Our Doctors

Florida Center for Orthopaedics (FCO) was formed in 1999 by some of the most respected physicians and surgeons in central Florida.

At Florida Center for Orthopaedics, we have a tradition of open communication in caring for our patients. We want you to tell us everything you can, ask all your questions, and have complete confidence in your care.

Our board certified physicians work hand-in-hand with patients on diagnosis, treatment, physical therapy, and recovery. In short, we’ll be partners with you in a program of completely individualized care – whatever your injury or medical need.

Richard C. Smith – MD, FACS

Dr. Smith new standing photo for bioRichard C. Smith, MD, FACS, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine care and minimally invasive spine and joint surgery.

Dr. Smith graduated from Hahnemann University Medical School, and completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Smith is a member of the North American Spine Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and The Association for Medical Ethics.


A. Denise Carter – MD

carterA. Denise Carter, MD, is a board-certified physician who specializes in non-surgical sports medicine and the treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Dr. Carter received her medical degree from Louisiana State University. She served her residency at St. Vincent’s Family Practice in Jacksonville, Florida and her fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute. She also achieved the Sports Medicine Certificate of Added Qualification.

Dr. Carter is affiliated with Health Central Hospital.


Jay N. Wright – MD

wrightJay N. Wright, MD, is a board-certified physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, electrodiagnostics, and spinal care.

Dr. Wright received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, and served his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and International Spine Injection Society.

Dr. Wright is affiliated with Health Central Hospital.


Mary Cameron PA-C, MMS

MaryMary is a board certified physician assistant and has been a part of our practice for nine years. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho and received a master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. She sees patients in the office and assists both Dr. Smith in surgery and hospital care.