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Meet Dr Gary Donovitz: BHRT Trailblazer and Physician Entrepreneur Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Thursday, 01 August 2019 12:51

It's a quiet mid-summer evening in Ft. Lauderdale and twenty or so healthcare professionals are gathered in a posh private dining room at Timpano Italian Chop House on Las Olas. The restaurant offers a cool respite from the sweltering heat as well as the usual upscale comfort food. But that's not why we are here. The audience is here to listen to Dr. Gary Donovitz, a medical doctor with a specialty in OB/GYN and founder of BioTE Medical, a provider of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help solve hormone imbalances in both women and men. Based in Arlington, Texas, BioTE Medical's provider network exceeds 3,000 throughout the U.S. Dr. Donovitz, or Dr. D as he is affectionately known by colleagues, is also the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book AGE Healthier Live HAPPIER.

Dr. D arrives a little late and almost immediately starts his presentation. Fit, charming and assertive, he immediately impresses the mostly physician audience. BHRT is controversial and Dr. D addresses that head on. First, he points out that the bioidentical hormones (harvested from yams) that he recommends are not the synthetic animal-sourced hormones of the 1990s. Further, according to Dr. D, BioTE's pellet insertion method is vastly superior to creams, pills, patches and other delivery systems. He then goes on to debunk the critics who question the efficacy and safety of his BHRT program. He is eloquent, persuasive and has all of his extensive data memorized. "The slideshow is for the audience. I never look at the slides," he states. Any notion that Dr. D is a conventional physician evaporates early on when he tells the audience "I don't mind if you prescribe statins to your patients as long as you don't mind the elevated risk of osteoporosis, myopathy and metabolic syndrome associated with long-term statin use." After determining there are no cardiologists in the room (at least no one who would admit it!), Dr. D points out that "statins do not improve cardiovascular outcomes in individuals with elevated cholesterol who have not a had a heart attack or stroke." There were no objections from the audience, and one got the definite impression that Dr. D was hoping someone would speak out so he could continue to spar. He then re-focuses and, in painstaking detail, lays out his case for BHRT. His message is simple: Not only are bioidentical hormones safe, they improve quality of life and potentially extend it.

Untainted by the Big Pharma juggernaut, bioidentical hormones are created in compounding pharmacies and sourced from plants. They have been around since the 1930's and are embraced by alternative medicine providers but viewed skeptically among many conventional medical doctors. "Our goal is for BHRT to go mainstream,'' states Dr. D flatly. "We've done procedures on over a million patients and the establishment can't deny the positive results forever."

Dr. Donovitz started his career in the typical way. He states that, after finishing medical school at the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio in 1980 and completing training, "I delivered a lot of babies." Before long, he grew interested in improving the quality of life of his patients and was intrigued by the potential offered by BHRT. He opened the Institute for Hormonal Balance in Arlington, Texas in 1985. After observing the results of BHRT first-hand, he saw the potential to grow the business beyond his Texas based practice. "I realized that if I scaled this business up, I had an opportunity to improve the lives of thousands," he asserts. He also saw a chance to apply his passion to teach and train other physicians eager to improve the quality of life for their patients. "Despite the fact that 'medical' is in our name, we are not a medical company," Dr. D states. "We are a consumer company." The company turns away BioTE provider applicants who are not in it for the right reason. "Yes, you can make money as a BioTE provider but, if that's your primary motivation, we don't want you," he states. For BioTE Medical, it's all about the patient and their quality of life.

Today, Dr. Donovitz stays busy running the Institute with his daughter Mandy Donovitz Cotten, Family Nurse Practitioner. He travels frequently for BioTE to lead training and education programs and constantly corresponds with the various medical societies to challenge their negative views of BHRT. He's got a CEO to manage day to day operations so he can concentrate on the things he loves. "A smart entrepreneur avoids the founder's trap," he asserts. "This is a billion-dollar company and I am not a billion-dollar company CEO." BioTE's central tenet is that hormone balance offers a genuine opportunity for people to have more successful careers, better relationships, and more productivity through the seasons of their lives. The skeptics are still out there but Dr. D's mission is to convince the naysayers one at a time.

BHRT is credited with the following outcomes:
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased sex drive
  • Less hair thinning
  • Reduced hot flashes
  • Less dry skin
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced bloating
  • Better thinking and memory
That's a pretty impressive list for a natural, affordable remedy. This author has no doubt that the BHRT skeptics would be delighted to be proven wrong.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2019 13:36
 


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