Dr. Bryan L. Frank Combines the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine
by Sheila Julson
Before Bryan L. Frank, M.D., even graduated from medical school at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, he was interested in nutrition for wellness, and he practiced acupuncture. He did his internship in pediatrics and neonatology, followed by a residency in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Although he practiced for 35 years in conventional medical specialties, he knew there were ways to help patients get well with less dependence on pharmaceuticals or surgery.
“As I was in an anesthesiology and pain medicine practice, I was eager to bring acupuncture into the practice so it would offer the option for patients to gain more relief than just pharmaceutical or high-risk medical procedures,” Frank recalls. In 2010, he began his integrative medicine practice in Edmond, known as Re-Genesis Health, where he offers integrative, noninvasive therapies for sports medicine, antiaging and regeneration, and functional medicine.
Frank has been a leader in the U.S. medical acupuncture community for more than 25 years and served as president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He was also president of the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques. He has lectured and taught in the U.S. and abroad, where he’s had the privilege to see natural therapies practiced in other countries and bring them to his practice.
Medical acupuncture can help sports medicine patients find relief from pain and dysfunction, Frank says, and although he’s trained in classic needle acupuncture, he commonly offers WeberLaser. Referred to as “needles of light,” WeberLaser stimulates acupuncture points. Frank also offers laser and microcurrent therapies, and cupping, a procedure related historically and culturally to acupuncture that applies suction-like cups to the back, shoulders and elsewhere to heal musculoskeletal injuries.
Frank also offers prolotherapy, an effective pain treatment developed by American physicians more than 80 years ago, yet today is still considered an alternative therapy in the United States. “Prolotherapy is essentially the original stem cell therapy,” Frank says. “It’s effective for a wide variety of pain problems—worn-out knees; bone-on-bone, rotator cuff and shoulder problems; lower back pain; heel spurs; and other problems that in conventional medicine, the approach is to treat with anti-inflammatory pain medication or surgical interventions. I find that unsatisfying because that’s often just medicating the problem and not doing anything to help the patient get well.” Prolotherapy is performed in the office and consists of injections that create a stem cell response in the body, regenerating healthy tissue.
Frank completed a four-year fellowship in antiaging and regenerative medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. “In that field, we look at men’s and women’s hormones, metabolics, thyroid and lipid function, and offer more advanced testing than what’s commonly recognized by primary physicians,” he says. “Then we have solutions that do not solely require pharmaceutical intervention.”
As a practitioner that does not just stick to one specialty, Frank can combine his training in both conventional and alternative medicine to treat patients. “I have the best of both worlds,” he says. “I’ve practiced conventional medicine as a highly trained anesthesia specialist, but I’m also experienced in the alternative medicine world through prolotherapy, acupuncture, cupping, laser and these other techniques.”
When it comes to medicine, Frank doesn’t just stick to his own backyard. As founder of Global Mission Partners Inc., he’s traveled to more than 60 countries on six continents doing missionary work. He has active projects in Nepal, Mexico and Kenya. In the latter nation, he’s had much success treating malaria through non-pharmaceutical means, and his successful pilot program using biomagnetic pair therapy has treated typhoid fever in Kenyan villagers. Frank also penned a book, Travel Well, Naturally, aimed at helping U.S. citizens stay healthy through natural means while traveling abroad.
“What motivates me is that we really have opportunities to help people to get healthy and well, rather than just medicating illness, but we find that’s not easy to do in conventional medicine,” Frank says. “But through integrative medicine, which features the best of conventional and the best of alternative, we have lots of options, and people do get well.”
Bryan L. Frank, M.D., P.A., is located at 65 S. Saints Blvd., in Edmond. For more information, call 405-763-7603 or visit Re-GenesisHealth.com.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.