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Back Pain Centers of America Announces Healthcare Network Member Long Island Spine Specialists Conducting Humanitarian Effort For Children In Pain

Press Release

May 17, 2016

Giving Back to Underprivileged Children in Ethiopia and Costa Rica

ATLANTA, GA – May 17, 2016 – Back Pain Centers of America (BPC), which connects people searching for solutions to their neck and back pain to find a reputable physician in their area, announces that their network member spine care provider, Long Island Spine Specialists is donating surgical and administrative expertise in Ethiopia and Costa Rica to help children in need. Back Pain Centers of America is supporting the effort by making a financial donation in support of the Long Island Spine effort via Spine Hope, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing advanced spinal treatments directly to underprivileged children around the world.

Long Island Spine Specialists’ executive director, Mae Caime, R.N., is returning to Ethiopia in mid-May representing non-profit organization Spine Hope for evaluation of hospitals where they can perform scoliosis surgeries to a large number of children. Caime will be caring for children on this mission and also helping to establish a hospital to service more children over time in a quality healthcare setting.

The Long Island-based medical practice has supported three medical mission trips providing medical care to impoverished children of Ethiopia. In February, Laurence E. Mermelstein, M.D. and Kristopher Stillwell, PA-C as a part of Spine Hope went to Costa Rica to perform life-changing scoliosis surgeries to children with no access to this advanced medical care.

“When a child is diagnosed with scoliosis in the U.S., they are immediately treated with a brace, doctor visits and physical therapy,” says Caime. “In Ethiopia, this treatment is not readily available, and children’s spines slowly deteriorate into a debilitating S-shape that threatens the health and performance of their heart and lungs. We are excited to head back to a country that desperately needs our expertise so we can help alleviate the pain causing too many children to suffer.”

“We are proud to have world-class surgery centers like Long Island Spine Specialists in our provider network,” says Brent Wheeler, president of Back Pain Centers of America. “Our job is to expand the awareness and expertise of spine health providers to more patients who need help. We are especially proud of the physicians and medical providers who give of their own time, money, and expertise to help children who do not have access to the kind of quality medical care we have in the United States. We applaud Long Island Spine Specialists for exemplifying ‘community healthcare’ globally and are proud to contribute our own funds to support the effort.”

About Long Island Spine Specialists

Long Island Spine Specialists (LISS), P.C. is a comprehensive orthopaedic spine medical practice offering surgical and interventional procedures, diagnostics, and conservative treatment to patients. LISS has four offices in Commack, West Islip, Garden City and Manorville, New York. Learn more at

About Back Pain Centers of America

Back Pain Centers of America (BPC) has helped people find safe, reliable relief for chronic pain since 2009. The call centers match patients searching for relief for neck and back pain to reputable, board-certified healthcare practices in their geographic area. BPC has the largest network of minimally-invasive spine centers in America. This service is free to patients. For more information for patients, please visit For spine practices interested in joining the network, please visit Also follow BPC on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

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