Michael Espiritu

Michael Espiritu

About Dr. Espiritu

Dr. Michael Espiritu is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon. He performs general orthopaedic surgery on the extremities, including total joint replacements and traumas. As one of the few spine fellowship-trained spine surgeons in the area, he provides both surgical and nonsurgical care for disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Michael Espiritu was born in the Philippines and grew up in southeast Texas before continuing his orthopaedic training in Pittsburgh, PA, and then further specializing in spinal surgery in Charlotte, NC.

He is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the South Dakota State Medical Association, and AO Spine. He has written and co-written several articles on spine surgery and other orthopaedic topics.

He believes that spine care should be individualized and will work with the patient and their primary care provider in order to create an individualized treatment program.


  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery
  • Fellow of the A.A.O.S.

Orthopaedic Physician Assistant

Jessica Prewitt-Emerson

Jessica Prewitt-Emerson

Background Information

Clinic Locations
Other Specialties
  • Fellowship: Orthocarolina Spine, Trained in Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Spine Surgery
  • Residency & Internship: University of Pittsburgh, UPMC
  • Medical Education: M.D., Baylor College of Medicine; B.A., Biochemistry & Political Science, Rice University

Patient Testimonials

“First off, I have never felt better and more alive. After 45 years of gradually worsening knee pain, I finally feel like I have my life back. I was shaky and unsure at first when Dr. Espiritu mentioned ‘knee replacement’, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was the right decision. I had my surgery at the Dunes Surgical Hospital and all pre and post appointments at CNOS and let me tell you- those facilities are like a country club! The staff was just wonderful and I have never felt more supported within a medical community. Dr. Espiritu was a life saver and he deserves so much credit for his care and service. His whole demeaner is very reserved and calm and confident, but that is what you need as you go into such a serious surgery. He made me feel comfortable and at ease and made me understand what I was going to be going through. Marty was also so amazing during my physical therapy- I couldn’t have begun recovery without him. Some of the best!

- Dr. Espiritu's Patient

Dr. Espiritu was very approachable and willing to discuss all options. He was genuinely interested in my feelings and if I understood what the issues at hand entailed. I like him. I feel comfortable talking with him.

- Anonymous