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As the years advance, I wish I were not experiencing back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc., but I am. Had I not met Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith a few years ago, I know that keeping these aches and pains under control would not have been easy or effective as it has been.
Dr. Miller-Smith has always been compassionate and responsive to all my medical needs and listens and understands exactly what my complaint is and is excellent in diagnosing the problem. As important, the remedy or procedure to relieve the pain is right on target. Sometimes I am too anxious for an MRI or epidural, and Dr. Miller-Smith assures me that the course of treatment that she is recommending is the correct one, and she is always right. That is very reassuring to me knowing that the doctor is right and that the patient must have patience!!! Of course, if Dr. Miller-Smith thinks that I need injections, therapy, or the opinion of a specialist, then that will be the recommendation.
It is also very special and very important to me that Dr. Miller-Smith has the best communication skills via e-mail plus with a most incredible secretary, Sharon Ostrofsky. I am so grateful that I can actually call, e-mail, fax, or go onto the patient portal and access information about me and my medical care. Perhaps I do not fully understand every bit of it, but I can speak with Dr. Miller-Smith at my next appointment to fully understand that which is beyond my knowledge (most of it)!
So, unfortunately, although many parts of me are achy, breaking, I am getting the very best care in every which way through the excellent care of Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith.
Monroe Township, NJ
Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith has been treating me for six years, and she is one of the best, if not the best doctor I have ever known at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. I have been a patient of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates since the early 1990s with knee problems because of arthritis, starting with surgery and followup physical therapy from time to time, also knee injections and pain management.
I was referred to Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith in 2009 by Dr. Gecha, a surgeon at the same facility, for continued treatment on my knee and lower back pain. I have to say that being referred to Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith was the best thing that happened to me for my ongoing problems with arthritis. She has helped me in so many ways with her knowledge and caring, diagnosing my pain, and treating me with the best possible medicine, treatment, therapy, and care. Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith goes out of her way to give you the best possible care. She is a wonderful person who truly cares for patients. I always feel calm and confident while in her care. (The knee injections are painless.) This doctor will call you at home to let you know the results of certain tests like an MRI or a CAT scan and will give you the best advice. She is very concerned and compassionate with your well-being. If you need to contact Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith for any reason between visits, she will get back to you, as she has done so many times, and if need be, she has fit me into her busy schedule. Dr. Miller-Smith is knowledgeable, confident, wonderful, healing, and caring person. She will go out of her way to make you comfortable and make you feel much better.
These attributes make her the best doctor who has ever treated me. Thank you Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith for all of your help with my health problems. I truly mean everything I said.
Franklin Park, NJ
I feel very privileged to have been a patient of Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith for several years. She has helped me to cope with my constant aches and pains due to the finitudes of aging. She is kind, warm, charming, and always willing to answer my questions no matter how trivial, and I never feel hurried. I always feel better both mentally and physically after a visit with her, and her “needlework” is wonderful.
Your office staff is always efficient and friendly. Eight years ago, I had surgery on my left knee, and I was recommended to see Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith. What a blessing! In all my 85 years, I have never met a doctor who was as interested in me. She really listened to my problem and tried different procedures and approaches until I am satisfied. I never needed any medical equipment. She is excellent, and she has always given me the right plans for my physical therapy. Needless to say, I love, love, love Dr. Stacey Miller-Smith.
Monroe Township, NJ
Over the last few years, I have needed three separate and different surgical procedures on my right foot, and my wife has had one procedure. The Achilles tendon on my right foot had become inflamed, my big toe first joint became worn out, and my small toe developed a hammertoe. My wife had what is called a Morton neuroma, a growth of nerve tissue between toes. So, you might say that we have had a lot of experience with Dr. Hasan and that she has become perhaps more familiar with our feet than even a podiatric surgeon would desire.
We both have been very pleased with the quality of care that we receive from Dr. Hasan, as well as the Princeton Orthopaedic staff, the physical therapy staff at the Princeton Avenue and Route 206 offices, and of course the hospital staff during the surgery. During the course of treatment for each of our issues, Dr. Hasan explained what was wrong, and she clearly outlined the possible courses of action. While surgery is probably no one’s favorite choice, when one cannot walk without pain on every step, it is probably the only choice. We were able to schedule this quickly, and the procedures were thankfully completed without any issues.
After surgery, care is important. Changing casts and dressings and dealing with post-recovery pain and physical therapy was relatively drama-free. The physical therapists were patient and effective. So,do we want to have more foot surgeries? no, but I know where to go if I need more.
When our son, Garrett, mentioned he was having foot pain at the age of 13, we were understandably concerned. He is a born athlete, and we worry that issues with his feet could prevent him from playing the sports he loves. Dr. Jennifer Hasan explained what was causing the pain and gave us an action plan to address the problem. Garrett then had successful surgery on both feet. Dr. Jennifer Hasan did a wonderful job with the procedure and provided us with support throughout the entire process. Garrett is now able to participate in a variety of sports thanks to Dr. Hasan.
Kendall Park, NJ
I came to see Dr. Ark after another orthopedist had basically brushed me off after prescribed physical therapy did not help. X-rays had been performed, and I was told that they could try cortisone injections, but that was all they would recommend because they did not think that I needed to consider therapy. Once the cortisone shots failed, they had no recommendations!
As a classical pianist, I found this very frustrating because it is imperative that I have complete use of my hand. Dr. Ark listened to me carefully, requested x-rays to be done, and explained the options available to me. He was honest about the time required between surgeries and the fact that he could not predict the outcome. He recommended using an autograft instead of an artificial implant because there was less chance of rejection.
I had the first surgery in 10/2013 and the second in 03/2014. The end result is that the continuous pain that I had in both thumbs has been alleviated to the point that in 12/2014 I applied to the Master of Music program in piano performance at Westminster Choir College. Last month, I received an acceptance letter together with the maximum scholarship that they could award.
I cannot thank Dr. Ark and his assistant, Howard, enough. They gave me back an important part of my life. They understood how important this was and gave me their complete attention. The staff at POA was always supportive and cheerful. My experience was positive, and I know that I have orthopedists that I can trust. I would recommend that anyone, especially serious musicians who need to have their concerns treated seriously, to contact Dr. Ark.
I had a huge rotator cuff tear on my right shoulder due to a fall last September. Dr. Frederick Song was my surgeon. He spent an appropriate amount of time to explain my medical condition and treatment strategy. He also listened and answered my questions and concerns with compassion and care. He and his able assistant, Ashley Reckdenwald, provided me with the do’s and don’ts both before and after the surgery. Due to his expert skills as a surgeon, the operation went smoothly and successfully.
In the subsequent five follow-ups (between 11/04/2014 and 05/19/2015), he told me my progress, as well as the expectation at each interval. I have regained nearly 98% of the motion and strength of my injured shoulder. I owe Dr. Song a big “thank you.”
In conclusion, Dr. Song is the kind of doctor every patient would like to have.
Beginning with the first visit, the entire staff was helpful and professional. The entire process, through the surgery, was also competent and all my questions were answered to allay any concerns we had. Thank you, Dr. Moskwa, for helping me get back to normal.