Dancing is as demanding an art form as it can be rewarding. The stresses that different dance styles place on the body are unique to dancers. Understanding the nuanced and delicate but ultimately fundamental interplay of dance technique, the body’s biomechanics involved in that technique, how and why certain injuries occur in the context of a dancer’s technique and dance and how to best not only rehabilitate dance specific injuries but also finally to prevent future injury, is what sets a dance medical specialist apart.
The Princeton Dance Medicine Center brings together different medical specialists with a particular passion for dance medicine in order to provide the optimum, individualized care to each and every dancer. Under the direction of the founder and director, Dr. Bracilovic, each dancer’s care is uniquely tailored to his or her needs. Bringing together the best dance health specialists from the worlds of physical therapy, nutrition, personal training, podiatry and orthopedics, Dr. Bracilovic ensures that each dancer’s care is as unique and personalized as each dancer and each dance.
MEET OUR DIRECTOR
Ana Bracilovic, MD, is a board certified physician specializing in the non-operative care of spine, joint, muscle, and nerve pain.
Dr. Bracilovic is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Princeton Spine and Joint Center and the Director of Princeton Dance Medicine. She completed a dual degree program with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in biomedical engineering and neural systems. After medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson, she completed her specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. Dr. Bracilovic has published multiple peer reviewed papers and received numerous awards for her research in musculoskeletal medicine, including the prestigious Else Adler Award at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Bracilovic serves as a reviewer for journals and is the author of the seminal medical text Essential Dance Medicine.
Dr. Bracilovic’s guiding philosophy is to treat each patient as she would want to be treated, to take time to establish and explain the correct diagnosis in detail and develop the most effective treatment plan.
Scott Curtis, DO, is a board certified, fellowship trained physician who specializes in the care of sports related injuries and general musculoskeletal care.
Dr. Curtis is the Director of Sports Medicine at Princeton Spine and Joint Center.After attending Penn State University, Dr. Curtis received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed his residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident.Dr. Curtis completed the renowned Sports Medicine Fellowship at Atlantic Sports Health where he worked with the New York Jets, Seton Hall University Athletics, College of St. Elizabeth Athletics and various high school teams. From weekend warriors to professional athletes, high school athletes to 90+ year old tennis players, Dr. Curtis has a singular focus to treat each patient as an individual, identify their concerns as well as their specific goals and help them reach their aspirations using the most effective non-surgical care options.