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
  • Dora Asuncion, NP-C Nurse Practitioner
  • Michael Kelly, D.C. Director of Chiropractic
  • Neil Tropiano, D.C. Chiropractor
  • Nisha Shah, D.P.T. Director of Physical Therapy
  • John De Hoyos, D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Nidhi Madhani, M.P.T. Physical Therapist
  • 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

Dora Asuncion, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner

Dora joined The Spine & Sports Health Center in 2015 as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in non-surgical musculoskeletal medicine. She began her career in health care at NYU Langone Medical Center in 2004 where she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years acquiring experience in various areas of patient care (orthopedic , vascular, ENT, and plastic surgery). Dora’s academic background includes a BS in Health Science from California State University, Fresno and a BS in nursing from Adelphi University. She earned her Masters degree in Nursing from the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program of the City University of New York in Staten Island. Dora strongly believes in building long lasting and trusting relationships with her patients. She seeks to acquire a comprehensive evaluation of every patient by taking time to listen and understand their needs. Her desire is to improve pain and function through collaboration with other members of our healthcare team. During her free time, Dora enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, and exercising.

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.

Nisha Shah, D.P.T., Director of Physical Therapy

Nisha Shah is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and the leader of our physical therapy department. She received her degree at The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Nisha specializes in treating patients with spine and joint conditions and sports injuries. She is passionate about sports and enjoys working with young athletes. She is a member of the America Physical Therapy Association and is pursuing additional certifications in strength and conditioning training (CSCS) and the McKenzie method. Her favorite part of being a physical therapist is meeting new people, hearing their stories and helping them through their journey to recovery.  

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.  

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.