I finished the classroom portion of my Medical Assisting program in December of 2018 and was excited to get started on the clinical part. I honestly didn’t have any strong feelings towards one particular specialty, but there were a few that I liked more than others, with urgent care and OB/GYN being two of them. I initially got placed at an urgent care facility that I didn’t feel was a good fit for me professionally. I was then placed with Dr. Altizer’s previous stem cell and regenerative therapies clinic before NeoGenix. Stem cell therapy can seem intimidating because it’s a relatively new field, and it’s not a specialty that is routinely offered to us at clinical time. Before I came to do my externship with Dr. Altizer, I hadn’t heard a lot about stem cells. I’d heard things about their use for bladder reconstruction because stem cells have the incredible ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells.
In some cases, they can also repair damaged tissue. NeoGenix stem cells focuses on joint pain that may or may not be caused by osteoarthritis and soft tissue injuries. There are so many things to learn about stem cells and regenerative medicine because it is an ever-evolving field; every day, scientists and researchers are learning more and refining methods. I feel NeoGenix stays on the cutting edge because we’re always learning new ways to update our stem cell and growth factor protocols with the latest research. There’s also the opportunity to see a patient from initial intake to post-procedure follow up and feel like you’re making a difference in their quality of life, seeing them improve over time. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing someone who came into their first appointment in a lot of pain, progressively get better, and then eventually become pain free.
Medical assistants entering this specialty are entering a multi-disciplinary field where they can use so many of their learned skills. Not only are you performing necessary skills such as patient rooming and intake, but you’re also performing blood draws, specimen processing, lab procedures, setting up and maintaining sterile fields, and assisting the physician in the joint and or soft tissue injections.
I also love all the different types of stem cell and growth factor options NeoGenix has to offer. I get to assist with amazing procedures like removing one marrow and adipose tissue stem cells from the patient’s body and processing Wharton’s Jelly growth factors from the cryo-freeze tank.
Click here to see all of the different treatment options NeoGenix Charlotte has to offer. I can only see the future for medical assistants in this field being extremely bright as new advancements in stem cell therapy are continually being made. Our field will continue to grow as it becomes more and more mainstream. If this is a specialty you’re considering as a new medical assistant, don’t be afraid to be open-minded. I’m so glad I was!
Dr. James Altizer has been performing stem cell therapy treatments in North Carolina since January of 2016. Dr. Altizer received expert training from recognized leaders in the regenerative medicine field, including training on bone marrow aspiration with Duke University-affiliated physicians. He has performed thousands of stem cell and growth factor procedures, more than any other medical doctor in the Carolinas.