Spine Wellness Center

We believe neck and back ailments should be treated in a comprehensive, holistic way that combines traditional care options - neurological care, pain management and physical therapy – with nutritional counseling, mental health care, yoga, acupuncture, meditation and massage.

Our goal at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Spine Wellness Center is to improve lives. As a specialized spine care program, we diagnose, treat and provide ongoing care for people with chronic or acute neck and back ailments.

Spine care is complex, and we look at the most conservative treatment first. Our team believes that by optimizing our overall health and wellness, we can often avoid need for surgery. Sometimes, however, surgery becomes the best option. At that point, we focus on the least invasive approach, knowing that good general health improves surgical recovery.


  • 80%

    of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.

  • 16 million

    adults (8% of all adults)experience persistent or chronic back pain, and as a result are limited in certain everyday activities.

  • 264 million

    lost workdays in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country due to back pain.


The HHC Spine Wellness Center is designed to help people be the best version of themselves physically and mentally. 

Conditions We Treat

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot drop
  • Headache
  • Herniated, bulging or degenerative discs
  • Muscle pain and strain
  • Neck, mid-back and lower back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica/radiculopathy/leg pain
  • Scoliosis, spinal deformity, spondylolisthesis and stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Whiplash

Treatments & Services Provided

  • Medication management
  • Diagnostic testing
  • EMG
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Minimally-invasive surgery
  • Nerve testing
  • Pain management
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Reconstructive and revision spine surgery
  • Nutrition and health counseling
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling
  • Reiki

Our Location

300 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880
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Contact Us

Phone: 203.226.2499 | Fax: 203.332.3279


Our Team

In keeping with our holistic approach to your spine care, our team is made up of diverse providers, many of whom are leaders in their field. The team approaches your care in a collaborative way to bring you the greatest benefit. Members include:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Physiatrists, or physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians specializing in conditions of the brain, spinal cord and skeleton
  • Pain management physicians
  • Health psychologists
  • Advanced practitioners
  • Nurses and medical assistants
  • Physical therapists who specialize in spine care
  • Nutrition and health counselors
  • Integrative medicine practitioners offering yoga, massage and mindfulness sessions

Meet our Providers located at The Spine Wellness Center:

Name Specialties Location
Coutinho, Pedro, MD 203.332.3272
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
  • Westport
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Santiago, Jesus F., PA-C 203.332.3272
  • Neurosurgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Westport
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Walberg, Heidi, PA-C 203.332.3272
  • Neurosurgery
  • Westport
  • Bridgeport
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