Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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G. Ryan Aprill, PA-C, MSPAS

Ms. Aprill is originally from the Midwest. She worked as an Emergency Room Technician at the Bloomington Hospital in Indiana. After some time in advertising and then back at school, she moved to Charleston to join the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) as a Physician Assistant for Orthopaedic Spine Surgery.

Education and Background

Ms. Aprill earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Indiana University. Then she earned not one, but two Master’s degrees, the first in Human Genetics at Tulane University and the second in Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University.

Part of her education involved gaining clinical and orthopaedic surgery experience. She got her surgical experience at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center also in Milwaukee, and with the US Coast Guard. She completed her clinical rotations in and around Milwaukee.

Board Certification and Associations

Ms. Aprill is a South Carolina Licensed Physician Assistant. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In addition, she has completed training from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

She is an active member of the following professional societies:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

Well Traveled, Home in Charleston

While Ms. Aprill has taken the long road to Charleston, the professional team at SSI has made her feel welcome. She, in turn, has been impressed with SSI’s three-acre independent medical campus that includes two 22,000-square-foot buildings filled with state-of-the-art equipment, physical therapy facilities, a pain management department, two MRIs and South Carolina’s only accredited ambulatory surgery center (ASC) dedicated specifically to back and neck surgery.