Meet The Doctors:

Robert A. Lizana, D.C.

President/Executive Director

Dr. Robert Lizana, D.C., along with his wife, Dr. Jeri Lizana, opened the American Back Institute 30 years ago. Dr. Lizana was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1977. After attending Southeastern Louisiana University, he graduated from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.

With a focus in the care of Professional Athletes, Dr. Rob has treated over 300 NFL players from 17 different teams across the country, personally delivering over 7,900 visits to these professionals. 100% of the Pro Athletes that he treats are from referrals by fellow teammates, team physicians, trainers, and coaches, all wanting to improve the overall performance and health condition of their fellow athletes. Dr. Rob has been caring for NFL athletes, predominantly, the players of the New Orleans Saints Team, regularly over the past 15 years, including their 2009-2010 Championship season. That year, he was brought to Miami to care for players the week of, the night before and the morning of their Super Bowl Victory.
In addition to NFL Players and Coaches, Dr. Lizana also treats professional Athletes of the NBA, the Arena Football League, the United Football League, Olympic Athletes, Pro-League Baseball Players, Professional Ballerinas, and World-Class Musicians, Actors & Opera Singers. With New Orleans having become a popular destination for shooting Action Films, Dr. Rob also treats the Professional Stunt Men, Stunt Women and Stunt Coordinators throughout the filming of their movies.


Dr. Lizana belongs to the Association for the Care of Elite and Professional Athletes, the Professional Football Chiropractic Society, State and National Chiropractic Associations. He is a trained ART (Active Release Technique) and Graston Soft-Tissue-Mobilization-Technique practitioner. Both techniques are utilized regularly with athletes, to help them maintain the high level of function and performance that their profession demands. Dr. Lizana's interest and desire to learn has taken him across the country to top specialists in their respective fields, to study the latest nutritional advances and therapeutic techniques.




Robert W. Kelly, M.D.


Originally from Athens, Texas, Dr. Kelly has been working and residing in New Orleans, Louisiana for over twenty years. He recieved his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and earned his Medical Degree from the university of Texas Medical Branch, Galvestin, Texas in 1972. For several more years he continued his education in different Internship, Residency and Fellowship programs. Part of his extensive education includes his sabbatical at the Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel, January -June 1986 and at the University of Paris, Paris, France, July - December 1986.

For over thirty years, Dr. Kelly devoted his time to the practice of Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. he has helped more than 5,000 patients and achieved both national and international acclaim.

In February 2008, Dr. Kelly turned his amassed expertise to a different path and joined his close friend, Dr. Lizana and the American Back Institute (ABI) team. His specialty in pain control techniques, obtained through his thirty-years experience in practice, furnished a seamless transition into his relieving pain for patients at ABI. His ample accomplishments in the medical field also make a significant difference in providing the best solutions and results for our patients. In addition to pain relief, Dr. Kelly is also in charge of nutritional counseling and medical evaluation for patients as well as assisting Dr. Lizana in patient care decisions.


Jeri L. Lizana, D.C.


Dr. Jeri Lizana is Co-founder of American Back Institute, opening the practice in 1984 with her husband, Dr. Rob Lizana. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Jeri grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a family of educators (her father was a college English Professor and her mother, a high school English and Journalism teacher). She greatly attributes her approach to study and pursuing her purpose to help others to having grown up in a home with so much passion for learning.

Dr. Jeri graduated Summa Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic University, receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in the spring of 1984. It was also there at school that she first met and worked alongside her future husband and partner in practice.Upon graduation, Dr. Jeri followed Dr. Rob Lizana to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, where they opened their own practice together in November 1984. Throughout the next 28 years, Dr. Jeri would become a pioneer for the Greater New Orleans area, bringing the latest discoveries in health and nutrition to her patients, family and friends. In 1995, Drs. Lizana were the first to bring a revolutionary and highly effective, non-surgical disc treatment to Louisiana, the success of which garnered much interest from the medical community. The natural progression from there lead them to form a multi-disciplinary practice, wherein Doctors of Chiropractic and Medical Doctors work in a collaborative effort, coordinating their specialties for the improved care of and benefit to their patients.

Dr. Jeri's focus in the field of Nutrition has allowed her to help her patients to achieve their personal health, nutrition, and weight loss goals; as well as a provide a knowledge and understanding of the affects of improper nutrition.Dr. Jeri's considers that her favorite and most important job in life has been that of mother to her two children and ensuring that they were able to have a healthy start in life.It has become equally important to her that other parents and children have the same opportunity.