Patient Testimonials

A Review of CBSI’s Dr. Colin Buchanan

Craniotomy for Excision Left Occipital Brain Mass

“Dr. Buchanan performed the surgery on 9-2-16 and my recovery has been amazing. He did a wonderful job and got all the tumor. Follow-up included only one big dose of radiation and I’m just about good as new. I really appreciated his empathy and expertise. He was very clear in his explanation of the procedure and side effects. I can’t thank him enough!”


A Review of CBSI’s Dr. Erik C. Parker

Surgery: L3-4 Hemilaminectomy and Microdiscectomy

“Surgery went exactly as Dr. Parker had discussed with me. I healed quickly – was doing quite well within a few weeks, including hiking to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan at 6 weeks post surgery! The CBSI staff was excellent, always available to explain what I needed to know both before and after surgery. I hope I won’t need any more spine surgery but if I do, I know where I’ll go – Thank you! ”

-Karen Schulman 

A Review of CBSI’s Dr. J. Paul Elliott                                               

“After years of low back pain and sciatica pain in both legs that had significantly affected my ability to enjoy simple activities, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Elliott. [He] thought the best course to take was a surgical procedure for lumbar decompression and spinal fusion. The surgery was a success and I have not felt this good in years. I’m now able to enjoy normal activities pain free.”

Margaret Kehoe

The entire staff at CBSI treated me with such kindness that
I was immediately put at ease.

Surgery: Craniotomy for a Microvascular Decompression for Hemifacial Spasm

“I had been experiencing facial spasms for 10 years when I began looking for an alternative to botox treatments. My neurologist, Dr. Bennett Mechanic, referred me to Dr. Elliott of Colorado Brain and Spine Institute, who he described as the “best of the best”. During my appointment with Dr. Elliott, he was very kind to me and explained the procedure in great detail giving me the confidence to undergo treatment. The prospect of having brain surgery is scary and yet the entire staff at CBSI treated me with such kindness that I was immediately put at ease. The surgery was a success and I’m doing great!”

-Marie Garcia

My Story by Gayle Schendzielos                                                                                       

In early May while visiting my mother for Mother’s day I went to roll over in bed and couldn’t. I had excruciating pain in my back that immobilized me. The only way to sleep at all was in a recliner and when I found a semi-comfortable spot, I didn’t move. I made my way back to Colorado and went to my Primary [doctor]. He gave me pain killers and told me to see a Neurosurgeon. A week later I ended up in the ER with debilitating pain. I was given stronger pain pills and again told to see a Neurosurgeon. I set up an appointment with Dr. Hebb. He had performed surgery on my neck and performed 2 Deep Brain Stimulations in the past 4 years. In baseball terms, he was “batting” a thousand! The deep brain stimulation surgeries gave me my life back. All 3 surgeries were very successful and I have complete faith and trust in Dr. Hebb. Dr. Hebb ordered steroid injections to see if that would help. It did not. He took me to surgery on July 29, 2015. His plan was to fuse L4, L5, and S1 by inserting 2 titanium rods and 6 screws. It would take about 5 hours. Nine hours later, Dr. Hebb had done the fusion and decompressed all the nerves going down my legs. I was in the hospital for 3 days.

“At the end of the week and a half I was walking a mile a day.”

Three months to the day after my surgery, I boarded a plane for Italy. While in Italy, I walked 54.79 miles mostly cobblestone streets without a cane. I am “wintering” in Arizona where I swim, bike ride everywhere, play shuffleboard, go to dances on Friday nights, and anything else I chose to try. I am living the dream I worked my whole life for! My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to Dr. Hebb and CBSI!

– Gayle Schendzielos

I used to focus on ‘Why me? But then I realized
I’ve gained far more than I lost.

When Lisa and Jerry Dowling married on March 3, 2007, they already knew about supporting each other “in sickness and in health.”

With Jerry by her side, Lisa had twice battled back from life-threatening illnesses prior to their marriage. In 2004, Lisa was hospitalized with a serious case of pancreatitis. Then in 2006, Lisa was diagnosed with a disorder causing blood clots in her lungs, kidneys and other major organs. Again facing near-death, Lisa recovered with Jerry by her side and was placed on a blood thinner. She required in-home physical therapy for complications, including painful neuropathy in her right foot.

A review of CBSI’s Dr. J. Paul Elliott

“Fabulous! I experienced no pain in the hospital and began driving the day after rehab ended! I now have complete mobility.”

Diane Henry
Post Lumbar Fusion