Dr. Robert Masson


Spine surgeon Dr. Robert L. Masson, M.D., is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in complex spinal disorders and sports spine medicine. As the founder of the Masson Spine Institute, he serves as Director of the Orlando Health Central Hospital JCAHO accredited Spine Center of Excellence, where patients and surgeons travel from all over the world for advanced micro-surgical spine surgery strategies, solutions, techniques and training.

Dr. Masson, himself a spinal reconstruction patient and lifelong adventurer, is a passionate advocate for prevention, wellness, fitness and ultimately extreme recovery in the face of spinal injury.  He is committed to using the a comprehensive multi-modality approach to help his patients achieve return to spine health following their spinal treatment.  His goal is to relentlessly strive for optimization strategies to improve patient outcome and functionality, even in the face of previously disabling spinal conditions.

Dr. Masson has performed over 13,000 microsurgical spine procedures in his career and several thousand microsurgical minimally invasive lumbar spinal reconstructions and revisions. He is amongst the most experienced artificial cervical spine surgeons in North America having over 2000 patients treated with cervical arthroplasty.  His practice is dedicated to complex spinal disorders and 100% of his practice uses microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Masson received his medical degree with honors from the University of Florida. He stayed in Gainesville for Neurological Surgery Residency, finishing in 1995 with special training in Microneurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He credits his training and inspiration in Microsurgery to Dr. Albert Rhoton, the ‘father’ of modern microneurosurgery.

After starting his practice in 1995, he began applying brain microsurgery techniques to spinal surgery total commitment to less traumatic spine surgery solutions. The ultimate product was the creation of a unique symphony of surgical techniques the world of minimally invasive spine surgery had not yet seen. The advances he made enabled the creation of spinal implants, retractors, templates, delivery devices, techniques, and technology and ultimately, the iMAS surgical symphony which he invented.

Dr. Masson’s iMAS technique—which is short for ‘intervertebral microsurgical access surgery”—is used in lumbosacral spinal reconstruction and he has been responsible for the education, product development, and research for iMAS Technology products and techniques. He has served as one of several Chairmen, globally, of surgeon training and certification for in the use of the artificial disc, Prodisc.

He has trained several hundred surgeons in minimally invasive spine surgery, microsurgical low back and neck reconstruction and artificial cervical disc surgery and is credited with having the least invasive spine reconstruction technique in the world.

His practice is world renowned for its functionally restoring treatment goals in the face of spinal disorders.  Dr. Masson has treated  a variety of amateur, recreational, professional athletes, and Olympians representing players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA/LPGA tours, US Soccer, UFC, US Boxing, U.S. Ski team, US Cycling and Wakeboarding teams, and is an expert consultant at Spine Health as it relates to Sports and the fitness industry at large.

He has given keynote addresses for many spine industry meetings on the modern approach to spine health disorders, technology and innovation.  He serves as Medical Director for the Growing Bolder Media Organization having contributed to the Growing Bolder television show, magazine and is the partnered creator of Spine Health and MSI.

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Dr. Mitchell Supler


Dr. Mitchell Supler brings over 20 years of neurosurgical experience to the Masson Spine Institute. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, he completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Florida as well in 1996, training alongside Dr. Robert Masson. He has been board certified by of the American Board of Neurological Surgery since 1999.

Dr. Supler excels in the treatment of recreational and professional golfers with spinal disorders. An avid golfer himself, Dr. Supler holds certifications with the Titleist Performance Institute, bringing an expanded knowledge of the biomechanics of the golf swing and its effects on the spine. He is one of only two neurosurgeons in the country to carry this distinction. Dr. Supler can, also, be heard regularly on the Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio show “Inside the Ropes”.

Dr. Supler has unique specialization in artificial disc replacement of the cervical and lumbar spines These procedures allow preservation of mobility, produce less surrounding tissue damage, and result in a faster recovery to a more active lifestyle. He successfully performed a cervical disc replacement on Dr. Masson who, within 8 months, summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.

Dr. Supler is one of the nation’s leading surgeons specializes in the treatment of chronic pain through spinal cord stimulation. His expertise is in high demand having trained numerous physicians from the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Treatment for pain arising from the sacroileac joint is one of Dr. Supler’s greatest passions. Over 20% of back pain may be arising from this joint, and it is often overlooked. He is one of only a few surgeons in the country performing minimally invasive surgery for sacroileac joint dysfunction. He is currently involved in research to develop newer, more refined techniques as well.
Dr. Supler’s knowledge, training and experience make him an asset to the Masson Spine Institute. He is dedicated to using the latest, proven technology and applying it to each individual patient.

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Wayne Gardner


Wayne Gardner, PA-C, graduated with a BS degree in Medical Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated first in his class from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program of the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center in 1980, receiving the Margaret K. Kirklin Award for Academic Excellence. He has been employed in surgical sub-specialty practice since graduation and has maintained National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification throughout.

During his 25- plus year career, he has worked in private and university practices in Chicago and Orlando. He has served as a lecturer and preceptor for Physician Assistant students and has expertise in all aspects of Cardiothoracic surgery, tissue banking, and management of the ICU patient.

Currently, his interests include development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and he has formally taught these techniques to physician assistants and surgeons, alike. He is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tara Batz


Tara Batz, P.A.-C., earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of North Carolina, graduating magna cum laude. She then received a Master of Science in physician-assistant studies at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Batz has been a member of the neurosurgical community in Orlando since 2006, developing a growing understanding of the complexity of various neurosurgical conditions and treatment strategies. Her primary goal is to educate patients about their conditions so they can make appropriate management decisions with their Masson Spine Institute of Orlando team of health care professionals. She is accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and active with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants.

Charles Goodnough


Charles Goodnough, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who completed his undergraduate program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from South College with a Bachelor of Science in physician assistant studies. He is a former Mr. USA, professional athlete and fitness trainer who has worked with professional, college and amateur athletes. An expert in designing and customizing fitness and rehabilitative programs, Goodnough has spent the past 16 years evaluating, treating and improving the quality of life for spine patients at NeuroSpine Institute