Agenda April 2023

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*Times, Titles & Faculty Subject To Change

Wednesday April 26th

Practice Management Workshop: Launching and Growing a Successful Age Management Practice

Many attendees of the AMMG conferences are attracted to the field of Age Management Medicine, but do not feel qualified, or empowered with the necessary tools, to successfully transition from the well-established structure of disease-based medicine or from the traditional insurance-based reimbursement system into a system which relies to a significant degree upon direct pay. In addition, this workshop is also designed to complement the AMMG Certification in Age Management Medicine for physicians and healthcare professionals and to help educate and inform medical and office staff. Attendees will be guided through the process of developing an Age Management Practice. Our goal is for the attendee to be equipped with the basic tools for making the necessary decisions on what is required from a Practice Management point of view.

Non-CME Course

Time
Presentation
9:00 – 9:30 am The Direct Pay/Partial Direct Pay Practice Model
Chuck Guglin, M.D., FACS
Owner, Hyperfit MD Age Management Center

Understand what a direct pay practice is, learn what the best practices for this type of practice are and transcend the fear of moving from insurance-based to direct pay practice. Attendees will be asked to envision the ideal Age Management Practice they wish to develop.

9:30 – 10:00 am Development of Practice Services and Procedures
Chuck Guglin, M.D., FACS
Owner, Hyperfit MD Age Management Center

Understand the range of services than can be offered from an Age Management Practice and understand how you can develop a menu of services that will fit you and your practice.

10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 10:45 am Development of Diagnostic Tools and Procedures
Chuck Guglin, M.D., FACS
Owner,
Hyperfit MD Age Management Center

Diagnosing the Age Management Patient is critical to formulation of a personalized patient treatment plan. This lecture will provide attendees with options regarding diagnostic tools and procedures.

10:45 – 11:15 am Creating Revenue Through the Sales of Ancillary Products and Services from Your Office
Derrick DeSilva, Jr., M.D.
Teaching Faculty, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Associate Attending Staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ

We have a captive audience with the patients we see every day.  They trust our judgments and that is why they seek us out for their medical care.  The trust can be translated into other products and services that we provide in our clinical practice.  Everything from cosmetic products and procedures to carrying a line of high quality nutraceuticals.  The educational process to “sell” these products and services does take some upfront time. Once the patient/consumer becomes part of the process to utilize these products and services it can become a critical recurrent part of your revenue stream. The questions is, what products and services should you offer and how do you decide what these products and services should be? During this presentation I will help you outline how to start with the basics and in time build/create that revenue stream even when you are not physically seeing the patient.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Motivating Patients and Creating Programs Applying the Science of Age Management Medicine to Produce Positive Patient Outcomes
Rudy Inaba, M.S.
Vice President of Performance Health, Cenegenics Medical Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Creating programs that will incorporate your defined services, creating a real change in the health of patients and retaining patients are critical to the success of your practice.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:45 pm Developing a Marketing and Branding Program
Audrey Neff
Director of Marketing, Patient Now

How to secure new patients and retain current patients through appropriate branding and marketing programs is essential to success.

1:45 – 2:30 pm Employee Management and Engagement
Rudy Inaba, M.S.
Vice President of Performance Health, Cenegenics Medical Institute, Las Vegas, NV

A culture of excellence starts with the right team and brand. How your patients perceive your practice is essential to developing trust, thus increasing referrals and patient retention. Learn how to engage your team in creatively promoting, not selling, your services to current patients and prospects. What employee skills will be essential?

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Client/Patient Experience Expectations
Rudy Inaba, M.S.
Vice President of Performance Health, Cenegenics Medical Institute, Las Vegas, NV

In the process of transitioning from sick-care to preventive healthcare you don’t want to sound like a salesman. Learn the exact words to use to speak to your patients and help them get the results they want to achieve. Learn how to set achievable patient goals and expectations.

3:30 – 4:15 pm The Liability Entanglements of Running Your Own Practice: Don’t Let Your Corporate Veil Be Pierced
Art McOmber
Fortune Law Firm, Las Vegas, NV
Co-Founder and President of Epic Life, Inc. Nutrition Specialty Company

Business owner doctors erroneously believe that setting up their practice as a corporation or LLC creates a shield of liability between their business assets and their personal assets. But setting up the entity is just one small step in creating protections that business entities afford. These protections, to be effective, also require adequate capitalization of the entity, observation of corporate formalities, and a strict division between what is the business and what is the individual. Learn what it takes to run a medical practice in a way that will afford all of the protections that the law provides.

4:15 – 5:00 pm Practice Landmines & Practice Pearls
Chuck Guglin, M.D., FACS
Owner, Hyperfit MD Age Management Center

Learn what to avoid to eliminate or reduce the inevitable problems and those pearls from experienced Practice Management Professionals that can help you succeed.

5:00 – 5:15 pm AMMG Physician and Healthcare Provider Certification Program
Francesca Guglin
CEO, Hyperfit MD Age Management Center
5:15 – 5:30 pm Open Forum with Q and A

Thursday, April 27th

Workshop: The Use of Hormone Modulation in Age Management Medicine

Physicians treating an aging population must recognize the importance of hormone optimization for their patients.  As men and women age, different hormones are affected. For women, changes in estrogen levels with aging are a major concern. This is especially true during menopause and after. For men, testosterone level changes are the dominant hormonal component of aging.  Every Physician treating aging patients must have adequate medical expertise in Hormone Modulation for increased outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 8:45 am Estrogen
John C. Carrozzella, M.D., MSMA, AAARFM, FAARFM
Physician/CEO/Founder, Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness

Estrogen, and specifically estradiol is an essential hormone in women. The science on this hormone is clear, as estradiol declines in the post-menopausal years, the rate of illness and debility increases. Specifically, as a result of estradiol decline, the rates of dementia, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia and a host of other metabolic and physiologic issues rise. This lecture will explore the medical literature and what it has to say about the importance of estradiol in women, the consequences of estradiol decline and the strong evidence behind the essential restoration of therapeutic levels of estradiol in the aging woman.

8:45 – 9:30 am Thyroid and Cortisol
William Clearfield, DO, FA, MA, DABMA, FAARFM

Medical Director, Clearfield Family Medicine, Reno, NV
Executive Director, American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases
Adjunct Professor: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Guadalajara School of Medicine

Agenda TBA

8:45 – 9:30 am Human Growth Hormone
Edwin N. Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Agenda TBA

10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:15 am Testosterone for Women
Florence Comite, M.D.
Founder, Comite Center for Precision Medicine, New York, NY
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Agenda TBA

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Testosterone for Men
Jeffrey Leake, M.D.
Senior Physician Cenegenics Elite Health, Las Vegas, NV
Director of Education, Cenegenics Elite Health

Dr. Leake will present an introduction to the use of Testosterone in Men.  Providing an evidence base for the medical use of Testosterone as well as discuss the protocols and methods used to correctly diagnose Testosterone deficiency and the protocols to treat patients.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:00 pm Case Presentations Human Grown Hormone
Edwin Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Agenda TBA

2:00 – 2:30 pm Case Presentations Testosterone for Women
Florence Comite, M.D.
Founder, Comite Center for Precision Medicine, New York, NY
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Agenda TBA

2:30 pm Exhibits Open
2:30 – 3:00 pm

Case Presentations Thyroid & Cortisol
William Clearfield, D.O.
Medical Director, Clearfield Family Medicine, Reno, NV
Executive Director, American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases
Adjunct Professor: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Guadalajara School of Medicine

Agenda TBA

3:00 – 3:45 pm Break / Visit Exhibits
3:45 – 4:15 pm Case Presentations Testosterone for Men
Testosterone for Men
Jeffrey Leake, M.D.
Senior Physician Cenegenics Elite Health, Las Vegas, NV
Director of Education, Cenegenics Elite Health

Dr. Leake will present several cases of Testosterone Replacement for patients with documented deficiency. He will describe testing and appropriate clinical protocols.
4:15 – 5:00 pm Case Presentations Estrogen
John C. Carrozzella, M.D., MSMA, AAARFM, FAARFM
Physician/CEO/Founder, Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness

In this lecture, the faculty will present several cases of estradiol replacement in post-menopausal women. The cases will cover the variety of estradiol administration modalities. Lab work will be reviewed in the context of decision making and symptom resolution. Where appropriate, adjunct studies such as metabolic blood work, CT Calcium Scans, DEXA scans will be reviewed as they pertain to estradiol therapy.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Complex Hormone Cases
Derrick DeSilva, Jr., M.D.
Teaching Faculty, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Associate Attending Staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ

Agenda TBA

5:30 – 7:00 pm

AMMG Welcome Reception

Open to all conference attendees, spouses, and guests

Held in Conference Networking and Exhibits Center

Thursday, April 27th

Workshop: Regenerative Medicine for Aging

Regenerative medicine goes beyond disease management to search for and discover therapies that support the body in repairing, regenerating and restoring itself to a state of well-being. From prenatal surgical interventions to treatments for lifelong degenerative and disabling conditions, regenerative medicine therapies prompt the body to enact a self-healing response. These advancements in patient care across a wide range of medical specialties point to new solutions to expand and maintain optimal health and quality of life. Faculty have been asked to focus on FDA approved protocols, should they touch on off-label information they have been asked to clearly define any non-FDA approved information.

 

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 8:45 am Unlocking the Secrets of Age Reversal
Ian White, Ph.D.

CEO & CSO, NeoBiosis
Vice President & BOD, American College of Regenerative Medicine
Co-Founder, Space-Aging Research Institute

Loss of tissue-specific stem cells capable of repair and regeneration in adults drives the biological process that we recognize as “aging.” Many species have evolved mechanisms to uncouple biological aging from chronic aging so they might age slowly or in some cases, not at all. Reversal and recovery of endogenous stem cell regenerative functions have been achieved experimentally in mice by scientists using plasma from young laboratory animals transplanted into old animals and in old human skin cells using Yamanaka factors. Pregnancy is a natural form of heterochronic parabiosis. Extracellular vesicles produced by placenta, fetus and mother are essential for both fetal development and the modification of the maternal physiology to cope with the rigors of pregnancy. Interestingly, these EVs can he harvested from the amniotic fluid (AFEVs) and transplanted to promote anti-aging, tissue repair and regeneration in unrelated adults. Using freshly isolated AFEVs, we demonstrate their potent anti-“inflammaging” action in vitro and pro-regenerative capacity to promote tissue repair in small animal models and human patients. Together, this data, introduces a new paradigm in the quest for a natural solution to age-related degeneration through the utilization of birth tissues.

8:45 – 9:30 am

Regenerative Medicine Injections for Managing Pain
Glenn M. Flanagan, II, M.D.
Naples Regenerative Institute

Regenerative medicine injections for managing pain as a field has been coined the “Wild Wild West”, because physicians and companies performing these treatments have had minimal over sight by governing bodies. However, this is not the whole story. Over the last few years the FDA has put forth regulations that can be followed by responsible physicians, allowing them to provide safe and effective treatments for their patients. Many patients interested in anti- aging and other more alternative, natural treatments are interested in these injections also.

  1. I will provide an over view of the field for physicians interested in understanding where there is evidence to use these treatments.
  2. Not all PRP is the same. Despite over 50 available products that claim to make “PRP,” there are very few that make good products. I’ll teach you how to tell the difference.
  3. I’ll give you an over view of the more straight forward procedures you could potentially offer patients in your own clinic.
  4. I’ll teach you how to avoid falling for false marketing by companies offering scam products.

After this lecture you will be able to consider taking the next steps to offer these treatments yourself, or at least understand enough to find your patients solid referrals to physicians offering high quality treatments in your area. Your patients will appreciate this and it can open the door for referrals from those physicians to you in your other areas of expertise, as well.

9:30 – 10:15 am

Title TBA

Agenda & Faculty TBA

10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:15 am Evidence-Based Best Practices and Essentials in PRP Preparations to Achieve Significant Patient Outcomes
Peter A. Everts, Ph.D., FRSM
Chief Scientific Officer, Program Director, GCB

Agenda TBA

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Title TBA

Agenda & Faculty TBA

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:00 pm Regenerative Medicine for Optimum Sexual Wellness for Men and Women
Carolyn DeLucia, M.D., FACOG
Women’s Intimate Health Clinic, NYC, NY
Member and Instructor, American Aesthetic Association & American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Agenda TBA

2:30 pm  Exhibits Open
3:00 – 3:45 pm Break/Visit Exhibits
3:45 – 4:20 pm Peptides for Athletic Performance
Luis Martínez, M.D., MPH
President, XanoGene Clinic, San Juan, Puerto Rico
President, Regenera Global, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Agenda TBA

4:20 – 4:55 pm Peptides for Cancer Therapy and Prevention
Edwin Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Agenda TBA

4:55 – 5:30 pm Peptides for Pain
Luis Martínez, M.D., MPH
President, XanoGene Clinic, San Juan, Puerto Rico
President, Regenera Global, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Agenda TBA

5:30 – 7:00 pm

AMMG Welcome Reception

Open to all conference attendees, spouses and guests

Held in Conference Networking and Exhibits Center

Thursday, April 27th

Workshop: Incorporating Both Pain Management and Age Management Methods & Protocols: The Biochemistry of Inflammatory Disease in Pain

Interventional Pain Management Physicians deal with a wide range of complex patient ideologies often with a limited scope of technology and treatment options. This Workshop will take a deep dive into the role of Functional Medicine and how it’s able to play an important role in mitigating inflammatory diseases and surrounding immunomodulatory effects that affect Interventional pain management patients.  This course will provide strategies for treatment such as Peptides, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Nutritional Supplements while also gaining a strong understanding of the biochemistry of inflammatory diseases

* In Conjunction with Boston BioLife

Workshop is Non-CME

 

 

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 8:45am Biochemistry Basics of Inflammatory Disease
James B. LaValle, R.Ph.

James B. LaValle, RPh will discuss the intricacies of individual metabolic parameters that are used for personalized precision pathways for inflammatory-based diseases. Dr. Lavalle will speak specifically on the tools and techniques that he uses to build an individual care plan pathway and how others can implement this system in their practice.

8:45 – 9:30 am

Neuroinflammation and Chronic Centralized Pain
Chris Kleronomos, FNP, DAOM, MSc

Central Pain Syndromes are a difficult disorder to address as they have multiple systems contributing to the activation of the central nervous system. Often this is generically call “fibromyalgia” which, is one phenotype of these conditions. Neuroinflammation is the key terminal end process perpetuating this issue. This lecture will review the underlying mechanism of neuroinflammation as well as the various primary pain generators contributing.

9:30 – 10:15 am

Immune Modulation & T3 for Chronic Illness Associated with Hypothyroidism with Normal Thyroid Function Tests
Kent Hotorf, M.D.

In this presentation, Dr. Holtorf will discuss the role of hypothyroidism in its effect on Inflammation. Doctor Holtorf is an expert in peptides in biochemistry of inflammation with a large Body of work In developing novel therapeutic peptides for a wide range of clinical indications. Doctor Holtorf will discuss. Strategies that are beneficial to interventional pain management, physicians helping their patients with systemic inflammation and multifactorial complex. Clinical etiologies.

10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:15 am

The Endocrinology of Pain Management
William Clearfield, D.O.

Severe, persistent pain is a stressor on a patient’s homeostatic system. Pain depresses hormonal response. Adequate pain control with opioids also depresses hormonal function. If the patient’s hormones are not balanced, the patient cannot function at an optimal level and deteriorates. When pain flares, excess cortisol leads to LH suppression, testosterone deficiency, fatigue, and “burnout.” Our goal is to balance the hormones depleted, leading to a harmonious hormonal symphony. Many major adrenal and gonadal hormones become deficient during pain crises and ongoing opioid treatment. These patients do not respond well to prescribed pain medication and report symptoms such as poor pain control, depression, mental impairment, insomnia, allodynia, and hyperalgesia. Pain practitioners must thoroughly understand the combined effect of pain and opioid-induced suppression on the hormonal system. An added benefit of hormone harmony is due to the anabolic and regenerative properties certain hormones possess. We discuss which hormones are involved and which patients will benefit most from a hormone evaluation. Lastly, we look at biomarkers we can use to navigate the world of hormones safely and the inflammatory proteins (cytokines) affected by each hormone.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Diagnostic Testing for Pain and Age Management
Adrian Martinez
Rupa Health

The Latest Data Driven and Clinically Proven Treatment Strategies to Successfully Start and Grow a Thriving Practice: All While Addressing Exactly what Patients Want. Rupa Health makes. Complete diagnostic. Opportunities possible with a wide range of patient tests. That Come from Multiple labs across The testing universe. The integration of a patient centric portal With the laboratory testing market makes it possible for one health care provider, through one environment to order very novel tests for very specific reasons to help provide the best care plan pathway available for patients. Optimal testing strategies are imperative. To understanding the root cause and inflammatory origins of multiple pain management syndromes, including things like reflex, sympathetic, dystrophy, fibromyalgia complex, regional pain syndrome, and others. Rupert Health provides both health care provider and patient with the tools necessary. To manage their health in the most efficient way possible, looking at new and emerging therapies.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Title TBA

Presented by TBA

Open to all attendees and includes a complimentary lunch

Non-CME symposium sponsored by TBD

1:30 – 2:15 pm

The Role of NO2 in Pain Management
Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Founder, HumanN

Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule naturally produced in the body. Its primary function is to increase vasodilation to improve circulation and oxygen delivery. It is also a retrograde neurotransmitter involved in nociception and part of the analgesia pathways in humans. Loss of nitric oxide production can lead to ischemia, inflammation, oxidative stress and immune dysfunction, all leading to chronic pain. This lecture will highlight what leads to nitric oxide deficiency and also introduce safe and effective clinically proven strategies to restore nitric oxide. This information will allow for introduction into mean strategies for pain management in clinical practice.

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Hormone Therapy for Pain Management
Donna White

Donna White is both a patient, a Health care provider and educator for patients seeking better lives through hormone replacement therapy. In this presentation, Donna White will give strong rationale for utilization of HRT in your clinical practice, some of the overall benefits that she’s observed both personally and professionally. BHRT training will provide all the resources necessary for healthcare providers to implement. Hormone replacement therapy into their practice and to manage the expectations of their patients. As they built Healthier Lifestyle Habits and effect Health-conscious change.

2:30 pm Exhibits Open
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break/Visit Exhibits
3:30 – 4:30 pm The Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy in the Management of the Opioid Crisis:  A Current Literature Review
Neal Rouzier, M.D.

Agenda TBA

4:30 – 5:00 pm How Pain Management Physicians Can Effectively Increase Practice Revenue Without Incurring Extra Costs
Matt Gillogy

Agenda TBA

5:00 – 5:30 pm Q & A with Faculty Panel
Moderator Joseph Kreiger, MA
5:30 – 7:00 pm

AMMG Welcome Reception

Open to all conference attendees, spouses and guests

Held in Conference Networking and Exhibits Center

Thursday, April 27th

Workshop: Office Based Aesthetics for the Age Management Medicine Clinician

In response to attendee requests for information on aesthetic protocols and treatments which are office based and can be done by non-board-certified Age Management Clinicians either full time or as an adjunct to their existing practice, the decision not to accredit this content was made so that attendees could be provided with business tools as well as the science and medical information necessary to implement these procedures. The goal is not to make this workshop commercial but to give speakers in this niche area the leverage to openly discuss procedures and answer questions that could be severely restricted in an accredited environment. This workshop is also very appropriate for Support Staff.

* Workshop is Non-CME

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 8:45 am Successful, Safe Easy to Implement, Multi-Modality Treatments for Physicians Entering the Aesthetic Marketplace, or Expanding their Aesthetic Practice
H. William Song, M.D.
Founder & CEO, Omni Aesthetics, Oakland, NJ

The multi-billion-dollar non-surgical aesthetic market continues to grow exponentially. This is representative of the concept of “Generational Aesthetics”, encompassing patients seeking treatments ranging from Generation Z (12-25 years), Millennials (26-40 years), Generation X (41-55 years), to Baby Boomers (56-75 years). These age groups share a similar demographic in that they request “preventative” aesthetic treatments (non-surgical), over “corrective” aesthetic treatments (surgical). Typically, non-surgical treatments improve the loss of volume, skin quality, clarity, and tone of patients, whereas surgical procedures remedy the muscular gravitational descent that patients experience with age. The fields of cellular medicine, regenerative and stem cell therapy have continued to show success in functional and aesthetic medicine. Extracellular vesicles or exosomes have proven success when applied topically for aging skin, acne, wound care, and scar therapy. Recent studies have shown expanded efficacy when employed synergistically with other technologies. This trend encompasses the topic of “Regenerative Aesthetics”. Drs. Song and Polit will highlight simple, reproducible protocols, enabling any physician to offer their patients aesthetic, non-surgical, in-office treatments that ensure safe results. By combining Exosomes with ease-of-use technologies such as Salt Exfoliation, Cavitating Ultrasound, High Intensity LED Therapy, Microneedling, Needle Radiofrequency, Botulinum Toxins, Injectable Fillers, and medical grade products, ease of implementation regimens can be employed in any medical practice. This session is for any medical professional seeking to offer their patients safe, reproducible, and efficacious treatments that will build loyalty, and expand patient referrals.

8:45 – 9:15 am PRP or PRF: What is the Difference? Which Do I Use?
H. William Song, M.D.
Founder & CEO, Omni Aesthetics, Oakland, NJ

Find out what qualifies for PRP, platelet count/how to constitute/what kind of centrifuge. What’s the difference in PRP to PRF and when to use which. Do I need a separate system or special kit?

9:15 – 10:15 am Latest Update on Stem Cells/ Exosomes for Esthetics
Jordan Plews, M.D.
Co-founder, CEO Elevai Skincare

When and how to use ! What do I look for to evaluate quality/ efficacy? Get the latest update on what’s approved and how to use it.  Are there alternatives?

10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:15 am Hair Restoration (Includes Demonstration)
Carly Klein
President, NHLMA

Agenda TBA

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Micro Needling (Includes Demonstration)
Tammy Polit, D.O.
Medical Director, Beautopia Cosmetic Medicine, Colleyville, TX

Find out about reclassification, why it’s now a Class 2. What to look for in a device, how to incorporate into a business model to be financially successful, combining treatments, training, and marketing. What’s the cost to implement and what is profitability?

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm Adding Aesthetic PDO Threads to your Aesthetic Repertoire
H. William Song, M.D.
Founder & CEO, Omni Aesthetics, Oakland, NJ

PDO Threads have become a mainstay of today’s aesthetics practice. Most patients have heard of threads and are eager to find a competent practitioner to place the threads for them. Many providers are intimidated by threads and have not yet made the leap, but for those who have, absorbable threads have opened up a lucrative revenue source that separates their practices from the competition. In this presentation, Dr. H. William Song will review the basics of placing PDO threads and show how even a beginner can start offering smooth and barbed thread treatments to the face and body with minimal risk of complications.

2:30 – 3:00 pm How “Dirty Skincare” Disrupts the Endocrine System
Jenny Califano, L.E.
Clinical Esthetician, House of Hilt Skincare, Sarasota, FL

Our skin is the largest organ system in the body and receives approximately 1/3 of the circulating blood in the body.  American women use an average of 12 personal care products that contain 168 different chemicals and American men use an average of 6 personal care products that contain 85 different chemicals.  Many of the ingredients that are applied to the skin have the potential to disrupt the endocrine system and become triggers for various epigenetic (environmental triggers) changes that can disrupt numerous systems in the body.  A particularly harmful category of endocrine disruptors are called Xenoestrogens. These chemicals mimic the effects of the estrogen our body produces naturally and bind to estrogen receptors which can then block the action of our hormones that our bodies naturally produce. This can affect our thyroid function, can cause children to start puberty earlier and have been associated with numerous health conditions such as endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, thyroid disease, decreased testosterone in men and increase in breast and uterine cancers—just to name a few.  Fortunately, there are a variety of nutrients and supplements that can block and negate the potential dangers of some of these toxic ingredients.  During this presentation we will examine the questions that need to be asked about the various skincare products/ingredients and look deeper into the safety of these ingredients that are used to produce these products.  We will also evaluate what basic nutrients can be used to clean these toxins out of the body and improve the efficacy of skin care.  The question is, are you willing to settle for the skincare you are currently using?  We will discuss healing the skin from INSIDE-OUT.

2:30 pm Exhibits Open
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break/ Visit Exhibits
3:30 – 4:15 pm Male & Female Sexual Wellness Using PRP and PRF
Ian Levenson, D.O., FACOFP
Medical Director & Founder, Colorado Center for Health and Longevity
Faculty, The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity
Regional Dean, AT Still University

Taking the confusion out of Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix, and their application to aesthetic and regenerative procedures.

4:15 – 5:00 pm Business Development in the Aesthetic Field
Carly Klein
President, NHLMA

Agenda TBA

5:00 – 5:30 pm Speakers Panel
5:30 – 7:00 pm

AMMG Welcome Reception

Open to all conference attendees, spouses and guests

Held in Conference Networking and Exhibits Center

Thursday, April 27th

Workshop: Traumatic Brain Injury—A Clinical Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

This full day program will provide to the attendees overwhelming information culled from peer-reviewed articles on Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries as causative factors for personality changes, cognitive impairment and mood disorders leading up to suicide. The attendees will be walked through the literature discussing the effects of primary traumas and the secondary effects of inflammation and oxidative stress on functionality. The rising cases of post-Covid neurological complications will also be discussed as a new entry into non-traumatic brain injury due to the “Cytokine Storm”. This program will prepare you for the treatment.

Faculty For All Sessions in this Track:
Mark L. Gordon, M.D.
Medical Director, Millennium-TBI & The Millennium Health Centers, Encino, CA; CBS Studios;
USC, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Medical Director of Education, Access Medical Laboratories, Jupiter, FL
Member, AMMG Conference Planning Committee

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 9:00 am

Introduction to Neuroinflammation and Traumatic Brain Injury

An overview of trauma and non-traumatic brain injuries and the social and medical impact and the need for a paradigm shift in evaluation and treatment.

9:00 – 10:15 am

The Neurology Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

Using a group of 2 minute videos and published articles, we review some of the healthy neurological pathways that get disrupted by trauma and inflammation. Understanding how neurotransmitters are stopped being produced and released gives the foundation to the development of neuropsychiatric and cognitive decline.

10:15 -10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:30 am

Neuroinflammation of Traumatic Brain Injury

The devastating effects of neuroinflammation, precipitated by trauma induced oxidative stress, are addressed in this lecture. Understanding neuroinflammation thereby allows for selecting treatments that are discussed in our final lecture.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Endocrinology/Neuroendocrinology of Traumatic Brain Injury

How the endocrine and neuroendocrine systems produce their hormones and regulate cerebral functioning is the focus of this lecture.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Neuropsychiatry and Traumatic Brain Injury

It was just a matter of time before the recognition of neuroinflammation and hormonal deficiencies can cause neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, dementia and cognitive decline. We will review the literature relative to the major types of psychiatric conditions commonly arising post TBI.

2:30 – 3:30 pm

The Laboratory Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury

The biomarker panel used to assess the effects of traumatic brain injury on neurosteroid and neuroactive steroid production requires an understanding of how these markers are affected by trauma and how to interpret their levels as low or optimal for recovery.

2:30 pm Exhibits Open
3:30 – 4:10 pm Break/Visit Exhibits
4:10 – 5:30 pm

An Approach to the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Understanding that traumatic brain injury leads to both neurosteroid insufficiencies and inflammation makes the approach to treatment about replenishment and reduction of neuroinflammation.

5:30 – 7:00 pm

AMMG Welcome Reception

Open to all conference attendees, spouses and guests

Held in Conference Networking and Exhibits Center

Friday, April 28th

General Session Curriculum

 

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 8:10 am Opening Remarks
8:10 – 9:00 am

Advanced Cardiovascular Testing for Inflammatory Cardiovascular Disease
Cesar Pellerano, M.D.
Private Practice, Preventive Cardiologist, Coral Gables, FL
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

Cardiovascular Disease has been known to be an Inflammatory Disease for many years. It is well accepted that Cardiovascular events are primarily inflammatory and not occlusive. Yet, today, most of our treatment is still geared to occlusive disease rather than the inflammation. Patients always ask: “Do I have blockages in my arteries?” and the doctors try to address this. This lecture will take the audience through the history of Cardiovascular testing, comparing Cardiac Catheterization, Calcium Scores etc all the way to Artificial Intelligence. Using AI, we can now assess the degree of inflammation and true risk of Cardiovascular events. After this presentation, the audience will understand the modalities available for diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular events; learn how to utilize them and apply them to their medical practice.

9:00 – 9:45 am Estradiol as an Alternative to Statins in the Management of Cholesterol in Men
John C. Carrozzella, M.D., MSMA, AAARFM, FAARFM
Physician/CEO/Founder, Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness

Among many physicians, estradiol has long been regarded as being detrimental to men’s health.  In many baseline, observational studies the association between elevated levels on estradiol and men’s illness is clear: high estradiol levels are associated with illness.  However, is it really causative? Association does not prove causation and strong emerging evidence is starting to more clearly indicate that the elevated levels of estradiol in men who are in declining health or are otherwise ill are an adaptive response in an attempt to heal rather than the causative factor in health decline.  This lecture will review the literature to show how estradiol is good for men’s health and specifically, how proper management of estradiol in men is a more powerful treatment for dyslipidemia than are statins.

9:45 – 10:15 am Break/Visit Exhibits
10:15 – 11:00 am

The Changing Demographic of Hypogonadism (low T Syndrome) and the Effect of Environmental Toxins on our Hormonal Health
Rudolph Eberwein, M.D.
Founder, A New You Wellness, Miami, Florida

Dr. Eberwein will provide data to show that low Testosterone affects both older and younger men.  He will review a study by Ramasamy et Al that shows adolescents and young adults have a 20% incidence of hypogonadism . In addition he will describe how endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)are contributing to this low T epidemic and provide clinical information for males affected by hypogonadism including an evidence based 4 pronged approach by optimizing nutrition, exercise, hormones and mindset.

11:00 – 11:45 am Emerging Treatment Paradigms in the Management of Parkinson’s Disease
Kimber Barnett, DMSc, MS, PA-C
Senior Medical Science Liaison, Sarepta Therapeutics

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease behind Alzheimer’s, but it is the most common movement disorder.  Currently, no approved drug therapy is shown to slow progression and offer neuroprotection, cure, or reversal of neurodegeneration. Understanding the underlying cause of PD and the unique phenotypic variation of patients presents challenges in developing disease-modifying modalities.  Various targets have been identified as critical areas to approach that can potentially change the course of disease progression in PD patients.  Reaching these targets comes in multiple forms that involve either taking pills, infusions, subcutaneous injections, and surgery.

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Why Undergo Certification in Age Management Medicine
Derrick DeSilva, Jr., M.D.
Teaching Faculty, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Associate Attending Staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break/Visit Exhibits
12:00 – 1:00 pm Topic Myths Doctors Believe Regarding Taxes, Lawsuits, and Estate Planning that Put Your Life and Practice at Risk
Presented by Art McComber, Former FBI Special Agent

Open to all attendees and includes a complimentary lunch

Non-CME symposium sponsored by Fortune Law Firm

1:30 – 2:15 pm Clinical Management of Post-Infectious Syndromes: How Model of Care for PANS/PANDAS can be Applied to Adult Population
Lindsey Wells, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor, Wilton, CT
President, Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association

There has been dramatic surge in neuropsychiatric symptoms in the adult population with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing rate of vector-borne Illnesses. These neuropsychiatric symptoms present acutely and can interfere with daily functioning. The acute onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms triggered by infections have been documented in the pediatric population for over two decades. Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) are autoimmune disorders that present with physiological, behavioral, and cognitive challenges. Acute onset of symptoms such as OCD, tics, anxiety, food restriction, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, deficits in learning, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from post-infectious syndromes. These symptoms result from underlying infections including Streptococcus, Viruses, Mycoplasma, Bartonella, and other germs. PANS/PANDAS can be successfully treated with thorough clinical evaluation combined with a comprehensive integrative treatment approach focusing on antimicrobial, immune-modulating therapy, and symptomatic relief. This three-pronged treatment approach for PANS/PANDAS can be applied to adult post infectious syndromes that present with acute neuropsychiatric symptoms.

2:15 – 3:00 pm The Benefits of Orgasms in the Aging Population
Derrick DeSilva, Jr., M.D.
Teaching Faculty, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Associate Attending Staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ

Whatever the reason, female orgasm has traditionally been seen as somewhat of a taboo subject. Research into female orgasm has much to be desired, particularly when compared to research into male orgasm. In a 2014 study into the variation in orgasm occurrence, it was revealed that 63% of single women experienced an orgasm during sexual intercourse with their partner. This figure is in comparison to 85% of single men. Why the difference? It’s something that researchers are now beginning to study. One key factor could be that the male orgasm is typically linked with ejaculation and, therefore, potential reproduction. By contrast, it could be argued that the benefit of orgasm for women is of no obvious reproductive purpose and instead is just a source of pleasure. However, research is beginning to reveal the health benefits of orgasm for women and men beyond the exhilarating pleasure of climaxing. During this presentation the clinical benefits along with the data to support the clinical benefits of an orgasm will be reviewed.

3:00 – 3:45 pm Break/Visit Exhibits
3:45 – 4:30 pm

Long Covid – A Multisystem Approach to Recovery
Chris Kleronomos, FNP, DAOM, MSc.
Medical Director, MediPro Holistic Health

Given the burden of sequelae from post Covid infections, this lecture will take a clinical approach to addressing the multi-system dysfunctions involves such as neural inflammation, endocrine disruption, and immune dysregulation. It will focus on testing, actionable findings and review the primary phenotypes involved. Interventions will be muti-disciplinary and easily integrated into current clinical practice. Items will include both typical and atypical medications, IV and nutrient therapy, vagal nerve modulation, photo biomodulation, mHBOT and more.

4:30 – 5:30 pm Implications of COVID Infection and Vaccine in Treating HRT Patients
Presentation & Panel Discussion With:

Melissa Loseke-Ablett, D.O.
Re-New Institute, Omaha, NE

Angela DeRosa, D.O., MBA, CPE
Founder & President, Hormonal Health Institute, Scottsdale, AZ

Panel Discussion Participants:

Chris Kleronomos, FNP, DAOM, MSc.
Medical Director, MediPro Holistic Health

Sharon Hausman-Cohen, M.D., FAAFP, ABIHM
Owner & Co-Founder, Resilient Health
CMO, IntellxDNA

Rob Kominiarek, D.O., FACOFP
Director, ReNue Health, Springboro, OH
Assistant Clinical Professor, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Member, AMMG Planning Committee

George Shapiro, M.D.
Chief Medical Innovation Officer, Fountain Life
Adjunct Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Founding Partner, Cenegenics, New York City
Member, AMMG Conference Planning Committee

 

Saturday, April 29th

General Session Curriculum

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 9:00 am The Science of Methylation from the Gut to the Brain
Andrew Rostenberg, D.C. DIBAK
Clinic Director, Red Mountain Natural Medicine in Boise, I

This course will explore the connections between gut health, genetic expression and optimum brain health. We will cover the recent research that explains how hidden gut infections influence genetic expression which then changes how the brain functions. We will investigate how common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the methylation-related pathways of the body are altered by hidden gut problems. The course will give attendees a logical, effective tool kit for identifying yeast overgrowth, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, hypochlorhydria, gastritis and other functional GI problems. Using this information on gut health and genetic imbalances, this course will give the practitioner insights into mood disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, worry, panic, depression, anger, ADD/ADHD and more.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Untangling Gut Issues with a Genomic Perspective
Sharon Hausman-Cohen, M.D., FAAFP, ABIHM
Owner & Co-Founder, Resilient Health
CMO, IntellxDNA

Maryelaine Sotos, D.O., MS, RD
Integrative and Family Medicine Physician, Austin, TX

This presentation will focus on how to better identify contributing causes to IBS.  About 25 – 45 million people a year complain to their docs about “gut issues” and get labeled with the basket diagnosis of irritable bowel. We will look at some of the modifiable root causes of IBS and how to identify and treat the various causes.

10:00 – 10:30 am Break / Visit Exhibits
10:30 – 11:15 am

Title TBA

Agenda & Faculty TBA

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Exploring Inflammaging and the Microbiome: Slowing the Aging Process
Heather Zwickey, Ph.D

As we age, our immune system undergoes immunosenescence, making us more susceptible to infections, cancer, and autoimmune disease. At the same time, our inflammation increases leading to more pain, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic issues. This immunological imbalance, called inflammaging, may be heavily influenced by the microbiome and the metabolites it produces. In this seminar, we will discuss the mechanisms of inflammaging and how modulating the microbiome through prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics and/or fecal transplant may slow the aging process.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break/Visit Exhibits
12:00 – 1:00 pm

TBA

Open to all attendees and includes a complimentary lunch

Non-CME symposium sponsored by TBA

1:30 – 2:15 pm Nutrition Strategies to Maximize Mitochondrial Function for Health, Performance, and Longevity
Emily Werner, PhD, RD, CSSD
Team Dietitian, Philadelphia 76ers
Nutrition Affairs, Amazentis

Whether we like it or not, muscle degradation begins in our 30s, which can have a profound effect on strength and overall health. Additionally, mitochondrial decline is one of the hallmarks of aging, and recent research has linked mitochondrial dysfunction to many age-related chronic health conditions. One of the best ways to combat this age-related decline is to focus on mitochondrial health, as it produces 90% of our cellular energy. When optimally functioning, mitochondria can not only improve the health and longevity of skeletal muscle, but also of the heart, brain, eyes, gut, and other organs. Over the past few years, new research has been published demonstrating many different nutrition strategies to optimize the health and function of the mitochondria, such as Urolithin A, NMN, and Co-Q10. Such strategies can be used to improve muscular strength, cardiovascular health, neurodegenerative disorders, and other chronic diseases. During this lecture, a registered dietitian working with professional athletes will demonstrate how to apply the latest research findings targeting mitochondrial health to practical use to help clients optimize their mitochondrial function through nutrition strategies.

2:15 – 3:00 pm Standardized Approach to Assessing Aging and Longevity
Faculty TBA

  • Hormone levels
  • Epigenetic clocks
  • Telomere length
  • Senescence
  • Fitness
3:00 – 3:45 pm Break / Visit Exhibits  (Exhibits Close 4:00 pm)
3:45 – 4:45 pm The Endocrine/Neuroendocrine Laboratory Assessment for Age Management and Traumatic Brain Injury
Mark L. Gordon, M.D.

Medical Director, Millennium-TBI & The Millennium Health Centers, Encino, CA; CBS Studios;
USC, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Medical Director of Education, Access Medical Laboratories, Jupiter, FL
Member, AMMG Conference Planning Committee

The optimization of laboratory testing to extrapolate the highest level of healthcare for our patients’, has always been a technological challenge. Differences from one lab to another and the selection of best laboratory testing technologies to used, can deliver a span of accuracies that are miles apart. As clinicians, we rely upon the accuracy of these results to maximize our ability to provide for our patient’s nothing less than excellence. In this lecture we will touch upon the technologies, their differences, benefits, and limitations between Salivary, Serum and Urine testing, aligned with the standards of care within your medical communities.  We will address the legal dilemma based upon the lack of research standards for some of these testing formats.  We will discuss the formats, technical pitfalls, benefits, selection of lab protocols, and the individualized interpretation of the results all to optimize the patient’s outcome.  Just having a numerical result that fits within the standardized range does not guarantee optimal benefits or risks. In the past 28 years, my practice has focused on raising the patient’s hormonal levels to the 50th – 75th percentage of the accepts medical community’s parameters. It has been within this paradigm shift that we have achieved the greatest number of benefits for our patients. Finally, we will address the influence of prescription medications on the endogenous production of many of our hormones.  This usually leads to over and under treatment of the patients.

4:45 – 5:30 pm The New Face of Weight Loss
William Clearfield, D.O.
Medical Director, Clearfield Family Medicine, Reno, NV
Executive Director, American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases

I need to lose weight,” is a familiar cry throughout the fruited plain. Up to 70% of the adult population in some areas of the country, from a mere 15% in 1985, are considered obese.     How did we get here? More importantly, what can we do about it? This lecture explores the problem of obesity first from a historical perspective, then as a metabolic and hormonal problem.     In what has become a series of follies, modern medicine, in its quest for the “holy grail” of finding one pharmaceutical to prescribe to the entire planet, latched onto low-fat diets and zero cholesterol as a panacea for coronary artery disease. Removing fat from the diet was the goal, obesity, diabetes, and long-term cardiovascular insufficiency in younger and younger populations were the result.    The audience will learn the diet of our stone-age hunter-gatherer ancestors is the exact same diet prescribed now, after the “low-fat” disaster of the 80s and 90s our new “experts”  prescribe. We discuss inflammation as the underlying cause of chronic disease, with dietary intake the major culprit.    The audience will review the four major nutritional plans, keto, paleo, Mediterranean, and the Autoimmune Protocol, determined to be most helpful in restoring homeostasis including weight control.    The audience will learn of the major pharmaceuticals FDA approved for weight control. We focus on the latest “game-changing” breakthrough, Semaglutide, both the FDA-approved version (expensive, high incidence of side effects requiring discontinuation) and an off-label formulation, much less expensive and with dramatically fewer side effects. Semaglutide, on average, affects a 14.9% loss of weight over 68 months with 86% of patients losing at least 5% body weight.     Lastly, we describe our easy-to-implement weight loss program complete with a metabolic balancing regimen and an exercise program.

Sunday, April 30th

General Session

Time
Presentation
8:00 – 9:00 am

Triggers of Autoimmunity: Mycotoxins; Diagnostic and Treatment Methods
Andrew W. Campbell, M.D
Editor-in-Chief, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Medical Journal & Advances in Mind-Body Medicine Journal
Editorial Board, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal
Medical Editor, Natural Solutions and Alternative Medicine Magazines

There are a number of environmental factors that can trigger autoimmunity.  Recently, studies have shown how mycotoxins can form adducts that bind to human tissue and can trigger autoimmunity, including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and others. In this evidence-based presentation, we shall review what studies have demonstrated, what are the most effective diagnostic tools, which treatments can help patients.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Complementary and Integrative Methods in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Review of Incorporating Holistic Approaches to the Most Common Clinical Scenarios in the Field
Dr. Elizabeth Prusak

Complementary and integrative modalities in holistic medicine can be divided into five categories: biologic based therapies, manipulative based therapies, energy based therapies, mind-body therapies, and therapies based in whole systems. Obstetrician/gynecologists are in a unique position with their patients in that they are able to have long term, trusting relationships encompassing multiple layers throughout a woman’s life. This allows the physician to incorporate many aspects of care, including complementary and holistic practices. This presentation will focus on the most common clinical scenarios in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology where a holistic approach to care can be integrated into the traditional methods of practice.

10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:15 am

Biochemical Issues in Neuropathy: Literature Review of Pteridin-4 (BH4)
Betty Wedman- St. Louis, Ph.D.

Nutritionist & Environmental Health Specialist, Pinellas Park, FL

Agenda TBA

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia
Dr Mark Itzkowitz, M.D., J.D.
Internal Medicine Specialist, Indianapolis, IN

Genetics, sleep and mood disorders, and traumatic emotional or physical events may all contribute to fibromyalgia. Currently, there is no cure for this condition. However, medications, exercise, acupuncture, and behavioral therapy can help relieve symptoms and improve sleep quality. Most often, traditional medications are unsuccessful in the treatment of this condition. A large plethora of holistic and complementary approaches can aid the provider in treating fibromyalgia. This presentation will focus on the newest cutting edge successful integrative and holistic treatments that can be offered to fibromyalgia patients.

12:15 am – 1:15 pm Killing Ourselves by Forgetting the Brakes: A Deep Dive into GABA, Positive Allosteric Modulators, and Natural Equivalents
Scott Sherr, M.D.
Board Certified Internal Medicine, Certified in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Over the last several years, levels of stress, insomnia, anxiety, and pain-induced anxiety have skyrocketed and prescriptions for Xanax, Ativan, and other drugs in the benzodiazepine class have correspondingly (and exponentially) grown as well. Unfortunately, these drugs are not usually the answer and will often lead to dependence, withdrawal, and tolerance. As clinicians, it’s imperative that we understand the essential roles of GABA — after all, it’s responsible for 20% of all brain neurotransmitter activity — and have safer alternatives that can bring the GABAergic system back into balance. In this lecture, we will discuss Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain, the intricacies of the GABA receptor, as well as the various drugs, phytoceuticals, and lifestyle measures (including meditation!) that modulate GABA release via orthosteric or allosteric mechanisms.

We will also discuss the pitfalls of direct GABA supplementation (hint: there is zero blood brain barrier permeability!).  After this lecture, clinicians will have a detailed and advanced knowledge of the GABAergic system which they will then be able to immediately and directly apply to their clinical practice.