Spine Wellness Center

As one of the Northeast’s most innovative and advanced centers of care, the Spine Wellness Center offers a new approach to caring for people with spine ailments. Our multidisciplinary team allows us to care for the whole person to achieve ongoing spine health.


The Spine Wellness Center offers a one-stop approach with collaboration between physiatrists, neurosurgeons, pain specialists, behavioral health specialists, neurologists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and nutritionists all under the same roof.


Back to Life Fitness Program

The Path to a Healthier Active Life

Back to Life Fitness is a medical exercise program under the close supervision and instruction of an Exercise Physiologist in order to assist those who wants to strengthen muscles, increase endurance, speed, flexibility, or improve balance to keep
the body fit, active and healthy.

The BTL program specializes in working with individuals who may have the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurological
  • Metabolic
  • Cardiovascular
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BTL is open to anyone, even those completing care from a physical therapist, chiropractor or other medical provider.

Through BTL, our Exercise Physiologist will design, monitor, adapt, and implement customized exercise individually and in coordination with your clinician/healthcare professionals.

Back to Life Fitness is offered at:

Comprehensive Back Care

At the Spine Wellness Center, we offer comprehensive back care including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • EMG
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Physiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Yoga, acupuncture, meditation and massage

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

Spine Wellness Center Team

We are made up of a diverse group of specialists who work closely together throughout a patients journey from your initial visit to post procedure care.

Our Team

Awards & Accreditations

At the Spine Wellness Center, we strive to continue to be leaders in our field with proficiency in the latest technology and best patient outcomes possible.

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Spine Wellness Center
300 Post Road West Suite 102
Westport, CT 06880
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In an emergency, call 911

Contact us for business hours

  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Contact us for business hours
  • Sunday Contact us for business hours

About This Location

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. 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.
Spine Wellness Center

Service Information

Services at Location

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Back Surgery
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dementia
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Globus ExcelsiusGPS™
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompressions
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal Pain Management
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myopathy
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Neurosciences
  • Non-Interventional Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peroneal Neuropathy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revisional Surgeries
  • Robotic Spinal Surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Disorder
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Surgery
  • Tension Headaches
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

Provider Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spine Surgery

Our Team

Practices At This Location

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS Medicare
  • CarePartners of Connecticut
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Colonial Cooperative Care
  • Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.
  • Connecticare
  • Connecticare Commercial
  • Connecticare Medicare
  • Corvel
  • Coventry
  • Essence Healthcare
  • Evercare
  • First Health Group Corp.
  • Focus
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Health Connecticut
  • Health Direct
  • Health New England
  • Healthy Connecticut
  • HMC/ Northeast Healthcare
  • Medspan Commercial
  • Medspan Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Northeast Health Direct
  • One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Health Care Systems, Inc.
  • Senior Whole Health
  • United Healthcare
  • WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

Planning Your Visit

300 Post Road West Suite 102
Westport, CT 06880
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Patient and Visitor Resources

Close To Public Transportation WiFi Equipped Wheelchair Accessible Smoke Free

Awards & Accreditations

Aetna IOQ Spine Surgery Recognition

St. Vincent’s Medical Center has been designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® for Spine Surgery. St. Vincent’s Spine Surgery Program was chosen for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care and a proven commitment to continuous improvement.

The Joint CommissionAdvanced Certification in Spine Surgery

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is one of only six centers in the country to receive Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission, an independent organization dedicated to improving healthcare for the public.

The spine program at St. Vincent’s, a collaboration between the Ayer Neuroscience and the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institutes, is one of only two hospitals in Connecticut to receive this certification. The only other Connecticut facility with this designation is Hartford HealthCare’s Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

These accreditations make Hartford HealthCare the only system in Connecticut with advanced spine certification.


Meet our Spine Care Specialists

Same day appointments available with Vijay Yanamadala, MD, and Pedro Coutinho, MD.

Khalid Abbed


Spine Surgery

Medical Group Spine Wellness Center
Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
Pedro De Oliveira Coutinho



Medical Group The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Adam Riso



Medical Group The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Westport, CT 06880
Jesus Santiago



Medical Group Spine Wellness Center
Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
Heidi Walberg



Medical Group Spine Wellness Center
Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
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Bridgeport, CT 06606
Vijay Yanamadala



Medical Group Spine Wellness Center
Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
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Milford, CT 06461

Meet our Pain Medicine Specialists:

Anthony Karam


Pain Medicine

Medical Group The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Milford, CT 06461
Rajat Sekhar


Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Spine Wellness Center - Pain Management
Westport, CT 06880
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Milford, CT 06461

Physical therapists who specialize in spine care

Michel DeVos, (BSc) PT
Physical Therapist

Michel De Vos, PT
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James Del Rio, EP
Exercise Physiologist

James Delrio
(view James' bio)

Akira Do, PT, MS
Physical Therapist

Akira Do
(view Akira's bio)

Johanna Fisher, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist

Joanna Fisher
(view Johanna's bio)

Michael Gans, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist

Michael Gans
(view Michael's bio)

Jamie Griffin, PT, DPT, CSCS, FDN 1
Physical Therapist

Jamie Griffin
(view Jamie's bio)

Austin Jones, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Austin Jones
(view Austin's bio)

Rebecca Missimer, PT, DPT, NCS, Neuro-IFRAH, CBIS
Physical Therapist

Rebecca Missimer
(view Rebecca's bio)

Integrative medicine practitioners offering yoga, massage and mindfulness sessions

Dean Choksi, LAc

Dean Choski, LAc

Lynne Camera, RN, CNRN, HC

Lynn Camera


Melissa Keeney, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

Melissa Keeney
(view Melissa's Facebook page)


Nabil Matmati, PhD
Research Director

Nabil Matmati, PhD

Ayer Neuroscience Institute Spine Care