Tyler Vail, MMS, PA-C
Director of Regenerative Medicine
Tyler’s passion to start QC Kinetix stems from his ambition to keep as many people out of the operating room as possible, by delivering the best, cutting-edge medical treatments available for non surgical pain management. Tyler brings with him years of orthopedic regenerative medicine expertise and surgery experience. Tyler moved from the Greater Miami area where he worked alongside some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country and gained valuable experience in regenerative cell therapy. He has been instrumental in pioneering new regenerative medicine solutions, and is truly one of the leaders in the field. Our clinic is honored to have him as our Director of Regenerative Medicine.
Tyler is an avid golfer, racquetball player, runner, and triathlete. He has competed in 100-mile ultra-marathons and completed Ironman Texas in 2011. Prior to his orthopedic surgery experience, he was a run coach and biomechanical gait analyzer. His passion for healthy living is what drives him to keep people out of the operating room and keep them doing the things they love.
Growing up in the Carolinas, Tyler is excited to provide cutting-edge, regenerative cell therapy to the place he calls home. These treatments are no longer reserved for professional athletes in the biggest markets. QC Kinetix is excited to offer you the latest regenerative cell therapy treatments available in the United States.
Dr. Richard S. Schaffer, JR. M.D.
Board Certified Since 1998
Dr. Schaffer is very excited to be a part of the QC Kinetix clinic. His interest in sports medicine began back during his residency in the late 1990s when he served as a volunteer high school football team physician. Throughout his career he has been fortunate to see many advancements in non surgical pain management for sports medicine and for treating degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. Unlike conventional steroid injections, these advanced natural cell therapies have shown great promise in helping to relieve joint pain and improve overall function related to both musculoskeletal injuries and degeneration.
Dr. Schaffer completed his residency in Family Medicine at The Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia in 1998. During his last year in residency, he served as the Chief Resident of Education and was awarded the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1995.
Having spent over 20 years in Virginia and the Carolinas since finishing his residency, Dr. Schaffer has very strong ties to the area. He thoroughly enjoys hiking, zip lining, and many other outdoor activities. He is very proud to be working with such a high quality, experienced clinician like Tyler and he looks forward to bringing advanced regenerative cell therapy injections to the Carolinas and beyond.
Lauren Lewis, MSN, FNP-C
Originally from Kinston, NC, Lauren fell in love with the Charleston area and active lifestyle enjoyed by many on the beautiful coast of South Carolina. With a background in exercise physiology and nursing, she completed her Master of Science in nursing and now practices as a certified nurse practitioner.
Lauren’s passion for exercise and regenerative medicine as preventative treatments began as a personal trainer and evolved through her career on medical surgical and post-operative hospital units. She experienced first-hand the debilitating effects chronic pain, steroid use, and narcotics can have on patients’ overall health and wellbeing. Lauren is honored to work alongside medical professionals whose strive to deliver the latest evidence-based practice and ground breaking treatments geared towards regenerating the quality of life desired by her patients. She is proud to be part of an organization like QC Kinetix that goes above and beyond to make sure their patients are well-educated and satisfied with their care.
Casey Sietsema, MMS, PA-C
Casey began his medical training in 2006 at Fort Sam Houston, TX as an Army Combat Medic and began his career as a Physician Assistant in 2013 after graduating with Honors from Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During this time, Casey has practiced in emergency medicine, orthopedics, and pain management, giving him a broad perspective on how patients are managed and cared for, and giving him a passionate desire to approach the treatment of pain in a better way.
Casey joined QC Kinetix after seeing the amazing results they have provided their patients over the past several years. Not only was he impressed when talking with current patients but also, more importantly, he experienced these results for himself. It is with great privilege that he is leading the way in bringing QC Kinetix and our unique approach to regenerative medicine to Texas.
As an avid weight lifter and lover of all forms of competition, Casey knows the importance of being able to not only do the things in life that make you happy, but to also do them to the best of your ability and without pain. He has seen firsthand how not all surgeries are successful, and can lead to further complications and debilitation. With this in mind, his goal is to provide the best non-surgical, orthobiologic medicine available to the great people of Texas.
Clara Caughel, MMS, PA-C
Clara is a board certified Physician Assistant. After graduating with highest honors from Nova Southeastern University, Clara completed a residency specialty in emergency medicine at Florida Hospital. It was her time in the Emergency Department where she witnessed the over-use of narcotic pain medication, steroids, and other temporary quick fixes when she decided to explore alternative methods to help people achieve their goals of living a pain free life. Clara is passionate about providing a healthier, minimally invasive, and safer way towards treating a patient’s pain. She wants to educate her patients that throwing quick fixes and toxic medications at chronic symptoms is not an effective long-term solution. Her goal is to help her patients restore their daily function and overall quality of life. Being the wife of a former professional baseball player, Clara has seen first hand how regenerative medicine can keep people out of the operating room and "on the field" doing what they love every day. It is her mission to do the same for her patients at QC Kinetix.
After witnessing QC Kinetix’s impressive cutting-edge regenerative medicine therapy, she decided to join the team. She is extremely proud of the high standards of the QC Kinetix Code of Ethics with regard to patient education, treatment eligibility, and quality of care.
Born and raised in Florida, Clara, her husband Lindsey, and baby daughter Kennedy recently moved to Asheville where they are all enjoying the cooler weather, mountain views, and relaxed lifestyle.
Leah Hopkins FNP-C
Leah is a Family Nurse Practitioner who obtained her Master's degree in Nursing following an 8 year career as a registered nurse with the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Auburn University and her Master's degree in Nursing from Walden University while working full time. Leah utilizes her nursing skills and values to listen and understand her patient’s needs. She believes that each patient encounter is unique and there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to medical treatments.
Through her career as a nurse Leah has recognized there is a need for alternatives to surgery, pain medication, and steroids for musculoskeletal conditions. She feels the focus of patient's care should be on achieving long term goals rather than short term relief. She believes regenerative medicine provides the opportunity to improve quality of life in a safer, more effective way than most traditional treatments. Her goal is to improve her patient's quality of life in the most efficient way possible.
Lindsey Hess, MMS, PA-C
Lindsey is a recent Michigan transplant who fell in love with the Southeast during her time at South College in Knoxville, TN. After completing her Masters and becoming a board-certified Physician Assistant, Lindsey wanted to stay in the South where she could enjoy a much more forgiving climate than her home state has to offer. While she’ll never lose any love for her Michigan Wolverines, she has certainly grown accustomed to all the great and beautiful things the South has to offer. Lindsey is now calling Greenville, SC home and when she’s not treating patients, you can almost always catch her with her dogs Nellie and Olive, either at the park, on the water, or in the mountains.
Lindsey was first exposed to regenerative medicine during her Orthopedic Surgery rotation during her training. She saw the impact these innovative therapies had on improving both pain control and over all disease progression. Having observed the overuse of steroids and pain medication on her rotations in school, she decided that she would focus on providing effective, long-term pain management without medications to help patients achieve their desired quality of life. She is excited to continue to learn and provide patient-centered care in this revolutionary field alongside the experienced and passionate medical professionals at QC Kinetix.