Meet the Team
The providers at Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Buckhead and Lawrenceville, Georgia welcome you. Specializing in pediatric and adult orthopedic and sports medicine, we provide outstanding care with a personal touch and optimum patient outcomes.
Dr. Stephanie Martin is a board-certified specialist in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. Dr. Martin developed her love for athletics at a very early age and has always aspired to work with young athletes. Being the daughter of a head basketball coach and athletic director at a college in northeastern Ohio fostered her development as an athlete and enriched her experience taking care of all athletes.
Dr. Martin attended college at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she played varsity volleyball on her way to graduating as valedictorian and majoring in both biology and chemistry.
Continuing her education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Martin received honors and graduated at the top of her class. While at Vanderbilt she cared for athletes in many sports, serving as one of the team physicians for the football team and traveling with the women’s soccer team. Dr. Martin completed her five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt, after which she pursued dual fellowships in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine.
The very first fellowship-trained female orthopedist in the country, Dr. Martin is one of only a few orthopedic surgeons in the world who has been fellowship trained in both pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, and the only female in this elite class that resides in Georgia. She is the first fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine orthopedist in Georgia and has a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine.
In addition, only 2% of all board-certified orthopedic surgeons are women, making Dr. Martin’s experience even more rare. As one of only a few orthopedic surgeons capable of handling complex pediatric conditions, her skills were featured in a Discovery Channel documentary.
Dr. Martin is extremely active in the Atlanta medical community. She previously served as chief of orthopedics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital and as the co-surgical director of the sports medicine program at Children's.
As a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Martin has taught and supervised orthopedic residents at Emory. She also teaches students in other areas of healthcare, including students from Morehouse School of Medicine and physician assistants and nurse practitioners students from around Atlanta.
Dr. Martin was elected and served six years on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee for the Council of Sports Medicine and Fitness. She has also served on the Executive Board of The Forum for Women’s Orthopedics for the past 10 years. She recently completed her two-year commitment as president and is now serving as the past president.
Other professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, and Atlanta Women's Association.
In addition, Dr. Martin has authored articles on a variety of topics, including original research on the physiology and benefits of using cryotherapy or “ice therapy” after surgery. Based on her expertise in an emerging and important field of medicine, she has lectured on pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine in meetings and universities around the United States.
In her free time, Dr. Martin enjoys running, weight lifting, snow skiing, water skiing, and scuba diving, and she competed in her first triathlon in the last couple of years. Having grown up in Ohio, she is an avid Ohio State fan despite living in Georgia and loving the SEC.
Dr. Martin is married to Greg Martin, a medical doctor in pulmonary and critical care at Emory University and they have two active children.
Mandy is a board-certified physician assistant. She developed a love for athletics at an early age as a competitive gymnast and competition cheerleader.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mandy attended the University of Kentucky on a cheerleading scholarship prior to transferring to the University of Georgia. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a bachelor of science in education and an emphasis on exercise and sports science.
Mandy continued her education at South University in Savannah, where she graduated in 2002 with the highest honors, magna cum laude, and a bachelor of science in physician assistant studies. She has worked as a physician assistant since 2002, and she joined Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2015.
Mandy has an in-depth knowledge of sports medicine through both personal experience, as a high school and collegiate athlete, as well as her professional medical experience. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Walton County with her husband Bobby and two children, Charlie and Jake.
Mandy is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has also been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.
Kathy, our bilingual (Spanish and English) Practice Manager, was born and raised in New Jersey. Early in her career she joined Select Surgical Specialists, a general surgeon’s practice, where she learned the ins and outs of a medical practice. Kathy relocated to Atlanta in 2013, which forced Kathy to leave her employer of 15 years. Kathy joined University Orthopaedics in May of 2015. With her love to help others, customer service skills, and knowledge in the medical administration field, she quickly instituted changes in the running of the practice to improve efficiencies and customer satisfaction. She was also handled all the workers comp and personal injury case for the case. Sadly, Dr. Thomas Branch announces his retirement and Unversity Orthopaedics closed their doors in late May 2019.
Kathy joined Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine as of June 2019 in the hopes to continue helping those patients in need. In her free time Kathy loves spending time on the beach with her two daughters and extended family. She loves dancing and social events and meeting new people.
Melissa is Dominican born in New York, she is fluent in English and Spanish. She has been working in the medical field since 2012 taking care of patients as an assistant in the front and back office. Melissa is very creative and likes to apply that gift to her work and in her everyday life. Worked for University Orthopaedics for 5 years. Leaving with the knowledge of how to run the front desk, medical records and surgical scheduling. Sadly, University Orthopaedics closed their doors in the end of May 2019.
Melissa joined Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine as June 2019 as the office coordinator. Melissa wears many hats; front desk, medical records and surgical scheduling.
In her free time she enjoys taking care of her adopted daughters Bryanna and Elianna. I loves the beach, dancing, making lamps, candles and shopping. She loves to cook and ventures into all cuisines. Spending time with her fiance Julio. She loves to help others and sometime volunteers locally
Chris was born and raised in Michigan. Although he could have pursued a rewarding career in the automotive industry in his home town, he decided to attend Alabama A&M University for college and dove straight into the medical field right after graduating. He has over 12 years of experience in medical administrative work. He worked in Provider Service (BCBS), DME Administration (Beaumont Hospital), Diagnostic Coordinator (Oakwood Hospital), just to name a few. He is a very humble individual and enjoys helping patients in all aspects of healthcare. He is the only child of both mother and father. Chris enjoys traveling with his mother for warm and cozy vacations to her birth home in Belize. He also enjoys spending quality time with close family and friends. People who know him well would agree that he is a free spirit individual and goal oriented
Chris joined Performance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in July 2019, as part of Dr. Martin's clinical team.
Kathy Fuentes, our bilingual (Sp/Eng) Practice Manager, was born and raised in New Jersey. Early in her career she joined Select Surgical Specialists, a general surgeon’s practice, where she learned the ins and outs of a medical practice. Kathy relocated to Atlanta in 2013, which forced Kathy to leave her employer of 21 years. Kathy joined University Orthopaedics in May of 2015. With her love to help others, customer service skills, and knowledge in the medical administration field, she quickly instituted changes in the running of the practice to improve efficiencies and customer satisfaction. She was also handled all the workers comp and personal injury case for the case.
Kathy joined Performance Orthopaedics as of June 2019 in the hopes to continue helping those patients in need. In her free time Kathy loves spending time on the beach with her two daughters and extended family.