About Us

If you are looking for an ideal location for physical therapy in Birmingham, come to the offices of the Alabama Spine & Rehabilitation Center. Our practice works with many different types of chronic conditions and acute rehabilitation services. Whether you are looking for a new practice for a current problem, or need help managing a new issue or injury, we welcome you to explore all of your therapeutic options here at our convenient, Vestavia Hills location.

Meet The Doctor

dr-thomas-g-spurlockDr. Thomas Spurlock: Doctor of Chiropractic & President of Alabama Spine & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Spurlock was born in Birmingham and grew up in Gadsden. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in the pre-medical sciences. He then attended Life Chiropractic College where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. He did his postgraduate studies at National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois and Huntsville, Alabama. He is licensed in the State of Alabama and is Board Certified with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Alabama State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

After graduating from college, he opened Spurlock Chiropractic Clinic in 1982 in Homewood. Dr. Spurlock was later recruited to the Division of Neurosurgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 2000-2011 he served as an Associate Professor and the Director of Neurological Network Development, and was the only Chiropractic Physician on faculty.

In 2003, Dr. Spurlock founded Alabama Pain Consultants, which provided interventional and alternative pain solutions and durable medical equipment for physician practices. In 2011 he opened Alabama Spine & Rehabilitation Center as a hub for multidisciplinary treatment and care for neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.



  • American Chiropractic Association
  • Jefferson County Chiropractic Society
  • Alabama State Chiropractic Association
  • Affiliate Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Appointments
  • Member, Alabama State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1984-1988
  • Jefferson County Chiropractic Society Delegate 1984.1986,1987

Our Staff

Kristie Jones is the Office Manager for ASRC. She is from Birmingham, and has been with the practice since October 2016.

“What I enjoy the most about working at ASRC is that I get to meet people from all walks of life. When you are here, you are treated as a person and not a medical record number. I learn something new every day here!”

Paul Cheek is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at ASRC. A Birmingham native, Paul attended Jefferson State Community College. His certifications include: FMT, Basic and Performance. He has been with ASRC since April 2015.

“What I enjoy most about working here is the patients. It’s not just working to help the patients heal or feel better, but it becomes more of a family atmosphere. We work one on one with most patients and don’t push peple through like cattle. I enjoy working with everyone from the patients to the great staff that is atASRC. We have a relaxed, fun clinic that is welcoming to everyone.”

Matthew Burke is a physical therapist at ASRC, and is from Rainsville, a small town in Northeast Alabama. He graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama with Bachelor of Science in biology/chemistry in 2009, and later received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Alabama State University in 2012.

He is certified in the Kinesio Taping® Method via Kinesio University™ as of 2015, as well as Laser Therapy Safety & Clinical Applications from American Institute of Medical Laser Applications in 2016. He has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association & the Alabama Physical Therapy Association since 2009. He has worked in at least some capacity at either an acute inpatient or outpatient physical therapy environment since 2001, shortly after sustaining a sport-related ankle injury that required rehab. Burke has been with ASRC for almost two years.

“My own rehab experience as a patient peeked my interest in the field & I’ve been hooked ever since. Having worked at both larger corporate & smaller private clinic atmospheres, I’ve found that I have much more freedom to better treat patients for what they need in the smaller private clinics. I spend less time having to complete monthly and annual corporate compliance training for something that may not have any impact on a patient’s ability to meet their rehab goals and spend that time directly assisting patients.”