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Patient Testimonials

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Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!


  • Spinal Fusion , Cervical Fusion

“I first was introduced to Dr. Kraker when my mom had a fractured spine along with lymphoma and my mom needed double surgery to live. Dr. Kraker worked in tandem with another surgeon to do both surgery's. both came in to do the surgery on a sat. Fast forward 3 years my husband had a bad back and Dr. Kraker operated on him to leave him pain free. Fast forward Dr. Kraker has done multiple surgery's on my daughter at the age of 20 something because she had a degenerating spine disorder, to keep her walking so she can raise her children. Now it is my turn. Both of my surgery's have been totally successful. I fully trust all of there staff as I am going to have a double fusion done shortly. I feel confident it will be successful.”

Joshua Brandstrom

  • L5 Discectomy

“Dr. Banks performed an L5 discectomy and removed bone spurs from the same area. The quality of life for me has improved greatly. Dr. Banks did a great job!! He gave me my life back.”

Colleen Greiert-Virgin

  • Orthopedics

“For 6 years now, this wonderful group has taken care of me with the utmost respect and has taken excellent very good care of me! We may not always see eye to eye on certain things or be on the same page always, but in the end I trust them and I hope they trust me. For 50 years I looked for a group of physicians that would believe me...Treat me with the utmost respect and most of all gave me the care that I desperately needed...the kind of respect & care with which they have taken the time to learn my my story & grown with me respectfully...and most important, non-judgmentally! I love you guys. Thank you for everything. Don't give up on me. I won't give up on you :) I admire each one of you always treating me with dignity and respect! I know I have worked for many years to find you. It took me a lifetime & I don't know what I ever did without any of you but it took me 50 years to find you. I feel blessed. Thank you again. ”

Ellen Baker

  • Lumbar Fusion and Cervical Fusion

“I first started seeing Dr. Banks in October 2001. Since that date, I have had a a triple lumbar fusion and a triple cervical fusion. These were ongoing spinal issues for many years. After having those fusions, my life is 100% better than before. I owe so much gratitude to Dr. Banks for changing my life! I would recommend him to any of my friends and as a matter of fact, I have. Thank you Dr. Banks for saving & fixing my back! ”

Dwayne Underdahl

  • Orthopedics

“Dr. Kraker and Julie were very helpful in my surgeries from different accidents and years I later still appreciate everything they have done. Would highly recommend to everyone.”

Faith Courneya

  • Spinal Fusion

“Dr. Kraker and Sarla have changed my life. I was suffering for over 5 years with back pain and with 1 appointment Dr. Kraker said I need surgery and my life changed for the better. I had a spinal fusion in Dec of 2007 and I have never felt better!!! Thank you again for changing my life! Thanks to all the staff at Advanced Spine for such great care. And thanks to CORE PT for the great rehab.”

David Braun

  • Spinal Decompression and Discectomy

“Dr. Banks treated my lower back pain in 1999. At first he was reluctant to do surgery, and instead directed me to PT and other non-invasive treatments. My condition eventually deteriorated and one of my legs became numb. Dr. Banks saw me immediately and scheduled surgery that weekend. I had a spinal decompression and a discectomy in December of 1999. The results were amazing. On the recovery table, although I was sore from the surgery, I knew he had fixed the damage in my lower back. He gave me my old life back! I enjoy skiing, swimming, working out and playing with my grandkids, things I couldn't do before my surgery.”

Barry Schwartz

  • Orthopedics

“Simply put: Julie, Sarla and Dr. Kraker are the best.”