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Amniotic Fluid / Stem Cell Therapy

Amniotic Fluid/Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the basic cells living in the body, the cells from which all other specialized cells are generated (thus the name “stem” cells). Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokines, and exosomes that support healing in the body.

Amniotic fluid treatment is a vital method of regenerative medicine that takes advantage of material taken from amniotic membrane tissue and fluid. It offers a number of benefits and can treat conditions like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, soft tissue injuries, and repetitive motion injuries.

Amniotic fluid/Stem cell therapy is thought to repair damaged cells via the reduction of inflammation and modulation of the immune system. The combination of growth factor, cytokines, and exosomes help the body through the healing process.

Amniotic Fluid Growth Factors

Growth factors are naturally-occurring proteins that stimulate the repair of damaged cells.

Growth factors include:

  • EGF: Epidermal Growth Factor
  • IGF-1: Insulin-like Growth Factor
  • FGF: Fibroblast Growth Factor
  • HGF: Hepatocyte Growth Factor
  • TGF-a: Transforming Growth Factor

Cytokines

Cytokines are special proteins that communicate cells with tissue. They help push tissue through the inflammatory phase of healing, reducing inflammation, and pain.

Exosomes

Stem cells communicate through exosomes to other cells for healing. They can prompt the release of other stem cells in the body. They also send signals and incorporate into other cells to help “fix” themselves, possibly through DNA or mRNA.

No single modality works for every patient or type of injury. However, our regenerative therapies, like PRP and Amniotic Fluid injections, have the potential to benefit a wide range of patients who suffer from acute and chronic orthopedic and sport-related injuries.

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James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.