Category Archives: A4M Physician Stories

Member of the Month: Yelena Lapidus, MD

A4M valued member Yelena Lapidus shares insight from her professional experience in this Member of the Month feature. 

I was born in Samara, a city situated in the southeastern part of European Russia. I lived there until I graduated from Medical School in 1996. I then moved to the United States and got my second residency at UC Davis Medical School. Currently, I own a clinic I am very proud of filled with unique integrative medicine that we personalize for each patient. I am fortunate to live on the coast in beautiful California where I get to be near my son who attends college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I base my life around learning and I do not intend to stop!

Q1: Before joining A4M what was your medical background?

I began my medical background at Samara State Medical University in Russia 1994 with an OB/GYN Residency in 1996 specializing in surgeries and treatments for infertility and endometriosis. I studied Family Medicine at UC Davis with a rural track allowing me to do Obstetrics and prenatal care. In 2005 I started a Family Practice and also joined the World Hormonal Society. In 2006 I became board certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy.

Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? How did you do so?

I based my whole medical practice on a variety of Anti-Aging medicine technologies. Every single disease condition I treat with integration of this knowledge. I have studied all of the modules of the fellowship and incorporate this knowledge through protocols to evaluate every system of the body. We personalize our approach by getting a baseline of major systems through extensive hormone care, nutraceuticals, allergen testing, neurofeedback, and a variety of other methods. We strive to help our patients achieve whole body health and well-being through implementing new scientific discoveries and technological advances. Anti-Aging individualized patient care is our priority.

Q3: What are the benefits of practicing Anti-Aging Medicine, both as a professional and for your practice?

Practicing anti-aging allows me to focus on developing personalized programs for the health of my patients. I am able to focus on more healthy individuals and fewer sick patients. Seeing life changes my patients make are very rewarding. Our practice is health oriented, not disease oriented.

Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?

Through Anti-Aging medicine my patients have more vitality and energy, better cardiovascular performance, lower A1C, lower weight, clearer skin, and improved strength. Outcomes of treatment and personal patient goals are achieved faster and are more sustainable.

Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

I would recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to my peers because it allows you to help make significant life changes with your patients that will create a foundation for longevity. This is way more fun and personally rewarding than only taking care of sick patients. It is preventative & proactive health versus reaction/symptom/disease-oriented medicine.

Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?

20 years from now I believe Anti-Aging medicine will be a cornerstone to medical care. I hope that by then this way of practicing medicine will have grown in popularity as it proves itself again and again to be very effective in helping individuals become and stay healthy.

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Member of the Month: Warren Willey, DO, ABAARM

A4M valued member Warren Willey, DO, ABAARM shares insight from his professional experience in this Member of the Month feature. 

Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?

I started going to A4M conferences not long after residency. My core philosophy and practice style mirrors A4M and its members. I focus on the actual cause of disease (not just hiding it with a drug) and working toward a better quality of life for people.

Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?

I teach all aspects of lowering stress and inflammation. This is done through diet and exercise optimization, hormone balance, controlling and modifying the body’s reaction to stress, and maintaining good cognitive/brain function no matter what the age.

Q3: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine: as a professional, and for your practice?

This type of practice gets people well. It treats the cause of discomfort, not just the symptom of discomfort and disease. It empowers people (patients and doctors) to improve their quality of life, and in doing so, getting a little side effect called life extension!

Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?

So many to list, but they can all be summed up with better quality of life. More healthiness and more happiness!

Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

I recommend it to all my peers so each of them can really make a difference in peoples lives. The whole reason most of us went into this profession. Get out of the rat race, the readmissions, the paperwork, and all the things that take the pleasure out of practicing medicine!

Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?

Current Anti-Aging medicine and its continued advancement IS the future of medicine. It’s the only future our society can afford, both monetarily and for patients care and peoples quality of life. What standard western medicine is doing now has not, is not, and will not work in the future. The system has to change, and this type of medicine will pave the way for it to do so.

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Member of the Month: Lee Light, MD, ABAARM

A4M valued member Lee Light, MD, ABAARM shares insight from his professional experience in this Member of the Month feature

Dr. Lee Light received his BA at University of Illinois, completing postgraduate work, internship, and residency at University of South Florida. Dr. Light has worked at a private practice in Naples since 1975, specializing in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Light states: “Over the years I’ve seen an ever increasing need to care for the growing senior population in the Naples area. With an intense desire to not just provide medical care for my patients, but also improve their quality of life, I founded the Naples Longevity Clinic in February 2000.”

Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?

Standard allopathic medical practice, began incorporating alternative therapies in 2000 with more emphasis on diet and exercise, preventive techniques and lifestyle changes. I wanted to help patients rather than prescribe medications. I saw some patients age more rapidly than others even in my own family and wanted to learn why. Was it genetic, environmental or both?

Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you do so?

A holistic (whole body) program with the goal of improving body function is what I practice. Proper balancing of hormones, diet, exercise, vitamins and antioxidants allows us to achieve the optimum from our bodies. These techniques as well as newer cutting edge technologies will actually prevent disease. Each of us is genetically unique and therefore this requires a program that is customized to meet our individual needs. This program is a cooperative approach between the patient the the physician.

Q3: What are the benefits of practicing Anti-Aging Medicine: as a professional, and for your practice?

Our approach to health care is innovative. The watchword of Longevity medicine is prevention. Modern medicine is excellent at treating acute problems, but is generally inadequate in truly preventing the chronic conditions that are afflicting not just our parents, but ultimately most of us. I believe that there is a better way and this is the focus of the Naples Longevity Clinic.

My patients look and feel better, they are generally more appreciative of our efforts and become more proactive in their health. Our team looks at patients as partners in health care.

Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?

Improved energy and sense of well being, mentally perform better, joint soreness has decreased, basically their zest for life has improved. Our goal is to improve quality and quantity of their years.

Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?

You will see a difference in your patients and regain the reason you became a doctor – helping people function better.

Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging Medicine 20 years from now?

Even more emphasis on Genomics and Biotech procedures and better understanding and promotion of primary preventive medicine. True wellness.

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