Founded by CEO Dr. Bill Releford, The Releford Medical Institute (RMI) is a full-service Podiatric, Sports Medicine, and Orthopedic practice. Together with Medical Director andOrthopedic Surgeon Dr. John Simmonds and Certified Tissue Specialist James Hays, the RMI provides the highest standards of medical care and manages common and complex orthopedic conditions, using non-surgical methods whenever possible. These include proprietary PRP injections, patient education, chiropractic, physical medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitative treatments, nutrition, and sports medicine education.
Dr. John O. Simmonds, M.D.
Medical Director | Releford Medical Institute.
Dr. John O’Neil Simmonds, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors in Biology and Chemistry under the institution’s B.S./M.D. Accelerated Medical Education Program. He then received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, where he graduated in the top of his class with honors. Dr. Simmonds completed a general surgery internship at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, then continued his training in Orthopaedic Surgery there and later at the Martin Luther King Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Nathan Lucas, D.P.M.,FACFAS
Director of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Aesthetics Releford Medical Institute.
Dr. Nathan Lucas is a Board Certified Podiatric Physician and Surgeon specializing in reconstructive, revisional, cosmetic foot and ankle surgery. He has also developed advanced surgical procedures and techniques in order to maximize the most optimal outcome. Patients travel from around the United States and other countries to seek his expertise. Dr. Lucas is also a founding member of the International Aesthetic Foot Society and has received additional training in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy and Peripheral Nerve Surgery.
James Hays, JR. CTBS
ALLOGRAFT Tissue Specialist, | Releford Medical Institute
James Hays began his career in blood, tissue and organ banking with the American Red Cross over twenty years ago. While with Red Cross he was certified as a Tissue Bank Specialist and served as a Tissue Specialist, Tissue Procurement Coordinator and Laboratory Coordinator. He rose to the position of Technical Services Manager, then Tissue Bank Manager for the Arizona Region. After a successful career on the technical side of tissue banking he was hired as American Red Cross Tissue Service’s first Tissue Product Representative in southern California. As the tissue sales division grew in size to become one of the largest in the country, he was appointed Western Regional Sales Manager and was responsible for managing a team which generated over $15 million in annual sales. When the American Red Cross sold its Tissue Services division he went to work for Oklahoma City based American Tissue Services Foundation as its Western Regional Tissue Bank Operations Director. He held this position for one year and then accepted a position with Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), which is the largest tissue bank in the world. As MTF’s Sports Medicine Specialist he was instrumental in the launch of platelet rich plasma and platelet rich fibrin matrix products. He trained surgeons, medical staffs and medical device company sales teams all over the US on effective use of PRP and PRFM. This position enabled him to work closely with some of the country’s most renowned sports medicine physicians and scientists. After five years he left to start a consulting business. As Principal Partner of SMG consultants, specializing in orthobiologics, he represented allograft tissue banks in southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Minnesota. In 2012 he joined the Releford Institute team as Tissue Specialist. His wealth of knowledge in the areas of tissue grafting and biologics, like Platelet Rich Plasma add tremendous value to the services provided to patients at the Releford Medical Institute.