Accessibility Tools

Florida, USA

Hello! My name is Asheen and I am 27 years old. I am originally from Port Antonio, Jamaica where I was born and raised until I migrated to the US back in 2016. At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis. I immediately started to see my old doctor back home in Jamaica who was monitoring my scoliosis. He said it was fine because I only had a 15 degree curve. However my scoliosis kept on progressing, especially after child birth. I flew to the US that same year but I never met with Dr. Feldman until 2017, when he began to monitor the progression of my curvature (spine). He had me doing physical therapy since I wasn't mentally ready for that kind of surgery. The therapy helped somewhat but I was starting to have pain and then I finally made up my mind to do this surgery once and for all. So sometime in 2021 I scheduled to have my surgery the following year which would be February 16, 2022.

I was very scared because I am a single mom and my son only has me but Dr. Feldman always reassured me that I would be fine. He also is a family doctor in the sense that he will ask how my son is doing and how everything is. He is not like a lot of doctors who rush through the appointment. He takes his time to get familiar with his patients. Prior to surgery, after reviewing my MRI, he realized that I had another medical problem with my spine and if I did the original surgery (which was a spinal fusion) I could be paralyzed. Dr. Feldman helped to recommend the best neurosurgeon in the area. That surgery was a success. I am just very happy that Dr. Feldman spotted the problem before the day of my spinal fusion.

On the day of surgery, I was nervous because I knew it was a major surgery but I trusted Dr. Feldman. His words were very comforting so I began to relax and knew that I was in good hands. My sister in law saw me off and I met the team of doctors and nurses and everyone was awesome. I remember waking up seeing my sister in law, smiling telling me I did great even though I felt like a truck ran over me. Haha!

The next day, I was up walking. I didn't use any walker because I refused to. I told myself I was going to be strong and I did just that. My entire stay at the hospital, which was seven days, I never once used a walker. I got up and used the restroom on my own. I took about two to three walks a day, sometimes more because as the days went by I was walking pretty strong by myself. Once I took my pain medicine I was okay to do just about anything. I did OT and PT while I was in the hospital which was very helpful. The staff was really amazing there.

With that being said, after my spinal fusion I felt like a new person; like life had begun in a sense because my spine was straight. Once I saw that, I cried because I never felt quite normal when I had scoliosis. Dr. Feldman did an awesome and amazing job, my scar is beautiful and I feel confident again in myself and wearing certain types of clothing again.

It was a journey and still is because I am still recovering. Its been about 4 months now. There are days when I am a bit sad/down because I can't do as much yet, but I look on the bright side that now I have a new image, all thanks to Dr. Feldman. I am also doing physical therapy with my therapist Brian at the Paley Institute Rehabilitation and he is a wonderful therapist.

I would recommend Dr. Feldman any day. He is truly amazing as well as his team. Thank you guys for everything and now I get to live my life to the fullest.

[javascript protected email address]

West Palm Beach Paley Institute
901 45th Street
Kimmel Building
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

New York, NY 30 E. 40th St.
Room 905
New York, NY 10016

Paley European Institute Medicover Hospital
Al. Rzeczpospolita 1
02-972 Warsaw Poland