Category Archives: A4M Physician Stories

Physician of the Month: Quan Haduong, MD, FAARM, ABAARM

A4M valued member Quan Haduong, MD, FAARM, ABAARM, shares insight from his professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

Dr. Haduong, an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas, Nevada, who is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, received his medical degree from University of California Irvine School of Medicine. After years of solely practicing anesthesia and pain medicine, Dr. Haduong joined A4M, and began his journey to implementing anti-aging services in his own private practice.

Dr. Haduong

Q: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?

I purely practiced anesthesia and chronic pain medicine. I could only privately study and practice anti-aging medicine with close friends and family . After joining A4M, I am now able to have my own private practice with anti-aging services.

Q: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? How did you so?

Our practice has age management services such as: nutritional advice and supplements, electro Medicine, and IV (including NAD) therapy. Our practice focuses on chronic pain management; we focus on finding the root cause of the problem. We are able to easily incorporate anti-aging philosophy and techniques to help improve the wellbeing of our patients.

Q: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine (both as a professional, and for your practice)?

Anti-aging medicine is a natural method for maintaining the healthy, energetic body of a child throughout your lifetime. It is also a long-term solution for combating disease, illness, and pain that will ensure that the illnesses and pain do not return after being treated.

Q: What are the changes you see in your patients?

Our patients are more energetic, both physically and mentally, and they physically appear younger, with less day-to-day pain and clearer skin and laugh lines. They are also more enthusiastic about going through their days, excited to see how they can live their lives to their fullest.

Q: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

It is very rewarding. The patients that join our clinic are very enthusiastic and willing to use the treatments we recommend.

Anti-aging medicine is easy to understand from a patient’s standpoint, and it is easy to maintain independently if a patient is forced to miss an appointment. Patients will be able to fully understand how and why they are being treated with anti-aging medicine techniques, which will allow them to help you–the practitioner–find them a personalized treatment plan that is immensely effective. If they miss their next appointment, they will be able to maintain their positive progress long enough so that the next time they visit, there will not be much regression, if any at all, that needs to be treated again. Anti-aging medicine is a powerful tool to heal patients and reduce the epidemics of sickness that should not exist in such a modern world.

Q: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?

In 20 years, Anti-aging medicine will become more widely accepted and practiced: the basis behind Anti-Aging medicine is sound. Perhaps with a wider spread of education across the medical community, the practice will become more common. The market of sales for supplements has exploded, and in lieu of a medical professional, many of these supplements should not be sold to the general public without the recommendation of a licensed practitioner.

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Physician of the Month: Ashok Tripathy, MD, FAAFP, FAARM

A4M valued member Ashok Tripathy, MD, FAAFP, FAARM, shares insight from his professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

Ashok Tripathy, MD

After graduating from medical school in New Delhi, India, Dr. Ashok Tripathy pursued a residency in Family Medicine and a Post- Doctoral Fellowship in Family Medicine, Preventive & Community Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. While in a multispecialty group practicing traditional Family Medicine, Dr. Tripathy was challenged by his patients who were interested in non-pharmaceutical, herbal, and nutraceutical agents—alternative therapies in the healing process. This ignited his passion in learning the systems biology approach to medicine: looking at the patient holistically.

Not too long thereafter, Dr. Tripathy joined A4M and became a Diplomat and Advanced Fellow. He started his independent practice 10 years ago, based on an approach that emphasized lifestyle, micronutrients, gut health, food allergies, brain health, inflammation, toxins, and correcting imbalances in hormones/neurotransmitters. Through truly exploring the causes in prevention of chronic disease states, he has experienced a life-altering transformation in the way he practices medicine.

Q: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?

I practiced traditional Family Medicine for 15 years, prior to joining A4M. My medical training involved a residency in Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as well as a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the same field, at the same institution. Thereafter, I was in a multi-specialty group practice before I joined A4M.

Q: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?

I started incorporating supplements and herbal remedies when I learnt the importance of drug nutrient depletions and managing medical issues in non-pharmacologic ways. I thank my patients for being instrumental in challenging me to explore areas of interventions in medicine that were not taught to me in medical school. Many of them were realizing or hearing about the side effects of medications and were concerned about them.

I started looking, thinking, and addressing the issues brought to me in a holistic manner. I was exploring reasons that made patients visit me. By doing various functional tests, I could explore relevant underlying issues contributing to patients’ symptoms. Nutrient deficiencies (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, organic acids), metabolic health (insulin resistance), food intolerances, toxins (heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides, persistent organic pollutants), infections (including viruses, bacteria, fungi/mold, parasites), imbalances in hormones, neurotransmitters, and genetic testing, to gut health, the gut brain connection, prevention of chronic cardiovascular diseases by understanding vascular biology, and prevention of neurodegenerative conditions all seemed so relevant in the context of understanding a patient’s symptoms better. With this model of systems biology approach, I have enjoyed medicine much more as a career, while continuing to learn every day from my patients.

I also enjoy aesthetics and give Botox cosmetic & fillers in office. My training at A4M has put me in good stead to serve my patients.

Q: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine (as a professional, and for your practice)?

The most important aspect of practicing anti-aging medicine is looking for a cause to any chronic problem and addressing it in a holistic manner. It also involves an understanding of genetics, systems biology, and basic sciences, and how they all translate or contribute to the pathology and clinical medicine we see in our practice. It gives a sense of gratification when one can help a patient suffering from long term symptoms, or prevent chronic illnesses, without giving multiple pharmaceutical agents or seeing side effects thereof.

Practicing in this manner makes one stand out from the exclusively traditional medicine approach. Over time, people get to know the style of practice, and many are looking to benefit from this comprehensive approach.

Q: What are the changes you see in your patients?

I see the patients who have embraced this approach to medicine have less side effects from pharmaceutical agents, feel better from chronic maladies and realize that their physician has the best long term interest in their health. Many behavioral issues related to ill health can be better managed with nutraceutical agents, herbal therapies and lifestyle changes instead of prescriptive overuse of benzodiazepines or sleep aids.

Q: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

Anti-Aging Medicine is the art of medicine wherein we incorporate what we have learnt in basic sciences to the applied clinical medicine, thereby practicing true preventive medicine. With the understanding of genetics, healthy lifestyle, gut health, nutrient deficiencies, toxins, autoimmune disease, vascular biology, hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances, one can truly prevent chronic disease states and cancers. “Balance” is the keyword I have learned and it plays a significant role in our overall health. So far, we have done very well in the practice of tertiary level care, but this has also enabled the significant increase in medical expenses. One can prevent and attempt to stay healthy by looking into the above factors I alluded to for a much healthier and happier life.

Q: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?

As more physicians and providers understand the advantage of practicing medicine this way, see positive results and witness patient satisfaction, they will embrace it. I foresee that true preventive medicine needs to be practiced holistically, to live a healthier and more functional life. Genetics, Epigenetics, and personalized health care will be in the forefront. Lifestyle medicine and the systems biology approach will be mainstays in preventing and treating various chronic symptoms and diseases, including cancer. Stem cells will be used more often in regenerating tissues and providing a functional life for a patient. We will always continue learning, as breakthroughs in science are revealed.

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Q & A With Jill Carnahan MD, ABFM, ABIHM, IFMCP

Dr. Jill Carnahan is a board certified physician in both Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. In her practice, she emphasizes an integrative holistic approach to wellness, using both conventional medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies. Dr. Carnahan’s own journey through breast cancer was a powerful force in shaping her passion to teach people how to heal with functional medicine.

Q: Dr. Jill, what sparked your interest in anti-aging and preventive medicine? How has it changed your practice?

A: I was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer at the age of twenty-five. I was able to survive, beat the cancer and go on to thriving and living well through integrative holistic medicine, diet/nutrition principles and functional medicine.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I believe that I’ve been given a new chance at life and health so that I can help others! It’s my mission and passion to share that knowledge to help patients in their own healing journey.

Q: Would you recommend a more preventive approach to patient care to your peers?

A: Yes, indeed! We work in a disease-care system, not a true “health-care “system. True wellness and vitality starts with clean organic real food. The foundational healing principles of a whole food, clean, healthy diet are essential to wellness and disease prevention.

So many of the chronic disease epidemics faced today are not cured or fixed with medication, but instead by finding the root cause and transforming patients’ health with basic principles of good sleep, lowered stress, proper nutrients from diet and supplements, and great fulfilling relationships with those we love.

As physicians, we are not going to make a dent in diabetes, obesity, cancer, autoimmune disease, or cardiovascular disease until we get to the root of our patients’ lifestyle factors like diet, sleep and fulfillment/purpose in life.

Q: Based on your experience, what are some of the challenges/considerations for physicians looking to apply a more integrative approach in their practice?

A: Once I decided to take the leap to a private cash practice, there were not too many challenges. I recommend keeping overhead low in the beginning, doing intake and office management yourself, until you grow. Start small and let the practice grow organically.

For anyone starting out, I recommend taking the leap and not being held hostage to fear of stepping out. Patients are looking for physicians who will take time to really listen and guide them to find the root cause of their symptoms, instead of just prescribing medications. They are willing to pay for time and personalized medical care, and there will be no shortage of business for a doctor willing to spend the time to help patients get well.

Q: What is your wish for the future of medicine?

A: I believe that it is essential to address the underlying root cause of illness, and to take a personalized approach to disease. That would include assessment of individual genetics, nutritional status, any underlying metabolic imbalances and infections, and then treat the patient as an individual with an individualized treatment plan.

There is no cookie cutter or one-size-fits-all approach that will work in addressing our patients’ illnesses. Most important, we need to model healthy behaviors, and teach patients to relax, sleep well, eat well and thrive

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