The Shim Spine Team

Dr. John Shim - Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. John Shim - Orthopedic SurgeonDr. Shim is an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, in practice in the Tampa Bay area since 1993. Dr. Shim's specialty interests include outpatient neck and back surgery, as well as non-operative solutions to neck and back problems. Treatment options include injection therapies. As Past Chief of Surgery at the Mease Hospitals, and the Director of the Mease Dunedin Neuro-Ortho Spine Center, he has the experience, and knowledge to direct your spine care needs.

The website Shim Spine has a purpose of educating our patients about the spine, the causes of spine pain, and potential surgical and non-surgical solutions. Our office is located in Westchase, a suburb of Tampa Bay, Florida.The site has information about the surgical procedures offered by the practice. But, it also has information on non-surgical options such as exercise, and injections. WE DO NOT accept any advertisements for medical products!

Through Shim Spine, we desire to provide the most up to date, and balanced information on Spine problems. We want to share information about your spine problems, not just promote trends or fads. Please explore our Blog's for information for patients, with categories including Neck Problems, Back Problems, and Scientific research.

For patients in need of care, please take time to seek proper medical advice, as although the web provides excellent information, there is no substitute for a professional opinion by your trusted physician. The Shim Spine website is not a substitute for a proper evaluation.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, or if you are visiting, we would be honored to evaluate your particular spine or orthopaedic related condition. Please call our office to make an appointment. If you have had prior surgeries, or evaluations, we may ask you to forward the records so we can determine whether you would be an appropriate candidate for evaluation.

This site is entirely funded by John H. Shim, MD. There are no commercial advertisements of products, and any mention of medical products is not an endorsement.

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Jason Mazza - Director of Spine Care

Jason Mazza - Director of Spine CareOriginally from New York and then off to Emory University and University of Alabama. Jason has been with Dr. Shim for 21 years. He facilitates patient care, does pre and post-op teaching, assists in surgery, and is the "go to guy" in the practice for pretty much everything. He is a published author for spine magazines and is a fan of college football (Roll Tide Roll), Krav Maga, and discovering new craft beers. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Cathie Nicholson - Spine Care Coordinator

Cathie Nicholson - Spine Care CoordinatorCathie comes from Nova Scotia and has been nursing in Florida for 22 years. She has worked in Spine Surgery for over 15 years, in and out of the operating room. She presently sees patients, assists in surgery and does pre and post op teaching. She is also "social director" of the practice, writes blogs for and loves to read and kayak in her spare time.

Catie Kordenbrock - Patient Account Representative

Catie Kordenbock - Patient Account RepresentativeCatie also hails from Michigan and has been in Florida for 12 years. She is the first and last person you see and talk to at ShimSpine. She answers phones, makes appointments, follows up with patients, and keep us all entertained with stories of her 3 children. She is a roller skater, a "Cheer-mom", and a wife. She has no free time.

Kristin Beggs - Medical Legal Coordinator

Kristin Beggs - Medical Legal CoordinatorKristin has been in Florida since she was 3 years old and has worked in medicine for the last 24 years. The last 16 years has been with this surgical group. She presently coordinates patient appointments, manages Dr. Shim's schedule, and keeps us all in line. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and a multitude of pets.

Shelley Ward - Chief Financial Officer

Shelley Ward - Chief Financial OfficerOriginally from Lansing, Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University, Shelley has been in Florida for 6 years. She is responsible for financial planning and record keeping as well as financial reporting to higher management. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), running, biking, reading and knitting.


The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain. is completely self-funded. No outside funds are accepted or used. This website does not utilize paid advertising as a source of revenue.

Last modified: May 24, 2017

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