Category Archives: A4M Physician Stories

Physician of the Month: Angela Aslami, MD

A4M valued member Angela Aslami, MD shares insight from her professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

Dr. Aslami grew up in Massachusetts and earned a degree in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University. She graduated from Wake Forest University Medical School in 1999, and completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Aslami has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2003. She opened her own medical practice (Horizons Health and Wellness) in 2016 and continues to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology, with additional focus on Nutritional Medicine and Medical Weight Loss. Dr. Aslami is married with five children between the ages 6-12, and she enjoys biking, skiing, and spending time with her family.

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

My formal medical training is in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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

I have incorporated bioidentical hormone replacement, medical weight loss, nutritional medicine, sexual dysfunction treatment, gynecologic laser therapy, facial wrinkle reduction, and skincare into my Obstetrics and Gynecology practice. I first attended a weekend bioidentical hormone replacement symposium in Boston in 2012, which is where I first learned about a4m. I was immediately cautiously optimistic that this type of hormone therapy could help many of my patients, but I wanted to learn more before implementing it. Over the next 5 years, I attended many courses through a4m regarding sexual dysfunction, hormone balancing, metabolism, nutrition and weight management, inflammation, and toxicology. During this time, I gradually added bioidentical hormone replacement, nutritional medicine, sexual dysfunction treatment, group health classes, and weight loss strategies to my practice. It soon became clear that many patients needed significant help and formal structured weight loss programs to attain their health goals, so in 2017, we launched a formal weight loss program grounded in educating patients on healthy eating habits and coaching them through lifestyle changes. We also partnered with Beauty Counter to offer toxin free skincare products to our clients. We are proud to be one of the few healthcare providers in the country offering the MonaLisa Touch Gynecologic Laser therapy for the treatment of vaginal atrophy due to natural aging or breast cancer treatments, and vulvar lichen sclerosus (a common, painful, gynecologic autoimmune condition).

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

My passion for healing has been reawakened using anti-aging strategies like natural herbs, nutritional products, lasers, radio-frequency, bioidentical hormones, successful weight loss programs and lifestyle coaching. My practice is thriving, and the diversity of our offerings keeps our staff, clients, community and peers engaged.

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

My patients are feeling better, are taking charge of their own health, and are making positive lifestyle changes which are leading to fewer and fewer prescription medications and unwanted side effects.

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

Anti-aging medicine offers many more tools to help people feel better and enjoy their lives, with significantly fewer side effects than prescription medication. The results speak for themselves, and the happy faces of people transforming their own lives provides joyful motivation to continue down this pathway.

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

I think the field of genomic medicine will expand exponentially, and we will be able to pick best treatments options for patients on an individual basis by understanding each individual’s genetic makeup.

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Physician of the Month: Wallace Brucker, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM

A4M valued member Wallace Brucker, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM shares insight from his professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

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

I am a practicing orthopedic surgeon offering community based, general orthopedic services to 2 hospitals in central Wisconsin as well as an army reserve surgeon providing orthopedic trauma services throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

Q: What Anti-Aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? How did you do so?

I began discussing anti-aging approaches to our Special Forces soldiers that were chronically stressed and plagued with abnormal cortisol levels and diminished testosterone levels. It was my hope that when they returned home, they would have a better understanding of how to maintain their health and what kind of Integrative physicians to seek out to get that care. The patients we take care of in Wisconsin and our newly opened practice in Breckenridge, Colorado have access to our 4 product lines: BHRT for men and women, IV therapies, Stem Cell and PRP therapy and limited aesthetic services.

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

Professionally, integrative medicine allows me to “see” the patient as a whole. Modern, state of the art testing now allows us to anticipate and direct trends thus giving me the opportunity to really affect change. This allows our practice to be more proactive than reactive. This is the part of anti-aging medicine that is most rewarding for me personally.

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

The biggest changes come when you balance the hormones, stress and cortisol, diet and lifestyle. The link between low hormone levels and abnormal lipids and sugars is profound. Getting those lab values down and restoring optimal function really impacts our patients long term. Thru education, our patients become interested in this new approach to wellness…thru results, they become committed.

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

Many of my patients are physicians. My professional colleagues frequently contact me with questions about the “anti-aging” approach to wellness and I simply tell them it is the future! Knowledge of the Integrative approach to medicine is another tool and in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine, we love tools!

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

The future is now with A4M and its global reach and scope. I see customized medicine growing larger with continued expansion of genetic testing and, of course, nanotechnology. The anti-aging pill? Perhaps not too far behind.

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Physician of the Month: Harris Waters, MS, MD, FACS, FAARFM, ABAARM

A4M valued member Harris Waters, MS, MD, FACS, FAARM, ABAARM shares insight from his professional experience in this Physician of the Month feature.

Dr. Waters earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine, after which he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Arizona followed by a vascular fellowship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He has completed a Master’s Degree in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine from the University of South Florida School of Medicine, in addition to a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine from A4M.

Dr. Waters recently joined an outstanding team of naturopathic physicians at The Canby Clinic in Canby, Oregon, in order to pursue a full-time career in complementary/integrative medicine.  With the knowledge he has attained with A4M/MMI education, he hopes to provide patients with real healthcare, not solely the treatment of symptoms.

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

Before joining A4M my medical background consisted of 30 plus years practicing conventional medicine: general and vascular surgery. For the past 20 years, my surgical practice was located in the rural community Silverton, Oregon.

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

About a decade ago, I noticed the overall health of my patients worsening; patients were not responding to basic treatment plans: most notably, patients with gastrointestinal issues. It was suggested to me that I listen to a talk by Dr. Shari Lieberman, which I did while attending my first A4M conference. To this day, I recall leaving her lecture thinking that the information could not be correct, being contrary to most everything I had been taught. I did purchase her book with the plan of reading it on the plane home.

The very next day I was on surgical call and had to operate on a patient with appendicitis. This was a 30 year old man with a 6 year history of ulcerative colitis with a chronic hematocrit of 26% (normal 36-45%) which required transfusions 1-2 times per year secondary to his chronic slow bleed from the colitis. As suggested by Dr. Lieberman, I asked him if there was anything he craved, loved to eat or ate daily (with the plan of proving her wrong). The patient responded “no,” but his wife responded “yes”. Turned out he ate peanut butter every day, as it was his go to food. He was known to have it at breakfast, lunch, with dinner, and as a snack food.

Following surgery, the patient and his wife came back to the office. This patient was not interested in eliminating peanut butter from his diet, but his wife was now on a mission! I shared that I was unsure that what I had heard was true, but that this Dr. Lieberman spoke about craving what you are allergic to. Feeling there was nothing to lose, his wife decided to stop the peanut butter. The patient was almost due for his bi-annual colonoscopy and that would provide the perfect test to see if eliminating peanut butter would affect his colitis. After 8 weeks of being peanut butter free, the patient underwent a colonoscopy. His hematocrit the day of the procedure without any transfusions or iron therapy was 42%! The colonoscopy was entirely normal, which was confirmed by biopsies a few days later. The ulcerative colitis was gone!!!

I went out to speak with his wife and tell her that everything was normal; she started crying, then gave me a big hug and kiss. I was taken aback for a moment, and asked why she was crying. She said they were tears of joy! She told me, “I also stopped the peanut butter in my son’s diet. He is becoming normal now; he was having GI issues and they are gone. He was diagnosed with hyperactivity, ADD, and had behavior issues. He is now doing better in school, and I’m getting a normal child back!”

Needless to say, I was shocked. Here I was, a conventionally trained surgeon curing ulcerative colitis hyperactivity, ADD and GI issues simply by elimination of peanut butter from a diet. How crazy was that?!?

I read Dr. Lieberman’s book a second time to see if I myself might find relief from migraine headaches, which had in the past 5 years had become progressively worse. Following an extensive conventional workup, the option offered was medication, with the potential of significant side effects. My favorite foods had always been cheesecake, along with gluten and dairy-based products. I decided to eliminate both gluten and dairy from my diet, and 3 days later, the headaches were gone! Now I only experience a migraine after I have eaten something with gluten or dairy.

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

I’ve had success treating patients with GI issues, along with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, narcolepsy, headaches, and gastro esophageal reflux using complementary/integrative modalities. For example, instead of prescribing a medication, patients have been able to find relief simply by dietary changes and nutritional improvement. These types of treatments are not typically addressed in conventional medicine.

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

Patients interested in complementary/integrative medicine are more motivated. Patients as a whole are becoming more and more disenchanted with conventional medicine, and are looking for alternative ways to achieve health, wellness, and optimal aging.

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

Yes, without hesitation.

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

Good wellness and healthy aging is attainable, and health care–rather than illness care–MUST become the future for all. It is unacceptable that this generation is sicker than the last, that insurance governs care, and that big pharma continues to drive healthcare. People are now beginning to connect the dots. Anti-Aging and complementary/integrative concepts in medicine will be the wave of the future.

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