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BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Dr. Donna Alderman is Medical Director of the Hemwall Centers for Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine with two offices in California,  and Co-Director of the Institute for Biocellular Regenerative Medicine in Montana.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, in Pomona, California.  She has been practicing Prolotherapy since 1995 and is a graduate of the First Annual Gustav A. Hemwall Prolotherapy Injection Seminar.  Dr. Alderman specializes in all types of Prolotherapy including Dextrose Prolotherapy,  Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy and Biocellular (Stem/Stromal) Prolotherapy. 

Dr. Alderman is a leading contributor in the advancement of Biocellular Regenerative Medicine, particularly in the area of musculoskeletal repair and regeneration.  She serves on the editorial board of Practical Pain Management and the Journal of Prolotherapy, and has written multiple peer-reviewed scientific and clinical papers and book contributions including the first published protocol for Biocellular Prolotherapy (Journal of Prolotherapy, August 2011).  Dr. Alderman lectures and teaches other physicians in these protocols.  She is also author of the popular book Free Yourself From Chronic Pain and Sports Injuries, Family Doctor Press, 2007.

Dr. Alderman is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine and a  member of the American Osteopathic Association and American Association of Orthopedic Medicine.



PIONEERS OF PROLOTHERAPY

 
    Dr. Alderman observing Dr. Hemwall.  1998

Dr. Alderman remembers her experience at the 1st Annual Gustav Hemwall Prolotherapy Injection Seminar in 1998: 

It was quite an event, held in the basement of a church in a small town in rural Illinois. Unfortunately, Dr. Hemwall died later that year so there were no more annual seminars.  I once asked Dr. Hemwall this question: "If Prolotherapy works so well, why don't more people know about it?", to which he answered, "Because it's too simple." And I'll always remember that.


The photo to the left and accompanying story below shows Dr. Alderman's drive and extraordinary efforts and how she seeks out resources beyond the "typical."  So much so that she has been recognized and rewarded several times throughout her career. 

Dr. Alderman was in a residency program at a small community hospital years ago, which at the time had no personal computers available for residents to use.  An elderly gentleman was brought into the ICU. He had stopped breathing and had a temperature of only 88 degrees. He was cold white and in a comma! On her own, Dr. Alderman used her personal laptop computer to access the Med-Line database and pharmacology references online, discovered what his problem was and the results saved the patient’s life.  She wrote up her story for Toshiba Mobility Magazine and was recognized and rewarded with a brand new computer.

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