Spine surgeon Dr. Dereck Peery and physician assistant Aaron Spells have joined Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Ardmore.
Both Peery and Spells are Ardmore natives.
Peery said his goal is to continue to grow his practice and add to Mercy’s presence in Ardmore. He said he shares Mercy’s philosophy toward patient care and, as someone who grew up in Ardmore, understands the community’s needs.
Peery decided to become a surgeon in high school, and developed an interest in orthopedic surgery after shadowing physicians.
He said he loves to impact patients’ lives.
“Taking a patient to surgery and having him or her wake up a changed individual is a feeling words can’t describe,” Peery said. “I want every patient to know without a doubt that I care about their well-being. I hope they see and feel the passion that I have for my profession.”
Peery graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond with a degree in biology. He obtained his medical degree from the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and a fellowship in spine surgery at New Albany Surgical Hospital, also in Columbus.
Peery enjoys spending time with his wife and three children at his farm south of Ardmore.
Spells completed undergraduate studies and the physician assistant program at the University of Oklahoma.
For Spells, medicine offers the opportunity to combine two loves.
“Medicine is my passion because it allows me to combine a philanthropic approach to life and the analytical thinking of science into a career,” he said. “Through medicine, I can assist people with their issues while broadening my knowledge and experiences.”
Spells enjoys outdoor activities and serving on the boards of the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma and the National Wild Turkey Federation.