Regenerative Health Providers and Physicians

The regenerative health providers at QC Kinetix are highly trained doctors and physician assistants who are board certified in sports medicine, orthopedic medicine and surgery, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and pain management. Each took their own path to discover the power of regenerative medicine to alleviate pain for their patients. We’re proud to work with these compassionate and skilled healers at the QC Kinetix regenerative health centers nationwide

Non-Invasive Surgical Alternative

Some causes of persistent musculoskeletal pain must be resolved through surgery. When we see cases like this, our regenerative health providers let our patients know their best course of action resides with a surgeon. But surgery is often not the only option or the best solution for many patients. Many of our physicians have seen patients undergo surgery only to compound their initial pain. Our minimally invasive, nonsurgical regenerative treatments for joint pain harness the enormous power of the human body to repair and renew itself. In this way, we go to the source of the pain to resolve it naturally. 

Many of our physicians and regenerative health providers began their careers in sports medicine. Working with professional athletes to mend broken bones and repair torn ligaments and tendons is highly rewarding. But too often, professional athletes and weekend warriors push themselves to return to the activities they love before they have fully healed from surgery. 

Unfortunately, orthopedic surgery often does as much or more damage to the body than the injury it seeks to repair. So a lengthy and painful recovery period is necessary. Regenerative medicine is an entirely different approach that enlists the body’s abilities to heal and repair its damaged tissues. 

Pain-Free Without Pills

Some of our regenerative health physicians have spent years combatting repeated opioid prescriptions and the resulting opioid addictions. It is so difficult for a doctor to gaze into the pain-filled eyes of their patients and refuse to help. But this understandable compassion has led to the nightmare of opioid abuse. 

So, rather than masking their patients’ pain temporarily, which invites reinjury, these physicians found their way to regenerative medicine instead. They can now provide their patients with genuine pain relief through natural biologic treatments that alleviate low back painelbow painknee pain, and more.

Even steroids are not the cure-all some doctors make them out to be. Although oral and injected steroids relieve inflammation, they have the potential for some pretty nasty side effects. And the injection of steroids can break down cartilage at the injection site, which leads to more pain. Our regenerative health providers with a background in pain management provide natural treatments that repair and resolve pain without compounding it with additional stress and toxic side effects.

Challenging the Idea That Pain Is Inevitable

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The QC Kinetix Concierge Medicine Approach

Have you ever been made to feel like an inconvenience at your doctor’s office? Ever been rushed in and out without the chance to ask your questions or feel heard? We understand. That won’t happen here. 

Despite their disparate backgrounds, all our regenerative health providers have embraced the QC Kinetix concierge approach to medicine. We never forget the human being who has the painful condition we are asked to address. We will always treat you with care and compassion while working to alleviate your pain. Learn what our patients are saying about their QC Kinetix experience.

Medical Management Team

Dr. Justin Michael Garzone, DO, FACP, FACOI, FHM

Dr. Garzone is board certified in Internal Medicine and graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed internship and residency through Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Prior to medical school, Dr. Garzone completed a biology degree at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

Dr. Garzone’s experience includes: general internal medicine, critical care medicine, hospitalist medicine, geriatrics, opioid addiction treatment, chronic pain management, hospice and palliative care. His practice settings include: inpatient, outpatient, long-term care and post-acute care. He has held several medical directorship roles and has received a Physician of Excellence Award. He is a member of the ASRM, AOA, AMA, ACP, ACOI, SCMA, AAPL, SHM, ACHE and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Internists and Society of Hospital Medicine.

He is certified in hair restoration and has performed hundreds of bone marrow aspirations and joint injections. He has supervised many Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants throughout his career. He enjoys being a regenerative medicine instructor and teaches the bone marrow aspiration procedure and joint injections to other medical providers.

Marc Difronzo, MMS, PA-C

Marc was born on Long Island, NY but grew up in Charleston, SC and received his B.S. in Exercise Science from College of Charleston. He has a total of 16 years of military service between active Special Operations and the South Carolina Army National Guard with a total of 6 deployments. Becoming a Physician Assistant was his dream job as he had an extensive medical background as a Ranger First Responder / EMT and Emergency Room Technician before being accepted to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Marc graduated with his Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina in 2017 and moved back to his favorite city shortly thereafter to start his career.

Marc’s interest in regenerative medicine originated with his own journey to seek different treatment options for his own musculoskeletal issues. In addition, while working at a Post-Acute Care facility, he saw the limited treatment options for patients, who were usually overusing narcotics and NSAIDs, ultimately leading to dependency and other medical problems.

Marc’s goal is to promote a minimally invasive and clinically beneficial option to people that will give them the best possible opportunity to live their life to the fullest. He also finds inspiration in the words of Patch Adams, M.D. who said, “The purpose of a doctor or any human in general should not be to simply delay the death of the patient, but to increase the person’s quality of life,” and, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose.  You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”  Marc looks forward to treating you as a person at QC Kinetix, with the goal of improving your quality of life.

Clara Caughel, MMS, PA-C

Clara is a board-certified Physician Assistant. After graduating with highest honors from Nova Southeastern University, Clara completed a residency specialty in emergency medicine at Florida Hospital. It was her time in the Emergency Department where she witnessed the over-use of narcotic pain medication, steroids, and other temporary quick fixes when she decided to explore alternative methods to help people achieve their goals of living a pain free life. Clara is passionate about providing a healthier, minimally invasive, and safe way towards treating a patient’s pain. She wants to educate her patients that throwing quick fixes and toxic medications at chronic symptoms is not an effective long-term solution. Her goal is to help her patients restore their daily function and overall quality of life. Being the wife of a former professional baseball player, Clara has seen first hand how regenerative medicine can keep people out of the operating room and “on the field” doing what they love every day. It is her mission to do the same for her patients at QC Kinetix.

After witnessing QC Kinetix’s impressive cutting-edge regenerative medicine therapy, she decided to join the team. She is extremely proud of the high standards of the QC Kinetix Code of Ethics with regard to patient education, treatment eligibility, and quality of care.

Born and raised in Florida, Clara, her husband Lindsey, and baby daughter Kennedy recently moved to Asheville where they are all enjoying the cooler weather, mountain views, and relaxed lifestyle.

Lindsey Hess, MMS, PA-C

Lindsey is a recent Michigan transplant who fell in love with the Southeast during her time at South College in Knoxville, TN. After completing her Masters and becoming a board-certified Physician Assistant, Lindsey wanted to stay in the South where she could enjoy a much more forgiving climate than her home state has to offer. While she’ll never lose any love for her Michigan Wolverines, she has certainly grown accustomed to all the great and beautiful things the South has to offer. Lindsey is now calling Greenville, SC home and when she’s not treating patients, you can almost always catch her with her dogs Nellie and Olive, either at the park, on the water, or in the mountains.

Lindsey was first exposed to regenerative medicine during her Orthopedic Surgery rotation during her training.  She saw the impact these innovative therapies had on improving both pain control and over all  disease progression.  Having observed the overuse of steroids and pain medication on her rotations in school, she decided that she would focus on providing effective, long-term pain management without medications to help patients achieve their desired quality of life. She is excited to continue to learn and provide patient-centered care in this revolutionary field alongside the experienced and passionate medical professionals at QC Kinetix.

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