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Patient Stories

The physicians and other health care professionals at Monterey Spine & Joint are touching new lives every day, providing preventive care and frequently relieving patients from years of pain and limited activity. There’s little wonder that these patients are deeply grateful, and many have formed deep bonds with the healers who helped them. Here’s a sampling of patient testimonials, vivid accounts of their life-changing experiences.


  • Massiel

    Absolute care! I absolutely love this place. I had a spinal injury for seven years and I was fortunate enough to be recommended to Dr. Mark Howard. Dr. Howard and his staff are absolutely amazing. They are such caring people and they made me feel like I was listening to and like I was cared for at all times. The surgery was an amazing success! And all the care afterwards was phenomenal. I recovered completely and I am without pain. That’s super important for me to note because previously, I had been in extreme pain for seven years. It’s now been two years since my spinal surgery with Dr. Howard and it has been one of the best decisions of my life and I cannot be more grateful to them :)

  • Daren

    I have NEVER been so impressed with a complex medical services institution. I will tell ANYONE about my experience with Dr. Scott Anderson at Monterey Spine and Joint. I feel blessed to have landed in his care.

  • Joe

    Dr. Bernstein was courteous and professional. He explained the procedure and the estimated time of recovery. The nurses were friendly & relayed my questions to the doctor. I recommend Monterey Spine & Joint center.

  • Helene

    Dr. Randall Farac has cared for my 87-year-old mother and 61 year old disabled sister over the last 2 years. He is an amazing surgeon with an incredible and kind bedside manner. My sister and mother both had excellent results from his surgeries and excellent and speedy recoveries. He made sure their follow up treatment was given including home health physical therapy and outpatient physical therapy. Despite having traumatic injuries, my mother and sister are both ambulating without any pain. Dr. Farac is extremely knowledgeable and I would request his service for any type of orthopedic care or surgery from athletic and youthful to the elderly population. Dr. Farac has done two different types of hip surgeries on my sister and both have had extremely excellent outcomes. Also, my mother also has had several injuries he treated that were completely resolved. Dr. Farac’s office is located at Monterey Spine and Joint and they provide outstanding follow up service for my family. I have felt very safe at in person visits during Covid and feel their office and staff follow safe protocols and sanitize all areas. The staff there is excellent, kind, and professional. This is a great medical facility. I feel extremely blessed to have Dr. Farac as our doctor at such a great location as Monterey Spine and Joint.

  • Sharon

    Dr. Kasim, her office staff, Austin are wonderful. I have an upcoming surgery and I so impressed by the attention to my needs.

  • Jennie

    When I arrive for my appointment the staff is courteous and attentive. The wait is 1 to 15 minutes which is very very good. The nurses are very nice and in good cheer. Doctor Meckel and his staff are superior in courtesy and the Doctor himself listens to what your needs are patiently. The waiting area is very clean and comfortable. I enjoyed my visit today thank you.

  • Jill

    I can't rave enough about Dr Meckel and his support staff at Monterey Spine & Joint!

  • Dayna

    I have been a patient of Monterey & Joint and they have all been professional and experienced not to mention the top of their league of professionals. Opinions from my physicians have been concise and to the matter. They have preregistering for returning patients, for a faster sign in when arriving for appointments and follow up opportunities when leave, so you can leave your impression of how your appointment went for the clinic management to read. Small wait time to see my doctors MS&J. Excellent clinic. Will continue to see them in the future!

  • Kim

    I have had such great care through Monterey Spine and joint that I have recommend everyone and anyone I know that are having back problems in any way to see Dr. Dragon Dimitrov. I have had two back surgeries by him and with as many places I have been and trying absolutely everything possible for my back made me wish I would have just gone to him fist and had my back surgery and it would have saved a lot of pain and time. I will never let anyone else touch my back but him. He studied under the country’s top neurosurgeon and he knows exactly what he is doing. My companion went to him and had a fusion, it’s been over a year and my companion couldn't be happier! He is the best by far.

  • Vikas

    5 Star Medical Care for my Mom. Everyone from the Practice including scheduling staff, Text Message Notification, Appointment Reminder to checking in and also the specialist, all were very professional and courteous in providing care to my mom. I would highly recommend this practice for all Medical Care their Physicians and Facilities provide. We saw Dr Wahl in Salinas location.

  • Helmut

    We, my wife and I, are very pleased with Dr. M. Pitta's advice and help. Today, 12/14/2020, was our second visit, and we have nothing but the most positive experience with Dr. Pitta and his staff. Based on the issues of pandemic and resulting very limited medical care, Monterey Spine & Joint is a prime example of outstanding care for their patients during thus hard times. We also can only say the very best about Dr. Pitta, Dr. Lin, James Darden, Lisa for PTO/PT and Robert for PT as well as all the staff we met who provide outstanding service and personal care for all patients.

  • Rosita

    I had a great experience with my interactions with the Staff of the Monterey Spine and Joint. They have all displayed courtesy and professionalism.

  • Gregor

    My visits to Monterey Spine & Joint have always been good ones. The staff is efficient and courteous, and the nurses, technicians and doctors are top notch. I strongly feel that this is a good institution.

  • Raymond

    The facilities are well-appointed and comforting. The staff, from front desk to the physicians, are uniformly courteous, professional, and excellent communicators. I put this facility on par with Stanford hospital, or Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

  • Susan

    I love this office; everyone is professional and respectful. They treat you like family. Dr. Halamandaris is an extraordinary surgeon and I would recommend him highly. His after care is exceptional.

  • Melissa

    Great office! Front office is staff is always friendly and efficient. Dr.Smith has amazing bed side manner, makes my son and I feel comfortable and makes us feel like he really cares about us.

  • Mercedes

    Treated with the up most respect and I love the 49ers ????everything is very clean Great Great

  • Cheryl

    I have seen several doctors over the yearsand could not be Happier with all of them. I particularly like James Darden, Dr. Meckel, Dr.Alan Smith,Dr.Wong and Dr.Kassim. Eventhoughit is a crazy busy office they take care of you right away you can even text them for appointments and other information, so you don’t have to wait online. All of the doctor’s assistance are absolutely the best. I would recommend this place to anybody lookingfor shoulder, foot, hip,knee, or wrist surgery. The staff is trained well and you can ask them anything. Convenient as they havePT, a lab, MRI and X-rays on property.

  • Nature

    Dr. Jesse Bernstein is amazing I am impressed with the medical care he offers; he is professional, he listens, offers holistic solutions and does not push towards prescription drugs or surgery.

  • Calamity

    I arrived having already checked in online. My temperature was taken, and all was well. The waiting room was well spaced and basically empty. Dr. Dimitrov is extremely skilled and takes the time to be sure I understand as we work together on my spinal difficulties. He has completed two surgeries in three areas of my back. No complaints. Once he is in the operating room, he takes his time and works carefully and thoroughly. I also see Dr Wong in conjunction with him. Both doctors are excellent!

  • John

    Dr Halamandaris and staff at Monterey Spine and Joint is very professional and takes the time necessary to answer all your questions and explain exactly any recommendations. I would highly recommend him for any spinal procedure.

  • Terri

    Great experience every time! Always greeted with a smile and staff is courteous and helpful. Recommend to anyone who is in need of this kind of medical assistance.

  • Jason

    Dr Howard &their Staff are Amazing! They really listen to your needs & are on top of things! I'm so lucky that someone referred him to me! Now after 4 years of being denied surgery through Workman's Comp that say is Finally going to happen.

  • Suzi

    Always kind, attentive and efficient, from front desk to doctor.

  • Mary

    I Mary drive all the way from Los Banos California. I would not change my doctors from Monterey spine and joint, with all my doctors. They have given me all the right attention that I've needed and have done a wonderful job with all my needs.