Testimonials

I found the Princeton Spine and Joint Center through a referral from a Physical Therapist. The PT mentioned that several of his more complex injury patients were having some success with Dr. Cooper. I had been to many, many doctors with different specialties for 4+ years. Unfortunately, I had little relief from the acute pain in the thoracic and cervical area plus my shoulders ached when sitting. I was also getting migraines radiating from the cervical spine. Some doctors simply said they didn’t recognize my multitude of symptoms and didn’t want to treat (because of another complication) so turned me away.

I was being sent in circles between specialties as doctors would refer me to another specialist.

I had little expectations that this experience would be any different. My first appointment was a consultation with Dr. Ana Bracilovic. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the office and was greeted by the office/medical staff. It did not have the usual vibe of an impersonal doctor’s office. Dr. Bracilovic was thorough with her questioning of my medical history and stated that they could help me. I had a lot of symptoms yet this doctor was so positive. She asked if I wanted injections right there on the first visit. I walked out with the first relief in my shoulder pain in several years! Yes, that was with the first visit. Subsequently, I was referred to Dr. Cooper for my next appointment since the two doctors work in tandem with each other (wow, what a concept!)

I’ve had several follow-up visits and procedures with Dr. Cooper and they also accept my insurance plan. I found out that Dr. Cooper wrote a book on neck pain so thought I might be in the right place. My first impressions were positive and continued with each visit. The office staff is caring and you don’t feel like you’re the next number. Dr. Cooper display a positive attitude, is empathetic and has an ability to connect with his patients. Treatments are conveniently performed in the office since all the necessary equipment is available onsite.

Dr. Cooper and The Princeton Spine and Joint Center are the best I’ve seen. I really didn’t think that I could find a great doctor and now I’m so hopeful for my continued improvement. I still have a way to go but that’s okay. The procedures have significantly improved my quality of life and my family also sees the difference. After giving up a few times on finding the right doctor, I’m glad that I persisted. Hopefully, you will have a similar experience so don’t give up.

I’ve written this so if I could save just one person from the chronic pain and doctor’s indifference that I’ve experienced over so many years. If that sounds like you then check them out!

Having been treated by 2 doctors in this practice, Dr. Scott Curtis and Dr. Marco Funiciello, I highly recommend it. They and their staff are professional, competent and friendly. 5 Stars!

I work and live in Manhattan so when a friend at work recommended traveling to Princeton, NJ, to see a spine specialist, I thought he was off his rocker. I had seen a “great” spine doctor at Hospital for Special Surgery and another one at NYU. Still, since I was still suffering with terrible back pain and sciatica that was keeping me from being able to even sit still, and since my friend was so insistent, I made the drive to Princeton. Dr. Cooper took his time to explain what he thought about my condition. He reviewed all my MRIs (not just the reports) and recommended a course of action. He was very nice and personable but I was skeptical because I had already had an epidural injection that hadn’t helped me. Dr. Cooper explained that he thought the injection had been in the wrong location and that his would work better. He didn’t pressure me at all but he offered to do the injection for me on the same day as my visit because he knew I was traveling from a distance to see him and it was hard for me to take time off of work. Dr. Cooper really listened to me and treated me like a person with a problem and not just an MRI. I could go on and on about how the visit was better than any other doctor visit I have ever had but suffice it to say that I got the injection on that day and a week later my pain was TOTALLY GONE. I was amazed. I was supposed to go back for a follow-up but Dr. Cooper told me that if I was all better as he thought I would be then we could just talk on the phone. So we spoke on the phone and he recommended a course of physical therapy and Pilates. I did both and to my utter amazement a half year later I’m still pain-free and doing my exercises. I feel great and I’ve even lost weight from the exercises. Dr. Cooper cured in one visit what other big name doctors in New York could not cure in several. I can’t thank him enough. His staff is superb and professional. I tell anyone with neck or back and leg pain that they have to go see Dr. Cooper. If you have neck or back or leg pain, then you should too.

Dr Meyler is the best Physician I have ever had, independent of the discipline. He is very thorough, explains issues, and is empathetic. The patient-oriented attitude is shared throughout the practice. His diagnoses have been spot-on and he follow-up is great. I have never been to a practice where the doctors provide you with their email addresses; he responds quickly and shows genuine concern for his patients. My wife sees Dr. cooper at the same practice and her experience has been the same. GREAT Doctors!

Dr. Bracilovic is an excellent doctor! I had three Princeton area orthopedic surgeons look at my painful tailbone to no avail, although one gave me three wonderful cortisone injections. Lived with aching hip pain for about twelve years and excruciating tailbone pain for six months or more. These doctors have new high-tech solutions for your spine and joint problems! They gave me injections that gave instant relief to the hip and tailbone. Race to this beautiful office and these nice, very well-educated specialists. Hoping not to need tailbone surgery anymore. Smiled happily when I left the office.

I have worked in healthcare as an executive and consultant to top-flight outfits (e.g., Mayo Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, etc.) for 35 years. I know a trustworthy pro when I see one. Dr. Funiciello is one. I presented with a very complex and confusing set of symptoms (couldn’t walk 200 yards without extreme hip-area pain, but could play vigorous tennis for two hours with no problem).

I was particularly impressed with Dr. Funiciello’s very methodical assessment of all the possible causes/factors involved and his step-by-step program for testing and affirming or dismissing each one as an element to address/cure/fix.

After testing and ruling out (by failed interventions) two of the possible factors, we hit pay dirt on the third. I am now 95% mended and the end is clearly in sight.

Because of my extensive knowledge of the field and my extensive experience working with doctors, many of my friends and my family turn to me for advice in seeking physicians and other providers. I would put Dr. Funiciello at the top of the list for anyone seeking a physiatrist.

Don’t stay in pain! Princeton Spine and Joint Center can help you! Before finding the doctors at PS&J, I went to many other orthopedic specialists that could not do anything to relieve my pain. One doctor told me that my only hope was major surgery with rods and screws that would not even help me much. Another doctor told me You have a bad back; I don’t know what to tell you. The Princeton Spine and Joint Center changed my life. Dr. Grant Cooper is amazing! Not only is he knowledgeable and skilled, but he is kind, caring, and funny. He was highly trained at top notch facilities in NYC as was the rest of his staff. He has many strategies and procedures for pain management that will help you avoid surgery. His colleague Dr. Zinovy Meyler is another amazing doctor in this practice who used a radiofrequency ablation procedure which gave me my life back. Now I’m back at the gym and enjoying activities I never thought I could. Visit the Princeton Spine and Joint Center. You won’t be sorry!

Dr. Meyler aka “Dr. Z” is one of almost a dozen specialists who comprise my healthcare team, and he is easily my favorite. His knowledge and personal care for each patient is beyond reproach, making you feel more like part of the family instead of just another patient. Encouraging email updates, and an amazingly swift response time make each visit no matter how much pain I was in when I got there; a pleasant experience. The successful treatments given, and the consistent updating of your individual plan of care make Dr. Meyler and PSJC head and shoulders above their peers.

I am 48 years old and have had lots of sports injuries throughout my life. I can safely say that Dr. Bracilovic is easily the kindest, most thoughtful, competent, and intelligent doctor I have ever been to. She took care of my neck pain and got it better very quickly where others had failed. I was so impressed that I brought in my parents and my daughter on separate occasions and each time Dr. Bracilovic took her time with us, explained the problem, ordered the appropriate tests, arrived at an accurate diagnosis and solved the problem! I cannot recommend Dr. Bracilovic and her friendly staff strongly enough.

I had hurt my back and was down for 5 days – couldn’t move at all. When I went to Dr. Funiciello, at first I have to admit I was a little uncertain. I had thought at first that he wasn’t sharing enough information with me. On the second and third visits, though, I discovered that he was only giving me information he knew for sure. There was still an additional test he wanted to run before providing a formal diagnosis and prognosis. From that point on I had no doubts, and was extremely pleased with the results of his treatment as well as the physical therapist their office recommended. A couple of other important points: trust him when he says not to Google anything on your problem. I didn’t, but my wife did. The internet is full of worst-case scenarios and mis-information. I was glad to heed his advice. Second, although there can be a bit of a wait time, their waiting room has these awesome TVs that show loop a National Geographic special. It may sound kind of corny to write that up in the review, but once you see it, you’ll know why I wrote it up! I highly recommend Dr. Funiciello.

I brought my mother to see Dr Funiciello several months ago. She is living in a retirement community and had recently stopped walking due to pain in her back, knees and hips. Dr Funiciello recommended against her getting a scooter and over the course of a few months got my mother out of a wheelchair through injections in her back, knees and legs. He sent her for therapy and she got stronger and is now with only occasional pain and walks with a cane. She was just miserable before we met him and I can’t thank him enough!

Dr. Bracilovic listened to my concerns and promptly described potential diagnosis. I made some tests and was she was correct in her diagnosis. I got a call the same day I went for my tests and was received in her office again right away. She called me a week later to find out if I was feeling better!!It was a GREAT experience.

Dr. Cooper cured my back and knee pain. I did not think it was possible but here I am without pain and able to play with my children again and I have Dr. Cooper to thank for that. He also gave great recommendation and prescription for physical therapy. His staff and colleagues are also terrific. A+ all around.

I’ve never known a more amazing doctor than Dr. Cooper. He was incredibly kind and knowledgeable and mapped out several paths forward to get me living pain-free. But what mattered most to me in the moment I first saw him was that he said these simple words; words that three other doctors never did: “We will figure this out.” And figure it out he did. Dr. Cooper gave me back a pain-free life and I am forever grateful to him.

I found the Princeton Spine and Joint Center through a referral from a Physical Therapist. The PT mentioned that several of his more complex injury patients were having some success with Dr. Cooper. I had been to many, many doctors with different specialties for 4+ years. Unfortunately, I had little relief from the acute pain in the thoracic and cervical area plus my shoulders ached when sitting. I was also getting migraines radiating from the cervical spine. Some doctors simply said they didn’t recognize my multitude of symptoms and didn’t want to treat (because of another complication) so turned me away.

I was being sent in circles between specialties as doctors would refer me to another specialist.

I had little expectations that this experience would be any different. My first appointment was a consultation with Dr. Ana Bracilovic. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the office and was greeted by the office/medical staff. It did not have the usual vibe of an impersonal doctor’s office. Dr. Bracilovic was thorough with her questioning of my medical history and stated that they could help me. I had a lot of symptoms yet this doctor was so positive. She asked if I wanted injections right there on the first visit. I walked out with the first relief in my shoulder pain in several years! Yes, that was with the first visit. Subsequently, I was referred to Dr. Cooper for my next appointment since the two doctors work in tandem with each other (wow, what a concept!)

I’ve had several follow-up visits and procedures with Dr. Cooper and they also accept my insurance plan. I found out that Dr. Cooper wrote a book on neck pain so thought I might be in the right place. My first impressions were positive and continued with each visit. The office staff is caring and you don’t feel like you’re the next number. Dr. Cooper display a positive attitude, is empathetic and has an ability to connect with his patients. Treatments are conveniently performed in the office since all the necessary equipment is available onsite.

Dr. Cooper and The Princeton Spine and Joint Center are the best I’ve seen. I really didn’t think that I could find a great doctor and now I’m so hopeful for my continued improvement. I still have a way to go but that’s okay. The procedures have significantly improved my quality of life and my family also sees the difference. After giving up a few times on finding the right doctor, I’m glad that I persisted. Hopefully, you will have a similar experience so don’t give up.

I’ve written this so if I could save just one person from the chronic pain and doctor’s indifference that I’ve experienced over so many years. If that sounds like you then check them out!

DS

Dr. Meyler and the entire practice is excpetional. I have seen many physicians over several decades and he is the best doctor I have met. Thorough, explains things well, takes as much time as needed…..he even saw me when his office was closed due to a snow storm – he made it in and saw me without any support staff. The office is well managed and the other doctors share Dr. Meyler’s wonderful attributes. They set their practice up to be patient focused!!!

Dr. Cooper has helped me tremendously. I had been to several specialists before seeing him and had had several series of injections and nothing had helped. I was still suffering with constant back pain and having to wear a back brace while walking with a cane. With his treatment, Dr. Cooper has diminished my pain to a very low minimal. I no longer have to depend on the back brace and no longer have to use a cane to walk. He is incredible! He is very patient and thorough and takes the time to render detailed explanations. He is the best and I would highly recommend him to anyone suffering with back pain. Additionally, the staff is professional, friendly, and accommodating. I could not ask for more.

I thank God that my doctor sent me to Dr. Cooper. Since 1998, I couldn’t walk because of crippling pain in my back. Everyone told me it was just my age and arthritis in my spine. They told me to exercise and lose weight. I could hardly get down the stairs without help! Dr. Cooper diagnosed me right away and gave me two sets of injections. Now I am doing physical therapy and I can walk with only a very little pain! My family can’t believe it and neither can I. I have a new life. I thank God for bringing Dr. Cooper into my life.

Testimonials on this site reflect the real life experience of the individual giving the testimonial. The testimonials on this site are not necessarily reflective of all those who attend Princeton Spine & Joint Center as patients. Patients should always discuss all the pros and cons of various treatment approaches with their doctor.