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Dustin Berger
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Don Buford, MD
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Christopher Centeno, MD
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Rahul Desai, MD
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David Keith Harris, MD
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Matthew Hyzy, DO
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James Leiber, DO
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Gerard Malanga, MD
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Jason Markle, DO
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Gabriel Marrero, MD
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Shounuck I. Patel, DO
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David R Smith, MD
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Neven Steinmetz, PhD
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Ryan Szepiela, MD
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Christopher Williams, MD
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Biologics and interventional procedures are changing the way care is being delivered. With our courses that teach the newest techniques you can quickly become an expert in your field.

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Dustin Berger

IOF Course Instruction: Basics of Performing and Understanding Nucleated Cell Count and Viability Measurements

Dustin Berger received his Masters of Science degree from Colorado State University (CSU), where he investigated the long-term cellular response of mesenchymal stem cells placed upon various nanotopograhipes fabricated from FDA-approved biomaterials. Following graduate school, Dustin continued to work as a research assistant at CSU, utilizing microfabrication to functionally mature human induced pluripontent stem cell-derived hepatocytes for applications in disease modeling and drug development.

Don Buford

IOF Course Instruction: Shoulder core injections, Knee and Shoulder percutaneous regenerative arthroscopy

Dr. Don Buford founded The Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute with the goal of creating a research institute with well trained orthopedic surgeons also interested in state of the art orthobiologic therapies.

By closely following clinical results from these regenerative therapies, Dr. Buford hopes to further refine the indications and treatments for many musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Buford instructs others in regenerative medicine to help patients recover to their desired state of health without a surgical procedure and will instruct on performing regenerative orthopedic therapies in an office based procedures..

Dr. Buford played professional baseball as a second baseman and outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 4 years. After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Buford completed a 5 year orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Buford also completed a one year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI) where he learned advanced arthroscopy techniques. Because of his interest in minimally invasive and noninvasive orthopedic techniques to treat patients, Dr. Buford was naturally drawn to the orthobiologic subspecialty.

Dr. Buford has been training clinicians on MSK ultrasound as the Director of the Las Vegas MSK Ultrasound Course.  Dr. Buford and his course faculty have trained over 600 clinicians in MSK ultrasound in the past 9 years.

Christopher Centeno, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics.  He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and pain management through the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Centeno graduated from at Baylor College of Medicine, and continued his studies at the Texas Medical Center and the Institute for Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Chris Centeno is one of the few physicians in the world with extensive experience in the culture expansion of and clinical use of adult stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries. Dr. Centeno is the Chairman of the Board of Interventional Orthopedics Foundation and chaired multiple international research-based conferences and maintains an active research-based practice, with multiple publications listed in the US National Library of Medicine.  Dr. Centeno has also served as editor-in-chief of a medical research journal dedicated to traumatic injury.

Rahul Desai, MD

Dr. Rahul N. Desai, a fellowship-trained musculoskeletal interventional radiologist, founded Restore PDX Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine in 2013 with the mission to redefine musculoskeletal healthcare.

In 2008, Dr. Desai began to expand his musculoskeletal ultrasound and interventional spine practice with the use of cutting edge orthobiologic therapies, such as Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP), Stem Cells, and Amniotic Membrane-Derived Growth Factors. He began treating tendon and ligament disorders and quickly expanded to joint and spine pathology. He tracked patient outcomes after regenerative biologic injection therapies with hundreds of before and after Tesla 3 MRI scans, which clearly documented tissue healing, directly correlating with clinical improvement.

Dr. Desai gained both national and international acclaim in the fields of MSK radiology and orthobiologic treatments. Having performed thousands of regenerative injection therapies, he is a recognized international expert in the field of Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP), cellular therapies, and regenerative medicine. His endeavors include numerous lectures, presentations, publications, and clinical research.

David Keith Harris, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Dr. Harris is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pain Medicine. He was among the first physicians over twenty years ago to combine the fields of Regenerative Medicine, Interventional Spine injections, and Comprehensive Pain Management into a unified practice within one clinic. As of 2018, he has performed more than 35,000 interventional spine procedures, and approximately 120,000 regenerative injection procedures. Dr. Harris has taught interventional spine techniques and regenerative injection therapy to many physicians nationally and internationally, including physicians throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has traveled to teach in regenerative medicine conferences in Peru and Argentina. He has treated many athletes from the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, and other Texas universities, and has treated numerous local and touring musicians.

In his spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. He plays guitar with his close friends in a local Austin band, Natural Causes.

 

Matthew Hyzy, DO

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Dr. Hyzy earned his Medical degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where he started to develop his interest in Neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Hyzy completed residency training at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (P.M.R./Physiatry). There, he served as Chief resident and garnered numerous clinical experiences which fueled his desire to pursue more training in Interventional Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Hyzy is proud to be an attending physician at The Centeno-Schultz Clinic where he is an integral part of the Interventional Orthopedics fellowship and the progression of regenerative medicine research. His research interests include the use of Orthobiologics (Platelet Rich Plasma and Mesenchymal Stem Cells) in musculoskeletal medicine, Osteoarthritis, percutaneous ACL repair, axial spinal disorders while participating in new treatment strategies to assist patients. Dr Hyzy is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Outside of Medicine, his interests include exploring the Rocky Mountain active lifestyle, paddle boarding, Mtn. Biking, Yoga, international cuisine and spending time with his family and friends.

James Leiber, DO

OF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

James Leiber, DO, is the founder and medical director of New Regeneration Orthopedics of Florida. He is a former officer, physician, and educator in the Air Force for 11 years – including personal physician to the vice president and president at the White House. In 2012, he became the first Regenexx affiliate provider in Florida.

He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was a previously a full-time Professor for 5 years – while there, he also served as the course director and co-creator of an innovative and unique medical school course in Integrative Clinical Nutrition.

He has also completed fellowship training in research, teaching, and curriculum development (UNC-Chapel Hill). He is triple board certified in: Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM), Pain Medicine (CAQPM), and Family Medicine (ABFM) as well Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK).

Dr. Leiber is also formally trained in Nutritional and Functional Medicine. He believes that the key to effective treatment is a collaborative relationship between doctor and patient and an understanding that every person and situation is unique.

Dr Leiber is originally from NYC but has lived in all regions of the U.S. and enjoys spending time with his family. He resides on the southwest coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.

Gerard Malanga, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and Sports and Pain Medicine with a fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Dr. Gerard Malanga is a renowned specialist in the nonsurgical treatment of a variety of orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. His practice includes the treatment of athletes from recreational to the college, Olympic, and professional levels.

Dr. Malanga lectures throughout the United States and internationally on a variety of sports medicine, spine, orthopedic, and pain management topics. He provides sports medicine services to several New Jersey high schools and colleges and has served as the head team physician for New Jersey City University since 1999. He also serves as a consultant to the Rutger’s University Athletic Department.

Dr. Malanga co-authored “The Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Musculosketal Injections,” a comprehensive textbook on ultrasound-guided injections of the musculoskeletal system, and “Regenerative Treatments in Sports and Orthopedic Medicine,” the first comprehensive book devoted to orthobiologic treatments for orthopedic conditions written for physicians. He is also a regular contributor to SpineUniverse.com.

Jason Markle, DO

Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Dr. Markle is a south Florida native. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, earning his degree in Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R/ Physiatry) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he furthered his training in musculoskeletal medicine, rehabilitation, sports and spine.

Post residency, Dr. Markle was selected to the Interventional Orthopedic Fellowship program at the Centeno-Schultz clinic. Here Dr. Markle gained significant experience in the new field of interventional orthopedics honing his skills in advanced interventional injection techniques into the spine and peripheral joints treating patients with ortho-biologics. After fellowship, Dr. Markle accepted a full time attending physician position at CSC treating patients and training current Interventional Orthopedics fellows. In addition to working at CSC, Dr. Markle is an active member of the Interventional Orthopedic Foundations and serves as a course instructor where he trains physicians from around the world in advanced interventional orthopedic injection techniques.

Dr. Markle is an outdoor sports enthusiast. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, Olympic weightlifting and Crossfit with his wife and two dogs.

Gabriel Marrero, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Spine. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Gabriel Marrero, M.D. is triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Interventional Pain Medicine. Dr. Marrero completed his Bachelor in to Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts and his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he was selected as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

He moved to New York City to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine for his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as the Chief Resident. Finally, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine with the Anesthesiology Department Pain Medicine division at the world renowned Emory University where he served as an associate professor after graduation.

Dr. Marrero has a special interest in musculoskeletal disorders and sports medicine, having previously played collegiate Water Polo for UMass and the Puerto Rico National Team. He now practices at Fort Lauderdale Pain Medicine.

Shounuck I. Patel, DO

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Dr. Shounuck I. Patel, DO, is an ortho-regenerative sports and spine specialist who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, board-certified in sports medicine and fellowship-trained in interventional pain management.

After earning his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Patel attained his residency training at the prestigious Kessler Institute, the nation’s largest rehabilitation hospital and a model system for spinal cord injury.

Dr. Patel then completed a sports medicine accredited interventional pain management fellowship at Pennsylvania’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists hospital, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Furman MD, the editor of the preeminent atlas on image-guided interventional procedures. There, he furthered his knowledge in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, electrodiagnostics, and a spectrum of advanced fluoroscopy- and ultrasound-guided injection procedures for the treatment of nerves, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Prior to joining Health Link Medical Center, Dr. Patel received additional specialized regenerative medicine training with the founders of Regenexx at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado.

With a passion for advancements in the neuromusculoskeletal field, Dr. Patel lectures at medical conferences across the nation and has had numerous publications including journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Patel has a clinical interest in the interconnection between spinal pain conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, and the holistic treatment of this continuum with innovative regenerative techniques, osteopathic manipulation and therapeutic exercise.

David R Smith, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, Spine and Shoulder. Instructs under Ultrasound and Fluoro.

Dr. Smith performs 50 fluoroscopic spine procedures per week for the past 7 years including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar medial branch RFAs

Dr. Smith performs 20 ultrasound guided injections every Thursday including posterior glenohumeral injections, hip joint injections, knee joint injections, large numbers of US guided SI joint injections (6-8 per US day). Experience with US guided stellate ganglion blocks, selective cervical root blocks, etc,). Expert in US guided injections in the small joints of the hand.

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a combined degree in biology, psychology, and physical anthropology and received his medical degree in 1991 from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Smith finished his training in Seattle, Washington where he completed a one year Astra Fellowship in regional anesthesia.

He is an expert in the clinical use of ultrasound guided regional nerve blocks. Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and licensed to practice both in New York State and Ontario, Canada.

Neven Steinmetz, PhD

IOF Course Instruction: Basics of Performing and Understanding Nucleated Cell Count and Viability Measurements

Dr. Neven Steinmetz received her PhD from the University of Colorado, where she focused on developing a strategy to engineer the osteochondral interface, the complicated interfacial zone between bone and cartilage, utilizing human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and synthetic polymer scaffolds. Following her PhD, she accepted an International Whitaker Fellowship to complete her postdoctoral training at the Centre for Cell Engineering at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she focused on fabricating micro- and nano-patterned surfaces to provide mechanical cues and direct cell behavior to attached cells on 2D surfaces. Dr. Steinmetz joined the talented Regenexx R&D team in May of 2016.

Ryan Szepiela, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Dr. Ryan Szepiela is dedicated to a conservative approach to treatment. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and has a specialized interest in spinal intervention. Dr. Szepiela, with his colleague Dr. Roger Kruse, began the ProMedica Regenerative Medicine program. The regenerative medicine program offers treatment of chronic joint pain, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, torn ligaments or knee, hip, shoulder, back or ankle pain.

Dr. Szepiela currently practices in a musculoskeletal and spine clinic, as well as a sports medicine clinic. He uses a comprehensive treatment plan, including physical therapy, medication, joint and spine injections and stem cell treatments. He is also the head team physician of the Toledo Mud Hens, Lourdes University and associate team physician at the University of Toledo.

Christopher Williams, MD

IOF Course Instruction: Spine, Ankle/Foot, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Knee, Hip, and Shoulder. Instructs under both Ultrasound and Flouroscopy.

Originally from Jacksonville Florida, Dr. Williams enlisted into the Air Force after high school. After completing four years of service he enrolled in the University of North Florida to complete his Bachelor’s degree with the highest honorof summa cum laude. Dr. Williams attended medical school and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. While in residency for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he was awarded the resident of the year award 3 years in a row and was the Academic Chief Resident his senior year.

Dr. William’s research interests include polypharmacy in the elderly, musculoskeletal ultrasound education, and regenerative medicine for orthopedic conditions.
During his personal time, he enjoys traveling with his family, weight lifting, cooking, and outdoor activities.