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Derrick Burgess, MD

South Central Sports Medicine Medical Director, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Derrick Burgess is a board certified Orthopedic 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 orthopedics.  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.

Thomas Baylis, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Baylis is a native of Selma, Alabama. He completed medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson; and his orthopedic surgery residency at Erlanger Medical Center-University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga, TN.

He completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham. Prior to joining South Central, Dr. Baylis worked with Premier Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, where he was founding partner.

Dr. Baylis is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

For an appointment, call South Central Orthopedics at 601.649.5990.

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.

Jeff Burns, MD


Jeff Burns, MD, completed medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Following medical school, Dr. Burns completed an internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at SUNY Stony Brook University in New York.  He completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Burns is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Prior to joining South Central Orthopedics, Dr. Burns worked with Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, where he was founding partner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ashley Brooks, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Brooks, FNP, completed nursing school from Jones College in 2011 and then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMMC in 2018. She completed her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019. Ashley has served as a RN at SCRMC for 12 years, with the last 5 years in the operating room. She is continuing her education and training as a First Assistant in Surgery.

Ashley currently practices in orthopedics and also has experience in family practice and pain management. She enjoys providing orthopedic patient care and is excited offer services in Waynesboro.

Chuck Everwine,

South Central Sports Performance+

Chuck Everwine is a graduate of Liberty University and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  He has always had a love for sports and fitness, which led Chuck to a career in personal training. He previously owned and operated a private fitness facility in Laurel, Everwine Fitness. Chuck is an AFPA certified personal trainer, and was the first Training for Warriors (TFW) certified instructor in Mississippi. Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, he now resides in Laurel, MS, with his wife, Lara and three kids, Luke, Will and Emily.

Todd Breland,

South Central Sports Performance+

South Central Sports Performance+ is excited to have 28 year coaching veteran, Todd Breland, join the team. Breland has a bachelor’s degree in Coaching and Sports Administration and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration. Laurel native, Breland, has served many years on the athletic fields at area schools and has stepped away to focus on the other side of athletics. He is married to Rebekah and they have two children, Morgan and Maddox.