John M. Small, M.D.

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“Although spinal issues are common, few require surgery, which is why we offer a comprehensive approach to spinal conditions.”

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Ann Gowski, ARNP
Lori Golden Luna, PA-C

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Dr. Small is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. He has been with Florida Orthopaedic Institute since 1996. Dr. Small completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Small also received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska. After completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he completed a spine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Small has had comprehensive spine training involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His special interest is in sports-related injuries.

Dr. Small has completed and maintains ongoing research projects and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Small's practice is approximately 40% cervical spine, 55% lumbar spine, and 5% thoracic spine. He is currently using cage technology for lumbar fusions. He is well versed in endoscopic, microscopic, as well as traditional spine surgery techniques. Dr. Small is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


  • Pharmacy Degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Medical Degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Spine

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I requested to get an appointment through Dr. Small's scheuler, Kelli Bunton as soon as possible due to an issue that had arose and was getting progressively worse on daily and worrying me tremendously. Kelli went above and beyond in helping me to get in to be seen by Dr. Small on Wednesday, July 3rd. She had advised me that the second week in July Dr. Small would not be in clinic. She offered to get me in to be seen on the same day I contacted her if I could get to the Telecom office in the late afternoon. She said she would have Dr. Small see me as an add on patient at the end of the day. The end of the day on July 3rd! I know this was not a convenient situation for all those who work in Dr. Small's clinic on the last long day before the July 4th holiday off. However every single person Anita, Lashanda, Kelli and of course Dr. Small were so kind and accomodating. I can't thank them all enough for seeing me and answering all my questions and relieving a huge amount of fears. I am so very thankful for all their efforts and caring enough to take the time to see me. I am truly appreciative and forever grateful. Thank you to all !

Lisa N.

The care I received at FOI by Dr. Small and Lori Luna has always been first rate.  Their first priority is treating you as a person. They are very compassionate and treat ME, not just my condition.   I have been seeing them for almost 10 years and will never trust  anyone like I trust them. Could not give a higher recommendation than I do them.  Without them, I would not be able to live my life that I am able to now. I am forever grateful!

Laurie Pacholke

I have been a patient of Lori Luna and Dr. John Small for approximately 7 years. Aside from back issues I am an otherwise healthy individual. I underwent my first back procedure (a laminectomy/discectomy in 2008.) My second surgery, a lumbar spinal fusion, was performed in mid 2013. Lori Luna has been my primary health provider at Florida Orthopeodic and I will never be able to thank her and Dr. Small enough for helping to return my quality of life. At 41 I was facing the inability to ambulate more than a few blocks at a time, becoming rapidly depressed and struggling to accomplish daily tasks. Lori and her team guided me through the surgical process and jumped through hoops to obtain authorization from my insurance carrier for the fusion surgery. 10 months after surgery I am walking up to two miles in a session. I am able to walk my dog again and I walk every weekend with my girlfriends. I could have never done this without you Lori and team.
Forever grateful!

Susan Casper

I cannot express all the gratitude that I have for Dr. Small, Lori Luna and Lashanda Cole. This is a remarkable team and they have been absolutely phenomenal and such a blessing in my life. They are responsive, caring and they worked together as a team to get me back on my feet. I am forever grateful for these folks!

Adam Walls