At Crosstown Back, we take our team as seriously as we do your health. We have assembled a staff of doctors, therapists, and other professionals with diverse and experienced backgrounds to ensure that you are taken care of as we would want to be cared for ourselves. We look forward to meeting you in person, but until then you can learn more about us below.

Our Team

Dr. Matthew D. Kangas

Dr. Matthew D. Kangas is joining Crosstown from the state of Michigan, where he grew up in the suburbs outside of Detroit. Dr. Kangas earned his bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics at the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating summa cum laude.  While pursuing his undergraduate degrees, Dr. Kangas served as treasurer of Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering honor society) and president of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society). Upon graduation, he worked as an environmental durability project engineer before pursuing medical school.  In 2007, he began medical school at Michigan State University, where his spark for pain medicine was born.  He continued his medical training in 2011 at the University of Michigan, where he completed a residency in anesthesiology.  He remained at the University of Michigan to complete an Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship in 2016.  

Dr. Kangas trained at an institution that emphasizes multimodal pain management.  He was educated under the direction of anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, radiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction medicine specialists, and social workers.  He is an ardent believer that the optimal treatment of pain extends beyond just medications and injections.  The most effective treatment includes therapies which target both body and mind.  In this way, pain improvement is linked with optimization of functionality and improved quality of life.  For these reasons, he is enthusiastic to lead Crosstown Back within the Crosstown Concourse, as this state-of-the-art building will offer patients many of these modalities under one roof.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Kangas enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and his beautiful daughter, Athena. He is an avid fisherman, golfer, bowler, and biker.

Click here to see Dr. Kangas’ curriculum vitae.

Dr. Kangas is affiliated with the following professional associations and organizations:

Dr. Sam Schroerlucke

Dr. Schroerlucke attained his bachelors degree from Furman University.  He played professional tennis for two years before starting medical school at the Medical College of Georgia.  He stayed in Augusta to complete his orthopedic residency.  He then traveled to California to complete a spine surgery fellowship at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders where he was exposed to a wide variety of complex pediatric and adult spinal conditions.

He is actively engaged in many different clinical and basic science research projects with the ultimate goal of better patient outcomes in the future.  He has presented and published numerous research projects on robotic navigation, early onset scoliosis, adult spinal deformities, and minimally invasive spinal techniques.  Current research involves complex spinal reconstruction, robotic guidance in minimally invasive spine surgeries, importance of pre and post-op spino-pelvic alignment, and alternative non-operative management strategies.

Dr. Schroerlucke loves spending time with his wife and four children, especially when they are surfing, water skiing or playing tennis together.

Click here to see Dr. Schroerlucke’s curriculum vitae.

Dr. Schroerlucke is an active member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Michelle M. Adams, PA-C

Jennifer James, DC

Karen Berry - Office Manager
Cory Heinkel, PT, DPT

Cory Heinkel attended Drury College in Springfield, MO and graduated in 1998 with a B.A.in Chemistry and Biology. He later acquired a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 2004. He has received advanced training in several areas including myofascial pain and functional dry needling. Cory joined the staff of Rehab etc. in May of 2004 and worked for Tabor Orthopedics for two years before transferring to East Memphis Orthopedics to start a new physical therapy department at the East Memphis location. Overall, Cory has worked with a full spectrum of orthopedic patients for 13 years.

Cory has been married for 13 years and has three children to hustle around. He enjoys playing tennis, working on his hobby farm and attempting home repair projects..

Lawanda Barnes - Diagnostic Radiology and Fluoroscopy Technician
Paula Brown - Procedure Nurse
Ashley Patterson, Front Desk and Call Center
Nicole Savage, Front Desk and Call Center