Thomas Lawhorne III, MD

Orthopedic Spine

Terrance "Terry" Webb - Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Medical School
Undergrad: Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Medical School: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
Rush University (Chicago, IL)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Terrance "Terry" Webb

Nurse Practitioner (NP-C)
Terrance “Terry” Webb is a nurse practitioner for Thomas Lawhorne, MD for Orthopedic Spine and Sports Medicine for David Palmer, MD. He received his Associate of Science in Nursing from Middle Georgia College in Cochran, GA, followed by his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. Webb earned his Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University. He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Orthopedic Spine

Thomas Lawhorne III, MD

Thomas Lawhorne III, MD is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon with Optim Orthopedics who provides consultation and treatment for patients with all spine disorders, including cervical spine and minimally invasive procedures.

When Dr. Thomas Lawhorne says he fell into orthopedic surgery, he’s being quite literal.

While attending Emory University Medical school with a notion of going into cardiac surgery, he tore his ACL. “I had a complicated recovery and surgery, so I got to know a lot of the orthopedic residents and learned about the medicine behind it,” he said. “That triggered my interest in orthopedics.”

That initial interest blossomed into a dedication to spinal surgery, nurtured by Dr. Lawhorne’s passion for doing the most good. “With the spine, it satisfied the urge to do things that made a very big impact on someone’s life. When you give someone back the use of their neck or their back, you make a huge impact,” he said. “There’s a significant impact that a spine surgery can make on someone life. I was drawn to that.”

The intervening years have seen him focus his expertise more narrowly on minimally invasive spinal procedures, making him uniquely suited to help patients achieve the best results with the smallest impact. And, helping patients help themselves. Building a partnership between patient and physician is paramount to the work Dr. Lawhorne does.

“You may not do the same procedure for someone who’s 75 years old and retired vs. someone who is 35 and works a manual job. Those patients have different objectives, and you really have to talk to them. and get the patient involved in the decision making process,” he said. “I want to help my patients be as knowledgeable as anyone on their problem. I try to give my patients the whole picture and then let them guide the treatment pathway. They’re the boss.”


  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc – Cervical
  • Herniated Disc – Lumbar
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis – Cervical
  • Spondylosis

Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Surgical Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
  • Disc Replacement, Cervical
  • ELIF: Interlaminar Lumbar Instrumented Fusion
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Pedicle Screw Fixation
  • Laminectomy (Cervical) with Fusion
  • Micro Microdiscectomy Surgery
  • Minimally-Invasive Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

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