Our Team

Leaders in Patient Education, Research, & Advocacy

The National Spine Heath Foundation’s leadership is committed to improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy and improving lives through knowledge and hope. The staff, Board of Directors, and Centers of Excellence are dedicated to the vision and purpose of the Foundation.

Staff

Rita Roy, MS, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Beth Fredericks
Programs Manager
Lindsay Orosz, MS, PA-C
Senior Manager, Clinical Studies
Ericka Andersen
Director, Digital Communications
Margaret Carvin
Director, Policy & Advocacy

Board of Directors

 Brian D. Nault
Chairman
Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS
President
 Kevin M. Burke
Secretary
 William H. Evers, Jr., PhD
Treasurer
Raymond F. Puglsey
National Race Liaison
Sheldon Buytenhuys
Member of the Board
Dr. Christopher Good
Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS
Member of the Board
 Rina Shah
Member of the Board
 Gordon M. Taylor, CPA, CIA, CGMA
Member of the Board

Rita Roy, MS, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rita Roy is a physician and entrepreneur in the use of emerging technology for healthcare communication and education. She is the CEO of the National Spine Health Foundation, where she brings her expertise to help drive the mission of improving spinal healthcare through patient education, research, and patient advocacy. Dr. Roy co-founded Astute Technologies which focused on e-learning solutions and virtual conference support for medical and healthcare associations and institutions, which was acquired by Echo360. Prior to that, Dr. Roy co-founded Medical Consumer Media, which was acquired by HealthAnswers, Inc. During her career, Dr. Roy has used her technology expertise to bring disruptive thinking to transform ideas into successful internet-based business models, building complex web applications. She has advised and developed e-learning web applications using database driven marketing strategies for nonprofits, associations, and universities.

Beth Fredericks

Programs Manager

Beth supports the mission of the Foundation through her support of clinical, communication, and administrative projects. Communicating and coordinating with team members, sponsors, and Board members, she ensures cohesiveness and support of the Foundation’s initiates and strategic objectives, including research, education, patient advocacy, and community.

Lindsay Orosz, MS, PA-C

Senior Manager, Clinical Studies

Mrs. Orosz provides research assistance in spinal research-related protocols, including the recruiting, screening, and enrolling of patients, accuracy of documentation, and preparation of documents for IRBs. Lindsay is also supporting the coordination of studies through SpineOnline®, a national web-based research platform, as on-boarding new sites and providing online support to providers and patients.

Lindsay is also a Physician Assistant at one of our Centers of Excellence, Virginia Spine Institute. Outside of Spine Health and VSI, Lindsay stays busy with her husband and three boys. In her free time she helps at their elementary school and she is quickly learning the ropes in her new role as soccer mom!

Ericka Andersen

Director, Digital Communications

Ericka Andersen is a digital consultant and marketer. She has worked for the Heritage Foundation, National Review Magazine, and multiple Congressional offices running digital and social media strategy. She is the author of the Thomas Nelson published book, “Leaving Cloud 9” and is currently the Director of Digital Communications for the National Spine Health Foundation. Ericka is a mom to two young children; she and her husband and family live in Indianapolis.

Margaret Carvin

Director, Policy & Advocacy

Margaret came to Washington DC after law school to work for Congressional members from her native state of Colorado. After Capitol Hill, she went to the Department of Justice and met her husband Michael at DOJ. After government service, Margaret worked with healthcare organizations in government affairs for many years and served as the Assistant Director in the Congressional Affairs office for the American Medical Association (AMA). She is currently assisting healthcare and other nonprofits on policy and advocacy issues. She is a member of the California Bar Association, Washington, D.C. Bar Association and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

She lives in Cleveland Park in DC with her husband and two children. She enjoys golf, fitness classes, walking their dog Chester and the many cultural opportunities the DC area provides.

 Brian D. Nault

Chairman

Mr. Nault is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of AOC Applied Technologies Corporation (ATCorp) and BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc. He is a proven executive with experience in the fields of financial services, technology, and Federal Government contracting. With his passion for our “Nation’s future,” Mr. Nault and his companies support several important charities, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, and the Redskins Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS

President

Dr. Schuler founded Virginia Spine Institute in 1992 to advance the development of contemporary neurological and orthopaedic spinal surgery. Over the past 25 years he has grown this award-winning medical practice into the largest multidisciplinary spinal practice in the region. As the Founder and CEO of Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Schuler continues to pioneer the latest breakthrough in treatment to overcome back or neck pain. He has expanded his practice to include regenerative therapy, stem cell therapy, robotic spine surgery, ultrasonic spine surgery, and enhanced motion-preserving surgical techniques that benefit patients across the globe. He has previously been the spine consultant to the Washington Redskins and frequently treats professional and amateur athletes. He has revolutionized spinal health care across the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the nation. Dr. Schuler is also the Physician Assistant Fellowship Program Director at the Virginia Spine Institute. Dr. Schuler is a distinguished fellow in both the American College of Spine Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, and the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization.

In addition to performing the first hybrid multi-level cervical artificial disc replacement with spinal fusion in the country, he has first-hand experience of this procedure from the patient perspective. After suffering from severe neck pain, disc herniations, and nerve compression, Dr. Schuler underwent a hybrid procedure to treat four levels of his spine and is fully recovered and back to his life, pain free. His experience as a patient, having undergone both neck and low back surgery, affords him the unique ability to better understand his patients’ emotional and physical needs and the recovery process. –Virginia Spine Institute | Reston, VA

 

 

 Kevin M. Burke

Secretary

Mr. Burke is the President and CEO of Centuria. Since founding the company in 2002, Mr. Burke has guided Centuria through five consecutive years on the Inc. 500 index of America’s fastest growing companies and four consecutive years on the Washington Technology Fast 50. Prior to founding Centuria, he founded Synapse Incorporated, which grew to over 40 employees in less than twenty-four months. Before building these companies, he served as a technical resource for MCI, a GS employee within the Department of Health & Human Services, and a United States Marine. Mr. Burke has been featured in Inc. Magazine and is an executive committee member of the Washington Baltimore Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization.

 

 

 William H. Evers, Jr., PhD

Treasurer

Dr. Evers is President and CEO of Systems, Technology & Science, LLC, which he founded in 1998. He is responsible for both setting the strategic direction of the firm and insuring its day-to-day execution. Dr. Evers currently serves as a member of the independent Scientific & Engineering Review Group (iSERG) of the Missile Defense Agency. He previously served as a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Tactical Battlefield Communications, Vice Chair of the Army Science Board, member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Army Science & Technology, and was a consultant to the Defense Science Board 1993 Summer Study on Global Surveillance. Dr. Evers also served as the Chairman of the Laser Device Panel of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering’s High Energy Laser Review Group (HELRG).

Raymond F. Puglsey

National Race Liaison

Mr. Pugsley earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins. He is co-owner of Potomac River Running, Inc., a running/ walking specialty store with eight locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Pugsley raced competitively at Dartmouth College and as a cross country lover, he’s been going strong for 30 years — he was the US Junior National Cross Country Champion in 1988 and finished second in the US Masters Cross Country race in 2009 and 2013. He takes advantage of his extensive experience with both training and injuries by coaching adults through the PR Running Club, which was created in 2001. As a life-long athlete, Mr. Pugsley strives to help people in the local community stay active and healthy through his stores, coaching, and event support.vMr. Pugsley knows the importance of spinal health all too well; he underwent a laminectomy (1996) and a spinal fusion (2003) and, after recovery, was once again able to enjoy the athletic life that he loved, most recently winning the RRCA Master’s 10-mile championship at the 2010 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler!

Sheldon Buytenhuys

Member of the Board

Sheldon supports the mission of the Foundation by serving as the 2019 We’ve Got Your Back Gala Co-Chair with his wife, Allison.

Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS

Member of the Board

Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics and navigation in spine surgery, established as a world expert in the field. Most recently, he performed the first and the most advanced robotic spine surgery using Mazor X Stealth Edition technology. Through extensive research, his surgical techniques are proven to decrease complications and improve patient safety and recovery time. The wide-reaching impact of his innovation has transformed the lives of patients suffering from complex neck or back conditions. His passion to become a spine surgeon began at an early age when his father suffered a traumatic spinal injury. Heralded for his compassionate approach, Dr. Good personally connects with patients, working together to create a tailored treatment plan that will achieve their goals for recovery. As the President of Virginia Spine Institute, Dr. Good has also pioneered the use of regenerative stem cell therapy for lumbar disc disease, helping many patients with low back pain to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery; he has performed the most intradiscal injections of stem cells in the region. He is currently studying the outcomes of his patients and uses these outcome studies to improve access to these revolutionary treatments for more people who suffer from back pain.

Through his leadership and vast experience, Dr. Good is reshaping the future of spine surgery and his research has helped develop surgical techniques that are proven to improve patient safety, decrease radiation during surgery, and reduce recovery time. Dr. Good is the principal investigator of an FDA trial investigating a revolutionary new cervical disc replacement surgery and participates in multiple scientific advisory boards working to improve patient safety and spinal balance; he routinely presents his findings, both nationally and internationally.

 Rina Shah

Member of the Board

A strategic consultant, millennial entrepreneur, and media commentator based in Washington, DC, Ms. Shah has been nationally-recognized as an astute businesswoman with a strong streak of political activism. Her expertise is in building winning strategies for political and issue advocacy campaigns at every level as well as in offering strategic guidance to a wide-range of domestic and international corporations, including start-up ventures, which seek to navigate the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government.

 

 

 

 Gordon M. Taylor, CPA, CIA, CGMA

Member of the Board

Mr. Taylor has been the COO and CFO of the Virginia Spine Institute since 2010. Previously he served as COO and/or CFO, or other senior executive roles at numerous organizations including Maple Life Financial, BenefitNation, Congressional Quarterly Inc., and NCQA. He has a proven track record of success, earning his MBA from Averett University, BS in Economics and BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University. Among various certifications that Mr. Taylor holds, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).