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.