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Physician Assistants

Scott M. Tuinstra, PA-C

Brain and Spine Center, Cerebral Vascular, Stroke, Neurofibromatosis, Spinal fusion, EMG, Brain injury, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Fractures, SpondylolisthesisScott Tuinstra, PA-C has been a neurosurgical physician assistant since 2000. He has worked closely with Dr. David Lowry since 2002 and is intimately involved in pre, intra and postoperative patient care.

“I enjoy the many technical challenges found in neurosurgery. Every patient presents with a unique problem that deserves our utmost attention. I especially enjoy seeing patients with debilitating ailments who are able to “get back to living” after a successful operation. I find this tremendously gratifying.”

Scott graduated from Hope College in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. He then completed his graduate Physician Assistant training in Pennsylvania, where he received a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University. He has also earned an MBA from Grand Valley State University and regularly collaborates with other professionals in the community on several medical innovation projects.

Jefferson D. Alferink, PA-C

Brain and Spine Center, Cerebral Vascular, Stroke, Neurofibromatosis, Spinal fusion, EMG, Brain injury, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Fractures, SpondylolisthesisJefferson D. Alferink joined the Brain + Spine Center in April 2009. He is a Certified Physician’s Assistant.

Jeff received his degree at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1999. Before joining the Brain + Spine Center, Jeff was and Army Medic for the United States Army, and also worked at Indian Health Services and MeritCare Hospital in North Dakota. He is involved with the American Academy of Physicians Assistants.

He enjoys providing quality care and educating patients to maximize their surgical outcome and non-surgical outcomes. Why did Jeff become a Physician’s assistant? He states, “To provide high quality, cost effective health care.”

Amanda Aikens, RN, BSN

Amanda Aikens is the Clinical Director at the Brain + Spine Center.
Prior to coming to the Brain + Spine Center she worked in Intra-operative Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing at Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan. She received her BSN from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and her Associates Degree in Nursing from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI.