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St. Mary's Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Team

The orthopaedic team at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has the expertise and experience to care for a comprehensive range of bone and joint conditions. Our multi-disciplinary team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians, industry leading therapists and certified nurses work together for your most successful care and recovery.

Meet Our Leadership Team
Meet Our Orthopaedic Surgeons
Meet Our Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
Meet Our Physiatry Team
Meet Our Therapists
Meet Our Athletic Trainers
Meet Our Medical Assistants & RNs
Meet Our Administrative Team
Meet the NEFAS Team


Leadership Team

Paul J. Ranucci, Ph.D.

Having first worked as a clinician, Paul has assumed increasing levels of responsibility throughout his career and has devoted the last 15 to health care leadership and administrative roles.

Paul received his B.S. in rehabilitation counseling with a minor in psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington,  his M.S. degree in rehabilitation counseling from Springfield College, he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Union University and a Certification in business management from the School of Business, University of Southern Maine.

Paul may be reached  at (207) 333-4733 or email

Michael T. Newman, MD
Medical Director

Doctor Newman is Fellowship trained in total hip and knee reconstruction. His experience and skills as an orthopaedic surgeon include 16 years of active duty Navy service. His last 5 years he served as Chief of Joint Replacement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Newman’s specialties include:

Total Joint Replacement
General Orthopaedic Surgery
Sports Medicine

His medical degree was earned at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Newman completed his Orthopaedic Surgical Residency at the National Naval Medical Center, operated by the United States Navy in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Newman is board certified.

Kasey A. Pelletier, R.N., O.N.C.
Practice Manager

Kasey Pelletier, RN received her Associates degree in nursing though the University of Maine. 
She has over 12 years of hospital and office nursing experience, both in Medical/Surgical and Orthopaedics.
Kasey is passionate about making sure all  care is patient/ family centered and of the highest quality. 

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Wayne Moody, MD
Consulting Physician



Mohamed Al-Saied, MBBCH, CCFP, FRCS(C), ABOS-I
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Al-Saied is Fellowship trained in both total knee and hip replacement, and foot and ankle surgery. He also performs general orthopaedic surgeries and performs knee replacement surgery using the advanced Exactech GPS Guided Surgery System.

Dr. Al-Saied’s specialties include:

Total Joint Replacement
General Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot and Ankle Surgery

His medical degree was earned at Al-Fatah University, Tripoli, Libya. (The MBBCH is equivalent to an MD.) His general internship was performed at Al-Fatah University Hospital, Tripoli, Libya. Dr. Al-Saied’s Orthopaedic Residency took place at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also completed specialized Clinical Fellowships for foot and ankle surgery, as well as hip and knee arthroplasty at Toronto Western Hospital which is connected to the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Al-Saied completed a second Clinical Fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and has passed his American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Jeffrey Davila, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Chief of Surgery St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

Dr. Davila is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is the former Director of the White House Orthopaedic Clinic, Chairman of the Joint Surgical Optimization Council, and an Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant for the National Capitol Region.

Dr. Davila's specialties include:

Hip Arthroscopy
Shoulder Replacement
Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction

Dr. Davila is Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, and performed his Fellowship at the hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. He earned is medical degree from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. He holds an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Specialty Certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He was formally assigned to the professional sports teams of NY Knicks and NY Red Bulls.

Joseph Strauss, DO
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Strauss offers experience and expertise in sports medicine and complex fracture orthopaedic care.  He has served as Team Physician for the Bowie Baysox, Baltimore Orioles AA baseball team and recently moved to maine to join the team here at St. Mary's Center for Orthopaedics.

Dr. Strauss' specialties include:

Cartilage Repair
Elbow Arthroscopy
Hamstring Repair
Hip Arthroscopy
Knee Arthroscopy
Meniscus Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Complex Fracture Repair

Dr. Strauss is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Traumatology with Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD with fellowship training at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland in Baltimore.  He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania. Dr. Strauss is currently a Captain in the US Navy Reserves and former Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the last four years, Dr. Strauss was in private practice with Anne Arundel Orthopaedic Surgeons in Annapolis MD.

Dr. Lars Qvick, Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Mary's Regional Medical CenterLars Qvick, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Lars Qvick is experienced in hand and wrist surgery, including trauma and occupational injuries; surgery of the upper extremities (elbow and shoulder); and general orthopaedic trauma/fracture care.

Dr Qvick's specialties include:

Hand and Wrist Surgery
Elbow & Shoulder Surgery
Occupational Injuries
Orthopaedic Trauma Fracture Repair

Dr. Qvick is Fellowship trained in both hand and upper extremity surgery from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Qvick performed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York.  He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Daniel Buck, DPM
Podiatrist - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Dr. Daniel Buck brings a valuable specialty in podiatry to the St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Team. As a member of the Orthopaedics team, he not only treats patients with a wide range of foot challenges, he also works closely with Dr. Mohamed Al Saied on complex foot and ankle problems that may require surgery.

Dr. Buck's specialties include:

Soft tissue and bony surgeries of the foot and ankle
Bunion and hammertoe surgery
Plantar fasciitis and related conditions
Foot and ankle reconstruction and revision
Podiatric sports medicine
Diabetic and non-diabetic foot care

His medical degree was earned at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California. Dr. Buck completed his Residency requirements at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He is a Fellow of The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.  Along with his medical degree, Dr. Buck has also earned a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law located in Portland, Maine.

He enjoys most types of outdoor endurance sports and has been part of many international mountain climbing expeditions.  He is married to Dr. Marsha O’Rourke.

Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Walter Haines, PA-C St. Mary's Center for Orthopaedics

Walter Haines, PA-C

Walter Haines, PA-C, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Maine in Orono, and obtained his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in Portland, ME.  Walter’s clinical experiences include: Neurosurgery and Orthpaedic Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine and Primary Care.

He is certified with the State of Maine Physician Assistant and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Brittany Smith, PA-C, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, MaineBrittany Smith, PA-C

Brittany is passionate about patient care. She followed this passion and obtained a Master of Science Physician Assistant degree from the University of New England in Portland, Maine.  Brittany now assists in surgery, and cares for patients both in the hospital and office settings. She encourages patients to live more active and healthy lifestyles through her enthusiastic approach. Her knowledge base draws on clinical experiences acquired from medical centers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Brittany is an active member of the Maine Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Allie Baysol, PA-C, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston MaineAllie Baysol, PA-C

Allie’s passion for helping others inspires her work as an orthopedic physician assistant. She spent two years as an orthopedic physician assistant at Cooley Dickinson Medical Group/Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Hatfield, MA. Allie completed her Master of Science in physician Assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Worcester.  She has also worked as a softball instructor/strength and conditioning coach, and a hockey off-ice training coach. These additional experiences have offered valuable insights to providing even more compassionate care to her patients, whether they are engaging in competitive sports lifestyles or just enjoying casual walks.  

Allie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is certified in Basic Life Support.

Nicole Merrill, NP

Alicia Mello, PA

Earned her Master of Science Physician Assistant from University of New England, Portland, ME.  She provides specialized care for pediatric to geriatric patients, and is certified in ACLS and BLS.   Alicia is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Maine Association of Physician Assistants.

Athletic Trainers

David Enos, Athletic Trainer, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, MaineDavid Enos
Athletic Trainer

David Enos received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine and has experience with a multitude of athletes ranging in skill levels from the NBA D-League to youth recreation programs. David provides preventative health care to patients in St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics and is the Head Athletic Trainer for Leavitt Area High School. David is passionate about wellness including strength and conditioning, functional movement patterns, and injury management.

Whitney Porter
Athletic Trainer

Whitney Porter received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of New England and has worked with a wide variety of the athletic population from recreational sports all the way to the NBA D-League. She provides preventative health care for patients in the
orthopaedic office as well as athletic training services to Saint Dominic Academy. She is passionate about educating the active population about keeping their bodies fit and functional.

Medical Assistants & RNs

Tanette Fitzpatrick, Medical Assistant 

April Casella, Medical Assistant & Assistant Cast Technician


Mary Ann Cormier, R.N. Patient Educator / Clinical Coordinator

Audrey Hahn, Registered Nurse


Michelle Wheeler, RN

Barbara Fleury, Medical Assistant

Cheryl Farris, Medical Assistant

CoCo Lee, Medical Assistant

Jessica Kilton, Medical Assistant


Ashley Troiano, Medical Assistant

Kristi Welch, Medical Assistant


Administrative Team

Tessa Crist, Administrative Secretary


Danielle Ramsey,  Administrative Secretary

Jody Baine,  Administrative Secretary

Kaitlyn Casella,  Administrative Secretary

Kasaundra Levesque,  Administrative Secretary

Susan Turcotte,  Administrative Secretary

Laurie Belanger,  Administrative Secretary Coordinator

Nicole Bradbury, Reconciler

Mary Robishaw,  Surgical Scheduling

Sue Wright, Surgical Scheduling