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REGENESIS MD &
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Bhavna Vaidya-Tank, MD

REGENESIS MD
INTEGRATIVE CARE - RALEIGH
8020 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

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Challenging Cases Take Time

“A number of words are good descriptors of the way we practice medicine at Regenesis MD,” says Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank. “They include ‘integrative,’ ‘individualized,’ and ‘holistic.’ They do not include ‘quick fix.’ We can, and do, treat difficult symptoms effectively. But, in contrast with conventional medical care, our focus is not on managing symptoms, but on systematically discovering and treating the underlying causes of those symptoms.

Dr. Vaidya-Tank conferring with members
of the Regenesis team

“So,” she adds, with a smile, “another important word describing our practice is ‘time.’ Our ‘toolbox’ (see box) contains many excellent diagnostic and therapeutic tools to help us with the most challenging cases,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “But the most valuable service we provide is the time we are able to spend with our patients: time to find the sources of problems and time to address the imbalances we uncover.”

But she acknowledges that her comprehensive approach brings its own unique challenges. “It’s challenging because people often have tried so many other avenues before coming here, and are so weary of being ill that they just want to get everything addressed at once. And, although we can—finally—help them, it’s won’t be that ‘quick fix’ they’ve been hoping for. There’s a process—a process that yields results—but it can take time.”

Integrative Medicine: Individualized, Personal

“Integrative medicine—the holistic and effective medicine that I practice—doesn’t fit the insurance-based model,” explains Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “We spend a lot of time with each of our patients—getting to know them, understanding their needs, and developing a plan that will meet those needs. The basic question underlying that process is: ‘What is the best path to healing for this person?’”

Each patient, she observes, is a unique challenge, regardless of how similar their medical concerns may appear to be. “Many people, for example, have diabetes, but that doesn’t mean there is one perfect treatment that will work best for all diabetic patients.

“It’s equally important to remember,” she adds, “that you never know what a person is going through—physically, mentally, and emotionally—until you talk to them, until you really listen, and until they become more willing to share.”

Integrative Medicine: Holistic

“Integrative medicine,” she explains, “requires not only looking at different things but looking at things differently—at how they connect. We have to look at all the systems in the body. Gut health, for example, is extremely important and often where we need to begin. But it’s one part of the picture. We look at the mind, the gut, hormones, nutritional imbalances. It’s not just one thing.

“What is key is that these systems are connected—you can’t solve problems in one area independently. Which is why we so often begin with gut health. The nutritional imbalances, infections, and other factors that create digestive problems, for example, often contribute to immune system problems or other issues.”

Many Tools for Healing

The Regenesis MD “toolbox” is extensive. In addition to testing, Dr. Vaidya-Tank and her team employ a wide range of therapeutic options, including: PRP (platelet-rich plasma treatments); peptide therapies; intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy; stem cell therapy; health coaching; acupuncture; comprehensive weight loss programs; and more.

“I’m not anti-medication, but I use a lot of supplements, and I definitely take advantage of advances in testing and therapies,” explains Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “By selecting the right treatments for each patient and employing many non-pharmaceutical strategies, we’re able to keep our costs low—affordable even without insurance. Stem cells are a good example: they’re not expensive, and can often be the best approach for certain problems.

“I also want to emphasize the importance of a wide range of medical aesthetic services offered at Regenesis MD,” she says. “We understand that physical appearance cannot be divorced from physical health—that health is about our whole selves, about who we are emotionally, mentally, and aesthetically.

“So, aesthetic treatments are an important part of our complete ‘toolbox,’ including: injectables, skin resurfacing lasers, body contouring, vaginal rejuvenation, and cosmetic services.”

Patient Buy-in Is Key

Not only the Regenesis team, but their patients must invest the necessary time to address complex issues. “You have to have buy-in,” notes Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “And, admittedly, that may be one of the most difficult challenges of integrated care. We live in a culture that is accustomed to the quick fix—getting a pill to solve the problem—and that’s the end of the story. But integrative care is more complex, for both the provider and the patient.”

Some patients, she says, are committed to doing everything possible, saying “I just need your help and I’m on-board.” But too many others “just want to feel better,” and lack the commitment to make necessary changes.

“A recent case illustrates that problem,” recalls Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “A patient I’ll call Janet had Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune thyroid disorder. Although she wanted to lose weight and feel better, she didn’t want to take supplements, make nutritional changes, or do nutritional IV therapy; nor did she want to exercise.

“Dietary changes and supplements are among the many tools we might use in a comprehensive program to help patients with autoimmune problems. And we try to introduce one or two such changes at a time, to coordinate with other therapies and treatments. But, without the patient’s participation, we can’t use them.”

Initially, Janet wasn’t willing to participate and sought care elsewhere. But, a year later. she came back, still having problems and wanting to feel better—and now more willing to try the comprehensive approach.
“I appreciate that people can be reluctant to try new therapeutic approaches,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank, “especially if it demands more of them than taking a pill. So, part of our job is to meet patients where they are, to find ways to relieve symptoms, and introduce change gradually as needed—and sometimes to convince them!

“Another recent patient I’ll call Donna is a good example of that. Donna is a physician whose autoimmune problems had become so debilitating that she couldn’t work or even sit upright for long periods of time. She had seen many other providers seeking help, but with no improvement, and as a physician she had better understanding than most of what was happening in her body.

“However, she remained very dubious about our approach—which emphasized working on gut health using nutritional supplements. Fortunately, I was able to convince her that IV therapy might help,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank. “And when Donna found that she could sit up and even begin to drive again after starting the IV therapy, she became much more open to other therapies. She just didn’t believe it until she saw it working.”