Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Ragab
    Dr. Ragab
    BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
  • Dr. Weber
    Dr. Weber
    BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON
  • Dr. Bansal
    Dr. Bansal
    BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
  • Irene Rademeyer
    Irene Rademeyer
    ADMINISTRATOR
  • Jennifer Blind
    Jennifer Blind
    OFFICE MANAGER
  • Mathew Antisen
    Mathew Antisen
    MA
  • Amanda Goods
    Amanda Goods
    PA-C
  • Amy O’Connor
    Amy O’Connor
    PHYSICAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT MANAGER
  • Amanda Boutwell
    Amanda Boutwell
    RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST
  • Cristin Younker, RN
    Cristin Younker, RN
    DIRECTOR OF NURSING
  • Brandy Carey
    Brandy Carey
    RN
  • Cibele Altemar
    Cibele Altemar
    DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
  • Will Rhame
    Will Rhame
    WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
  • Danielle Searage, NP
    Danielle Searage, NP
    NURSE PRACTITIONER
  • Katherine Fisher
    Katherine Fisher
    SURGICAL CO-ORDINATOR / MEDICAL ASSISTANT
  • Mike Sylvester
    Mike Sylvester
    MATERIALS MANAGER/LEAD TECH.
  • Linda Cooley
    Linda Cooley
    ASC Manager
  • Serena Tamayo
    Serena Tamayo
    LEGAL BENEFITS COORDINATOR
  • Evelyn Jagoda
    Evelyn Jagoda
    LEAD RECEPTIONIST
  • Barbara Aquino
    Barbara Aquino
    RECEPTIONIST
  • Cynthia Golden
    Cynthia Golden
    BILLING SPECIALIST
  • Holly Vogt
    Holly Vogt
    BILLING MANAGER
  • Deb Brinkworth
    Deb Brinkworth
    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Dr. Ragab
BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Ragab is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon and a Board Certified Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders, traumatic and reconstructive spinal surgery.

Dr. Ragab received his M.D. from Alexandria University School of Medicine, Egypt in 1987. His postgraduate training included a General Surgery internship which was completed at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston – Tuft’s University in 1994. Dr. Ragab, then went on to be the orthopedic research fellow with the Department of Orthopedics – Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed basic science research for two years. Dr. Ragab completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery from Case Western Reserve University and the University Hospitals of Cleveland. He then completed a Spine and Scoliosis Surgery Fellowship with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin in 2002.Dr Ragab has been in practice since 2002.

He has been Associate Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ragab has received numerous awards, grants and scholarships, including the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Orthopedic Research Society William Harris Hip Award. He has published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has presented both abstracts and posters to numerous organizations including the Cervical Spine research Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Research Society, North American Spine Society, the Bone and Mineral Research Society, andAO/ASIF International Spine. He is an editor for peer review journals and actively participates in teaching spine surgery courses to residents, fellows and other spine surgeons, both nationally and internationally. Such research and teaching activity allows Dr. Ragab to remain on technology’s cutting edge.

Dr. Ragab employs both non-surgical and surgical treatments to address the symptoms that can arise from abnormal spinal function. He consistently develops and applies novel methods to treat spinal disorders. His philosophy is that surgery should be the last resort in treatment of spinal pathology.

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Dr. Weber
BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGICAL SURGEON

Dr. Weber is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of spine disorders. With a focus on minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Weber is known for his success with spinal fusions, simple and complex spinal disorders, reconstructive spinal surgery and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome patients.

Dr. Weber graduated with honors from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1990. After a General Surgery Internship at Johns Hopkins, he pursued Neurosurgery training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Atkinson Morley Hospital in London England and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He joined a practice in Boulder Colorado in 1996. He moved to Florida in 2000 and started Coastal Neurosurgery and Spine in 2004. He joined the Laser Spine Institute in 2012 and the Comprehensive Spine Center in 2016.

Through the understanding that no two patients are the same and do not fit into the same healing path, Dr. Weber’s passion is treating patients as individuals. His treatment philosophy is to utilize the methodology which gives the best chance of relieving symptoms and ultimately promotes the long term health and function of the spine.

After initial thorough evaluation and diagnosis, patients are provided conservative care options. Most patients respond well to these measures.
For those patients who need additional treatment, Dr. Weber specializes in minimally invasive surgical approaches. Minimally Invasive Procedures effectively treat spine problems with fewer complications and faster recovery than conventional spine surgery. For patients suffering from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Dr. Weber excels in the evaluation and treatment of chronic neck and back pain for those that may have had previous surgical interventions that failed.

To book an appointment with Dr. Weber, please contact us today.

Dr. Bansal
BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Mohit Bansal is a native of New York City. Dr. Bansal completed his medical school training at St. George’s University School of Medicine, followed by his residency at New York Medical College, Manhattan. While in residency, he had the privilege of rotating with Dr. Scott Rodeo, Team Physician for the New York Giants.

Dr. Bansal completed his fellowship at New Mexico Orthopedics Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine, and his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital Roosevelt Hospital Center and St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center. As a fellow in New Mexico, he was one of the Team Physicians of the Albuquerque Isotopes, AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, he performed exams on elite MMA fighters.

Dr. Bansal is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, he holds a subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He has a passion for Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine related injuries, as he is also a Team Physician for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Eckerd College Rugby.

Dr. Bansal is also passionate about advancing medical education. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the NOVA Southeastern Orthopaedic Department. Dr. Bansal is an integral part of the teaching faculty and as such keeps current with literature and implements this in his every day practice.

Dr. Bansal enjoys golfing, playing soccer, and spending time with his growing family.

Irene Rademeyer
ADMINISTRATOR

Irene was born and educated in South Africa with knowledge and practice in running her own physical therapy practice. She came to the USA and continued her education and experience in directing and teaching at USF as well as Continuing Education inter- nationally for the advancement of physical therapy practice and business management. Her experience and passion has always been in spine care and administration and she advanced into a VP position in a spine surgery practice and developed the diagnostic, clinic and ASC administration process. She joined Comprehensive Spine Institute as the Administrator and is instrumental in the development, staffing, growth and ASC and practice management.

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Jennifer Blind
OFFICE MANAGER

Jennifer was born and raised in Clearwater, FL. She graduated with honors from The University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in business management. Her career in the medical field began in high school when she got a job as a file clerk at a primary care office. Her passion for learning new things and her work ethic allowed her to quickly move up to administrative assistant and then receptionist and she even helped in the billing office. She joined Comprehensive Spine Institute in January 2011, shortly after the company was founded, and has helped develop the office protocols. Her favorite thing about this job is being able to see the success stories of the patients. Exceptional customer service is one of her main priorities.

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Mathew Antisen
MA

Mathew Antisen was born and raised in Clearwater, FL and has been in the medical field since 2007 specializing in spine care patients. He takes pride in providing exceptional patient care and enjoys being with them on their path to recovery. He is also a certified x-ray technician and graduated from Ultimate Medical Academy in 2007. His hobbies include playing golf and cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the USF Bulls.

Amanda Goods
PA-C

Amanda was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She received her Associates Degree in Applied Science with honors and Certificate of Surgical Technology in 1998. She worked as a surgical technologist in the operating room for 10 years before deciding to pursue a career as a physician assistant. Her drive to become a physician assistant was to be able to get to know her patients better, educate, and care for them before and after surgery. She completed her Bachelors in Biology from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2005. She received her Masters in Medical Science with Honors and Bachelors in Physician Assistant with Honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2007. She has worked as a physician assistant in orthopedics and spine since graduating. She joined Comprehensive Spine Institute in March 2016 and truly enjoys spending time with patients to educate them on their conditions. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA). In her free time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and son.

Amy O’Connor
PHYSICAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Amy has been with Comprehensive Spine Institute since January, 2016 where she coordinates our Physical Therapy Department. She is a Dunedin, Florida native and graduate of the University of South Florida. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in the physical therapy field, with an emphasis on spine conditions. She educates patients in appropriate therapeutic exercise, posture, body mechanics and ergonomics awareness to empower patients with self-management strategies. She also has an extensive background in wellness programs and is very successful in transitioning patients from the rehabilitative environment to independent home and gym programs.

Amy is passionate about “helping patients resume a healthy, active lifestyle”.

Amanda Boutwell
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST

Amanda has been with us since January 2016 and is our Radiologic Technologist and Radiation Safety Officer. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she moved here in 2007 to start her medical career at Moffitt Cancer Center and attend college. Amanda graduated from Keiser University in 2012 with a degree in Radiologic Technology. Amanda takes pride in insuring that patients and staff are informed and safe during surgery and procedures and is committed to patient care and satisfaction. When she is not at work, Amanda enjoys bike riding with her boyfriend, cooking, and cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cristin Younker, RN
DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Graduated from University of South Florida in 1988 and continued on to get her nursing degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1990. Cristin started her nursing career in critical care and transitioned to ambulatory surgery centers where she worked in pre-op and recovery, caring for patients in different stages of the surgical experience. In 1999 Cristin attended the Operating room training program at Tamp General Hospital and then spent 10 years there as an OR circulating nurse. After taking a small break from nursing to start her family Cristin returned to nursing in the ambulatory setting where her experience and passion lie. She joined Comprehensive Surgery Center in March 2016 as Director of Nursing.

Brandy Carey
RN

Brandy was born and raised in the Midwest, she has been in the medical and dental field for 21 years. She has a degree in Nursing with Honors from St Petersburg College as well as a degree in Science with Honors from Mott College. She brings 10 years of experience in a variety of roles as a Registered Nurse. These roles range from training fellow nurses, patient teaching, pharmacological research, working one on one with patients as well as doctors and other staff to provide top of the line patient care. Her focus has been in ambulatory surgery specifically spine and orthopedics since 2007. Brandy was an intricate part of the opening team for an office based and an ambulatory surgery center in Scottsdale Arizona. She is passionate about her patients, colleagues as well as being a Nurse and mother.

Cibele Altemar
DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Cibele Altemar, Physical Therapist is a graduate from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil and has specialized in orthopedic, sports and spine physical therapy. Cibele has been practicing since 1991, the last 15 years in the Tampa Bay area, with extensive knowledge in spine related conditions. She has received specialized training in various manual therapy techniques, which allow her to develop individualized treatment approaches utilizing many different philosophies and is continuing to enhance her hands-on therapy by taking various continuing education classes.

Cibele aims to help patients achieve their optimal Spine Health with a special focus on postural awareness and patient education.

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Will Rhame
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Mr. Rhame (called Coach Will) is a prolific writer, a neurofeedback technician, professional tennis instructor and founder of various national companies. To date, he is co-founder with Dr. Ragab of Weight-Loss of Clearwater. Together they tested the Ideal Protein protocol and Coach Will lost 50 Lbs. while Dr. Ragab lost 30 Lbs. It was an easy decision to add Ideal Protein to Dr. Ragab’s practice. He combines his sports background and neurofeedback knowledge to help people of all ages make life style changes in order to successfully lose weight without losing muscle mass. His sister (Dr. Sam Rhame) also works with Ideal Protein in San Francisco. Mental, physical, and communication health is the driving force behind Coach Will.

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Danielle Searage, NP
NURSE PRACTITIONER

Danielle is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner who joined our practice in May of 2017. She is originally from Moosup, CT and moved to Florida in 2007 to pursue an education in nursing. She began her healthcare career working as a Patient Care Tech while enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of South Florida. She graduated with her nursing degree in 2010 and worked as a pediatric nurse for 5 years in one of Tampa bay’s local hospitals as a member of their Float Team and Emergency Department. Through her work as a Registered Nurse she realized that she not only wanted to evaluate the patients she cared for but she wanted the ability to also treat and manage their overall health. She enrolled at the University of Tampa in their Family Nurse Practitioner program and graduated with honors in 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Nursing. She is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Florida Nurse Practitioner organization. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, having fun on life’s adventures with her husband, and spoiling her fur baby rotten.

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Katherine Fisher
SURGICAL CO-ORDINATOR / MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Katherine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated in 2003 from Concorde Career Institute in North Hollywood, CA with certification in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy. She has spent the last 14 years of practice in Internal Medicine and Spine Care Management. Katherine took over the surgery coordinating position and does an excellent job in assisting patients with their surgical preparation and planning.

Kat’s attention to detail and excellent organization has assisted our physicians, patients and supporting hospitals to provide the best experience possible for our patients.
Katherine takes great pride in the level of care & compassion she provides to every patient she meets and her true passion is the hands-on approach with patients. “Providing respect to our patients is a major priority to me.”

At home Katherine is a loving mother to her daughter and in her my time off, she enjoys traveling/going on cruises, exploring new beaches and spending time with loving family and friends.

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Mike Sylvester
MATERIALS MANAGER/LEAD TECH.

Mike is a native of Florida who decided to follow his childhood dream and join the medical field in 2000. In 2005 while working in local hospitals and surgery centers as an Auto-trans fusionist he was recruited to join a startup spine surgery center in Tampa. During a 10 years career he was promoted to Lead Surgical Technician and Materials Manager. He assisted in opening 5 new surgery centers for the company. In 2015 he had the pleasure of joining Comprehensive Surgery Center as Lead Surgical Technician and Materials Manager. Mike enjoys being a part of the surgical team, meeting patients, and hearing how their lives have changed for the better after coming to CSI /CSC.

In his free time he enjoys making memories with his family and going to the beach.

Linda Cooley
ASC Manager
Serena Tamayo
LEGAL BENEFITS COORDINATOR

I have worked in spine care for a little over 11 years now and prior to this, I worked for an attorney’s office. I was introduced to spine surgery at outpatient facilities and could see that the patient experience was better and the patient recovery was much quicker. I saw more and more patients getting their lives back and I knew I wanted to be a part of something bigger. I fell in love with the spine care industry the more I worked with different departments within the surgery centers and was able to understand the value of minimally invasive spine surgery and knew that this was my niche. 11 years later, I feel fulfilled knowing that I am helping contribute to the recovery and care of our patients and our healthcare community. I really enjoy people and working for a company that promotes patient and staff welfare first- I like to bring a positive, happy environment to work.

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Evelyn Jagoda
LEAD RECEPTIONIST

Evelyn joined CSI in 2016 and has brought her excellent people skills, great attitude and outstanding patient care to our front desk position. She manages the phone, scheduling, referrals and overall patient flow with an intention to create the best possible patient experience. She has had extensive experience as a medical receptionist specifically in spine practices over the past ten years.

Evelyn was born in Portsmouth, VA and raised in the Philippines. She attended high school and college in a Catholic school and is married with two sons Jeremy and Joshua and a sweet cocoa Labrador that keeps them all busy.

“Just believe in yourself, just let it be and everything will be alright!”

Barbara Aquino
RECEPTIONIST

Barbara is our Front Desk Receptionist and manages telephone calls, checking in and out and all the smooth management of patient flow at CSI. She was born and raised in New York, and moved to Florida in 1998, where she has gained experience and caring in the Medical Field for the past 10 years. Barbara loves her family, children and animals and believes in making every moment good for all.

“I look forward to meeting you on your visit with us. Life Is Short, enjoy Every day!”

Cynthia Golden
BILLING SPECIALIST

Cynthia was born and raised in Clearwater, Fl. and is a graduate of Clearwater High School and St. Petersburg College where she obtained her A.A. Degree with honors. Cynthia is still currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration. She recently joined Comprehensive Spine Institute, bringing with her many years of billing experience including working in the billing office of fourteen orthopedic surgeons for six years. Cynthia is dedicated to making sure that all billing concerns for the patients as well as the doctors are handled in a timely and proficient manner.

She is also dedicated to her husband, two children and three grandchildren.

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Holly Vogt
BILLING MANAGER

Holly was born in New York and raised in Florida. She graduated from Tampa College in 1990 with a certification in Medical Assisting and has been in the medical field ever since. She went on to join the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and became a Certified Professional Coder. She is specialty trained and certified in Orthopedics, Cardiology, and OBGYN. She is also credentialed through American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). Holly has managed billing departments for large and small practices for the past 20 years. Outside of work Holly is dedicated to her children.

Deb Brinkworth
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

I grew up in Dunedin and stayed close to the area. I retired from the school system at an early age and opened up a travel company in Tampa. When I sold it, I was given the opportunity to work in the medical field. So, for the past 11 years I have been involved with a Spine care facility on the administrative side of the business. I was instrumental in starting up two departments which helped the overall experience of the patient. I enjoy speaking with the patients and listening to their concerns. Seeing the outcome of our patients being satisfied, and seeing them enjoy life every day is very positive and satisfying to me. I treat our patients like they are part of my family. And here, at Comprehensive Spine Institute we are all one family.

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