- College: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1993
- Medical School: UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey, 1997
- Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Fellowship: Sports and Spine Rehabilitation; Beth Israel Hospital, New York, New York
Interventional physiatry is a branch of physiatry that treats pain using precisely placed anti-inflammatory injections into the spine and pelvis guided by a specially equipped x-ray. At ONS these procedures are performed in our advanced on-site radiology suite. Dr. Heftler is highly skilled at administering injections and has administered over 6000 fluoroscopically guided therapeutic injections.
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I have living with chronic pain for years from a 14 year-old injury … I didn’t realize how used to it I had gotten. For the last 2 1/2 years, the pain became debilitating and I’ve gone to SO MANY doctors with no answers or guidance except physical therapy and meds and stretching! CLEARLY this wasn’t helping. One day I saw an ad for ONS on TV, then a billboard on the highway and decided it was worth one more try. While they didn’t have insurance compatibility yet in Harrison which is more convenient for me … they did in Greenwich and I went to see Dr. Heftler. I ran a couple minutes late and was stressing because usually doctors’ offices are so rude when you run late ….. but she couldn’t have been more patient, understanding and put me at ease. At my first visit, Dr. Heftler was super helpful and asked me questions no other doctors had. He prescribed something no one else had that helped to slowly reduce the pain. I’ve had 5 MRIs and not one doctor asked if I had had one with contrast until Dr. Heftler. I then had one with contrast and he found the problem. Now onto the next steps. I couldn’t be more relieved, grateful, validated and appreciative. Thank you so much for thinking outside the box to figure it out. You have no idea what you did for me. I will recommend this establishment to everyone I know … (5 star review on Google written by Essie C.)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physiatric Association of Spine and Occupational Rehabilitation
International Spine Intervention Society
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Castle Connolly Americas Top Doctors, 2009 – 2018
New York Magazine Best Doctors 2013,-2015, 2017, 2018
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2009-2015
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctors 2013, 2014, 2016 – 2018
Stamford Magazine Top Doctors 2013, 2016- 2018
New Canaan Magazine Top Doctors 2013, 2016- 2018
Darien Magazine Top Doctors 2013, 2016-2018
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Dr. Heftler has done over 15,000 fluoroscopically guided injections.
He specializes in the non-operative treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders.