About The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre

The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre was founded by Dr Michel Genon and Dr Sam Martin. We opened our doors to patients in December of 2019 with the help of our Practice Manager Chris Chevalley. Our specialty is in Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopaedic Consultations and Physiotherapy. Dr Saqib Zafar has now joined the practice and has a special interest in feet and ankles. 

Our practice is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through to Friday (except for public holidays). 

The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre closes for a short break at the end of the year over the festive season.


Dr Sam Martin

Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr Sam Martin is an innovative and careful Orthopaedic surgeon. He is focussed on providing the most up-to-date techniques and technology in hip and knee surgery to the people of regional NSW. He takes meticulous care from start to finish to minimise the risk of problems.

Communication is very important to Dr Martin. He listens to people and doesn’t start by assuming everyone wants or needs an operation. It is very important to him to take time to go through the concerns a patient or their family may have, and to thoroughly answer any of their questions.

Dr Martin does his best to avoid confusing medical jargon. It is important to him that you end up making the decision that is right for you.

To stay up to date, Dr Martin is interested in research and reads and travels widely. He is in touch with world experts and makes sure his practise is evidence-based. The National Joint Replacement Registry is an example of an important resource Dr Martin makes extensive use of in his work. 

Dr Martin cares about his patients and is aware that surgery hurts! Minimising the pain involved in surgery is important to him. He strongly believes you should not need to have a very high pain tolerance to be able to rehabilitate well from a joint replacement. He uses the anterior approach with computer navigation for hip replacement surgery and subvastus approach with a lateral incision with computer navigation for total knee replacement. He is constantly refining his practise to improve both early and long-term results.

Dr Martin’s practice is expanding: some patients currently travel from quite a distance to see him. Everyone is welcome! Surgeon visits to observe his techniques are also welcome. 

Dr Martin studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania where he graduated with Honours in the year 2000. He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Queensland and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in January 2010. He spent the rest of 2010 and early 2011 in Europe undertaking further Fellowship training in hip and knee surgery. In May 2011 he began his position at the Grafton Base Hospital and has enjoyed working there ever since.

Dr Martin currently operates at the Grafton Base Hospital where he can treat public and private patients, and at Baringa Private Hospital where he predominantly does hip and knee replacements.


Dr Martin is committed to the Clarence Valley region. He consults in Grafton, Yamba and Woolgoolga. He is currently working on the development of a specialist centre and private hospital adjacent to the Grafton Base Hospital

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Dr Michel Genon

Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr Genon is a diligent, caring and highly skilled specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon. His principal training and interests are in reconstructive surgery, including hip and knee joint replacement and arthroscopy. He has a strong interest in treating ligament injuries in the knee. He is also trained in the management of complex orthopaedic trauma.


Dr Genon is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon performing Robotic Assisted Hip and Knee replacements with the MAKO SmartRobotics system. Robotic assisted surgery is offered to patients with private insurance.


He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT University Melbourne, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. He completed orthopaedic training in Sydney in 2015 and undertook further training in lower extremity arthroplasty and complex trauma at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2016.


Dr Genon commenced work as Visiting Medical Officer - Orthopaedic Surgeon at Grafton Base Hospital in 2017. He also operates at The Gold Coast Private Hospital and at Baringa Private Hospital in Coffs Harbour.


Many people with conditions seen by orthopaedic surgeons are best managed without surgery. All surgery has risks. Dr Genon is considerate and respectful and will take time to listen.


Dr Genon is an advocate of short stay joint replacement. He aims to give all patients early and rapid return to function through the use of minimally invasive surgical technique and the most advanced technology available.


 Some of Dr Genon’s hip and knee replacement patients may be discharged on the day of their operation, if they meet certain criteria and wish to do so. He reminds his patients that it is not a race, however, and all patients are discharged when considered safe to go home from a surgical and allied health point of view. 



Dr Genon is passionate about orthopaedic surgery as a science and is involved in continuing education, both locally and abroad. He has undertaken further relevant training in Europe and North America, as well as in Sydney and Brisbane.


Dr Genon is involved in research and engages in an ongoing audit of his practice including patient reported outcomes. This aids not just his own practise and current and future patients but informs the wider orthopaedic and scientific community of outcomes achieved in our area. Many of Dr Genon’s patients are invited to participate in research through answering confidential questionnaires, both before and after surgery. However, there is no obligation for patients to participate in this research.


Dr Genon was born in Belgium and emigrated to Australia at 8 years old. He was raised in Inverloch, a fishing and holiday town in South Gippsland, Victoria. When not at work Dr Genon is a family man who enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two daughters.

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Amanda Tutty


Amanda works alongside Dr Martin, Dr Genon and Dr Zafar.


We are very fortunate to have Amanda Tutty on board at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre. Amanda currently shares her time between Grafton Base Hospital where she is the Director of the Physiotherapy Department and is closely involved in projects such as day joint replacement, the Movement Logic Physiotherapy practice and our clinic.

At our practice, Amanda uses her skills and experience to help streamline the care of patients (in certain circumstances patients may be offered a consultation with Amanda free of charge). This is not a standard physiotherapy consultation, so if you are already seeing a physiotherapist, you will still find this consultation valuable.


Amanda is able to link-in or recommend other services, solve many problems, initiate some tests to speed things up as well as give you exercise and lifestyle advice. She is a very welcome addition to our team.

Amanda is in the rooms on a weekly basis to help speed up the process of seeing our Doctors, and also for pre-op appointments.

Emma Wheeler


Emma Wheeler joined our team at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre in January 2021. 

Emma comes to us with a diverse work history, working  in various industries including transport, Aquatic Education, and with her most recent experience in administration, has made for an easy transition working with us in our busy office environment.  Emma brings to our team this experience and her friendly, helpful manner,  she is excited to be part of our reception team and enjoys working with us here at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre.


She is a committed mum to two young children, was born in sunny Queensland and moved to Grafton in her teenage years. Emma now lives with her husband and children in the Clarence Valley and loves family time. 


"I am really enjoying working at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre and I love helping people" 

Christine Chevalley

Practice Manager

Chris is our Practice Manager. It was really very exciting news when Chris said she was able to accept the position as our Practice Manager. Since then, she has been a cornerstone of the practice. Starting even before we moved the furniture in, and then in every other little detail since then, her thoughtful and patient focussed guidance has seen the practice flourish in the last 12 months. Chris has many years’ experience in specialist medical administration and thrives on providing helpful and efficient service and aims to provide a positive experience for all our patients. 


Chris and our reception team collaborate with Sam, Michel and Saqib to deliver positive outcomes for all our patients throughout your entire journey with us.


Chris was born in Grafton and lives with her husband and children on the family farm. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when she is not at work.


"I am really proud of the practice we are building and the team we have and the services we provide. I really enjoy working at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre and helping patients, staff and Doctors."

Emma Bexterman


Emma Bexterman joined our team at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre in May 2020.

After previously working in a customer service focused role, Emma’s change in career brings her experience to our practice at the highest level of customer service and as she thrives on helping people fits perfectly into her current role at The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre. Emma is a highly efficient part of the team and she works hard bringing a high standard of attention to detail within all of her duties.


Emma was born in Grafton, loves to spend time with her family and friends as well as her horses and dogs on her property she shares with her husband.



"I thoroughly enjoy working as part of a team in a busy practice like The Specialist Orthopaedic Centre."