We are a team of diverse medical professionals and staff that come together to find the best solutions to help our patients.

  • Alex Visco, M.D. Medical Director
  • Ron Ben-Meir, D.O. Interventional Pain Management Specialist
  • Basil Kurdali, M.D. Interventional Pain Management Specialist
  • Angela Davis, FNP-C Advanced Practice Nurse/Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Michael Kelly, D.C. Director of Chiropractic
  • Neil Tropiano, D.C. Chiropractor
  • Priscilla Amponsah, PT, DPT, ATC/L Director of Physical Therapy
  • John De Hoyos, D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Nidhi Madhani, M.P.T. Physical Therapist
  • Wayne Johnson, P.T.A. Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Constance Abraczinskas Director of Operations
  • Renee Kilianski Director of Practice Development

Alex Visco, M.D., Medical Director

The Medical Director of The Spine & Sports Health Center, Alex Visco, M.D. is a Board Certified Physician who specializes in Sports Medicine, interventional procedures for neck, back and joint pain, and neurologic disorders.

Our practice’s unique “personalized” approach comes from Dr. Visco. Troubled by what he witnessed during his first job out of residency — rushed appointments, instances when patients were treated poorly by office staff, and limited access to personnel or hands-on medical care and physical therapy – he decided to do things differently when he opened his own practice. With his colleagues, Dr. Visco is committed to providing patients with:

  • Ample time to diagnose and treat each patient properly
  • Focused follow-up care to ensure the long-term benefits of treatment
  • Dedicated, one-on-one physical therapy care
  • A strong focus on listening to the patient
  • Truly excellent customer service from every staff member

Ron Ben-Meir, D.O., Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Ron Ben-Meir, D.O., is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. He specializes in sports-related injuries, affecting highly competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike, as well as general musculoskeletal pain. His number one goal is getting you back on the field in top form as soon as possible. Skilled in the latest in non-surgical interventional techniques to treat neck and back pain, Dr. Ben-Meir also performs diagnostic procedures — such as musculoskeletal ultrasound and electromyography — to better evaluate sources of muscle and nerve-related pain. This aids in treatment and can relieve pain faster by pinpointing the source. Dr. Ben-Meir focuses his practice on the comprehensive treatment of patients with sports injuries and acute or chronic pain. Patients receive an individualized treatment plan that may include options such as physical therapy, medications, yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture and targeted injections using ultrasound or fluoroscopy. All of these are great alternative options to surgery and are more cost effective.

Basil Kurdali, M.D., Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Basil Kurdali is a double board certified physician in both Interventional Pain Management and Anesthesiology.   Dr. Kurdali emphasizes an individualized approach to pain management, offering each of his patients the time & care needed to properly evaluate and treat their pain condition. He treats a variety of conditions, including: chronic neck & back pain, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, and complex regional pain syndrome. Dr. Kurdali uses non-invasive techniques to restore functionality & improve quality of life for his patients.   Before joining The Spine & Sports Health Center, Dr. Kurdali served as Assistant Professor of Pain Management and Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.   Services Dr. Kurdali provides include:
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator placement
  • Treatment for herniated discs
  • Sciatica treatment
  • Nerve pain relief
  • Whiplash associated disorder
  • Acute and chronic joint pain
  • Migraine headache relief

Angela Davis, FNP-C, Advanced Practice Nurse/Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Angela Davis has over 10 years of experience in healthcare, working in a variety of different patient population settings.   She has over six years of nursing experience, coupled with over two years of experience as an advanced practice nurse/ certified family nurse practitioner.  She also serves on a young professionals board for pediatric cancer.  Her background and experience make her uniquely qualified to identify with many different types of patients, including those suffering with various pain complaints.   Angela believes that the mind and body are both equally important to health and well-being, so she takes a passionate, holistic approach to patient care.  Her patients love her gentle bedside manner and the extra time she devotes to answer questions.

Michael Kelly, D.C., Director of Chiropractic

Michael Kelly, D.C. is a Board Certified Chiropractor who helps patients achieve essential relief for a wide range of painful conditions by providing chiropractic adjustments that effectively correct dysfunction in the spinal column and extremities. These can be especially common in high impact sports like football and hockey. In private practice for more than 15 years, Dr. Kelly uses various manipulative techniques, hands-on muscle release techniques and rehabilitation instruction to help patients achieve their goals. He focuses on treating patients who suffer from:
  • Low and mid-back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
A collegiate athlete and a student athletic trainer during his undergraduate years, Dr. Kelly is still active in sports and particularly enjoys working with athletes —from the student athlete to the weekend warrior— to improve their performance and remain injury-free. This experience has given Dr. Kelly great insight into the world of an athlete and can help you recover from injuries faster than the rest.

Neil Tropiano, D.C., Chiropractor

Dr. Tropiano grew up in NYC where he attended the prestigious Monsignor Farrell High School. Before leaving high school, Dr. Tropiano became an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest ranking. He also played on the soccer and golf teams. He went on to attend Siena College, graduating with a B.S. in Biology, which also included a concentration in Sociology. At Siena, Dr. Tropiano played rugby and also served as a team officer. Dr. Tropiano then went on to New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) where he graduated as part of the PHI CHI OMEGA Honor society with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. This program included extensive studies in human anatomy, physiology, histology, radiology, neurology and cadaveric dissection. Upon graduation, Dr. Tropiano commenced further educational opportunities, including becoming a Certified Red Cross “Protect Your Back” instructor, obtaining IME/Peer Review certification, as well as pursuing post-doctoral studies in Neurology. Dr. Tropiano then went on to create several successful multidisciplinary practices in the New York City area, and is now excited to be a part of The Spine & Sports Health Center family. He continues to serve and help with several civic organizations including the Board of the NJ-NYCA, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America and Have a Heart Foundation.

Priscilla Amponsah, PT, DPT, ATC/L, Director of Physical Therapy

Priscilla Amponsah is the leader of our physical therapy department.  She is a skilled, licensed professional who utilizes an evidence-based approach to providing hands-on, individualized care to her patients. She has treated patients of all ages from pediatric to geriatric and has valuable experiences from alternate settings, such as acute care. She is constantly seeking out new and innovative approaches to patient care, most recently working to receive her Maitland Manual Therapy certification.  What she most enjoys about working at The Spine & Sports Health Center is the rapport she builds with her patients, which helps her set realistic goals and lifestyle changes, in order to improve functionality and quality of life.  Her patients love her because at the heart of her practice, she always puts the patient first.  

John De Hoyos, D.P.T., Doctor of Physical Therapy

John De Hoyos, D.P.T. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He focuses on helping patients overcome their functional limitations due to sports injuries, orthopedic or neuromuscular conditions, or post-surgical pain. Proper conditioning and training after therapy is essential to restore regular function to the area that was injured. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University in 2000, Dr. De Hoyos’ desire to continue his health career drove him to achieve his Doctorate at Midwestern University in 2007.

Nidhi Madhani, M.P.T., Physical Therapist

Nidhi Madhani is a board-certified physical therapist who received her masters in physical therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She decided to become a physical therapist after she underwent therapy for her own ACL injury. What at the time seemed like an incredibly unfortunate incident, actually helped her decide her career-path, and makes her all that more understanding with her patients now, having been on the other side of things. She is always dedicated to helping her patients return back to their pre-injury level, just as she did for herself. We welcome her to our family from her years of experience in various clinical settings, everything from acute to out-patient care.  

Wayne Johnson, P.T.A., Physical Therapist Assistant

Wayne Johnson is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with eleven years of diversified experience, including orthopedic, geriatric, neuromuscular, and pediatric.  Often referred to by his patients as “golden hands”, Wayne takes great pride in his work and is truly compassionate and dedicated to providing quality treatments for his patients.  He is passionate about patient education and especially dedicated to helping patients maintain proper body mechanics and form, so that they get the most benefit out of their hard work. Additionally, Wayne has a background in myofacial release training, with the purpose of benefitting and restoring function to patients of all ages.  

Constance Abraczinskas, Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations at The Spine and Sports Health Center, Connie Abrasczinskas has 10 years of experience working closely with insurance, our patients, and our providers to ensure the best possible care for each and every patient. Connie has played a major part in our success and in helping us to continue our growth. Connie has managed various administrative transitions, has multi-site management experience and has worked effortlessly to provide leadership and support for our team. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Renee Kilianski, Director of Practice Development

Renee takes great pride in working with patients to help them achieve their health goals. She works closely with the doctors and is known for going above and beyond to serve them and their patients’ needs. Renee possesses the enthusiasm to support patients throughout every stage of their treatment and recovery. She is very service-oriented and is eager to assist in all aspects of patient care. An avid listener who leads by example, she is great at addressing any concerns or questions that patients may have and encourages our entire office staff to do the same.