Providing regenerative medicine services during a pandemic is no easy feat. Thankfully, Regen America has been able to serve its patients through telemedicine and the careful implementation of COVID-19 protocols.
Located at 6062 Ridge Avenue, Regen America has been a mainstay in the Roxborough community for the past twelve years. The practice, originally called Lyceum Physical Medicine, was renamed Regen America to better represent its expansion into regenerative medicine services. Regenerative medicine is a relatively new treatment option that allows patients' bodies to heal naturally from the effects of injury, aging, and damage. It has become immensely popular in recent years.
Regenerative medicine is a relatively new treatment option that allows patients' bodies to heal naturally from the effects of injury, aging, and damage.
With a new moniker and treatment philosophy, Regen America now provides its patients with a fresh dose of treatments that include stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PSP) procedures, bone marrow aspiration, and more.
“Our primary patient base is people with spine and joint conditions,” said Regen America Clinic Director Dr. Bill Pezzello. “Initially, we focused on chiropractic services, physical therapy, and medically-supervised weight loss. What we have done over the past twelve years is slowly introduce new services. We now have upwards of 30 to 40 services we can offer to our patients. All of the new services fall under what we call longevity services, which people can use to get rid of symptoms or help with symptoms, but can also use for prevention.”
When COVID-19 changed the way it could treat patients, Regen America was up for the challenge. “As soon as COVID-19 started—from the first week—we implemented a COVID-19 protocol that follows the CDC guidelines,” Pezzello said. “Everything is cleaned and patient appointments are spaced out so there aren’t multiple patients in the office at one time.”
Regen America is also keeping patients safe is with the use of telemedicine for certain treatment areas, such as physical therapy. Regen physical therapists guide patients through exercises on telecommunication applications like Zoom and Skype. By simply sharing a link to their patient's technological device of choice, doctors can eliminate the risk of both parties getting COVID-19 from the appointment to zero.
Regen America’s practice is especially relevant today with COVID-19. “What we learned with COVID-19 is that predisposing factors like diabetes, heart disease, or lack of exercise increased your chance of having complications. People have been paying much more attention to keeping themselves healthy in a preventive way and not just worrying about when they get sick,” Pezzello said.
“They’re doing a lot more prevention and wellness services to keep themselves healthy and that’s exactly what’s needed with the virus. You have to keep your immune system strong and yourself as healthy as possible.”
“What we learned with COVID-19 is that predisposing factors increased your chance of having complications. People have been paying much more attention to keeping themselves healthy in a preventive way.”
There is no denying the charm of Ridge Avenue. For Regen America, its Roxborough location checked off all of the boxes on its wish list. A big reason for this, according to Dr. Pezzello, is the tireless efforts of the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) over the years.
“We look for the main business corridor of towns, so Roxborough was super attractive to us because it has a small-town, village-y feel but is still in the bustling city of Philadelphia and a high traffic region,” Pezzello said. “The RDC has done a lot to accentuate the businesses and the care that has been given to Ridge Avenue.”
"Roxborough was super attractive to us because it has a small-town, village-y feel but is still in the bustling city of Philadelphia."
Regen America’s Roxborough location is partnered with an office in nearby Brookhaven, PA and another office in Delaware. All use the same method of treatment, and there are now Regen America locations across the entire country.