William Briner, M.D., is a primary care sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery’s Long Island Physicians Office in Uniondale, specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of orthopedic injuries in active people. He has special expertise in musculoskeletal injuries, exercise-induced asthma, home exercise programs for injury rehabilitation, osteoarthritis, stress fractures, and exercise and allergies. He wrote a book titled, Action Plan for Allergies, geared toward keeping patients active, despite their allergies, asthma or hay fever.
Dr. Briner is Board certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Prior to joining Hospital for Special Surgery’s Long Island office, he spent 23 years on the Family Medicine faculty of Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois, also serving as the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director. He completed his medical school training at Ohio State University. He went on to complete a residency in family medicine at MacNeal Hospital in Illinois and a sports medicine fellowship at Marshall University in West Virginia, where he served as a team physician for the Thundering Herd intercollegiate athletic teams.
Dr. Briner is currently the Head Team Physician for the U.S. National Volleyball Teams, as well as chair of the Sports Medicine and Performance Commission for USA Volleyball. He previously served as a team physician for the WNBA Chicago Sky, U.S. National Soccer Teams, as well as several high school and college teams. For several years he has been a member of the Medical Commission of the FIVB, Volleyball's international governing body, where he was selected as Beach Volleyball Medical Delegate to the London Olympics.
He is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Head Athletic Trainer
Michael Spreckels has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Long Island Lizards since 2006. Mike (AKA Sprecks) graduated from Manhattan College in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training/Physical Education and received his Masters Degree in Physical Education from Hofstra University in 2002. Michael completed an Advanced Certificate Degree in Educational Leadership at Stony Brook University in 2011. Mike has been teaching Physical Education in the Seaford School District since 2003 and has served as the district athletic trainer since 2001. He is a New York State Education Department Instructor for the Coaching Certification Program. He is a member of the Seaford School District Safety Committee and Concussion Management Team. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA); New York State Athletic Trainers Association (NYSATA); Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA); National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD); and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC); Licensed New York State Athletic Trainer; New York State Emergency Medical Technician; Certified American Red Cross Instructor; and studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.