Originally from California, Matt Chapman has been working in orthopedics since graduating from high school. He began his career in orthopedics while a student attending Fresno State University’s (FSU) National Athletic Trainers Association accredited athletic training program. At FSU, Matt was the head student athletic trainer for the university’s Division I wrestling team and Basketball teams. After his time at Fresno State he worked as a physical therapy technician in inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation.
At the age of 21 and still a student, Matt was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma and began a serious battle for his life. He was one of the first patients to enter an experimental treatment regimen using a tumor vaccine. During this time, he reevaluated his life and began to dream about taking a more active role in helping patients. As a result, he pursued the goal of becoming a physician assistant.
In 1996, in remission from his cancer, Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While at UT Southwestern, Matt was President of the John Paul North Physician Assistant Student Society. Upon graduation he continued his career in orthopedics working in sports medicine and total joint replacement, later focusing on treatment of the spine.
Matt has focused on treating patients with spinal disorders since 1997 and has worked with the Center for Spine Care for over ten years. He has been a site coordinator for various FDA trials, including disk replacement and minimally invasive techniques having a strong back ground in research. He has also participated in the care of professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL and the PRCA
Mr. Chapman is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and holds the title of Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C). In addition, Matt is licensed by the Texas State Board of Physicians Assistant Examiners and is recognized as a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. . Matt has lectured on disorders of the spine and general orthopedics at The University of Texas Southwestern Physician Assistant program; He has also been a featured speaker at the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants annual meeting and various other venues.
Matt, his wife Karen and two children live in Plano. Karen is a published fiction author with Little Brown Publishing New York, NY. (www.karenharringtonbooks.com). In his spare time, Matt enjoys time with his family, fishing, and vintage off-road desert racing in the NORRA series.
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.