OUR MEDICAL STAFF

You are unique. At Gentera, we are dedicated to providing healthcare tailored to your individual needs. We provide treatments that combine lifestyle changes with today’s modern technology in regenerative medicine, to help you feel like the best possible you.


MEDICAL STAFF

Michael J. Rodriguez, M.D. FAACS

MIAMI

Medical Director,
Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

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Miami native Michael Rodriguez, M.D. FAACS attended University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he received surgical training with a specialization in head and neck. Dr. Rodriguez continued his training in cosmetic surgery at the prestigious University of California Irvine, working closely with Southern California and Beverly Hills Physicians. Returning to his hometown, he completed additional fellowship training in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. Currently a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the doctor is also double-board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

The physician has published numerous scholarly articles in his field and is committed to continuously furthering his training. As a result, he is able to provide his patients with a spectrum of interventions, including skin resurfacing with peels and laser technology, lipostructure (fat grafts), and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), as well as low-downtime face, neck, and endoscopic brow lifts. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez has extensive training and expertise in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.

Katherine Zagone, N.D.

LOS ANGELES

Medical Director,
Sexual Wellness Expert

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Katherine Zagone, ND brings her passion as a healer to her role as Gentera’s Southern California, West Valley location.

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Katherine Zagone develops personalized treatment plans for each patient at Gentera, assessing medical history, physical examinations, symptoms, and laboratory analysis. She applies her training as a naturopathic primary care doctor to perform the appropriate physical exams, as well as to order the necessary labs and diagnostics.

Since graduating at the top of her class at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Zagone has assisted in the training of the next generation of naturopathic doctors at San Diego’s Bastyr University California. The doctor has authored content for Orb Health and consults with practices throughout the United States on bringing naturopathic and anti-aging medicine to patients.

Dr. Zagone, an elite guest lecturer, has spoken at University of California San Diego and throughout the community on topics including fertility, hormones, detox, micronutrient therapy, and gut health. She brings her commitment and expertise to every aspect of her practice and brings that dedication to Gentera Center for Regenerative Medicine.

John Wilkerson, M.D.

MIAMI

Chief Orthopedic Surgeon
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John Wilkerson, M.D. leads Gentera’s orthopaedic surgical division, providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to manage bone, muscle, and joint conditions with an array of treatment options, including stem cell therapy, PRP injections, rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. The board-certified orthopaedic surgeon has been performing PRP therapy for the treatment of orthopedic injuries since 2005 and bone marrow aspirate stem cell therapy since 2010.

A fellow of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he graduated and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following sports medicine fellowship at the University of Miami, he served as Assistant Team Physician of the 2001-2002 National Champion University of Miami Hurricanes football team. Dr. Wilkerson completed clinical research in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow, as well as additional research in orthopaedic surgery and biomechanics, published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Wilkerson sees regenerative medicine as the vanguard of 21st century health care, recognizing the potential of techniques that activate the body’s natural cellular healing mechanisms.

Eric Y Chang, MD

LOS ANGELES 

Interventional Pain, Sports Medicine, Rehabiltation & Regnerative Medicine

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Dr. Eric Y. Chang is an interventional physiatrist subspecializing in the treatment of pain, sports, and wellness. His practice offers a variety of treatments for neuropathic, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular pain conditions. He treats non-operative neck and low back pain, spasticity, myofascial pain, scoliosis/kyphosis, compression fractures, sciatica, and neuropathic pain conditions. Dr. Chang performs a multitude of interventional procedures in the neck and low back along with advanced procedures such as spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery pumps. He also brings his knowledge of regenerative therapies (Plasma Rich Platelets, Stem Cells Therapy) for osteoarthritis and chronic injuries. He is also trained in electromyography. His special clinical and research interests are neuropathic pain, spasticity, arthritis, and spinal disorders. He is also currently developing clinical studies to investigate interventional and non-interventional strategies for the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Dr. Chang completed his undergraduate at Yale University in New Haven followed by his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York with a distinction in musculoskeletal disorders. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the UCLA/Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He then completed an Anesthesia-based ACGME Pain Medicine fellowship at UC Irvine to pursue his interest in neuropathic pain and spasticity among patients with spinal disorders. He was an Assistant Professor In-residence in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and faculty in the Reeve-Irvine Research Center from 2011 until 2015.

Dr. Chang’s basic science research interests are in investigating the pain mechanisms of low back pain and sciatica. Low back pain is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the world and impacts considerably on the economy through loss of work, cost of health care, and societal support for the affected individual and their family. A common cause of back pain is from degenerative disc disease which may present with radicular pain. Currently, low back pain secondary to degenerative disc disease is not well characterized and imaging studies do not correlate with the extent of pathology. In addition, little is known about the mechanisms associated with the actual progression of degenerative disc disease and radicular pain. As a result, these patients have limited diagnosis and treatment options for their pain and disability . He received a K12 mentored career development award through the National Insitutes of Health and National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to study behavioral hypersensitivities of low back pain, using rodent models to correlate advanced degenerative disc disease and the biochemical mediators of pain in the spine.

Amar D. Rajadhyaksha, M.D.

MIAMI

Board Certified Spine Surgeon
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Fellowship-trained orthopaedic spinal surgeon Dr. Amar D. Rajadhyaksha, M.D. is the director of the Miami Spine Institute (MSI) and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Boston native completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic residency at New York Medical College. He went on to train in adult reconstructive surgery at Cornell’s highly ranked Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition, the doctor completed an adult and pediatric spine fellowship at the world-renowned NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases under Dr. Thomas Errico.

The classically-trained spine surgeon has always had a special focus on research and in advancing the field of orthopaedic surgery. He has a specific interest in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Prior to starting residency, he completed a research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics in Baltimore, Maryland. He has published over one hundred peer-reviewed abstracts, manuscripts, internet publications and book chapters and given presentations at various local, national, and international meetings. He has received research awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), and Eastern Orthopedic Association (EOA).

The physician has published numerous scholarly articles in his field and is committed to continuously furthering his training. As a result, he is able to provide his patients with a spectrum of interventions, including skin resurfacing with peels and laser technology, lipostructure (fat grafts), and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), as well as low-downtime face, neck, and endoscopic brow lifts. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez has extensive training and expertise in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.

Rafael Gonzalez, Ph.D.

MIAMI & LOS ANGELES

Senior Scientific Advisor,
Board Member

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Dr. Rafael Gonzalez, Ph.D., brings to Gentera his extensive background in degenerative disorders involving the spinal cord, as well as stem cell culture and biology from human embryonic, perinatal, and adult sources. Through his comprehensive research pursuits, he pushes the boundaries of science while remaining mindful to his staunch code of ethics and standards.

Gentera’s Senior Scientific Advisor and Board Member began his academic career at the University of California Irvine, earning his bachelor of science degree in Biological Science and a doctorate in Neurobiology. While earning his Ph.D., Dr. Gonzalez led preclinical studies, leading to the startup Ability Biomedical, which developed an anti-P 10 antibody to treat several degenerative disorders, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spinal cord injury. The startup has since been acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

As a Research Scientist at PrimeGen Biotech, Dr. Gonzalez was responsible for developing PrimeGen’s preclinical stem cell/spinal cord injury model.

Jennifer Martinez, PA-C

MIAMI

Board Certified Physician Assistant
Dermatology

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Jennifer Martinez, is a Board Certified Physician Assistant practicing in Dermatology since 2006. Mrs. Martinez, PA-C earned her Master’s degree of Clinical Medical Sciences through Barry University where she completed her didactic years. Her clinical training composed of interships in Mount Sinai, Jackson Memorial, UM Health- Cedars hospitals with specialties in Dermatology and Surgical oncology . She fell in love with the Cosmetic, medical and surgery aspect of Dermatology during her intership in 2004 and has been in Dermatology ever since. She earned her certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant and is licensed to practice and prescribe in the State of Florida. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s through Florida International University majoring in Biology with a minor in Pre-Medicine. She was born and raised in Miami, FL and is fluent in both the Spanish and English.

Jennifer Martinez PA-C has been practicing Advanced Dermatology for over 12 years with Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeons in the South Miami, Pinecrest and Kendall area. Skin care is Jennifer passion, she finds it rewarding to help patients look and feel their best. She is compassonate and listens to her patients needs and this shows in her work. She can create an individualized skin care regimen for the patients goals in acheiving youthful and glowing results.

She performs a variety of rejuvenating treatments such as injectables, botox and filler, PRP microneedling facial (Vampire facial) to stimulate collagen and give a glow to the skin. She specializes in skin care and treating common dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, sun damage, and creates antiaging regimens. These can combine IV infusions with topicals used at home in addition to injectable procedures performed in the office. She can evaluate and create all types of skin conditions and aesthetic needs. She is and expert using the Dermatoscope, which has enhanced her ability to detect irregular pigmented lesions which can lead to Skin Cancer.

Jennifer Martinez PA-C is a member of the Society of Physician Assistant as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistant. She is a speaker and advisor to several Dermatology Pharmacuetical companies where she trains other mid level PA and ARNP on new medications. She is regularly invited to Adviosr Boards to give her expert opinion on medications prior to launching to the market . She continues her education attending Dermatological conferences and seminars to stay up to date on the newest procedures, cosmetic advances, and updated lasers .

Licensure

  • Florida Physician Assistant License
  • Florida Physician Assistant Prescriptive Privileges

Her professional memberships include

  • The Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
  • Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Kristine Daugherty, PA-C

LOS ANGELES

Physician Assistant, Regenerative Medicine,
Sexual Wellness Expert
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Kristine Daugherty’s passion for the medical field was ignited at 12 years old when she volunteered for five years at a skilled nursing facility in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. This exceptionally rewarding experience afforded her the opportunity to adopt a loving and compassionate bedside manner and to establish meaningful relationships with the residents that she will forever cherish.

Kristine Daugherty, a certified Physician Assistant, attended the Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program on an academic scholarship and graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies with honors. Kristine also attended courses at NYU School of Medicine and she received clinical training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Naval Health Clinic of New England.

Kristine has more than 5 years of experience specializing in Regenerative Medicine and musculoskeletal injections and other therapies that allow the body to heal itself. She is a certified provider for Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift, Vampire Breast Lift, Vampire Hair Regrowth, Priapus Shot, and O-shot (Orgasm Shot).

Diana Hoppe, ARNP

MIAMI

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
HRT & IV Nutrition

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Diana Hoppe leads in IV therapy, BHRT, and micronutrient supplementation. A graduate of the University of Miami, she is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in Acute Care and has received hands on training from Gentera’s best naturopathic and medical doctors.

Diana will conduct a detailed evaluation and analysis of your micronutrient, chemistry, and hormone levels, along with a complete history and physical examination. This allows her to create a personalized regimen just for you. As your practitioner, Diana will partner with you to identify your wellness goals and help you achieve optimal health.

Sabrina Hernandez-Cano

MIAMI

Nutrition & Dietician Counselor
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Registered dietitian, nutrition counselor, and certified diabetes educator Sabrina Hernandez-Cano specializes in cardiac and diabetes education with a specialty in cardiovascular and diabetes education. Her background includes experience as a cardiovascular nutrition educator for Berkeley Heart Lab and at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital.

Hernandez-Cano is a frequent contributor to media, appearing on ABC News, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and WLRN-TV for segments on nutrition, wellness, and diabetes. She is a member of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The graduate from Florida International University is currently in private practice, counseling in all areas of medical nutrition therapy with a specialty in bariatric nutrition. She is the founder and CEO of Scientific Nutrition, a company dedicated to developing nutritious snacks such as Hummingwell wellness bar, designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. The company has added a line called “Que Flaca” – a movement to educate, empower, and promote wellness in the Latin community.

The dietician has traveled on missions to Africa, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands to address topics including malnutrition and childhood obesity.

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Louis Arriola

Co-Founder,
Chairman of the Board
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Gentera’s co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Louis Arriola believes regenerative medicine is the future — and sees his role as providing a platform to the doctors of Gentera to help patients to live a “more balanced and healthier life.”

“As I started to age, I always looked for an alternative to conventional medicine. When I found regenerative medicine, I discovered that not too many people knew about it. So, my goal was to help others to know that aging is not as bad if your body is in balance,” he says.

Arriola brings a successful background as a strategic business professional and financier to Gentera. In 2016, the global telecommunications he built sold for over $300 million. With his wife, he owns the Los Angeles-based NYLA Productions, as well as Trionx, a real estate development company.

Gentera’s co-founder was considering surgery when a shoulder surgery irritated him during workouts. He was educated on cell therapy and regenerative medicine, which corrected his injury. “I knew then that I had to let other people know there were alternatives,” he says. “It’s very gratifying to know that I’m helping people.”

Brian Pla

Co-Founder,
Chief Executive Officer
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Consummate entrepreneur Brian Pla began his career in the financial industry as co-founder of a foreign currency trading firm. He has invested in a range of ventures, including telecommunications. Brian entered the medical realm with his investment in Ulthera, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive medical procedure to lift and tighten the neck, chin, and brow, improving lines and wrinkles on the chest. Applying his affinity for pioneering technology, he introduced PRP into Ulthera’s offerings, expanding options for non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures.

Brian Pla co-founded Gentera to focus on regenerative medicine, backed by a research team led by industry-renowned experts to bring Gentera’s practices to the forefront of advances in both cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine. Under Pla’s guidance, Gentera maintains its commitment to bringing effective regenerative medicine protocols to patients, supporting patients to enhance health, wellness, beauty, and longevity.

Brian was introduced to cell-based treatments after experiencing a sports-related injury. The successful outcome ignited his professional pursuit into next-generation, regenerative therapies. Equipped with leadership, vision, and personal passion, Brian Pla strives to achieve the highest levels of care and outcomes at Gentera.