Our Medical Team

Bendt P. Petersen III, MD

Dr. Petersen is an orthopaedic and neurospine surgical specialist with over twenty years in operative clinical practice.

After medical school graduation in 1990, Dr. Petersen served in the U.S. Army as a combat aviation brigade flight surgeon, as well as with NASA in support of flight shuttle missions.

Dr. Petersen’s Spinal Surgery sub-specializations are inclusive of microsurgical techniques, complex spinal revision and evaluation and repair of failed previous surgery.

His most proud accomplishments are his three now adult, independent and employed daughters. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, the great outdoors, and travelling.

Undergraduate Degree

B.S. Biochemistry and Biology, University of Alabama

Medical Degree

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), with AOA honors


Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery, Daniel E. Hogan Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Academic Appointments
Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
University of South Alabama
Past Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Military Service
Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps
Flight Surgeon, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade
Flight Surgeon, NASA Support

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Oschner Society, Harvard Medical School
Lewis D. Anderson Society
Alabama Medical Society
Mobile County Medical Society

Nurse & Office Staff


Rebecca Walker, LPN

Rebecca Walker is a LPN with over 20 years of experience in orthopedics, primary care, and geriatrics.  She received her Medical Assisting License in 1996 and went on to receive her LPN License from Bishop State in 2000. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Sara Cottrell, CPC

Sara Cottrell, CPC joined Petersen Neurospine in December 2020 as the Business Office Coordinator. She received her CPC certification in 2006 under the American Academy of Professional Coders. Her extensive coding experiences over the last 14 years include Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, and Trauma Surgery. Sara has been a member of the AAPC local chapter for the last 15 years. Sara has a son and daughter and is an active member in her church, Destination Church in Saraland.


Savannah Hollingsworth

Administrative Assistant/Medical Records

Savannah is the voice you hear most frequently on our phones and is the first face you see when you enter the office. She is a wife and mom of four. She spends her free time at church, softball and baseball parks, and the dance studio. She keeps things running smoothly for both the office and our patients.


Krista Grills

Medical Coder

Krista is a Medical Assistant with 30 years of experiences. She spent most of her career working in Pediatrics and Adult Medicine. She slowly transitioned from the clinical aspect to more of an administrative role before semi-retiring. She now works part-time in our billing department, allowing her to spend time with her grandchildren, travel with her husband and relax by the pool.


Brittany Wells

Medical Assistant & Workers’ Compensation Coordinator


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