SPINE & Joint Center Providers

Phenix City & South Atlanta Spine & Joint Center

Dr Stephen B. Cooper, Chiropractor, Dr Cooper, Phenix City Spine & Joint Center

Stephen B. Cooper, D.C.

Executive Director

Dr. Cooper’s mission at The Spine & Joint Centers is to focus his abilities, energies, talents and gifts in a specialized yet personable way resolving the health care needs of his patients, as well as restoring health and creating a lifestyle of wellness through education and compassion.  


  • Dr. Stephen B. Cooper1984 - 1988: Grand Valley State University – Allendale, MI - Baccalaureate in Science - 
  • 1988 - 1992: Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport, Iowa - Cum Laude, Chi Rho Theta Research Honors, 
  • 1991 - 1992: Assistant Chiropractor - Internship - Quad City Thunder Basketball Team
  • 1992 - 1992: Internship - Mosley Clinic of Chiropractic
  • 1993: Georgia Chiropractic Association - Disability Exam and Rating
  • 1996: Logan College of Chiropractic - Military and Hospital Protocol and Procedure
  • 1996: Life College of Chiropractic - Thompson Technique and Protocols
  • 1999: American Academy of Physical and Manual Medicine: Certified for Manipulation Under Anesthesia - Houston, TX

Service Background:

  • 1996 - 1998: Department of Defense - Headed research team and was the first chiropractor to work for the military in the state of Georgia. The only Chiropractor in state licensed to work in a Georgia Hospital.
  • 2000 - Present: Board Member - Direct Services - Heads Home Health Care, Meals on Wheels and Elderly Care for 4 counties.

State Licenses Held:

  • Alabama, Georgia with Physiologic Therapeutics Distinction

Phenix City Spine & Joint Center

Dr Sean Lauraitis, Dr Lauraitis, Chiropractor, Phenix City Spine & Joint Center

Sean Lauraitis, D.C.

Dr. Lauraitis’ father was a Chiropractor for over 35 years and was an incredible influence on his decision to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a chiropractor. When asked why he chose chiropractic, he responded that he witnessed how chiropractic affected the lives and health of his father’s patients without the use of drugs or surgery. He has watched patients who could barely walk in, stooped over and hurting and be able walk out upright with decreased pain. He had also been adjusted his whole life and was able to see its benefit while playing High School and College sports.He has served the Auburn/Opelika area for 11 years and has seen a wide range of patients from the elderly to infants. He has had the pleasure of treating Olympic athletes for track and field from Jamaica, Bahamas, and Trinidad Tobago that have competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Some of his greatest pleasure is to be able to see a whole family being treated, to know that each member is able to perform to their best ability.Dr. Lauraitis believes that Chiropractic is a functional and holistic approach to health and wellness that does not employ medicine, which may have side effects or invasive procedures such as surgery, but rather it releases the healing force within the human body, so functions of the body may be restored to normal. This is what attracted him to this profession and now he brings this passion for helping others to the Phenix City area to provide care to the wonderful people of this region.


  • 1993-1996 The University of Southern Mississippi- Hattiesburg, MS - Pre Medical program
  • 1996-1999 Life University College – Marietta, GA– Doctor of Chiropractic

Work Experience

  • December 2016 - Present - Tandem Doctor at The Phenix City Spine & Joint Center
  • November 2003 to December 2014- Lauraitis Chiropractic - Auburn, AL
  • March 2003-August 2003- Sturbridge Chiropractic - Montgomery, AL

Chiropractic Society of Alabama

South Atlanta Spine & Joint Center

Joint & Rehab

Joint & Rehab Clinics

Richard Cunningham, D.O.


Richard Cunningham, D.O.

  • 1992 - 1996 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1982 - 1986 University of North Alabama B.S. Biology Florence, AL
  • 1979 - 1982 Vero Beach Senior High School Vero Beach, FL  
  • Postgraduate Training 
  • 06/1997 - 07/1999 Family Practice Resident Millcreek Community Hospital  07/1996 - 06/1997 Internal Medicine Fast-Track Internship Millcreek Community Hospital  

Hospital Affiliation
10/2006 - 10/2010 Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital Florence, AL 08/2004 - 05/2006 Sebastian River Medical Center   10/1999 - 05/2006 Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Center  08/1999 - 05/2006 Indian River Memorial Hospital     

  • 2015 Re-certified- American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians   
  • 2/25/2015 Certification- Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry   7/2013 Certification -Lab Director by COLA   2007 Re-certified- American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians   
  • 2006 - Present Licensed Osteopathic Physician The State of Alabama (AL-DO-929)   
  • 01/2003 - 12/2010 Board Certified-American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine   2000 Board Certified-American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)   
  • 1999 - 2009 Licensed Osteopathic Physician The State of Florida (FL-OS-7845)  

Andrew Harakas, MD


Andrew P. Harakas, MD PA
Southern Virginia Orthopedics - South Boston, VA

  • Certifications/Licenses
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon - December 1991 to December 2021

March 2013 to July 2014Chairman, Department of SurgeryUpstate Carolina Medical Center - Gaffney, SCJanuary 2004 to January 2013

  • Virginia Medical Society - 2013 to 2013
  • South Carolina Orthopedic Association - 2004 to 2004


  • Columbus Orthopedic Care Center- January 1994 to November 2003 Columbus Regional Hospital - March 1994 to March 1994

Missouri R9D32

  • Muscogee County Medical Society - 1994 to 1994
  • Orthopedic and Fracture Center - Columbus, GA - December 1989 to November 1993
  • Cobb Medical Center, Douglas General, HCP Parkway Hospital - Austell, GA; Atlanta, GA


  • Atlanta Orthopedic Society - 1991 to 1991

               Cobb County Medical Association - 1990 to 1990

  • Medical Association of Georgia - 1990 to 1990
  • Whitesides & Blake, PC
  • January 1989 to October 1989
  • Board Certified
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified, 07/02/1984
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine - Greenville, SC - 1983 to 1984
  • Internal Medicine-Surgery

                East Carolina University School of Medicine - Greenville, SC - 1979 to 1983

  • Doctor of Medicine in Medicine - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC - 1974 to 1978