Dr. Steven Petteruti is a second generation family physician. After graduating from Tufts University, he enrolled in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and upon graduation completed his training in family medicine at Martin Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir Georgia. After serving in the Army for seven years, he opened up a private practice in Rhode Island.
However, he soon realized that practicing high-quality, standard of care family medicine did not meet the needs of many of his patients.
In order to treat his patients with obesity, Dr. Petteruti became board-certified in obesity medicine. The success he had in treating Obesity inspired him to address aging as another condition overlooked by conventional medicine, but essential to patient health. Seeking the highest and best training in antiaging medicine, Dr. Petteruti became board certified by the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine.
He then became certified in Chelation Therapy, as well as different techniques of facial anti-aging.
By combining all of his anti-aging experience and knowledge, he can comprehensively address patient's anti-aging needs while supporting their best health, and leading them to their most energized quality of life.
What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you do so?
In order to live their youngest and longest life, patients must live at their ideal percent body fat. All of our patients undergo a body analysis. We then create a program to help them achieve and maintain their best percent body fat without losing muscle mass
At some point in every individual‘s life span, hormone replacement therapy will be needed or they will suffer adverse consequences. We see hormone replacement therapy as an essential need. We believe the best time to begin hormone therapy is when symptoms become apparent, or by age 50 in women, and no later than 60 in men in order to support general health.
In addition to supplying the body with the things that it needs to stay young, we strongly advocate regular, intermittent intravenous Chelation Therapy to remove heavy metals which are toxic to the brain, heart, arteries and can increase the risk of cancer. We also provide IV micro-nutrient support to prevent degradation of mitochondria and maintain cellular health.
Finally, we encourage individuals to create a plan for facial anti-aging. This approach varies depending on patient skin type, patient philosophy, and their natural aging tendencies.
By looking at all these different aspects of aging, and creating a plan that reflects the patient’s greatest needs, every individual can live their best anti-aging lifestyle.
What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine?
As a family doctor it is much more satisfying to proactively support my patient’s health, rather than just wait for them to become ill and attempt to intervene.
I have come to appreciate that health is far more than just the absence of disease. It is also the presence of robust vitality. Things that many doctors consider to be “normal“ aging, we are now able to address as modifiable events.
I believe that to fully practice anti-aging medicine, one must separate from insurance reimbursed medicine. The time constraints are too narrow, and the limitations on the practice are too great to enable the full spectrum of anti-aging therapy to be administered. By moving out of the insurance reimbursement model, more time can be spent on patient care, research, and keeping up to date, rather than pursuing reimbursement through insurance forms.
What are the changes you see in your patients?
Nothing short of stunning revitalization. When patients start to realize that conditions that have dragged them down for years can be remedied, they are full of hope, optimism, and happiness.
Why would you recommend anti-aging medicine to your peers?
For the right clinician, unafraid of departing from conventional medicines comfort zone, anti-aging medicine can give them the opportunity to have a life-changing impact on the lives of their patients.
Where do you see the future of anti-aging medicine 20 years from now?
We will have discovered some of the cellular mechanisms of aging. We will be able to address Telomere degradation, and extend cellular life, and the human lifespan. Those who have invested in their anti-aging health will have the foundation of good health to take advantage of these advances. There will be a growing divide between those who have actively incorporated advanced anti-aging into their lifestyle, and those who have not. We will see a "tiered effect" of aging and longevity. I believe that those actively practicing anti-aging medicine will outlive the standard lifespan significantly, and enjoy greater health and vitality. This will be both exciting, and challenging to the socioeconomic balance of society.