Inland Northwest Spine and Neurosurgery has provided high quality and dependable spine care to patients of the region for over two decades. Beginning in 1994, Dr. Bret Dirks’ goal has always been to form trusting relationships with his patients, and to offer experience and the most innovative options to help anyone who walks through our doors. He has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures, and done so while always remaining right here in North Idaho. Being raised in Moscow, ID, Dr. Dirks wanted to maintain that connection with his home town. He has done this by forming clinics in Moscow and St. Maries, ID, where he sees patients in the comfort of their home town on a regular basis.
In 2019, Dr. Doug Blaty was welcomed to the team as a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Blaty is a North Idaho native as well, having graduated from Lake City High School as a Valedictorian. With his special training and interest in minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) techniques, he brings a unique background to Inland Northwest Spine and Neurosurgery. Interestingly, Dr. Blaty was actually a patient of Dr. Dirks 20 years prior after suffering a back injury while mountain biking. Dr. Blaty even accompanied Dr. Dirks on a medical mission to Honduras several years prior to going to medical school. This medical mission trip led to several conversations about medical school and spine surgery, and at that point Dr. Blaty was convinced he wanted to become a spine surgeon and return to North Idaho to provide quality care to the people of this region. Yet, nobody knew that this would kindle a relationship that two decades later would result in the partnership of two spine surgeons.
With the combined experience and training of Dr. Dirks and Dr. Blaty, Inland Northwest Spine and Neurosurgery offers a breadth of options for patients. In addition to satellite clinics in Moscow and St. Maries, ID, we now have satellite clinics in Sandpoint and Kellogg, ID as well. With these additional clinic sites, our hope is to provide accessible and convenient care to patients even outside the Coeur d’Alene area.