ATHLETIC MEDICAL STAFF

 

SPARKS ORTHOPEDICS

   ATHLETIC PHYSICIAN 

Dierick R. Sparks, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery

“An orthopedic problem might not always be life-threatening, but it can certainly compromise a person’s quality of life.  That’s what our practice is all about – getting our patients out of pain and back into the game of life as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Dierick Sparks received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, and then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001.  He completed his internship at UAB and went on to specialize in orthopedic medicine and surgery completing an orthopedic residency in 2006. Dr. Sparks completed a fellowship in his subspecialty of sports medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham in 2007.

Recently, Dr. Sparks was awarded a Sports Medicine fellowship by The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.  Dr. Sparks is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and licensed to practice in Alabama.

 

 ATHLETIC PHYSICIAN 

Daniel R. Sparks, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery

“Our doctors have more than a half century of combined experience in orthopedic medicine.  This, coupled with our willingness to embrace the latest technological advancements in the field, allows us to provide our patients with the very best orthopedic care available enabling them to return fully and quickly to their active lifestyle.”

Dr. Daniel Sparks attended the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in Birmingham where he completed his internship and received his medical degree in 1999. He completed his residency at UAB in orthopedic surgery in 2004. He is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and licensed to practice in Alabama.

Dr. Sparks has special expertise in hip resurfacing as treatment for patients suffering with hip arthritis, hip dysplasia or avascular necrosis of the hip. He also specializes in MAKOplasty®, a new minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure used to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

  ATHLETIC PHYSICIAN 

Danny R. Sparks, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery

“It has been my great joy and privilege to care for thousands of patients in this area for more than 20 years.  I live here, go to church here, raised my family here.  and it’s always one of my greatest pleasures seeing one of my patients out in the community – pain-free and able to enjoy life again.”

Dr. Danny Sparks obtained his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1971. He attended the University of Tennessee in Memphis, receiving his medical degree in 1976. Dr. Sparks then completed his internship at USAF Regional Hospital at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi,Mississippi in 1978.

He fulfilled his orthopedic residency requirements at the University of Mississippi in 1986. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and licensed in Alabama.

  ATHLETIC PHYSICIAN

Dusty Smith, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Dusty Smith joined Sparks Orthopedics in 2018. He attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of South Alabama Hospitals, and completed a combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at the prestigious Leatherman Spine Institute in Louisville, Ky.

Before joining the staff of Sparks Orthopedics, Dr. Smith worked with Gadsden Orthopedics; Premier Surgical Institute and Stateline Surgery Center in Galena, Kan.; St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.; McCune Brooks Regional Hospital and McCune Brooks Regional Hospital in Carthage, Mo.; Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Kan; as well as other respected facilities in Kentucky and Alabama.

He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Louis D. Anderson Society as well as the Alabama state orthopedic association.

Dr. Smith is deeply involved in research involving expandable intervertebral cage systems and currently has several medical patents for uses in spine surgery. Dr. Smith has lectured extensively during the last 20 years on minimally invasive fusion techniques and other medical orthopedic subjects.

 

 

    ATHLETIC TRAINER – DAVID McCRELESS

ATC David McCreless serves as the Athletic Trainer for Gadsden City Athletics.  He graduated from The University of Alabama where he received a BS of Human Environmental Sciences in Athletic Training.  He has worked over two years with collegiate sports including softball, track & field, soccer, swimming, gymnastics and one year with the University of Alabama football team.  David did his internship with UAB Sports Medicine in 2002.  He has over twelve years of experience working as a certified athletic trainer.  During this time he has worked with high school athletics doing sports medicine coverage, evaluating injuries, and physical therapy rehab with the musculoskeletal system of the athletes.

  ATHLETIC TRAINER – TYLER COOPER

ATC Tyler Cooper serves as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Gadsden City Athletics.  Tyler was a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer for Mercer University.  In 2016 he received his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Leadership @ Mercer University
In 2014, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training/Trainer @ University of Alabama.  Before that, in 2009, he earned an Associate in Science in General Studies @ Snead State Community College.

     PHYSICAL THERAPIST – CORY FULLER

Cory Ryan Fuller is a Physical Therapy Specialist. He graduated with honors in 2013. Having more than 7 years of diverse experiences, especially in PHYSICAL THERAPY, Cory Ryan Fuller affiliates with no hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Drayer Physical Therapy-Alabama, LLC, and Sparks Physical Therapy Inc.