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Amber "Nikki" Wills, Medical Assistant

Nikki has been with Dr. Carofino for the past 4 years and in orthopaedics for the past 10+ years. She is essential in running our clinic days with rooming patients, gather their information, prepping charts, fielding patient questions and helping code patient injuries.

Kat Caraway, Medical Secretary

Kat has been with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists for several years and recently has joined Dr. Carofino's service at the start of 2023. Kat is our main contact for questions relating to surgey scheduling and follow up questions that she helps relay between providers and patients. She can be reached at 757-321-3377 or via email

Jennifer Rascoe, NP-C

Jenn is a local from the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her undergraduate degree in Nursing. She later returned to VCU where she completed her Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner. She has been working with Dr. Carofino and Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists since 2015.

Euclid "Lee" Cruz, PA-C

Lee was born in The Philippines and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from Kellam High School and joined the United States Army shortly thereafter. During his first enlistment, he attended the assessment and selection course for Special Forces training. He completed the assessment and was selected to be a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. After completing the training, he formally joined the ranks of the Green Berets. After serving three tours of combat in Afghanistan and serving as an instructor, he applied for and was accepted into the military’s Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP). He served in a variety of assignments as a physician assistant, mostly in Special Operations. He deployed to combat an additional five times.

After retiring from the Army after 26 years, he returned to Virginia Beach and joined Dr. Carofino’s practice in 2022. He enjoys spending time with his wife Cathy and their two children.

Patrick Rooney, PA-C

Patrick grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Tallwood High School.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Radford University followed by his Master of Physician Assistant degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.  He has been with AOS since 2006 and a part of Dr. Carofino's team since 2020. Patrick is integral to the team seeing post-op patients and triaging patient follow-up care and concerns. 

Brice Snyder, MSAT, LAT, ATC, BCS-O

Brice is originally from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. He worked with local colleges and high schools throughout the Lehigh Valley. After graduating, he became a local to Virginia Beach while attending Old Dominion University for his graduate studies. He graduated from ODU with a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. Following his graduation he completed an Athletic Training Fellowship. Brice attended The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado where he worked with world renowned orthopaedic surgeons. He assists with patient evaluations, surgical planning, post-op instructions, dictations, rehabilitation plans and communicating with patients from out of the area and with regional sports medicine providers. He has been working on Dr. Carofino's service since 2016. Brice is one of only a handful of Athletic Trainers in the nation who hold their Board Certification Speciality credential in Orthopedics. 

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