Dr. Henry C. Sobo’s Working Philosophy
Dr. Sobo believes in lifetime learning and enhancement of his skills as a practicing physician. Most recently he completed a two-year course of study, achieving certification with The Biologic Medicine Network.
Dr. Sobo’s commitment to a nutritional/holistic approach to medicine is attested to by his affiliation with a number of national physician organizations. He has been a member of The American Academy of Environmental Medicine and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr. Sobo supports the growth of Complementary Medicine through his affiliation with the American Association for Health Freedom and the Foundation for Innovative Medicine.
Dr.Sobo’s continuing research and study brings him to regularly attend nutritionally-oriented medical conferences where he reviews the latest information regarding natural, non-toxic methods of healing with leading physicians and researchers around the world.
Dr. Sobo has been a lecturer in his community and nationally. He has been a guest on Gary Null’s radio program “Natural Living” — as well as a member of a physicians’ panel recently featured on PBS.
Dr. Sobo has authored numerous articles for publication, including the peer-reviewed journal “The Bariatrician.”
About Kenneth Alleyne, MD, FAAOS
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Kenneth Alleyne, MD is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and of Caribbean parentage (Barbados and Jamaica). He graduated from the Kingswood-Oxford School before attending Williams College where he was a three-sport athlete and carried out his pre-medical studies. He subsequently matriculated to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he was involved as president of the Student National Medical Association, founded the Winston Salem Mentor Network and carried out primary research.
During his time in medical school, he accepted a research fellowship at Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology where he worked to advance novel research in bone healing under the leadership of Dr. Cato Laurencin. He subsequently completed orthopedic surgical training at Howard University Hospital and a fellowship in Knee and Shoulder Surgery and Sports Medicine at Yale University where he was an associate team physician for the school’s football team and local high school athletics.
Dr.Alleyne enjoys working with school-age children to active seniors and currently serves as a sports medicine consultant to many local athletes and teams and has served as venue physician for the US Open Tennis Tournament. He believes that healthy and active lifestyles are the key to successful living and “partners” with his patients to achieve their goals of improved function and return to activity whether it be walking around the grocery store or international athletic competition. Orthopedics is simply his passion.
Committed to the betterment of his community Dr. Alleyne has served on the board of Community Health Services, the Governor’s Commission on Health Equity and currently is vice chairman of the board of Connecticut Health Foundation. He is a member of the board of the University of Connecticut Health Center and founder of SATO, Student Achievement Through Opportunity which seeks to address the “opportunity gap” for Hartford students through targeted grants and services. He is a member of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and serves as a clinical associate professor of Orthopedics at the University of Connecticut and an attending physician at many hospitals in Connecticut and New York City.
He is married to Shaun, Biggers MD an obstetrician/gynecologist with whom he shares the joy of their two children. He is an avid jazz enthusiast, cyclist, skier and the number one fan of his children’s sports and performances.
We have 4 locations across Connecticut.
Dr. Flora Vaccarino graduated in Medicine at Padua University in Italy and studied neuropharmacology and cell biology at NIH as a research fellow before starting her Residency in Psychiatry at Yale University. After her residency, she studied developmental biology and genetics and was appointed Assistant Professor at Yale University. Her interests are the development of the mammalian the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and connected forebrain regions as well as the regulation of neural stem cells in both embryonic and postnatal periods. Her lab has been investigating how genetic (i.e., tyrosine growth factor receptors like Fibroblast Growth Factors) and epigenetic factors (i.e., perinatal hypoxia, environmental enrichment) affect the proliferation the maturation of neural progenitor cells in mouse models. Recently she has been exploring how induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be used to model developmental neuropsychiatric disorders including autism and Rett syndrome. With a group of colleagues, Dr. Vaccarino, now a full Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, founded in 2009 the “Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration” (https://medicine.yale.edu/neurodevelopment/), a collaborative interdepartmental program at Yale University that is leading interdisciplinary studies on iPSCs, neural stem cells and human development.Dr. Vaccarino is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the PsychENCODE and the Brain Somatic Mosaicism Consortia.
Joshua Frank MD
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Dr. Joshua Frank specializes in the orthopaedic care of sports-related injuries as well as arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. He also provides comprehensive orthopaedic treatment for various conditions and traumatic injuries.
A native of the Philadelphia region, Dr. Frank completed both his undergraduate studies and his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania. After medical school, Dr. Frank moved to New York City to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University – Hospital for Joint Diseases. During his residency, he was elected to be an executive chief resident and completed an elective trauma rotation at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. There he handled major orthopaedic injuries and learned the latest techniques in the treatment of fractures and multi-trauma.
After residency, Dr. Frank completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. His focus was on the care of injured athletes and their return to function. Additionally, he learned advanced arthroscopic techniques as well as open reconstructive surgeries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. During his fellowship, Dr. Frank participated in the orthopaedic care of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Avengers (Arena Football), Sparks (WNBA), Galaxy (MLS), Riptide (Lacrosse), USC Football, and the Anaheim Ducks. In addition, he served as a team physician for many high school and college football teams.
Throughout his training, Dr. Frank has had a focus on research. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented research at national meetings. Dr. Frank is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and maintains an academic appointment at NYU-HJD as an assistant clinical professor.
We have three locations in Connecticut
Specialty Stem Cell Treatments
MD Stem Cells is the sponsor of specialty clinical studies involving ophthalmology, neurology and spinal cord injury. Our success stems from years of effort first in Europe and, beginning in 2013, with US-based, FDA compliant, IRB approved and NIH registered studies. MD Stem Cells provides the only stem cell treatments in ophthalmology with medical journal published, statistically significant results. That means eligible patients can enroll in a study with scientifically proven results right now. We use only adult, bone marrow-derived stem cells – never adipose, fat, or embryonic derived cells. Our proprietary approaches maximize yield and effectiveness. With hundreds of patients having participated and significant numbers having meaningful improvements, we hope you take a careful look at our experience and results.
We are a consultancy providing information, education, facilitation, and access to advanced stem cell treatments. We act as Sponsor and Dr. Levy is Study Director for clinical trials involving bone marrow stem cells in ophthalmology, neurology and spinal cord injury.
Many diseases and injuries have no medical approaches that can recover the function that has been lost. For many patients their first encounter with a disease or injury results in the realization that they are on their own- that the medical and pharmaceutical community, for all their success in certain diseases, can offer them little or nothing. Focused on clinical and translational research, we aim to find new and innovative treatments to mitigate diseases and injuries. We are on a journey to treat within clinical studies and publish our results in order to change the standard of care patients are offered. Patients choosing to participate in our studies must understand that results cannot be predicted for individual patients. Even in diseases where we have shown statistically significant benefit, there is no guarantee that a particular patient will benefit from treatment.
Stem cells are a new and innovative form of treatment. Research has shown that these cells can help form and repair tissues all over the body. We believe strongly that bone marrow-derived stem cells have important benefits over other types of stem cells including a 30x better ability to travel through the lungs to the capillary beds of the brain, eyes and spinal cord. While the pharmaceutical industry continues efforts to create cell-based products, we believe that harnessing the human body’s own repair mechanisms can produce important benefits now.
MEET DR. PAUL TORTLAND & DR. JEFFREY LAVALLEE
& Sports Medicine
Dr. Tortland was the first physician in all of New England (and among the first in the United States) to perform stem cell-based treatments back in 2007 and 2008. He was also the first physician in the world to receive certification in Regenerative Medicine from the American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine. Together with Dr. LaVallee, he offers an exceptional level of time-tested skill and experience that can only be found in a few choice practices throughout the country.
Regenerative therapy is a generic term to describe a variety of different therapeutic interventions which stimulate the body to repair and regenerate its own tissue. This was famously described by Drs. Hackett and Hemwall in the 1930’s and was termed Prolotherapy. These physicians used a high concentration sugar based solution, often with other irritating additives, to stimulate an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response, a normal reaction by the body to this irritating solution, is associated with the development of controlled scar tissue in the region, strengthening the structure which has been damaged. Regenerative therapies have developed over the years to a more sophisticated form of treatment; PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Stem Cell Therapy which instead provides the direct delivery of cells and tissue growth factors to the area of injury through an injection. All regenerative medicine techniques work by sending a message to the body to regrow and repair damaged tissue. Regenerative therapies are typically performed to ligamentous, tendinous, or cartilaginous surfaces. These particular tissues typically receive poor blood supply and it is this lack of blood flow in part that prevents these injuries from healing properly; the body must be able to deliver repair cells into the area of damage. Regenerative therapy techniques involve the placement of these reparative cells directly into the area of damage.
Our physicians completed fellowships in orthopedics, sports medicine, joint replacement, hand, and upper extremity surgery, and interventional pain management — and trained at the top hospitals and universities in the country, including The Hospital for Special Surgery, The Hospital for Joint Diseases, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Yale University, Columbia University and Harvard Medical School. We have earned our reputation by providing personal attention and compassionate care, and it shows in our results. Statistics prove that we have the best surgical outcomes in the area.
Welcome to Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine, a national leader in sports medicine and non-surgical orthopedics. We specialize in the non-surgical treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, and orthopedic problems including arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, plantar fasciitis & Achilles tendinitis, Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow, sprains & strains, and is much more. We are also experts in Regenerative Medicine, including PRP and stem cell treatments. Although we are based in Connecticut, we serve patients from all over New England and the metro New York tri-state region, and even from across the country.
The goal of regenerative medicine is to heal injured tissue and not just mask the pain. At Greenwich Hospital, advanced regenerative therapies are offered to treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to degenerative spinal discs, joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments.
We offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injection treatments that have been shown to potentially benefit these conditions:
Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine
Rotator cuff injuries
Chronic plantar fasciitis
Ligament sprain and injuries
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Tendonitis and tendon injuries
Regenerative therapies are available at Greenwich Hospital as outpatient procedures.