Colin M. Kingston, MD, FAAOS, CAQSM
Sports Medicine Specialist, General Orthopaedic Surgery and Joint Replacement
Dr. Kingston, originally from Long Island New York, has been with Tidewater Ortho since 2003. A proud former member of the United States Air Force, Dr. Kingston was a flight surgeon and orthopaedic surgeon during operation Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his years in the military, Dr. Kingston attended medical school at the Uniformed ServicesUniversity of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and residency at the Uniformed Services Health Consortium in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining the military, Dr. Kingston earned his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Albany. While in medical school and in the USAF, Dr. Kingston played rugby and was selected for Top Knife Surgeon Schools I and II.Dr. Kingston, his wife and two kids reside in Yorktown. In Dr. Kingston’s spare time, he enjoys involvement with his children’s extracurricular activities and interest in all sports particularly wrestling, golf, rugby, football, kayaking, and scuba diving. Dr. Kingston also continues to enjoy mentoring young high school and college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine.
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Robert M. Campolattaro, MD, FAAOS, CAQSH
Hand Specialist, Surgery of the Hand and Wrist
Dr. Campolattaro has been with Tidewater Ortho since September 2004. Dr. Campolattaro began his career attending the College of William & Mary for undergraduate school and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school. Afterward, Dr. Campolattaro completed his residency at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before completing his fellowship training in hand surgery at Wake Forest University.Dr. Campolattaro resides in Williamsburg and in his spare time he continues to develop his interest as a wine connoisseur.
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Michael E. Higgins, MD, FAAOS
Joint Replacement Specialist, General Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Higgins joined Tidewater Ortho in 2006 and is a fellowship trained Hip and Knee replacement specialist.  He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  He did his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Geneseo and went on to medical school at Upstate Medical University at Syracuse.  Dr. Higgins did his orthopaedic residency at the University of Buffalo and did an additional year of specialty training focused on complex hip and knee replacement at the Roanoke Orthopaedic Center.

Dr. Higgins lives in North Suffolk with his wife and two sons.  He is a self-described “gear head” and loves all things related to cars.  He enjoys spending time with his family, following professional football, fantasy football, water/snow skiing, golfing (poorly), and perfecting the art of barbequing.
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Nicholas A. Smerlis, MD, FAAOS,CAQSH
Hand Specialist, Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity

Dr. Smerlis was born in Maryland and grew up in the small town of Damascus where his father was a local dentist. As a child, he would help his dad on various projects as the “go for.” These experiences tinkering with tools evolved into a passion working with his hands. Growing up in a small town, he appreciated the relationships his father developed with patients and wanted to pursue a similar career. With the encouragement of his parents, he decided not to follow his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in medicine. He felt surgery would challenge him to push the foundation set by his father. During medical school, he worked with an established hand surgeon at the Veterans Administration Hospital and loved the anatomy and technical demands of hand surgery. As well, the camaraderie of orthopaedics drove him to this specialty. Upon completion of fellowship training, he moved his family to Hampton Roads in 2007 to join Tidewater Orthopaedics to build a subspecialty practice in hand surgery with his colleague from residency, Dr. Campolattaro. Today, Tidewater Hand Specialists serves the Peninsula with the only two board-certified orthopaedic surgeons with further subspecialty certification in hand surgery.
In his free time, Dr. Smerlis enjoys spending time with his wife of seventeen years, Maureen, and their two children, Nicholas (10) and Alexis (7). Aside from watching the kids play sports, he enjoys playing Xbox with his son and taking his daughter to horseback riding lessons. Since an early age, he has loved snow skiing and even worked one year at Vail loading chairs and skiing 100 days that season. His family is growing to love the sport, too. Dr. Smerlis continues to hone his skills with various projects around the house.

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Dr. Jonathan Mason, MD
Spine Specialist
Dr. Jonathan Mason, a Norfolk native, returns to Hampton Roads and joins the team of subspecialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics. Having completed his residency training at the University of Virginia and his spine fellowship training at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Mason sees patients in both office locations and performs surgery at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex. Dr. Mason brings minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery to Tidewater Orthopaedics and treats spine problems to include Cervical herniated disc, Cervical stenosis, Lumbar herniated disc, Lumbar stenosis, Lumbar spondylolithesis, and Degenerative scoliosis.In his spare time he enjoys running, having completed several marathons. He also enjoys playing basketball, golf, and wakeboarding. Click Here for Full Bio
Nicholas K. Sablan, MD
Sports Medicine
Dr. Nick Sablan joined Tidewater Ortho in the fall of 2011 having completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut, and a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine in the Kerlan Jobe clinic in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Dr. Sablan served as assistant team physician to the Lakers, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Dodgers and PGA Tour as well as college and high school sports teams. He joined Tidewater Ortho because he shares their same commitment to providing excellent subspecialty care.Dr. Sablan brings his young family, his wife and 3 children, from California to a quieter area that has young families and good weather. His interests include plenty of family time, basketball and tennis.
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Loel Z. Payne, MD, FAAOS
Knee and Shoulder Specialist
Dr. Payne focuses his orthopaedic care on treatment of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Payne attended undergraduate school at Duke University and medical school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. While at Duke University, Dr. Payne played one semester for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team under Coach K and continues to be an avid follower of Duke basketball. Dr. Payne then completed his residency and internship at Yale University before completing his fellowship training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York. While completing his fellowship training, Dr. Payne had the opportunity to work with the New York Mets professional baseball team. In his spare time, Dr. Payne enjoys golfing and spending quality time with his family which includes a Spring Break trip every year.
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Paul Maloof, MD
Foot and Ankle
Dr. Paul Maloof, originally from Bergen County, NJ, began his path to becoming an Orthopaedic surgeon at Tufts University where he did his undergraduate work. After spending 3 years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Dr. Maloof attended New Jersey Medical School for medical school and his residency, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident in one of the busiest level one trauma centers on the east coast. He has completed his fellowship training in Foot & Ankle Surgery at Duke University. Duke is known as a pioneer in ankle replacement surgery and he will be bringing this procedure to Hampton Roads along with numerous other cutting edge treatments for various foot and ankle disorders. Dr. Maloof will be settling his young family in Williamsburg where he hopes to pursue his passion for playing golf.

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Amanda Watkins, PA-C