Our mission at the Bone and Joint Institute is to offer you the finest orthopaedic care available. We consider it a privilege to be trusted with your orthopaedic care. We will make every effort to treat you as a real person and to listen to your needs. We will try our best to treat you like we would like to be treated.
Dr. J. Lex Kenerly has had the honor and privilege of treating patients in his hometown and surrounding areas for more than two decades. A board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Kenerly specializes in many surgical and nonsurgical treatments of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. J. Matthew Valosen, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, has a broad practice to include total knee replacements, rotator cuff repairs, ACL reconstruction, fracture surgery, orthobiologics, and much more.
He joined the Bone and Joint Institute of South Georgia (BJISG) after beginning his career as a U.S. Army Orthopaedic Surgeon. He was previously the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgical Services at Winn Army Community Hospital, Ft. Stewart, GA. Dr. Valosen brings to BJISG a wealth of experience from his military background in treating sports related and traumatic injuries of musculoskeletal system.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Thomas P. Loumeau is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon internationally recognized for his innovative research presentations from Canada to Spain. Dr. Loumeau joined BJISG in 2017 bringing a vast knowledge of spine treatments that is a huge asset to our patients and community.
Dr. Cook is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with a concentration in Sports Medicine and shoulder procedures.
Dr. Cook, a Major in the US Army, began his medical career at Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia in 2014 where he was the Chief of the Orthopaedic Surgery clinic. During his nine-year active duty career in the Army, Dr. Cook has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal as well as numerous other military awards.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Monica Carrion-Jones is a dual-board-certified physician both in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine. We are very excited that she has joined the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia family. One of her main goals is to restore function to patients with impairment and disabilities of the musculoskeletal system.
Non-Surgical treatments provided by Dr. Carrion-Jones: Nerve Conduction Studies and EMG’s, Therapeutic Injections, Botox® Injection Therapy, Chronic Migraines, Spasticity, Stroke Injuries, Acute Back Pain and much more.
Our Physician Assistants
Certified Physician Assistant
For more than a decade, Physician Assistant Scott Rowell has been a tremendous asset to Dr. Kenerly’s Orthopaedic Practice. His warm bedside manner and personality have endeared Scott to the hundreds of patients with whom he has served at The Bone and Joint Institute.
Certified Physician Assistant
Kyle Deuter comes to the Bone and Joint Institute with nearly fifteen years of orthopaedic experience. “I chose orthopaedics because I’ve played and loved sports my entire life and enjoy the physical, hands-on nature of orthopaedics. I’m thrilled to be a part of Bone & Joint Institute’s team and look forward to providing patient-centered care to each patient that comes through our doors.”
Certified Physician Assistant
Heath brings over 5 years of experience as an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant. Upon his graduation in March of 2013, he began practicing in Douglas, GA. During his time in Douglas, he worked with a number of specialized teams including: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Total Joint Replacements, and Spine.
Our Physical Therapist
Graham Laidler, PT
Clinic Director – Physical Therapist
Graham Laidler, PT comes to the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia with over 30 years of experience in Physical Therapy. Originally from Scotland, Graham graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Scotland in 1987 with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy. He worked in England and Scotland as a physical therapist until 1993 when he moved to the United States. As a teenager, Graham’s mother underwent multiple orthopaedic surgeries exposing him to her Physical Therapy appointments. He knew then that Physical Therapy was his calling. He offers numerous treatments including manual therapy and dry needling, to therapeutic electrical stimulation and ultrasound therapy. “Above all, I believe in the Golden Rule… Treat others the way you would like to be treated, or the way you would want your family to be treated. And that is what we do here at BJISG.”
Joseph Hires, PT, DPT
Joseph Hires, PT, DPT graduated from Armstrong University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science degree. He then went on to the University of St. Augustine where he graduated in 2019 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Born and raised in Jesup, GA, Joseph knew he wanted to return home after school to give back to his community. “It’s a dream come true to work with the physicians at the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia; physicians I’ve known of my whole life,” Joseph said. Growing up, Joseph was involved in sports and knew he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. “Physical Therapy allows me to combine my love of sports and medicine to help patients with a variety of conditions. We work hand in hand with the physicians to provide these patients with the best possible care.”
Derek Tucker, LPTA
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Derek Tucker, LPTA comes to the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia from the Savannah/Richmond Hill area. Derek initially pursued a nursing degree at Armstrong University but following his interests, received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree at South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2019. “I’ve been in and out of Physical Therapy my whole life for a wide variety of injuries due mostly to my involvement in sports. Being in that environment piqued my interest and I knew it was my calling.” In his free time, Derek enjoys staying active and is involved in wrestling, power lifting, and participates in strongman events.