT

Dan Diers, DPT, ATC, MPT, received his Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology with minors in Biology and Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1994. He completed his Master of Physical Therapy from Governors State University in 1998. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Governors State University in 2015. He served as a student Athletic Trainer for the United States Swim Team in two different Olympics and also served as a student Athletic Trainer for NCAA swimming championships for 4 years. Dan has been employed at South Central Regional Medical Center since 2001 and taken specialty courses in manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation. His primary clinical practice is outpatient orthopaedics and vestibular rehabilitation. He is also involved in the development and program design of SCRMC’s SportsPerformance+ program, focusing on athletic enhancement. Dan has served as the Athletic Trainer for South Jones High School since 2001.

Joel Pierce, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Joel Pierce, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, has been employed with South Central since 2004.  He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a master’s in Physical Therapy. In 2010, he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Joel is a certified Athletic Trainer through NATABOC, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA. His clinical practice primarily focuses on orthopaedic sports medicine rehabilitation, with special interests in the knee and shoulder. Joel is affiliated with the Jones County Junior College Athletic Department for rehabilitation of their post-surgical and injured athletes.  He is also involved in the development and program design of SCRMC’s SportsPerformance+ program focusing on athletic enhancement. He has served as the Certified Athletic Trainer for Laurel High School since 2005.

Clark Rasberry, DPT

Clark Rasberry, DPT, has been employed with South Central since 2006.  He received his Bachelor of Biology from William Carey in 2000 and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida in 2004 with emphasis placed on manual therapy and the spine.  Clark’s clinical interests are primarily in the areas of orthopaedics and sports medicine.  He has received additional training in the areas of the treatment of athletes and manual therapy for the spine and extremities.

Blake Sherman, DPT

Blake Sherman, DPT, graduated in 2013 from the University of Tennessee Health Science with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to his clinical studies he attended Mississippi State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Blake started working with SCRMC in December of 2013. His clinical interests are sports medicine and orthopaedics.

Natasha Hayes, ATC

Natasha Hayes, ATC, has been employed with South Central Regional Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Team since 2010.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Athletic Training with minor in Science and Physical Education. She has been employed by the Jones County School District since 2004 as a middle school Science teacher. She is a certified Athletic Trainer through the NATABOC and currently serves as West Jones High School’s Athletic Trainer.

Kirk Landrum, ATC

Kirk Landrum, ATC, serves as Coordinator of Wellness and Sports Medicine at South Central Regional Medical, as well as Sports Performance+.  He has worked at South Central Regional Medical Center since 1996.  He is a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in athletic training.  He received a master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in health administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003.  He is certified in Sportsmetrics and has been the primary developer of the Sports Performance+ program at South Central.

Derek 'Spike' Richards,

Sports Performance Coordinator

Derek ‘Spike’ Richards was the original owner of a CrossFit Affiliate in Laurel, MS. Along with opening Spike’s CrossFit in 2010, Spike owned and operated Spike’s Sandlot: Baseball and Softball Academy. In 2013, Spike transitioned into gym arena by opening Spike’s Fitness and Athletics in 2013.  With this, Spike introduced Laurel and surrounding areas to specific athletic training and conditioning for adults and scholastic athletes.

South Central Sports Medicine and SportsPerformance+ Welcomed Derek “Spike” Richards to SCRMC in April of 2018.

  • 2015 Silver Medalist Masters Nationals 40-44 age group 85k Class
  • 2017 Bronze Medalist Masters Nationals 40-44 age group 94 Class
  • 4 time World Finals Qualifier
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • USAW Certified Coach

Nicki Jackson, ATC

Athletic Trainer

Nicki Jackson, ATC, serves as an Athletic Trainer for South Central Sports Medicine. She began her career with SCRMC in 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in athletic training. Nicki is board certified as an athletic trainer, received a Lifesaver’s Recognition Award from NATA and is First Responder certified.

Nicki’s main focus is to be alert and active with athletes in Sports Medicine, while providing the best care to each athlete. She focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation from illnesses. She trained with local high schools, medical practices and at the University of Southern Mississippi athletic program.