Doctor: Laurence E. Mermelstein, MD

We brought Allie to Long Island Spine Specialists to evaluate the curve in her spine and scoliosis. There is a family history of scoliosis.

How was your first visit with your Doctor?

Our visit was emotional, no parent wants to hear that their child has something wrong, Dr. Mermelstein put our minds and hearts at ease. He explained how we were going to treat Allie’s scoliosis as a team and gave us comfort with the plan, Dr. Mermelstein’s details were thorough and easy to follow.

What were your expectations of what surgery/procedure would be like?

We were hoping for time spent, caring care, we were hoping for explanations and plans, we were hoping for knowledge in what was happening and what we could expect, we got all of that

How was the actual surgery/procedure? How did you feel after the surgery/procedure?

Dr. Mermelstein and his team were everything we hoped for. They were kind, reassuring and took as much time as we needed to understand what was happening with our daughter and what was ahead. We left the office feeling less worried and more confident that we could deal with what needed to be done.” -Allie’s parents

Why did you choose Long Island Spine Specialists?

We elected to see Dr. Mermelstein at LISS due to his reputation as well as what we heard from other people’s experiences.

What advice would you give someone who is considering seeking spine care in the future?

Our advice is to seek out the best care you can find, do your homework, learn about what you need and find a team like Long Island Spine Specialists, PC that can confidently bring you through the entire process.

Tell us a little about yourself: What is your profession? What are your hobbies?

Allie is a 7-year-old (she was 4 years old when we first saw Dr. Mermelstein). In or out of her brace, she loves dancing, playing with her Barbies, being a Daisy, playing soccer, singing and being with her friends. She picks her brace colors based on the colors of the rainbow and although she would rather not wear one, she understands why she should and is brave every day with it.

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