Dr. Dowling,

I want to thank Dr. Thomas Dowling for telling me on our first visit after xrays mris and catscans emgs with physical therapy epidural injections and various other pain managment medication options in the year 2000 for stating his medical opinion that spinal surgery is not what I need. He saved my life by not operating on me. After a car accident 3/17/2000 in NJ His skilled medical staff and himself of course were able to assist in medical billing and Binder & Binder Social Security Disability paper work. It is now 13+ years since that car accident and I feel no pain unless I am forced to sit or stand for over 4 hours a clip. I recommend Dr. Thomas Dowling for a first, second or third opinion.Sincerely, Christina T.

Dr. Dowling,

As I go through each day newly pain-free, I think how fortunate I am to have come under your care. I truly believe that you've given me my life back and I'm deeply grateful!! I retired from teaching in June, but I feel that my retirement is REALLY just beginning now. Thank you for everything. Sincerely, Marianne K.

Dr. Mermelstein,

"Saying thank you just doesn't seem to say enough to tell you how eternally grateful I am to you for helping me. You gave my life back to me when no one else could seem to help me. I have highly recommended you to people and anyone who has seen you is always pleased. I also would like to thank you for helping me find Dr, Mishkit, she is a wonderful surgeon too".

"You have actually saved me twice, and for that I can't find enough words to express how thankful I am. Thank you for everything. I'll never forget what you have done for me".

Dr. Dewal,

"I can’t begin to thank you for being such an amazing doctor! 3 Years have passed since I had my spinal fusion and I feel great :) If it wasn't for you I would not be where I am today… So thank you from the bottom of my heart! Much Love, Nikki K.

Dr Mermelstein and everyone at Long island Spine Specialists,

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of us. You have given me back my husband and the rest of our lives. We can’t thank you enough. JB

Dr. Dowling’s honesty is very refreshing in this economy. You put my mind at ease about the pain in my back & your honesty in saying I don’t need surgery! BB

Dr. Basra
Today I had an appointment with Dr. Basra. What a wonderful experience! He was willing to listen, able to explain the problem to someone who is NOT a doctor and provide a reasonable first step to address the issue. I do not think I have ever encountered a doctor like him. Thank you for taking time with me. I appreciate all your help today. LL

Saying thank you just doesn’t seem to say enough to tell Dr. Mermelstein how eternally grateful I am to him for helping me. He gave my life back to me when no one else could seem to help me. I have highly recommended Dr. Mermelstein to people and anyone who has seen Dr. Mermelstein is always pleased. Dr. Mermelstein has saved me and I will never forget what he has done for me.

Kathleen C.

Thank you so much Dr. Basra for taking the time and patience to perform surgery and help make me get better, your hospitality is excellent. Dr. Basra isn’t just a doctor he takes the time to know his patients and he always has a smile and always has something uplifting and cheerful to say. Dr. Basra made me feel comfortable the first time I met him and that matters a lot to a patient when your concerned about your wellbeing. Dr. Basra is special and is full of kindness.

Melody M.

Dr. Basra changed my life. After years of chronic pain and being shuffled from doctor to doctor that didn't want to operate on me, my daughter found Dr. Basra. His office is exceptional and bedside manner is impeccable. I can legitimately say he is one of the best doctors I ever had. My surgery (lumber fusions) was a huge success, I am walking straighter than I have in years and have very minimal pain. I can not thank him and LI Spine enough for giving me my life back. I would recommend Dr. Basra and his practice to anyone. He's a great, kind guy who I would trust with my life.

Ronald S.

Dr Basra is excellent he did great with my surgery and the horrible pain in my legs and stenosis are gone I am now back to my life before pain he was highly recommended to me by other doctors and I'm glad with the results his bed side manner is tremendous the staff is great it is always a pleasure to come to this office I highly recommend him.

Bruce B.

Dr Abbasi is my physician I just finished having epidural steroid injections and I am feeling so much better! My pain was so severe and I wasn't able to sleep or even walk right. I was on pain medications daily and now after being treated by Dr Abbasi I got my life back. Im sleeping and walking a lot better and don't have to take meds anymore. The staff is amazing and its a pleasure to come to this office always everyone is always so friendly! I highly recommend this office!

Kathy R.

I can't say enough great things about my experience with Dr. Dewal these past 3-4 months. I am a FT practicing dentist and was experiencing severe shoulder and radiating arm pain which I learned from another doctor was related to stenosis and herniated discs in my neck. As you can imagine I was very frightened about not only my extreme pain, but about my ability to continue in my livelihood where I was now struggling to treat my own patients. I contacted Dr. Dewal for a second opinion who so graciously spoke to me initially on the phone (including a lengthy conversation later in the evening) and comforted me with his confident approach to helping me with my problem. He got me in for an appointment very quickly, spent a lot of time with me in an unrushed manner, and reviewed my situation, his recommendations and explained everything in detail. He clearly was very experienced with my problem and made me much more comfortable that I was in the ri ght place. I liked that he was not pushing me to do surgery unless it was absolutely necessary, until we exhausted all the more conservative options. Once it became apparent that this was my only solution, Dr. Dewal did my anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for 2 levels. All I can say is my severe pain was relieved almost immediately as a result of the surgery and the post operative recovery went as smoothly as I could have hoped. I was back working on patients, with full range of motion in my neck, less than a month later! Now at my 3 month follow up, all is healing well and I can resume all my regular activities. Dr. Dewal never seemed bothered by my many questions I had along this process, and his warm, friendly personality was such a pleasant change from many other experiences I've had! All I can say is if you have spinal or neck problems that need to be evaluated and treated, look no further than Dr. Dewal of Long Island Spine Specialists, as you will be in great h ands with him and his terrific staff!

Richard K.

I could not be happier with the professionalism of the entire staff. They understand the pain one goes though after a major surgery as in what I had multi-level ACDF surgery and they always are so caring and pleasant. Dr. Basra is a very attentive and caring Doctor. I have 150 % confident with his diagnosis, surgery, and follow up. This Doctor will call you back immediately or have somebody call. Love, love love this man who is healing by neck, it is a slow process. Excellent bedside manner and he is a Doctor that is not in it for the cash, but he gets so happy when you tell him that you are starting to feel better.

Wendi E.

Best doctor's appointment I have ever been to. Dr Basra was patient, nice and helped me so much. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor. The staff in his office were great too. From the girl on the phone that made my appointment to all the staff that I met in the office. Just a wonderful office. Highly recommend!


This office is the best. Dr Dowling, is very professional, caring, he takes the time to explain everything in detail regarding my dx's. I never have to worry, i know i am having the best care possible. I rate this office over the top. And thank them for taking good care of me. The staff, from the md's to the office staff, is excellent.

Michele K.

Dr. Dowling is a very kind hearted Doctor his passion as a Doctor just pours at as he is speaking to me and reviewing my condition. His staff is so friendly and I have always been treated with respect and kindness whenever I step into the office it is always so clean and beautiful I can tell that they put a lot of effort into the way the office looks to make sure the patient experience is the best I highly recommend Dr Dowling.

Michelle A.

Dr. Dowling treated me for 2 herniated discs in my cervical spine. He first recommended PT, which didn't do much. He then had me do pain injections which didn't work either. Finally he performed a spinal fusion surgery which was the best thing I've ever done. The pain I was in for over 2 years was debilitating, which I didn't realize until after I had the procedure. It was the best thing I ever did and Dr. Dowling was very conservative and an expert in treating this.

I am an athlete and I was referred to Dr. Abbasi regarding what was thought to be pinched nerve in my neck. He diagnosed it to be a shoulder problem and treated me appropriately. I had a great experience with him and his office staff and have since returned to my level of training prior to being treated by him.

Thomas G.

I have had lower back issues for several years and saw a few physicians in the past before seeing Dr. Abbasi. I am very happy with my treatment with him. He has helped me return to the active life that I enjoy and the sports and activities that I enjoy playing which I was not able to do for a while. His office is very well run and he has friendly staff as well.

Brian D.

I have been seeing Dr. Abbasi for over a year for osteoarthritis in the neck and back I get trigger point shots each month and it helps - his office is professional and helpful - he is compassionate and understands what pain I'm in - I find him to be a competent compassionate thorough doctor - and would recommend him to anyone with back and neck pain.

Joyce M.

She took the time with me and was very thorough. I haven't been to a doctor who I feel actually cares before visiting Dr Patel. Between facet joint injections in my low back and PT she has me back to a good life. I can be "normal". Best part is she does not prescribe pain meds. She is motivated to find other better ways to help. I recommend everyone to Dr Patel.


Dr. Patel is an amazing doctor. She has such a kind spirit!! She always takes her time with me when I come to see her and explains everything thoroughly. I have had an injection with her and I am now back to my life before pain. I highly recommend Dr. Patel and the staff at her office is also so polite and friendly.

Kevin B.

I was seen by Dr. Patel today for the first time. She listened to my story of Chronic neck pain. She offered many different treatment options to me. The clean/new office environment & friendly staff made for a good experience. I trust my future Pain management care to dr. Patel & meeting with her today was a positive experience. She seems to have a vast knowledge of helping with pain & arthritis, and she is a good listener & friendly. I will be returning to her for my chronic pain solutions help.

John L.

I have had years of back pain. And I've seen so many other docs and Spine surgeons. But no one took the time like this doctor, Dr Patel took the time to talk to me and examine me and she even showed me my actual MRI pictures. And then I got better with PT and medications and epidurals ,my life is back. No pun intended :) Now I can play with my kids and I'm so much happier. I recommend her to anyone. Sure I have some flare ups but so much better now.


​Dr Sanelli is extremely thorough, courteous and knowledgeable. He spends plenty of time to determine what is needed and does only what would help and is careful to find the right treatment.

Dr. DeWal is highly knowledgeable and his surgical skills are extensive and Grade A his bed side manner is what any patient would expect from their doctor the care and attention exceeded our expectations so many people wanted us to go the city but we knew his skills were just s good and even better I had a very complex neck surgery and I'm so glad I chose Dr DeWal he made me feel confident and the staff was amazing and professional I highly recommend this practice.

George F.

​Dr. DeWal has an amazing talent. It is a scary thing when going for back surgery but as soon as I met with him I had no worries. I knew I was in good hands his compassion his understanding and his concern was comforting. If I had to do it all over again I would I highly recommend anyone needing back surgery and is in a lot of pain to find the outstanding ability and talent that Dr. DeWal has and take care of themselves to live a full happy pain free life!