Our member of the week blog introduces you to our fellow level members, showcasing their unique work and commitment to IOF. We feature different fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Interventional Orthopedics.

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Get to know Dr. Todd Alea

Practice Website: http://www.sflstemcell.com

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IOF is based in Colorado, so as the snow comes down this week, we are very jealous of sunny South Florida where our next Member of the Week, Dr. Todd Alea, was raised and currently practices. 

After finishing his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Alea chose to seek an additional year of training and become Board Certified in the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine at the Indiana University Medical School/IUPUI in Indianapolis Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Alea has been practicing minimally invasive interventional pain management since 2003. He then relocated back to south Florida to rejoin his family and start his career in private practice.

When he isn’t treating patients, Dr. Alea enjoys multiple athletic activities and anything outdoors, including boating and fishing. He enjoyed playing amateur baseball at a high level until the age of 40. His athletic career caused excessive wear and tear on his body, causing multiple injuries and chronic degenerative changes.

A firm believer in the power of regenerative medicine, Dr. Alea employs many of the same treatments on himself as he recommends for his patients. He got his start performing regenerative orthopedic procedures on himself after a chronically painful knee even one year after arthroscopic meniscectomy.  Dr. Alea experienced immediate benefit and has since treated his other ailing body parts such as lumbar and cervical spine.


Q&A with Dr. Alea

IOF: How has IOF impacted you the most?

Dr. Alea: I really enjoy attending IOF’s annual conference. The flexible format and knowledgeable speakers make the conference eye-opening and stimulating. 

IOF: Who are your biggest mentors in regenerative medicine & why?

Dr. Alea: Dr. Centeno has been an incredible mentor to me. I met him at a conference and it changed my practice. 

IOF: What do you treat most frequently with regenerative medicine?

Dr. Alea: I most frequently treat musculoskeletal injuries, including spine and knees. 

IOF: What do you most look forward to when attending an IOF event? 

Dr. Alea: Besides the lectures, the skiing is always great too!