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Our Practice

Established in 2001 by Dr. R. David Heekin in historic Riverside, Heekin Orthopedic Specialists has grown to include twleve top-notch orthopedic surgeons, a pain management specialist, and a physiatrist. We have five state-of the-art Jacksonville locations, four of which have on-site Physical Therapy departments.

Our offices are conveniently located near exceptional hospitals with which we are affiliated: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County.  Out-patient procedures are performed on-site at Center One Surgery Center, located near the Southside office.

As the practice grows and evolves to serve the needs of Northeast Florida and South Georgia, we will continue to ensure our patients enjoy the very best orthopedic facilities and expert care!

Highly Specialized Surgeons

We know that patients seek specialist physicians with extensive knowledge, training and experience in treating their specific conditions. All of the surgeons at Heekin Orthopedic Specialists have completed advanced fellowships in their respective sub-specialties. At Heekin Orthopedic Specialists, you are cared for by a team of world-class expert orthopedic surgeons.

Leaders In Sports Medicine

Heekin Orthopedic Specialists provides complete care for athletes and “weekend warriors” suffering from over-exertion or trauma-induced sports injuries. Many sports-related conditions can be treated conservatively. However, patients whose injuries do require surgery will be pleased to know that most sports medicine surgeries are completed arthroscopically, significantly reducing recovery time. Our Sports Medicine Team physicians, Dr. Kevin Murphy, Dr. Paul Shirley, Dr. Rahul Deshmukh, Dr. Aaron Bates and Dr. Stephan Esser are nationally renowned for their sports medicine expertise.

Joint Replacement

Whether severe or moderate arthritis is afflicting your hip, knee, shoulder or hand, joint replacement surgery can help alleviate pain and restore functional use of the joint. Total joint replacement surgery can give you joints that literally feel like new. Our highly skilled Joint Replacement surgeons, Dr. R. David Heekin, Dr. Gavan Duffy and Dr. Max Lincoln, are armed with state-of-the-art medical materials and enable many patients to experience joints that remain pain-free for decades.

The Hand

Our hands are our physical connection to our world. Arthritis-related thumb pain, finger pain and wrist pain can make simple actions like opening jars, turning keys, and grasping objects into agony. These conditions can often be treated without surgery. When surgery does become necessary, our expert Hand Surgery Specialists, Dr. Chris Goll and Dr. Brett Puckett, practice the latest techniques in hand care.

Foot and Ankle

Inside our feet is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, nerves, muscles and tendons, all of which must flex and function in precise harmony. When injury or disease occurs, expert care is needed to restore feet to their fullest potential. Dr. Kenneth Cintron and Dr. Jorge Acevedo is our Foot and Ankle specialist.


Robert K. Hurford Jr., MD, PhD, offers complete spine care, from minimally invasive to complex spinal reconstructive surgery. While he is committed to conservative treatment, if surgery is necessary, you can trust Dr. Hurford will utilize the most advanced spine surgery techniques available .Dr. Stephan Esser, working closely with Dr. Hurford, is a physiatrist specializing in the non-surgical treatment of and rehabilitation for the full spectrum of spine conditions.

On-Site Rehabilitation

We are proud to have four on-site physical therapy departments to provide our patients with quality care and convenience. Our therapists are all trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy and provide our patients with the latest in evidence-based interventions.

Large treatment areas, state-of-the-art equipment, and our hands-on approach make our clinic a comfortable environment for your orthopedic rehabilitative needs. We also offer occupational therapy by our certified hand therapist. Our therapists work very closely with all the surgeons and maintain the necessary communication to enhance patient outcomes.

Pain Management

Pain is an unpleasant sensation with physical and emotional components, usually associated with current or past tissue damage. Pain can be acute, such as that from an injury or a surgery, and is usually treated with pain medication, and tends to resolve as the injured body part heals. Highly problematic and bothersome pain, is known as chronic pain. This type of pain continues long after the injury heals, serves no useful purpose, and becomes a ‘disease’ in and of itself.

Our Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Timothy Sternberg, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified, multi-licensed pain management sub-specialist with over 20 years of advanced pain management experience. Dr. Sternberg is consistently at the forefront of care in pain management techniques.