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About Thomas E. Parent, M.D.

Dr. Parent is a highly-esteemed orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, shoulder, arm, and knee surgery, boasting over two decades of professional experience. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and holds a certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hand Surgery. Upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame, where he also excelled in ice hockey, Dr. Parent pursued medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and demonstrated his commitment to medical advancement through work with the transplant team. He then earned his orthopedic fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he won the Resident's Research Award for notable studies. Dr. Parent then served as a partner at the Wilmington Orthopedic Group in North Carolina, providing care to the local communities. In pursuit of specializing in hand surgery, he completed a fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Parent later moved to Naples, FL where he held several leadership positions, including Chair of the Department of Surgery for the local healthcare system, as well as Medical Director of an ambulatory surgical center for the past twenty years. Now leading his practice at Lake Oconee Orthopedics, Dr. Parent continues to offer exceptional, personalized care to his patients and is dedicated to enhancing their quality of life.

In addition to the Cowles Clinic Way location, Dr. Parent has privileges and will be performing surgeries at St. Mary's Hospital in Greensboro, GA and Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton, GA. 

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Parent for earning Naples Illustrated's "Top Doctors of 2024" Award! 

The prestigious accolade acknowledges Dr. Parent's expertise in orthopedic surgery and surgery of the hand. 


Previously, he has earned a Top Doctors award in 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Naples, Florida's Gulfshore Life Magazine  as well. 



Nyleen I. Flores, CPMSM, CPCS, CPCO

DJ Holder
Office Coordinator and Medical Assistant

Lake Oconee Orthopedics welcomes Nyleen I. Flores, CPMSM, CPCS, CPCO.  Nyleen joins us as our dedicated administrator, who brings a wealth of experience and passion for healthcare management. Nyleen is a Marquis Who’s Who honoree for Excellence in Healthcare Administration, subject matter expert, and national speaker.  Her background in healthcare administration and commitment to operational excellence ensures Lake Oconee Orthopedics provides exceptional and unique healthcare experience for all patients.

DJ comes to Lake Oconee Orthopedics with a background in healthcare and passion for patient care.  DJ works closely with the orthopedic team to ensure a seamless patient experience from check-in to check-out.  She brings a positive attitude and robust administrative knowledge.

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