Featured Physician: Dr. Cameron M. Govonlu, M.D

Featured Physician: Dr. Cameron M. Govonlu, M.D

Welcome back to our Featured Physician series! We’re excited to showcase our Regeneris Physician Affiliates and tell you about their practices, why they became interested in regenerative medicine, and technologies they’re excited about.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Cameron M. Govonlu, a pain management physician at Physicians Pain Management Center in Raynham, Ma.

1. Can you tell us details about you/your practice?

As a person, all my life, I have been passionate about problem-solving, fixing broken things and design and symmetry.

When I started my surgical internship training at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, in 1976, my goal was to become a cosmetic plastic surgeon but due to the unexpected death of the plastic surgeon at Methodist Hospital as well as the field being highly-competitive with limited plastic surgery fellowships, it did not seem that I could secure my path to this specialty.

After a one year internship and six months of surgical residency, I decided to apply for anesthesiology residency in Southwestern Medical School and I got matched to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. During this three years’ internship and residency in anesthesiology, I took additional rotations in pain clinic, clinical hypnosis, and acupuncture.

After completing my residency I moved to Massachusetts where my wife had family and ancestors and started working at West Roxbury VA Hospital providing anesthesia for open heart and major vascular surgery as well as working with paraplegic and quadriplegic veterans.
Later on, I moved to private practice at Morton Hospital in Taunton in 1982 where I practiced combined pain management and anesthesiology. I took multiple additional week-long courses all over the country in pain management and cadaver training and completed my board certification in anesthesiology with added qualifications in pain management.

In 1998 I decided to choose interventional pain management as my second career and started a free-standing office space interventional pain management in Taunton which was the first office space interventional pain management in southeastern Massachusetts.

2. Why did you get involved in regenerative medicine?

After two relocations I have settled in my current practice at 1244 Broadway, Raynham, Massachusetts.

I found my practice extremely gratifying and rewarding and up to today it has been the best twenty years of my career.

I have continued taking different courses learning the latest technologies in interventional pain management as well as taking additional courses in age management and bio-identical hormone therapy, aesthetics and prolotherapy.

As time went by PRP became a better substitution for prolotherapy and eventually stem cell revolution evolved to its current status. I took additional courses in stem cell therapy in both age management and pain management cadaver courses and have become extremely interested in the field not only recognizing that stem cell therapy will be the future of medicine but also the fact that it involves repairing diseased joints, ligament, discs and a host of other medical conditions and I can use my tools and interventional skills to get involved in this field and slowly adapt it as my third career in this lifetime.

I am very excited to be part of Regeneris Medical recognizing that Dr. Ryan Welter has already carved the way and established a structure for this new revolution in our area and I hope that as time goes by I become more and more active in this field.

 

Learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Govonlu by visiting his website

Featured Physician: Dr. Ryan Welter, M.D

Featured Physician: Dr. Ryan Welter, M.D

Welcome back to our Featured Physician series! We’re excited to showcase our Regeneris Physician Affiliates and tell you about their practices, why they became interested in regenerative medicine, and technologies they’re excited about.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Ryan Welter, M.D. Founder and CEO of Regeneris Medical in Boston, MA.

1. Can you tell us details about you/your practice?

Regeneris Medical began with the simple idea that the human body contains most of what it needs to heal itself within its own stem cells and biologic mediators. We have embraced a focused commitment to providing research level therapies to patients today, allowing patients access to the most advanced regenerative therapies available.

2. Why did you get involved in regenerative medicine?

Through regenerative medicine and outstanding patient-centric service, I see an opportunity to change the face of modern medicine. It is my goal to be recognized as an innovative and respected leader in the field of regenerative medicine in practice, research, and education.

3. What are some of the most exciting technologies within this field?

I believe that in the near future, almost every medical treatment will include at least some component of this emerging technology. I foresee a day when Doctors are much less dependent on pharmaceuticals and have harnessed the natural healing and regenerative properties of the human body to the fullest extent.

4. What is a fun fact you’d like to share?

I have my own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/WelterMD) where I share skincare treatments, exciting new announcements, and an inside look of a cosmetic surgeon’s life. Check it out if this interests you!

 

Learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Welter by visiting RegenerisBoston.com

 

Featured Physician: Dr. Jake Wardwell, D.O.

Featured Physician: Dr. Jake Wardwell, D.O.

Welcome back to our Featured Physician series! We’re excited to showcase our newest Regeneris Physician Affiliates and tell you about their practices, why they became interested in regenerative medicine, and technologies they’re excited about.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jake Wardwell, D.O., an Integrative Medicine Specialist from San Francisco, California.

 

1. Can you tell us details about you/your practice?

I’m an osteopath board certified in Integrative Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound ( ARDMS RMSK) and Interventional Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine (IROM-C). I combine the best of conventional medicine with functional medicine to optimize health and wellness by looking deeper at hormone, nutritional and digestive health. As an Osteopath trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound, I am able to palpate and visulalize soft tissue strain patterns in the body to pick up on the underlying causes of musculoskeletal disorders. Lastly, Interventional Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine is about using regenerative agents such as Platelet Rich Plasma, Amniotic Membrane and Adipose derived Stromal Vascular Fraction to regenerate injured areas in the body. I combine these different aspects of medicine to both address the system in which illness and injury happens as well as the symptoms that manifest from this system.

 

2. Why did you get involved in regenerative medicine?

My path evovled from studying Yoga Therapy and Eastern Philosophy as a premed to studying Acupuncture and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Medical school. Concurrently in medical school, I trained with Integrative Medicine phsyicians and took extra courses and continuing medical education conferences throughout residency to learn more about functional medicine. During residency, I started working with doctors who were doing prolotherapy based on palpation, which helped me to learn all of the areas to treat and look at once I finally picked up ultrasound. Since finishing residency, I’ve been using ultrasound to diagnose and guide regenerative injections and have developed my own protocols for injecting and rehabilitating areas based on principles from Osteopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Yoga Therapy.

 

3. What are some of the most exciting technologies within this field?

Stromal Vascular Fraction is the most exciting new technology in the field of regenerative medicine. I am seeing a more robust healing response in areas that I used to treat with Platelet Rich Plasma and am now able to treat certain injuries or illnesses that PRP was not effective enough to treat.

 

4. What is a fun fact you’d like to share?

I enjoy playing Jazz and Blues Piano nightly and I have an extensive Soul and Jazz Vinyl record collection that helps to inspire my own musical compositions. This creative outlet helps me to both process my days experience and inspire new creative ideas. A lot of what I do relies on intuition and feel and playing improvisational music helps to cultivate this skill set in a way that simply practicing medicine, maintaining healthy levels of physical activity and a healthy diet cannot.

 

Learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wardwell by visiting https://sfiirm.com

Featured Physician: Dr. Rosa Navarro

Featured Physician: Dr. Rosa Navarro

Welcome to our Featured Physician series! We’re excited to showcase our newest Regeneris Physician Affiliates and tell you about their practices, why they became interested in regenerative medicine, and technologies they’re excited about.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Rosa Navarro, a Pain Management Specialist from California.

 

1. Can you tell us details about you/your practice?

Our practice is located in the southern part of San Diego in the city of Chula Vista. We proudly cater to the Hispanic community and all of our staff is bilingual English-Spanish which facilitates communication and or medical education to our patients.

Currently in our practice we offer a list of advanced minimally invasive interventional procedures such as, epidural steroid injections, joint injections with ultrasound, medial branch blocks, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, spinal cord stimulation, stellate ganglion blocks, ketamine infusions, nerve root injections, trigger point injections, lumbar sympathetic blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and our newest addition regenerative medicine.

2. Why did you get involved in regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a new treatment modality that we are excited to introduce to our patients as an alternative choice for Pain Management. Regenerative medicine’s promise is in its ability to work with the body’s reparative mechanisms, thus healing the local tissues and halting the propagation pain. It is effective and proven to demonstrate faster pain control and healing, making it a logical add-on therapy to our current list of services.

3. What are some of the most exciting technologies within this field?

The technologies that are exciting in this field are the usage of PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) from patients’ own body, combined with stem cells from fat and bone and incorporating them back into their body and seeing the effectiveness in the process of centrifuging and delivery methods.

 

Learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Navarro by visiting http://www.navarropaincontrolgroup.com/

Consider the Regeneris BioHip Protocol Before a Total Hip Replacement

Consider the Regeneris BioHip Protocol Before a Total Hip Replacement

Pain in your hip joint is never fun. Waking up in the middle of the night with pain, not being able to walk as much as you used to, or needing to take an excessive amount of Aleve or Ibuprofen are all signs that your hip may be degenerating quickly. The typical treatment options include hip injections or hip replacement surgery, which in some cases can make the pain worse. The team at Regeneris Medical has developed a new protocol called the Regeneris BioHip. The BioHip is a treatment method that uses your body’s own stem cells to restore and repair damage of the hip. It is based on the premise that cells can and should promote the body’s healing process, so that you can gain full range of motion back in your hip, and not have to remove the joint and replace it with a prosthetic.

Why You Should Consider the BioHip Protocol

There are many reasons to consider the BioHip protocol before considering the traditional surgical route:

Lower anesthesia risks – When you have to go under general anesthesia (such as during a total hip replacement), you are increasing your risk of complications exponentially. There are also a lot of side effects that can be caused by general anesthesia, such as vomiting, sore throat, shivering or sleepiness. Our Regeneris BioHip protocol is performed under local anesthesia (just to the hip), significantly decreasing your chances of experiencing side effects.

No time in the hospital – When you have a major surgery, such as a total hip replacement, you will need to spend a significant amount of time recovering in the hospital. This can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your routine and the routine of those who will be taking care of you. The Regeneris BioHip allows you to recover from the comfort of your own home, as you return home a few hours after your procedure.

Lower cost – Before insurance coverage, a total hip replacement can cost you upwards of $39,000. The Regeneris BioHip, on the other hand, costs under $10,000 and the final cost depends on your personalized treatment program.

Technology Used

There are two main state-of-the-art stem cell technologies used in the BioHip protocol:

1. Stormal Vascular Fraction (SVF) – SVF is a way to extract stem cells from fatty areas of the body, rather than blood or bone (which many people associate with stem cells). A tiny amount of fat is removed from the body via a minimally invasive liposuction procedure at the beginning of your treatment (under local anesthesia). The stem cells that are taken out of that fat come at a much higher yield than if they came from bone or blood, which is why we utilize this technology.

2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – PRP is an injection prepared from your own blood. Platelets provide an environment in the body that is optimal for healing injuries. When combined with stem cells, PRP aids in the regenerative process significantly, allowing for healing of the damaged tissue.

While the timing and efficacy of this process are currently being looked at more closely in our research protocols, the injected cells should immediately begin secreting growth factors to stimulate healing. Depending on how well your body reacts to the protocol, the results could last years.

Let’s Get Started

Contact Regeneris Medical today to speak with a doctor and discuss the BioHip as a treatment option for your hip pain, and remember — don’t operate, regenerate!

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