Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive neurosurgical care in a compassionate and professional environment.
We pledge to our patients that we will place their needs first and foremost as we help them to confront potentially complex and even life threatening neurosurgical disease processes. We are committed to maintaining our own continuing education as well as offering state of the art neurosurgical techniques. We will work along side our medical colleagues, always advocating for our patients, hoping to improve the quality of their lives.
We also acknowledge the need to provide a reliable, safe and congenial workplace for our employees and ourselves. This principle incorporates the fundamentals of professionalism, growth and respect for good medical and business practices.
By carrying out this mission, we hope to fulfill the broad aim of The American Board of Neurological Surgery:
"To encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the science of neurological surgery, and thereby to serve the cause of public health."
Compassion: We treat our patients and their families with understanding, sympathy and concern for their well-being. And we take action to help them resolve their healthcare challenges.
Respect: We treat our patients and their families with dignity and courtesy—and with due regard to their wishes and beliefs. We also approach our professional colleagues and other co-workers with similar respect and regard.
Equity: We achieve healthcare equity with the recognition of the inherent worth of all individuals and the systems barriers many of our patients may face.
Humility: We recognize that, although our training and experience has prepared us for the challenges of neurosurgery, our successes are not singular and that learning is a life-long endeavor.
Teamwork: We fulfill our underlying mission by building a team of dedicated workers who each have an essential role in the delivery of our patients’ neurosurgical care.
Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center provides comprehensive neurosurgical and spinal care for northeastern South Carolina. We strive to deliver comprehensive yet compassionate care-- utilizing state of the art technology, advanced diagnostics, and minimally invasive techniques, while embracing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Dr. Andrew Rhea graduated from the University of Texas in 1978 and earned his medical doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a general surgery internship at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas and completed his Neurosurgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. His special interests include Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Brain Tumor Surgery.
Dr. Rhea is past Chief of Staff at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Dr Rhea is Board Certified in Neurosurgery. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has been practicing Neurosurgery in Florence, S.C. for over 25 years.
Dr. Rhea has been active in the Florence community and is a past chair of the Florence Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. William Naso graduated from Davidson College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1990.
He completed a General Surgery internship and Neurosurgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he was Chief Resident in Neurosurgery1995-1996. He has been practicing Neurosurgery in Florence, South Carolina for over 20 years. His special interests include Brain Tumor Surgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Spinal Surgery.
Dr. Naso is a past President of the South Carolina Association of Neurological Surgeons (SCANS). He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine and has been active in medical student education. He serves as the Medical Director of Neurosurgical Services at McLeod Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and is Board Certified in Neurosurgery.
Dr. Naso is married to Dr. Nicolette Naso, a Cardiologist in Florence. They have three children. He is active in the Florence-Darlington community and has served on multiple local and statewide boards.
Dr. Tripp Hines was born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee. He graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in 2009 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He spent one year in practice as a chemical engineer near Aiken, South Carolina before starting medical school. He graduated from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine in 2015.
He completed his Neurosurgery residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in June 2022. During his residency, he completed an enfolded Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) fellowship with Dr. Craig van Horne and has a strong passion for DBS, Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, movement disorders, and epilepsy. He also has interests in brain tumor surgery, pituitary/transsphenoidal surgery, trigeminal neuralgia, and spinal surgery. He is very excited to be joining the Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center in August 2022.
Professional memberships include the Southern Neurosurgical Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Associations of Neurological Surgeons. He is currently Board Eligible through the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Hines is married to Dr. Abby Hines, an ambulatory care pharmacist. They have two children and two dogs. In his spare time, Dr. Hines enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Barbara Sarb is the Medical Coordinator for the Interventional Pain Management Department at Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Physiology, from Michigan State University in 1987. She received her medical doctorate from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991 and completed her transitional internship and residency at the Botsford General Hospital in Michigan. She is Board Certified in Neurology and Psychiatry with special emphasis in Interventional Pain Management.
Dr. Sarb joined the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center in 2015. She has special interests in neuromodulation therapy for chronic pain, radiorequency ablation for mechanical low back pain, and BOTOX for chronic migrainous headache disorder.
Dr. Chadley Runyan graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 1999.
He completed a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan in 2002. In 2003 he completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Marshall University. He was an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine and served as Assistant Team Physician for Marshall University Department of Athletics 2003-2006. From 2007-2012 he practiced in Great Falls Montana where he served as Team Physician for the University of Great Falls as well as Team Physician for the Pioneer Team of the Chicago White Sox. He has been practicing Primary Care Sports Medicine in Florence, South Carolina since 2012.
Dr. Runyan is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. His special interests include management of sports concussion, non-operative spine disorders, and the treatment and rehabilitation of the “Spine Athlete.”
Dr. Runyan is Board Certified in Family Medicine with an Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC). He is active in medical education and has been involved in Resident education through the McLeod Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Runyan is married to Mrs. Mandy Runyan and has two children.
Dr. Meenakshi Pande received her medical doctorate in 1990 from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India and completed an Endocrinology Fellowship at Mumbai University Mumbai, India in 1997. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in June 2002 and her Endocrinology Fellowship at Cook County Hospital/Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in 2004.
Dr. Pande has been practicing Endocrinology in Florence, South Carolina since 2004. She is a member of the Endocrine Society. Her special interests include diabetes management, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, and neuroendocrinology. She is Board Certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Pande is married to Dr. Amit Pande, a Cardiologist in Florence. They have 2 children.
Wade Rowell is a Nurse Practitioner who partners closely with Dr. Andrew Rhea. He first attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2004. Wade then pursued his career in nursing, working in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center. He has worked primarily in neurosurgical settings, and began working with Dr. Rhea in 2009. While working full time at Florence Neurosurgery and Spine, Wade completed his Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. Wade is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. He is involved in the entire continuum of care of Dr. Rhea’s patients and you will see him in the office, the operating room and the hospital.
Catherine Soriano received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She served as a Clinical Research Associate at UNC Hospitals from 2008-2013, within the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Masters in Physician Assistant Sciences, and is board certified. Catherine also recieved a fellowship in Interprofessional Studies through MUSC. She joined Florence Neurosurgery and Spine in 2015. She enjoys traveling internationally and is also an avid Equestrian.
Liz Moore-Price received her Bachelors of Exercise Science with an emphasis in motor development from the University of South Carolina in 2004. She received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Science emphasis in physical therapy in 2007. She is a licensed physical therapist and is certified in dry needling. Liz has been the Director of Physical Therapy Services at the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center since 2017.
Tulsi Patel is a board-certified Physical Therapist who joined the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center in June 2020. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an emphasis in health promotion, education, and behavior. She is a certified AFAA (NASM) Personal Fitness Trainer. In August 2017, Tulsi graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.
Since 2017, Tulsi has gained experience working in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings.
Professional memberships include the American Physical Therapy Association, through which she is a credentialed clinical instructor.
Nerrisa Vahle graduated Summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2011. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Graceland University in 2016 where she graduated Magna cum laude.
Since 2012 Mrs. Vahle has gained experience working in the medical/surgical intensive care unit and also focused on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients in the primary care setting. She is Board Certified as a Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and licensed as a Advanced Practice Registered Nurse through the South Carolina Board of Nursing. Mrs. Vahle joined Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center in March 2020. She lives in Florence with her husband and their 2 children.
Tona Tedder is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who joined the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center in 2021. She graduated from University of South Carolina in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
She completed the Master of Science in Nursing program from the University of South Carolina in 2000.
Kathy Saunders is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who joined the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center in 2021. She graduated from University of South Carolina in Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1987, Masters in Nursing in 1993 and Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2008.
We provide neurosurgery, spine, interventional pain management, and physical therapy services at the Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center. Our facility is equipped with the latest diagnostic and imaging technology, including: