My name is Alex and my first memories of Dr. Grimes began in the RBHunt parking lot when by brother yanked my arm out of it’s socket. Dr. Grimes was dropping off his children and my Mom spotted him and asked for help. He popped it right back in and I was on my way! Since that time I have been involved in the community with several sporting events. My passion is women’s volleyball! I started playing at Sebastian Middle School, St. Augustine High School and Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association. I am blessed to say that I currently play on a volleyball scholarship at Anderson University in South Carolina. Dr. Grimes and the staff at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are a large part of the equation that has brought me to living the dream of collegiate volleyball today! Dr. Grimes, Patrick, and Sean have seen me through required sports physicals, rolled ankles, bone bruises and ACL strains! If not for the dynamic physical therapy team of Josh Lasoff under the direction Ryan Hemelt I honestly do not think I would be playing, as a freshman, on a highly competitive Division 2 Volleyball Program at AU. They have been there for me both mentally and physically to support my goals and will always remain in my humble thanks for being real, everyday people caring for other real everyday people and enjoying what they do!

I was 75 years old in April of 2013, when Dr. Grimes preformed hip replacement surgery on my right hip. He used the anterior position approach early in the morning. By 12:30 p.m. I was able to sit in a chair and walked down the hall with a walker that afternoon. I NEVER experienced very mush pain, and after leaving the hospital I NEVER took any medication for pain.

There are no words to express my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Grimes, his assistants, and the care of those in his office.

Blessings to all! GG

I talked to several doctors – none of them affiliated with Flagler Hospital, ” who told me, ” they could replace my hip, but that I should come to terms with the idea that I should probably never run again.” Well, that was not the answer I was looking for. So I found a kindred spirit in Dr. James Grimes, who in addition to being a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon is also an exercise enthusiast. He understood my desires and developed a plan just for me. There is never a guarantee in these things, but I felt with Flagler Hospital and Dr. Grimes, I was giving it my best shot – and it really worked out. My right hip actually feels much stronger than my left hip now; it really feels solid. Zero pain. I have plenty of friends my age who have gone through similar surgeries and I feel blessed to be doing so well.

I wanted to let you know of my experience with my total knee arthroplasty for both my right and left knee. Your office has the nicest, professional people working there and you should be proud. The people in your physical therapy are equally great and professional to be around!

My knees. I cant tell you how pleased I am you performed the surgery for my total knee rplacements! The experience on both knees, while slightly different, was both truly more than I expected. If I had not had my knee surgeries, I know I would have ended up riding on one of those scooters!

Before the surgeries my knees were in constant pain, well above the ten (10) on a scale of 1 being little pain, 10 being extreme pain. Ten minutes walking was my limit. I now have zero pain in both knees.

I feel I am a very fortunate person and was lucky enough to have the perfect surgeon. Thank You so much for everything you have done for me.


Evelyn L. Wilson

Before having my knee surgery last year, I had never undergone anything that required a hospital stay. Needless to say, I was nervous; however, the entire staff at Flagler Hospital made me feel comfortable starting with my pre surgery appointment. They provided answers, encouragement and conversation to make me feel right at home. If there was anything that I needed, I was urged to call. The personalized care I recieved was exceptional and completely beyond my expectations. I am thankful to Dr. Grimes, his team and the staff at Flagler Hospital for everything they did to help get my life back. Every word of encouragement and every minute of physical therapy that went into making sure my recovery was a success is very much appreciated.

I want to take an opportunity to thank all who worked so hard to give me my life back. Starting with the instructors at my pre-education class, through the day of surgery when my transporter made me laugh at 6 am, to the operating staff who spent time getting to know me, and Dr. Grimes who always answered all my questions with a calm confidence. The patient caterers provided great food; nursing staff, aids, housekeepers and physical therapists were all great. Even my room was beautiful with a view of a lovely garden!

In the last 3 1/2 years beginning in January 2012 to July 2015

Dr. Grimes has performed five surgeries on me! Starting with knee replacements of both knees, right hip, a shoulder rotator cuff repair and finally my left hip. My results have been amazing for each procedure and I am truly thankful to you as well as your outstanding team. My thanks to PA’s Patrick, and Sean, to Lauren and Danielle and all others involved in making up this well oiled machine!

I am a long time “jog-a-holic” 10 marathons and many 5K’s & 10 K’s. I thought my running days were over after my left knee began to give me pain…even walking.

However, when I heard Peter Spiller had run another 130 mile race after having a hip replacement surgery by Dr. Grimes, I decided to check in with him. When Dr. Grimes told me I could run again, I went ahead with my knee replacement surgery.

Two and one half months following my surgery I achieved my goal: running one mile on the beach ( with no pain )…. on my 80th birthday !

” I was very pleased with the care that I received at Orthopedic Associates of St. Augustine. From the reception area to the radiology department to seeing Dr. Grimes, everyone was very professional and kind. With the office being so very busy, you would think that the staff could be a little on edge at times; but every time that I was there, I had nothing less than a great experience.

I have already told a number of people who are seeking Orthopedic Care, that they can’t go wrong if they choose Orthopedic Associates of St. Augustine.

As for my surgery….I did not feel nervous at all because I saw the confidence that Dr. Grimes had in the work that he does. It was also great to be informed of all that was going to take place from all the things that I had to do before the surgery to all that was going to happen post surgery.

Thank you to all the staff at Orthopedic Associates of St. Augustine for making me feel so welcome,and for treating me with a gentle and professional touch. Keep up the good work and I’ll probably see you in a couple of years when I get my right hip replaced! “