Committed to patients, healthcare providers, and employers desiring compassionate quality orthopaedic services from skilled physicians who focus on returning patients to their active lifestyles.


Dedicated to servicing the comprehensive needs of patients of all ages through personalized data-driven care pathways utilizing the latest technologic advances.


To provide an exceptional patient experience with convenient access to comprehensive cost-appropriate care that delivers superior outcomes. 


Southern Orthopaedic Alliance is a partnership of the leading-edge orthopaedic and musculoskeletal specialists.


We are a physician-managed independent medical group practice that prioritizes a patient-centric integrated care approach. As an extension of our physician services advanced imaging, durable medical equipment, and rehabilitation are given thoughtful consideration relative to patient convenience, satisfactions, and care outcomes.


With strategically located Care Centers, we deliver state-of-the-art musculoskeletal care locally for our communities within Alabama and the southern United States.

Southern Orthopaedic Alliance Care Centers


Alabama Back Institue


Jasper -Alabama

Anniston Orthopaedics


Anniston -Alabama

Gulf Orthopaedics


Brewton, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Mobile, Saraland – AL



Birmingham, Hoover – Alabama

A New Alternative To Help Independent Practices Thrive.

Read the Article in Birmingham Medical News April 2024

Southern Orthopaedic Alliance Leadership Team

“The goals of the SOA are to provide quality based Orthopaedic Care, to unite regional ortho practices to help maintain private practice viability with changing landscapes of healthcare, and to prevent private equity takeover.”

Grant Shell, MD

Gulf Orthopaedics Care Center

“The ability to participate with like-minded groups that value high quality, patient satisfaction and leading edge orthopedic care is what excites me about being a part of this Alliance. As orthopedic and musculoskeletal care continues to expand, Southern Orthopaedic Alliance will be leading the way.”

Mike Piver

Gulf Orthopaedics

“Our goal as physician-owned and managed medical practice is to develop strategic partnerships to improve our community’s access to top-tier patient outcomes.”

J. Grant Zarzour, MD

Gulf Orthopaedics Care Center

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that’s certainly true with Southern Orthopaedic Alliance. We are excited to partner with like-minded groups focused on improving patient access, providing high-quality care and outcomes, and promoting excellent patient experience, all in a cost-effective manner.”

Jeremy Schrimsher

Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Spine Center

“We at Southlake Orthopaedics are excited to join the Southern Orthopaedic Alliance because we believe that this will allow us to continue to provide patient-centered care in an environment that utilizes state-of-the-art Orthopaedic technology and surgical techniques.”

Michael D. Smith, MD

Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Spine Center

“The Southern Orthopaedic Alliance allows our physicians to advocate for our patients on a statewide scale, enhance their access to state-of-the-art orthopaedic care, and improve their clinical outcomes by uniting our individual knowledge and training.”

Christopher A. Heck, MD

Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Spine Center

“Participating in the Southern Orthopaedic Alliance allows physicians to align and coordinate with other strong orthopaedic surgical practices to improve the delivery and level of orthopaedic care to patients.”

Gordon T. Hardy, M.D.
Gordon T. Hardy, MD

Anniston Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

“The Southern Orthopaedic Alliance is an innovative approach to the business of Orthopaedics. I am looking forward to exploring the collaboration among these orthopaedic groups to lower healthcare costs and develop solutions for future growth.”

Tammy Freeman

Anniston Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

“The Improving patient care quality, increasing treatment access, and decreasing costs to the patient is our goal in joining the Southern Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA). SOA will help us achieve this through region wide teamwork, physician collaboration, and administrative efficiency.”

anniston orhtopaedics dr-morris
Andrew Morris, MD

Anniston Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

Southern Orthopaedic Alliance Administrators 


Tammy Freeman

Anniston Orthopaedics


Mike Piver

Gulf Orthopaedics


Jeremy Schrimsher

Southlake Orthopaedics


Alabama Back Institure

Mark Prevost, MD

Mark Prevost II, MD

Anniston Orthopeadics

Gordon T. Hardy, MD

Andrew C. Morris, MD

Duane D. Tippets, MD

Duane M. Tippets, DO

Kenneth L. Vandervoort, MD

Michael R. Wiedmer, MD

Gulf Orthopeadics

Joanne P. Baird, MD

Blake Bowden, MD

Travis P. Bowen, DO

Joey F. Carter, MD

Jason R. Determann, MD

Russell Goode, MD

Michael L. Granberry, MD

R. Miles Hulick, MD

Clayton G. Lane, MD

Leslie V. Rush, III, DO

Albert J. Savage, IV, MD

Clayton G. Lane, MD

Grant M. Shell, MD

Grant Stone, DO

Thomas G. Terral, MD

J. Grant Zarzour, MD

Southlake Orthopaedics

Michael F. Blum, MD

Ekkehard Bonatz, MD, PhD

George Robert Booker, MD

William S. Craig, IV, MD

Michael T. Ellerbusch, MD

Richard L. “Beau” Grantier, III, MD

Christopher A. Heck, MD

Jonathan Isbell, MD

Dewey H. Jones, IV, MD

John S. Kirchner, MD

William D. Krauss, DO

Michael D. Smith MD

William Douglas Sudduth, MD

CJ Talbert, JR, MD

Contact Southern Orthopaedic Alliance