Melbourne doctor leaves orthopaedic surgery to operate at FrogBones gun variety – Florida Today

2December 2020

He’s great with his hands. That’s a provided. But does he have the understanding, the patience, the great humor to work with the general public? Why is this person concerning a weapon store looking for a task? Is it a vanity job for someone used to getting his method? Does he understand that he will not be treated any differently than the other employees? Those were the thoughts of Ethan Sansoni, general supervisor of FrogBones, when informed by the owners that he would be speaking with a much-loved and highly appreciated hand surgeon for a retail task. “Ed and Jeanne André are buddies with Dr. Woodward, Carlos, and they said he’s retired and would love to come work at FrogBones.”And I’m thinking. Well, initially, Carlos did my mama’s shoulder surgery, and the other thing I’m thinking is, OK, I’m doing a favor for the Andrés. This isn’t the route I would go but …”

It was with that mindset that Sansoni made a telephone call to Carlos Woodward to invite him in for an interview.

Dr. Carlos Woodward recently traded surgery for gunsmithing at FrogBones in Melbourne.

“So I take the call with him and he’s truly nice and seems delighted,”he said. Sansoni asked,”Why do you wish to work here?””Here”is FrogBones Family Shooting Center, a full-service gun store, state-of-the-art indoor shooting variety and restaurant between the causeways on U.S. 1 in Melbourne. Service throughout the pandemic and social unrest has actually been terrific for the gun side, less so for Double Tap Grill, the adjacent restaurant. Woodward no doubt smiled when he formed his answer. It’s something he had actually thought about a lot, after all, even before closing down his practice and jumping into the unidentified, aka retirement.

“When I spoke with, the general supervisor said something like, ‘What makes you believe you’re certified to work here?’ I said, ‘Well, I believe I’m pretty good with my hands.’ And he said, ‘Normally I wouldn’t take that from a lot of people but from a hand surgeon, I think I will,'” Woodward said with a chuckle.

Woodward, 61, was born in Hawaii to an Army big shot, and landed right in the heart of the mainland, Indiana, as a high schooler. He went on to Wabash College and then the Indiana School of Medication. He met his future wife, Keile, at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, where they both worked as grounds team. They got here in Florida at the invitation of Dr. John Hermansdorfer, whom Woodward had actually met while he was a homeowner at Indiana and Hermansdorfer was on a fellowship.

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” He said,'Want to boil down to Florida? ‘and I said,’Sure.’It’s the closest thing to Hawaii without the expense of living. And Melbourne’s a fantastic place to raise a family,” he said. Woodward dealt with Hermansdorfer and other surgeons at Atlantic Orthopaedic Group in Melbourne for nine years while he and Keile raised their boy and child in Indialantic.

“I broke off on my own and formed Central Florida Hand Center in 2001 and existed until we closed at the end of July 2020,” he said.

“Up until we closed.” About that.

“A lot of successful males and females, who have actually done something at the peak of their lives, hang on too long,” Sansoni said. “Extremely few people know how to let go at a suitable time, and I believe what he did was fantastic.

“He humbly, quietly served Brevard County and did thousands of surgical treatments and assisted thousands of people, and then at the correct time, dissolved his organization but didn’t take it all to his house.

“Didn’t get an additional Porsche or something. He took care of all individuals who worked for him for many years, extremely well, financially. And rather of just sitting in the house, taking pleasure in the fruits of his labor, he returned out. It’s a beautiful story,” Sansoni said.

Woodward has useful reasons for his choice, a lot of boiling down to how well he could serve in his occupation. He said insurance companies progressively came between his clients and him.

Dr. Carlos Woodward recently traded surgery for gunsmithing at FrogBones in Melbourne.

“They were starting to tell us what we could do and what we couldn’t do. They would deny clients getting tests or surgery. And you needed to do increasingly more what they call peer-to-peer evaluations where you needed to speak with other physicians,”he said.”A number of years ago I may have done a peer-to-peer evaluation when every 6 months, whereas in the last year or two it was most likely every 2 weeks. Sometimes, sadly, the doctor you were speaking with wasn’t even an orthopedic surgeon.”

That became part of it, he said, and COVID-19 was the other. An accelerant, even.”As a surgeon if you can’t operate, you’re undoubtedly not producing income. I didn’t operate for three months. Health First closed down the surgery center for about three and a half months,” he said.

“So, I began at FrogBones around the middle of July, as we were phasing out, just seeing post-op clients. I would be available in here a day or two a week.

“I work three or four days a week now. The majority of what I do is fixing or constructing guns. My original focus was just AR military-style weapons but they’re expanding me into various pistols; sending me to various schools to discover,” he said.

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A growth remained in the works at FrogBones that would be the perfect landing spot for Woodward, but in mid-July, it was still more of a concept.

The Andrés own a home up the road and the strategy was to open an armory and gunsmithing center. But again, it was still just an empty structure, and here was a man seeking a task for which one may say he was highly overqualified.

”I just had needs from a staffing viewpoint,” Sansoni said.

“I believe one of the hardest tasks here is working the variety counter, due to the fact that you sit there for 12 hours a day, you handle a lot of interactions and customers. You’re providing people the rules and checking them for stamps for if they consumed alcohol, and it’s just consistent, consistent consumer interaction,” he said.

He informed Woodward that’s where he needed him, manning the counter where customers pay to use the variety, lease guns, purchase ammo, ask a million concerns.

“And he had such an excellent mindset. He loved it. He loved being around people. He just definitely excelled. I don’t know why I anticipated anything less from a surgeon,” Sansoni said.

“You believe that a lot of surgeons are too great or above that. Arrogant. And he was just the total reverse. He didn’t want anyone calling him ‘Doc.’ He did the hardest, nastiest, dirtiest, lowliest tasks here with the very best, most fantastic, modest mindset. He has actually turned out to be actually one of the very best employees we have,” he said.

Not to get too mushy here, but frequently, when people mention Carlos Woodward, they can’t help but provide that detailed. He’s a simple person with amazing talent, for whom he offers God all the splendor.

Cheri York has actually been an operating space nurse for twenty years, working with Woodward for 15 of them– initially at Palm Bay Hospital and then at Melbourne Exact Same Day Surgical Treatment. Now a homeowner of Fort Worth, Texas, York has an insider’s perspective on the man surgical personnel referred to as Woody.

“I’m operating in an orthopedic surgery center now, and I work with 2 hand surgeons, one that’s around his age and one that’s substantially younger.

“I have to tell you that he is miles ahead of, more gifted than, any surgeon I have actually ever dealt with. To talk with him, you would never ever know that. He is so modest. He had clients originating from Orlando to Brevard County to have surgery by him.”

She can back up her appreciation with the real-life experience of having been under his knife. 4 times. He’s likewise worked on her stepfather, child and 2 nieces.

“One of the important things about Woody was that he cared so much about his clients. We would constantly say, ‘Woody, you need to take a getaway.’

“He’s had both his knees replaced. He removed such a little amount of time, such an unbelievably percentage of time, I believe it was 10 days, and he was back in the operating space. He was like, ‘I can’t do this to my clients. They depend on me.’

“Clients were not a surgery, they were an individual, which’s most likely what made him the most special.”

Woodward freely admits to missing that part of his life. By retirement, he had actually performed more than 47,000 surgical treatments and ignoring that type of success took a lot of idea.

“I miss my clients. And I miss out on assisting people. I don’t miss out on the inconveniences. That’s what drove me away. I constantly felt like God provided me a present, and it’s sad that I have to go away from that gift but it got too frustrating,” said the grandpa of four. “I had actually a very blessed profession. I was extremely fortunate to look after a lot of people.”

Woodward’s next life chapter was expected to have partly satisfied an earlier dream.

“Honestly, I was set to end up being a charter pilot when I retired from medicine, but sadly the company I was working for declared bankruptcy.”

He discussed the roots of that surprising statement.

“I informed my daddy in college I wanted to do one of 2 things. I either wanted to fly for the military or I wanted to be a doctor. I applied to one medical school and said I ‘d let God decide,” he said.

“So God chose I was expected to be a doctor,” said Woodward, a Presbyterian, who matured as an Episcopalian.

“When my kids were in college I began using up flying, and I really have my commercial pilot’s score.”

That door is closed in the meantime, but he said another opened that has actually turned a long-lasting interest in guns into an exciting brand-new profession.

He gets a kick out of seeing previous clients, when they believe it’s really Dr. Woodward who’s wearing a FrogBones personnel shirt.

“I get, ‘Do you have a sibling named Carlos Woodward? You look similar to my orthopedic surgeon,'” he said with a large smile.

Development on the armory is coming along, and the company is partnering with Jerry R. Kelley, owner of Fullmetal Gunsmith in Melbourne, for his work as a master gunsmith. Sansoni said this is what he had actually “distantly guaranteed” Woodward when he worked with the doctor in mid-July.

“It’s lovely. White floors and white walls. It’s truly tidy and kinda like a Tesla/SpaceX-inspired area. Carlos is going to work there; it’s going to be his zone. His child. His thing.

“He’s going to develop customized guns over there, and he’ll service guns. So it’s going to be the town and a surgeon’s finest gunsmith in the FrogBones Armory.

”It’s cool that he’s here. We are fortunate to have him. So extremely fortunate. I keep checking in with him to make sure he‘s happy. He is,” Sansoni said.

FrogBones Family Shooting Center is at 404 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-312-4576 or visit

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