Passionate Doctors Dedicated to the Well-being of Their Patients
By: Kristen Penfield
Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Riná Davis was always fascinated with the musculoskeletal system and how to manage pain. “The whole system always interested me. I did my research in spinal cord injury medicine,” said Davis. “As a physiatrist, I am able to focus on conditions affecting the spinal cord, brain, nerves, bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. We are seeing so much evolve through regenerative medicine and we are on the cutting edge of these new therapies. What we see happening in large cities such as Boston and New York with many resources, we do right here in our practice,” she added.
Davis received her medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pa.; the perfect fit for Davis is her focus of pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York Spine & Wellness Center. Their target is a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of acute and chronic pain syndromes. Their medical team consists of eight doctors, only two of whom are women. They also have over twenty-four other providers. Their team includes board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, licensed massage therapists, licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors and more. The range of choices makes New York Spine and Wellness Center, with 160 employees, an obvious first stop before making decisions.
Unfortunately, many of us know the world of spine and back pain. It affects over 31 million Americans and the answer is not always surgery. In fact, more and more of us are considering a multidisciplinary approach first, leaving the last option as surgery; most of us prefer a more holistic approach to care.
Davis added, “It simply makes sense to see us first. We consistently see patients who have experienced a failed surgery elsewhere, want to avoid surgery or at least delay surgery and discuss other options first.”
Dr. Mary Trusilo specializes in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.
Trusilo said, “Growing up in North Syracuse, I knew by the age of 4 that I wanted to be a doctor. When I was in completing my undergrad in Russian Literature at Cornell University, my true test was becoming fluent in the Russian language. I knew if I could master that, I could handle being a doctor,” she laughed. Trusilo, a soccer stand-out at Cornell, continued on to Pre-Med at Syracuse University. Trusilo attended medical school at Upstate Medical University.
Davis and Trusilo realized early on that in situations related to pain is where they could make a difference as a doctor. Davis, a mother of three (ages 21, 19 and 17) has always received tremendous support from her husband. As well, Trusilo, mother of one son (age 4) receives much support from her family.
What else makes Davis and Trusilo special? “We are compassionate and easy to talk to,” said Trusilo. In a world that is pressed for time and lacks compassion, Trusilo and Davis see to it that their patients are heard.
“We listen to our patients in order to better identify their pain. We don’t ever turn our patients away,” said Davis. “We understand they are in pain and we don’t make them wait. We like to get them in our office usually within a week of calling,” she added, noting that most of their patients stay with their practice and continue seeing their providers, as necessity dictates over the years.
Uniquely, New York Spine and Wellness Center offers a psychology staff as well. Davis insisted this is essential to treating some of their patients as chronic pain can lead to anxiety, sleep disruption and depression.
Davis said, “With the combined expertise of our staff, physical and behavioral therapies as well as medications and blocks, we are able to give our patients a unique evaluation and treatment plan; our patients receive an individualized approach.”
Trusilo added, “We use a strategic approach in order to get to the root of the problem. We conduct nerve conduction studies, electromyography testing, diagnostic injections, order MRI’s and more in order to determine where the pain is coming from. We compose a treatment plan designed specifically for each patient with attention on comprehensive wellness.”
“Feel Better, Live Better.”
Both Drs. Davis and Trusilo stated the importance of making sure their patients are helping themselves, as well. “It is imperative,” said Davis, “That our patients sustain their wellness. Exercising, eating right and not smoking are pertinent to pain treatment,” she added.
Through their plethora of services, Dr. Davis and Dr. Trusilo have the same goal as does the rest of their team: To improve quality of life.
To find a solution for your pain, contact New York Spine and Wellness Center. They are waiting for you.
Visit their website at www.nyspineandwellness.com.
Three convenient locations:
North Syracuse 5496 East Taft Road 315.552.6700
Dewitt 5719 Widewaters Parkway 315.703.3480
Camillus 5417 West Genesee St., Suite 1 315.432.4900