Spinal Champion Advocate Program



Talk to a Real Spine Patient

Spinal Champion Advocates are real spine patients invited into the program by the National Spine Health Foundation and offer truthful insights on topics such as: diagnosis, recovery, questions to ask, second opinions, finding emotional support, and finding educational resources.  Scroll down to meet the Advocates and submit a question.

Carrie Holl
Virginia | C5-C6 disk replacement
Carusi, Dan
Dan Carusi
Virginia | Microdiscectomy for L3/L4 herniated disc
Nancy Finch Spinal Champion
Nancy Finch
Virginia | Scoliosis Correction
Michelle Higgins Spinal Champion
Michelle Higgins
Virginia | Surgical and Nonsurgical | Low Back, Neck
Perez, Mike
Mike Perez, MD
Virginia | One-Level Spinal Fusion, Lower Back
Rafael Rodriguez
Rafael Rodriguez
California | Two-Level Spinal Fusion, Lower Back
Spinal Champion Ella
Ella Turk
Virginia | Scoliosis, Nonsurgical, Back Brace
Abby Weber Spinal Champion
Abby Weber
New York | Arthritis, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back
Mary Wykle Spinal Champion
Mary Wykle, PhD
Virginia | Adult Scoliosis, Spinal Fusions Lower Back
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Spinal Champion Advocates do not offer professional medical advice nor make diagnoses. Rather, they share their own patient experiences. They are not employees of the National Spine Health Foundation and their views do not necessarily reflect those of the National Spine Health Foundation. Spinal Champion Advocates may choose not to respond to patient messages that appear to be spam or abuse. They are not required to respond to patient messages and all conversations had are on a volunteer basis. If Advocates choose not to respond, they are encouraged to forward requests to the NSHF Program Manager.  he National Spine Health Foundation reserves the right to remove them from the Spinal Champion Advocate program at any time.


Interested in becoming a Spinal Champion Advocate? Apply here!