Gulf Coast Biologics



Peter Everts, Ph.D.

Dr. Everts received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Utrecht Medical School, titled: “Autologous Platelet Growth Factors: Autologous platelet-leukocyte enriched gel. Basics and efficacy.” (ISBN 13: 978-90-8590-016-0).
He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, book chapters on cardiac surgical subjects, and the last 10 years on platelet-rich plasma therapies, and other biological therapies.

Peter has been trained as a clinical perfusionist in the Netherlands in 1981. He was chief of the department of extracorporeal circulation technology at Catharina Hospital Eindhoven from 2000-2010, where he developed the first European department of Peri-Operative Blood Management, to provide biological cell therapies in order to prevent blood loss, stimulate natural wound healing, avoid infections in general, cardiac, orthopedic, plastic reconstructive, and spinal surgical procedures, and chronic complex wounds. Furthermore, he was a pioneer in using concentrated autologous plasma to produce autologous fibrin in different clinical applications to control postoperative hemostasis.  Dr. Everts was member of the steering group of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to develop guidelines and consensus for platelet rich plasma therapies in sports medicine for (professional) athletes.  Dr. Everts is the founder general director of the Dutch Da Vinci Clinic in The Netherlands. He developed integrated wound healing concepts, bridging the many needs for patients and health care providers, in order to organize adequate and state of the art chronic wound healing models

Currently, Peter is the Chief Scientific Officer at EmCyte Corporation, managing international scientific studies, peer-to-peer training and educational programs, developing clinical protocols with K.O.L.’s. Furthermore, he aims to development health care treatment pathways in regenerative medicine in the US and internationally.


Ronald Gardner, M.D.

Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1984. He works in Fort Myers, FL and 1 other location and specializes in Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Gardner is affiliated with Gulf Coast Medical Center and Lee Memorial Health Systems. Dr. Gardner did is postgraduate training at Orthopedic Surgery Residency Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Miami, Florida. He is diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and board certified American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is the founder and owner of Gardner Orthopedics in Ft. Myers. In his clinic, he is a frequent user of autologous biologics for tissue regeneration.


David Crane, M.D.

Dr. David Crane earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1995. After completing his residency in emergency medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, he pursued a dual fellowship program in emergency medicine and primary care sports medicine at Allegheny General Hospital (Duquesne University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  After completing his advanced fellowship training, Dr. Crane returned to Missouri in 2000, where he was a staff physician at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center. In 2005, he started his own practice, Crane Clinic Sports Medicine, and began focusing on regenerative therapies in orthopedics. David Crane subsequently founded Bluetail Regenerative Therapeutics in 2008, when he began utilizing Platelet-Rich Plasma and stem cell grafts with ultrasound guidance.  He has since taught regenerative therapeutics and the use of stem cell grafting techniques throughout the country to doctors from all over the world. He has extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and needle-guided therapies.  Dr. Crane is board certified in sports medicine and emergency medicine. When he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys competing in Ironman races, triathlons, and adventure racing.


Gerard A. Malanga, M.D.

Dr. Malanga is the Founder and Partner of New Jersey Sports Medicine, LLC and New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. He has served as Director of Pain Management at Overlook hospital and Director of Research of Atlantic Sports Health. He is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. and served as Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic from 1993-1996 and Director of Sport, Spine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Fellowship director at Kessler Institute from 1997-2004.  Dr. Malanga is a Diplomat of the American College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine; and board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is a Diplomat of American Board of Regenerative Medicine and Fellow of American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Malanga has expertise in the nonoperative treatment of a variety of orthopedic disorders including neck and back pain as well as shoulder, knee, and other sport medicine and musculoskeletal problems. His expertise includes EMG testing; spinal and joint injections, musculoskeletal ultrasound and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and bone marrow and adipose-derived stem cell treatments.


Annu Navani, M.D., Q.M.E.

Annu Navani, MD is the Founder and CEO of Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center, the leader in interventional and interdisciplinary spine and orthopedic care. She founded Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center in 2008 with the vision of bringing evidence-based, cutting-edge therapies to the community and since then has grown her office locations to Campbell, Fremont, Morgan Hill and Modesto where she offers conventional and regenerative medicine therapies along with her team of interdisciplinary medical providers. She takes pride in staying on the forefront of interventional orthopedic and spine procedures while serving as an international thought leader in Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Navani is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Division of Pain, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Navani completed her Anesthesiology residency from Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and fellowship in Pain Medicine from the University of California, Davis. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by American Board of Anesthesiology and in Interventional Pain by American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. She is board certified in Regenerative Medicine by American Board of Regenerative Medicine and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

She is widely published in the field of Regenerative Medicine and has contributed via several peer reviewed journal articles, visionary editorials and book chapters. She is well recognized as an eloquent speaker at both national and international platforms having shared her vision of future of biologics and tissue engineering in most continents. Her clinical and research activities involve spine and orthopedic biologics with special interest in application of biologic therapies for restoration of structure and function of disrupted discs.

She sits on the board of American Academy of Regenerative Medicine and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians as well as chairs the Regenerative Medicine Educational Programs of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. She is the member of Editorial board of the journal, Pain Physician as well as board member of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery and a Trustee and Past President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Association of Interventional Pain Physicians, The Exceptional Effort and Dedication award from The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin as well as The Honorable Mention Award from the Postgraduate assembly in Anesthesiology.


American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine


David Harrell

David Harrell, Ph.D.

Board President, American Academy of Regenerative Medicine
Chief Science Officer, Harrell Bioscience Consulting Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of Georgia


Wenchun Qu

Wenchun Qu, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., DABRM, FAARM

Board of Directors, AARM, ABRM
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota Fellow - Pain Medicine Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Resident - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Internship - Department of Medicine Nassau University Medical Center
Post Doctoral Fellowship - Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. - Occupational Science University of Southern California
MS - Biostatistics Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California


Shane Shapiro 

Shane Shapiro, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Mayo Center for Regenerative Medicine, 2005
Fellow - Sports Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2004
Resident Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine



Barbara Binzak-Blumenfeld, J.D., M.A., Ph.D.

AARM Regulatory Committee Chairwoman Shareholder, Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, PC Washington, D.C.
Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 2003, cum laude, Certificate in Health Law
Case Western Reserve University, M.A., 2003, Biomedical Ethics
Mayo Graduate School, Ph.D., 1999, Molecular Biology
Cardinal Stritch University, B.A., 1993, magna cum laude, Biology, Chemistry Minor