At Sierra Spine Institute, we use the most advanced technology and practices to help relieve our patients' pain.
At the same time, we approach every patient as an individual, with individual concerns and circumstances.
We know the path to pain relief starts with conversation so the first thing we do is sit down with patients and talk about what problems they’re having.
We believe informed patients have better outcomes and empower our patients with the knowledge they need to make good decisions.
Patients undergoing spine surgery at Sierra Spine Institute will be happy to know that nearly all procedures we perform are minimally invasive – meaning smaller incisions, less muscle and tissue disruption, faster recovery, and better outcomes.
At Sierra Spine Institute, we are a team of people with the sole mission of alleviating your pain through personalized, high-quality care. Our goal is to get our patients back to living their lives as quickly as possible.
“I have had the best experience with Sierra Spine Institute, Dr. Tyler Smith, and P.A. Brian Zerlaut. I just had back surgery last month and both gentlemen have been amazing. From my first consultation to aftercare they have been amazing! They have been there for all the support I have needed along the way. They are so very personable and have made this process a great one. I highly recommend this facility to anyone suffering from back issues. You will definitely not be disappointed! Thank you, Sierra Spine Institute you have gone above and beyond for me and I am forever grateful!”
"Dr. Smith is an EXCELLENT SURGEON!! Prior to back surgery his consultation was right on 'T' everything he said about surgery from start to finish was exact its been 3or4 years since surgery and I couldn't be happier. If surgery is calling you, CALL DR.SMITH!!!"
"Dr. Hiatt has improved my life by correcting my highly imperfect spine. He is a talented and very caring surgeon. Marcella his assistant is equally talented and caring. With their help, my life is slowing returning to normal. Now at 11 weeks post-op. I can't thank you both enough."
"This Doctor is super smart and really knows his stuff. He may be the greatest spine surgeon alive. Thank you, Dr. Smith! He and his awesome staff worked on getting me fixed and wow."
“I was walking crooked, in chronic pain for over a year. Dr. Hiatt performed a 1 level fusion and the results are nothing short of amazing. I am very happy with the results! Dr. Hiatt was always helpful and caring - he would patiently answer all questions you have to make sure you feel comfortable about the choice you are making. Marcella, his assistant, was caring and friendly (I missed her when she wasn't there!).”
“I have had two surgeries with Dr. Smith. Everyone on his team is special. I'm 70 and have seen a fair number of doctors in my life and have ever had the kind of confidence in anyone that I do with Dr. Smith. It makes a difficult situation easier when you can count on the advice that he and his staff give you. Simply the BEST.”
“I just had a cervical spinal fusion with Dr. Smith. He was great, took his time, answered all of my questions. I didn't feel like he was in a hurry to finish the appointment. His PA and office staff were courteous and seemed to know what they were doing.”
“Dr. Tyler Smith gave me my life back! Exercise has always been my passion and a very active lifestyle. When I was literally unable to walk without being in severe pain and had to walk hunched over, unable to stand without pain, unable to do simple movements, I had no choice but to go forward with microdiscectomy surgery. They told me I would still have some pain after surgery, that it takes time for the nerve to regenerate, which it did. After the three-week mark, it began to get better and better. Today was my post-op and I am pain-free, back to my exercise and usual lifestyle. I am so grateful for what Dr. Smith has done for me and his entire staff is wonderful, compassionate, and very professional. I know of another person that had a successful surgery with Dr. Smith as well. I highly recommend Dr. Smith!”
“Great medical facility and very professional staff. Dr. Hiatt was outstanding - the first doctor in five years to clearly identify my back problems and start successful treatment. Bueno!!!”
“Dr. Hiatt and all his staff including his hospital team were wonderful. I had severe back pain radiating down both my legs. I could not stand for long. He recommended a laminectomy and a fusion. The fusion I was not interested in and we decided to do the least invasive procedure. Six weeks post-surgery, I feel great. My incision is healing very well and part of it is hardly visible. I learned during my hospital stay that he is one of the best Spine Surgeons in this area. He takes on complicated cases and is well respected by everyone that knows him.”