Board of Directors

Co-Founders

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Thomas W. Keilty
Director

Tj is a licensed attorney in Maryland, with a practice focused on complex litigation.  He has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Exercise Science and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Tj maintains active involvement in a number of nonprofit organizations including Living Classrooms Foundation, Scleroderma Foundation, Brigance Brigade, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Tj prioritizes his commitment to the community and hopes to bring this same commitment and value to 33 Spine Align in Africa.

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Ryan Normandeau
President & Founder

Ryan is the owner and founder of Empire Medical, LLC, located in Albany, New York. Empire Medical is a medical equipment supplier. Ryan manages all aspects of the business from negotiating area distribution rights with manufacturers, to overseeing the financials of the business and hiring and directing a sales team and engaging in client development and maintenance. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Marine Science from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a member of the 2005, ’07, ’08 Salisbury Division Three National Championship Lacrosse team.

At Large Board Members

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Patrick Bonanno
At Large Board Member

Patrick is a Senior Vice President at Advisors Asset Management. Patrick partners with private wealth advisors in New York City and Long Island, providing capital markets advice and investment solutions in an effort to help their clients reach their goals. Patrick received his undergraduate degree in finance from Salisbury University, where he was a member of the 2008 Division Three National Championship Lacrosse team. In May 2018, Patrick received his MBA from Villanova University.

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C. Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD
At Large Board Member

Rory is a board eligible attending neurosurgeon at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Rory attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in 2010 while also earning his PhD in Neuroscience. He continued his educational pursuits at Johns Hopkins, following with his internship in Neurological Surgery and completing his fellowship(s) at both Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School focusing on Complex Spine Intramural and Postdoctoral Spine Oncology and Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program, respectively.

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Joyanne Lipinski
Chief of Staff

Joy is the President of 1st Avenue Consulting. Joy has vast experience in project management, strategic planning and alignment, and executing organizational strategies. Joy shapes our internal leadership in order to ensure board members are informed and inspired to connect our activities with our mission.

Isaac Karikari
Isaac O. Karikari, MD
At Large Board Member

I am a neurosurgeon with a special interest in treating scoliosis and all other spine conditions, which includes spinal stenosis, herniated disc, spondylosis, and spondylolisthesis. I also perform surgery on spine tumors and provide general neurosurgery. My passion for medicine was cultivated out of my experiences as a kid growing up in West Africa where access to health care was lacking. I have been blessed with great mentors in neurosurgery (Allan H. Friedman, MD) and orthopaedic spine surgery (Lawrence Lenke, MD, and Keith Bridwell, MD) who have equipped me with phenomenal surgical and clinical skills. More importantly, I take great pride in being able to provide compassionate care to all of my patients. Since every patient is unique in their own special way, I design each treatment to meet that patient’s needs to ensure excellent outcomes. I take great joy in being a surgeon as it allows me to give back and help people during their most difficult times.

contributors

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Julie Yetso
Treasurer

Julie is a licensed physician assistant currently employed by the University of Maryland Medical Center.  She has a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University.  Julie has spent over a decade specializing in orthopedic and spinal care.

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Robin Yang

Robin is a dual trained Plastic Surgeon and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. After attending dental school at Columbia University in New York City he completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma.  He received his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training at Johns Hopkins University than completed a pediatric plastic/ craniofacial fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.