Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

August 04, 2015

Before surgery, I had difficulty walking more than several hundred feet some days and others, more like 50 feet. Now, I am half way through my new year’s goal of walking 1,000 miles in 2015. As of July 11, I have walked 547 miles and will be doing my 5.1 mile walk to Starbucks and back later this morning! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melissa Gebhardt Tsai and Dennis Crandall. You have given me back my life.


Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD, Melissa Gebardt Tsai, PA-C


Never Say it Can't Be Done

August 03, 2015

I have had three previous spinal surgeries between 2007 and 2009. Each surgeon told me that their corrections were the very best and THAT there was very little hope I would walk or stand upright ever again. They were so wrong. Dr. Chang gave me those two gifts, standing and walking. He is mine and my family's hero!!!


Posted in Testimonials, Michael Chang, MD


Knowledgeable and Professional

August 03, 2015

Dr. Datta performed my revision surgery on my lumbar spine after another Mesa neurosurgeon botched my first fusion. Although the damage had already been done after my first surgery, Dr. Datta stabilized my spine, and allowed my fusion to heal correctly.

Posted in Testimonials, Jason Datta, MD


After Completing the Walk, I Felt Ecstatic!

August 03, 2015

Dear Dr. Crandall and Melissa,

Earlier this month, Alex and I went to Show Low for a few days to cool off. Three years ago, we visited the same town and lake for a reprieve before my 2012 back surgery. At that time, I could only walk around the lake (flat paved surface) for fifteen minutes because of the stenosis and pains shooting down my leg.

However, this month, I walked around the entire lake (about a mile) and had no trouble other than shortness of breath due to higher altitude. After completing the walk, I felt ecstatic! I wanted to call you right then with a Big Thank You! For me, it was like running a 5k, only on a smaller scale!

You and your team have certainly changed my life. As I enter the sixth decade of my life, I am fairly active (walk, swim, work out at gym, substitute teach, etc.). I do not plan on sky diving or surfing anytime soon, so I should be good.

Dr. M has prescribed a compound lotion that helps greatly with the cervical pain and muscle tightness. That really is my only problem spot. My back does require a break on long trips in the car, but doesn’t everyone?

My heart is filled with thanksgiving that I came to you in 1997. Our medical relationship is very dear to me. I recommend you to everyone. It seem like so many are opposed to surgery, but for me, it was the answer to a productive life!

Much appreciation and thanks,


Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD


I no longer say, " No, I can't." I now say ,"Yes, I can"

July 29, 2015

I was heavily involved with high school sports, a physical education major in college, an Army infantry officer and 28 years a middle school teacher. My hobbies were bicycling and white water rafting. As I neared retirement problems started showing up in my lower back. My weight gain added to the problem.

The pain became a case of how tense and how frequent. I lived with it, but the pain won out. I've tried steroid shots, chiropractic decompression, acupuncture and radio frequency ablation. The RFA lasted the longest, almost 10 yrs.

However, the pain did return and RFA seemed the right choice again. It's been months since the procedure and I am doing very well. I go on mile long dog walks each day and several bike rides each week. Dr. Mosallaie and his team are very good at this. Thanks to them I no longer say, " No, I can't." I now say ,"Yes, I can". Thank you, Dr. Mosallaie.


Posted in Testimonials, Farhad Mosallaie, PhD, DO


Gave Me and My Family Back My Lifestyle

July 10, 2015

I currently work for the Fire Department and my quality of life before my injury was very active. I hiked, biked, fished, went to the gym, golfed, and spent many days with my kids teaching softball, volleyball, and raising animals. I injured my lower back leaving me with severe nerve tension and electric pain down my left leg. I could barely stand, walk, or even sit for a long period. My life was miserable and depression started to kick in. I was consuming over the counter pain relief medications just to get through each day and remained on our couch for several months. My position of comfort was legs lifted on the arm rest of our couch and my back on the seat cushion. Ice packs and heat treatments seemed to make some of the pain go away.

During this miserable experience, I encountered 3 epidurals and probably consumed 2 prescriptions of ibuprophen without any relief. Now you can predict what changes my health was making…. YES, 20 pounds heavier from the steroid injections and not being active at all!

Posted in Testimonials, Michael Chang, MD


Tempe & Peoria Office Shine

June 25, 2015

Before I go in for my surgery tomorrow I wanted to thank you for all your help and ask if you could pass along my gratitude to the staff at the Tempe and the Peoria office. Everyone I have had the opportunity to meet have been great, and I feel Dr. Fedoriw could not have recommended a better practice.

Thanks again for all you have done,


Posted in Testimonials


June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

June 22, 2015

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

With June being #ScoliosisAwareness month, I think this is fitting. It's all thanks to Dr. Chang, Jan Revella, and Pierre! You guys are amazing!

- P.L.

Posted in Testimonials, Michael Chang, MD


Dr. Datta is a Genius at His Craft

June 15, 2015

I would like to say a very special thank you to Dr. Datta, And his assistants Amy and Kassandra. I had to have 2 separate lower lumbar surgeries within 6 weeks of each other. When I needed forms for work, insurance etc.., they would always accommodate my needs and get them done in a timely manner. Dr. Datta is a genius at his craft. He will take the time to explain everything in detail so the patient feels more comfortable with what they will be going through. I have been dealing with back and leg pain for almost 2 years. One day post-op and I feel incredible. Again, thank you to Dr. Datta, Amy and Kassandra.


Posted in Testimonials, Jason Datta, MD


Back to Work, Doing Well, and Active!

June 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Young,

I would like to formally thank you for caring for my brother. He is recovering to a level that is just wonderful. You have literally given him his lifestyle back again. He is back to work, doing very well, and is active. I have not seen him look so good and be so active in years. His current quality of life is amazing.

I would also like to thank you for clearly explaining the pathology of his spinal problem, showing us his x-rays and other diagnostic tests. You made it very clear what the problem was for him, plus what could be done to help him regain his health.

You are very skilled as a surgeon and a healer. Thank you for helping my brother.

Very truly yours,

Posted in Testimonials, Lyle Young, MD


Keep Up the Good Work Total Body PT

June 03, 2015

Bert, Yoshi, Jessica, Michael, & Derek,

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your help in making me feel so much better. Keep up the good work.

Thanks so much.


Posted in Testimonials


You Have Impacted My Life

May 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Young,

When I was a child, probably 3 or 4 years old, there was a doctor that my mom would take me to see for all of the usual childhood ailments. This was back in the day when doctors would make house calls, so sometimes he would even come to our home to see us when we were sick, my siblings or me. I only knew him as Doctor Earl. I remember the times when I would see Dr. Earl because he would talk with me, ask me questions and explain things to me in ways a child could understand. I could feel he really cared. He would joke with me, tell me stories and thus because of all these things he could give me shots that wouldn't hurt. He had such a big impact on my life that some 55 years later I still remember.

I am telling you this Doctor Young because I want you to know that in all the years since I have never had another experience like that, until an accident introduced me to you. I will never be able to express my appreciation or thank you enough for all you've done, but even more than that, for your humanity. Taking the time to really listen to me and learn who I am and care about my life.

I never thought I would ever miss seeing a doctor but I will miss seeing you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you. You too have impacted my life and I feel honored to know you. I just want you to know that.

PS: Dr. Earl used to give me suckers. But I do like butter mints too.



Posted in Testimonials, Lyle Young, MD


Interventional Pain Management Experience

April 30, 2015

The staff at the front is very kind and addressed me right when I walked into the door. I only waited for 10 minutes before being brought back. The MA for the doctor was very friendly. The doctor was prompt and very informative about my condition. He even overbooked me the same week to get my injection done before I am to go back home. Very efficient staff who provided me with the direct number and e-mail address to contact if I had any questions. I would recommend this office to anyone!


Posted in Testimonials, Terrence Crowder, MD


Compassion For Patients is Refreshing

April 23, 2015

Hi Melissa,

We want to thank you for the care you've done for my health stuff over the last two years. We were blessed to have you helping out.

It was you that believed in my pain for my arm/neck when everyone else seemed to think because of the MRI things were OK. You drilled down on the MRI, looked at my symptoms and came up with that was a C7–T1 issue. We appreciated your help in guiding me to having my hip replaced. We took your suggestion of surgery verses more injections and it worked. I can now dance the polka with the best of them.

I picked up my medical records from Sonoran Spine to take to another doc's opinion. The doc and I noticed in the records that in October you thought I may have a C6 issue but the MRI didn't show any real problem. I had a MRI done three weeks ago and the results showed a problem at C5-C6. The problem had worsened since my MRI done in Oct 2014. I know that a lot of people didn't think it was a spinal problem and more of a carpal tunnel issue, but clearly the last MRI in March 2015 revealed a spinal disc issue. Again, your clear concise looking at symptoms and test results were spot on for the problem.

The passion you have for your work and compassion for patients is refreshing in this day of "fast medical care". I've worked in healthcare for over 30 years and have never seen a person like you wanting to treat the patient in body and soul. I was thinking it was just that the great care you gave me was because we were Wausauoins and cheered for the Packers.

We believe it was a blessing that you were there for us. We pray you have a life of happiness and love.

Take care my friend,

Posted in Testimonials, Melissa Gebardt Tsai, PA-C


A New Lease on Life

April 16, 2015

Dear Dr. Chang,

My wife, Anne suffered for a number of years with continuous back pain. She could not walk any distance without using walking sticks or holding on to me. On the recommendation of friends and chiropractor, we visited two surgeons. One was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the other one was in Phoenix, Arizona. Both had specialists that performed back surgery. One surgeon felt that Anne's condition was beyond his specialty. The other surgeon, Dr. Justin Field, very well-known in the Phoenix area, reviewed the x-rays and concluded with regrets that he could not do the surgery. He then referred us to Dr. Chang at the Sonoran Spine Center as he felt confident that Dr. Chang could do the surgery because this type of a back condition was his specialty.

On May 7, 2014, we visited with Dr. Chang. He took a number of x-rays and after examining them told us that he can do the surgery and assured us that when done, Anne will be walking straight. We were elated with the good news. He spent almost an hour discussing the surgery which impressed us as not all doctors take enough time with patients.

Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD


Thank You for Taking Such a Personal Interest

April 07, 2015 Dr. Crandall’s surgery scheduler, Lori L. received a very nice compliment from a patient and his wife. Thank you for making a difference, Lori!


Thank you for all your help getting me to surgery. If it wasn’t for you I would still be waiting. Lots of hoops to go through in your business. Thanks again. Surgery went very well. I am back to about 65% of where I was. Have to work on my left leg at the gym for a few more months.


Dear Lori,

It is almost 3 months since Dec. 5 when my husband had surgery. You were a bright guiding light to us during an intense scary time.

Thank you for taking such a personal interest in helping us get surgery. You even coordinated for us to see your own doctor to avoid surgery date set backs. My husband is recovering very well. He works out again at the gym. Nerve function is coming back in his left leg. Thank you, thank you. You made a big difference in the quality of his life! We are so grateful, Lori.

May you get the kind of care you so willingly gave to us!


Posted in Testimonials


Our Peoria Team Exceeding Expectations

March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Crandall,

I am writing this letter to compliment what an amazing team you have in the Peoria Office. 5 years ago I had a neck fusion by another Spine doctor and much to my dismay some of the spine did not fuse properly and consequently I have suffered much pain and tried everything from physical therapy to various medications. I was referred to another surgeon at St. Josephs. I began the process of MRI and cat scans and when I called to schedule a follow-up appointment I was told I was not to contact them that once all had been reviewed they would call me. Needless to say not only have they never called me for a follow-up but this was back in July 2014 and now I live in constant in pain my hands are completely numb.

Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD


Celebration of Anne's Successful Surgery

March 20, 2015

Celebration of Anne's Successful Surgery

To thank Dr. Chang for a successful surgery and the others involved in her care, Anne and her husband hosted a Croatian BBQ in celebration of her recovery. Eight weeks post-surgery, Anne already feels like she has her life back.  Thank you for allowing Sonoran Spine to take part in this amazing celebration!

Posted in Testimonials, Michael Chang, MD


Thanks for Taking Such Good Care of Us

March 13, 2015 Dr. Chang’s medical assistant, Pierre received a kind note from a patient today.


We are so very grateful for all you’ve done for me/us these last many months. I’m sure I’ve been a challenge – but you always seem to care back with the right answer as quickly as you can. You have always retained your sweet kindness, compassion and it shows in your actions.

Thanks for taking such good care of us.

D & J

Posted in Testimonials


Thank You

March 07, 2015

Dr. Jason Datta,

Thank you for meeting with my husband and I two weeks ago. Also, thank you for calling me at home and giving me advice. Your explanation and time really helped me better understand my neck situation. I appreciate your time!

Thanks again,

Posted in Testimonials, Jason Datta, MD


Would Recommend Sonoran Spine to Anyone

January 15, 2015

Melissa Gebardt Tsai, PA-C takes extremely good care of me. She is on point and always friendly. I have always been impressed with Dr. Crandall and his whole team. I am progressing nicely from my 3rd back surgery that was just completed in December (first one done by Dr. Crandall) and look forward to finally being pain free. I would recommend Sonoran Spine to anyone!

Posted in Testimonials, Melissa Gebardt Tsai, PA-C


You are Quite the "Miracle Worker."

January 21, 2015


You are quite the "miracle worker." Your staff is so supportive as well as professional. Even though it was an injury that guided me to you, I feel blessed it did. You have taught me more about how to heal my body, more than all the doctors combined. Even thou I do find it hard to express what hurts ? its for my own good. Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge. It's both your passion as well as gift. It touches so many lives.


Posted in Testimonials, Bert Bednar, DPT


Thank You For Being What All Physicians Should Be

December 08, 2014

Kristina, this e-mail is simply to say I think you are one of the finest MA’s I have ever encountered and hope that everyone you work with appreciates you for your worth. Also, I want to wish you an awesome holiday with your family. You are the greatest and I thank you for all your help these last 2 years.

Please pass this on to Dr. Crowder:

You are a fine surgeon, and even here in Show Low they talk about you and what they have seen you do in a short time at the hospital. I want to thank you for your patience with me and all you saw me through including the broken bones which were not in your field to even treat. I want to tell you that your bedside manner is exception, and because I wanted a miracle from you (the same one you used on my spine) I was a pain in your butt, but you never let it show. LOL You will be so rich and famous someday, the little people will never get in to see you! I can't thank you enough for trying all you did to fix my (BUTT), and I know you wanted to give me up a long time ago. YOU ARE THE BEST. I wish you and your family a blessed and perfect holiday however you spend it. Again, thank you for everything, and thank you for being what all physicians should be. 


Posted in Testimonials, Terrence Crowder, MD



January 21, 2015

Today I had my followup with Kendra stemming from my original evaluation a few weeks back. After about 6 weeks of severe leg pain and multiple diagnostic tests, I had been referred to Sonoran Spine to see a specialist. I will admit being somewhat leery to be seen by a PA instead of a doctor. But, my desire to be seen quickly overcame my caution.

Within 30 minutes on that first appointment, Kendra was able to diagnose and propose a plan to attach the two issues that were affecting me! This after no solid answers for the 6-weeks prior. Needless to say, I was impressed with the professionalism and customer service Kendra provided that day. But that wasn't the end of it. One of the issues required a blood test to determine if cancer was present or not. As soon as the lab results came in, Kendra called me from her cell phone even though she was not on duty at the time! The test results were negative, which is a blessing, but Kendra's commitment to providing prompt feedback regardless of the results is to be commended.

Today's follow up appointment was equally well done and I have no further trepidation in seeing PAs, at least not at Sonoran Spine. Just thought you might want some feedback on a great employee.


Posted in Testimonials



November 06, 2014

Dr. Jason Datta,

Please let me take a moment from your busy day, to send my most sincere gratitude and thanks.

As you know, it has been several years since you performed surgery on my spine. I am so grateful to you and your staff. You really did “save my life.” I was living with such unbearable pain, that I truly was “ready to kill myself,” if it had not been for you.

Because of your great skills, you were able to perform surgery that has given me relief. I still have pain and discomfort, but it is tolerable to the extent that I am able to enjoy life again. Thanks to you, and the Lord, I am able to perform daily chores, and participate in social activities.

This is all due to you.

I will be forever grateful to you and just wanted to tell you. It is important that you know how much you are respected and truly appreciated.


Posted in Testimonials, Jason Datta, MD



November 19, 2014


Thank you Dr. Crandall, Claire, Melissa, & Sonoran Spine staff for the INCREDIBLE care before, during, and after surgery! Your “bedside manner” in the office and in the hospital is MUCH APPRECIATED! Enjoy your lunch.


Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD



January 21, 2015

Dr. Crowder,

My family and I would like to express our gratitude for giving me my life back. That's no overstatement given my condition only two weeks ago. Thank you for making the decision to replace the additional disc and save me from an additional procedure. I couldn't have hoped for better care.


Posted in Testimonials, Terrence Crowder, MD



January 21, 2015

Dr. Datta,

Thank you so much for the excellent treatment. Because of you, I feel better and now have hope for a brighter, healthier future. You are the best.


Posted in Testimonials, Jason Datta, MD


What an Awesome Team!

January 22, 2015

What an Awesome Team!

Dear Dr. Crandall,

I wanted to take the time to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that you took on my "failed" back surgery I had in 2008 and fixed me! Since I've been home, I've had immediately relief to my low back pain, but more exciting than that, is that my leg pain is GONE! After suffering with it for over four years, I can actually say, "I have no pain"! My family and friends can see such a change in my attitude! I have a smile on my face, the brightness in my eyes is back and I feel human again, and it's all because of you and your outstanding surgical team!

My stay at Oasis Hospital was wonderful! The nursing staff that took care of me was nothing less than "top-notch"! With a special "thank you" to Caroline and Val, I have never had such caring nurses in my life! And with all the surgeries I've had in the past, Oasis and the nursing staff, by far surpass professionalism and compassion, and I will never forget them!


Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD



September 19, 2014

Dr. Crandall,

I am writing to thank you for the amazing surgery you performed on me. I have to admit I have put this surgery off for many years because of doubts, fears, and hopes that the bionic man or Robocop alternatives would be available. The pain I was enduring was totally unnecessary and without the good word of mouth and the support of my girlfriend Lorena, your staff Claire, Lenora, Melissa, and most importantly your skill and attention to detail I may have suffered longer. I am truly fortunate to have had coworkers, friends, and so many others recommend your expertise. I do not have the burning pain in my Achilles tendons anymore and am now walking and sitting comfortable for reasonable periods of time. I am doing everything to ensure I follow your instructions to the “T” and am positive I will have a full recovery.

Once again I would just like to thank you for the time you and your staff spent explaining, ensuring, and fulfilling the opportunity for a young man such as myself to have the opportunity to enjoy an active lifestyle again, and so many other simple activities that we take for granted that I have been unable to perform for over 14 years without intense repercussions of constant unwavering pain.

-C.N. (43 years old, optimistic and happy again)

Posted in Testimonials, Dennis Crandall, MD

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