Meet Our Staff

Dr. Joseph Spott

As an Indiana native, I am pleased to care for patients in Northwest Indiana. My goals are to present the highest level of orthopedic care, free the patient from painful symptoms, and provide comprehensive, long-term relief. In order to reach those goals, I utilize a variety of techniques from non-surgical therapeutic alternatives to complex spine instrumentation, disk replacements, and decompressions as appropriate for each patient,”

I am committed to working with each patient to achieve satisfactory management of the condition. Whenever possible, I use minimally invasive surgical techniques such as micro-discectomy, foraminotomy, and vertebroplasty.

My general orthopedic techniques for fracture repair, minimally invasive joint replacements, and state of the art skeletal fixation are used to decrease the amount of convalescence and speed the recovery to fit societies demands for a speedy return to a normal lifestyle.

Board-certified in orthopedic spine surgery, I earned my degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa. After receiving my degree in 1993, I completed a rotating clinical internship and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University at Oakland General Hospital in Madison Heights.

Post-residency, I turned my attention to a year-long fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at PSC in Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group in Indianapolis. Prior to starting my own practice, Superior Orthopedics, I was a partner of the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuro-research (CINN) and was a founding member of the CINN Institute for Spine Care. I am currently a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American

Medical Association, Indiana Osteopathic Association, Indiana State Medical Society, and Lake County Medical Society.

Ariel Brazzale MSN, RN, CSFA - Nurse/Operating Room Assistant


My background stems from the operating room where I have been working with Dr. Spott for over 14 years. As a Certified Surgical First Assistant, orthopedics and spine surgery are my specialties. Dr. Spott and I work together in the operating room to deliver exceptional care and ensure optimal patient results. I can answer any and all questions you have about surgery. I understand that this can be a scary time for patients, so it is important to me that each and every patient feels as comfortable as possible.

Stepping into the nursing role, I am dedicated to see all patients in the office setting where I will take my time asking questions, listening, and gathering the necessary information on the patient’s symptoms. It is important to me that all of your questions are answered.

In my free time, I like to hang out with my 3 kids, travel, play with my 2 cats Obi and Oreo, and read a good book!

Angelica Garcia - Medical Assistant

I am just one of the smiling faces you will see as you are greeted at Superior Orthopedics. My job includes listening to the patient's main concerns and documenting them appropriately for Dr. Spott. I will be your liaison for any testing, clearances, or concerns you have relating to your care at Superior Orthopedics.


Danielle Hansen- Medical Coding and Billing Specialist