What Success Looks Like

Our athletes' testimonials of injury and recovery

Core muscle injuries can affect people in every walk of life, whether you're an athlete at the professional, collegiate or high school level, or you're a just someone who enjoys sports and athletic activity. People of all ages experiencing pain visit the Vincera Institute for treatment. Meet some of them here.

Steve Scarpetta, golfer

Age 33, from Philadelphia
"Why did I wait this long to feel better? Dr. Meyers fixed in a week's time what I dealt with for almost a decade. Get back to what you love doing fast, don't wait."


Age 33, from Philadelphia
Lowry returned to the court five weeks after surgery, ending the season with what then was a career-high 14.3 points per game. Now, he's an NBA champion.

Chris Diaz, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Age 37, from Philadelphia
"Because this is the place in the world where, I don't care if you're playing soccer in the Premier League, or you're in the NFL, this is where you're coming to get this work done."

  • Shane Doherty
    On Thursday I signed for Galway United in the League of Ireland! Just wanted to say that I feel basically 100% healthy at this point. I can't thank you enough for your incredible care and help to get me to this point from where I was a year ago!
  • Miguel Cabera
    To Dr. Meyers Muchas gracias amigo, you the best ... god bless you!
    Miguel Cabrera is the first baseman for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB), a two-time American League MVP award winner, a four-time AL batting champion, and an 11-time MLB All-Star.
  • Steven Krauza
    You performed bilateral core muscle repair on me on march 8, 2018, one full year ago. I cannot thank you enough for what you did for me. I'm grateful beyond words. I have my life back and I'm doing everything I love without fear and hesitation. Thank you is not enough.
  • Nicholas Jandeleit
    I was one of your patients about 5 weeks ago. I'm back playing again with no pain at all and the incision looks good too. Without your help, I wouldn't be playing right now. Soccer is a huge part of my life and I'm thankful that you were able to bring me back on the field.
  • Fabian Herbers
    Thank you Dr. Poor
    Fabian Herbers is a German footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer (MLS).
  • Dan Flickinger
    I had a bi-lateral core muscle repair in 2016. This summer, I traveled to Newfoundland twith fellow Bilateral Core muscle Repair alumnus Carl Stauffer and we ran the 180 beautiful and rugged, East Coast Trail. We could not have done without you.
  • Leah DeFusco
    It's been six long years of pain, cocktails of NSAIDs, wrong diagnosis and referrals to many specialists. I have to say I am profoundly grateful to have found Vincera and Dr. Meyers.
  • Shayne Gostisbehere
    Drs. Meyers, Poor, Kropf You're the best! Thank you for everything!
    Shayne Gostisbehere is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • State Patrol Officer
    Thank you Dr. Meyers and the entire Vincera Institute Staff for your extraordinary care & expertise. I am looking forward to returning to my career and active life style.
  • Sam Lieber
    Three months to the day you operated on me. Today I won the 2015 USTS National Championship in Indian Wells, California. Thanks for your expertise and steady hand. I wouldn't have been able to play without you.
  • Jerome Patrick Murphy
    Hey doc. I started practicing fully a couple weeks ago. I honestly can't describe how thankful I am that I met you and for everything that you did for me. I got my life back and am happy for the first time in years.
  • Troy Tulowitzki
    Thanks to you and your staff for getting me back on the field. You're the best!!
    Troy Tulowitzki played 13 seasons in the MLB, with the Colorado Rockies. the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.

Steven D. Krauza, runner, cyclist

Age 40, from Erie, PA
"Finally someone officially could identify the problem and more importantly had the skills and technique to fix the problem. I'm 40 years old. I feel like I've been given a gift of life."

Kat Sokirka, softball player

Age 23, from Old Forge, Pa
"From the first time I met Dr. Poor, I was 100-percent confident that the surgery would help. That's pretty amazing - pain for over 10 years and then one surgery fixed it all."

Alec Warren, basketball player

Age 22, from New Jersey
"It's safe to say that Dr. Meyers pretty much saved my playing career. I ended up playing college basketball for four years and had no issues with core muscle pain whatsoever after surgery."

The diagnosis and treatment of core injuries is The Vincera Institute's mission and reason for being. We have helped tens of thousands of patients get back in the game. If you are suffering from a core injury, we can help.