Dr. Spires is the PM&R Associate Chair for Education. In 2012, she was selected as American Academy of APM&R Distinguished Clinician. Dr. Spires was awarded inaugural membership of the U of M Medical School Academy Of Excellence in Education in 2012. She has served as Chair of the AAPM&R Medical Rehabilitation Council and on the PM&R Knowledge NOW Editorial Board. She is past Chair of the Residency and Fellowship Program Director’s Council of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. She has served on the UMHS Graduate Medical Education Board and has received the PM&R Silver Crutch Teaching Award.
She is the lead editor of Prosthetic Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Upper and Lower Extremity (2014) and The Manual of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is author of peer-reviewed journals publications and author of many book chapters.