Our Team at the SF Stem Cell Treatment Center

Our Team


Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz

Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz

Founder of SFSCTC & Anatara Medicine

Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine, and Fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he became Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Molecular Microbiology and led a research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of inflammation, autoimmunity, ischemia, heart transplantation rejection and congestive heart failure.

Over the past 15 years, he helped establish and lead innovative health care non-profit research and development organizations that have domestic and worldwide social impact. He was head of a 75-person research team at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation, working with over 100 leading heart surgery hospitals around the world, reducing adverse outcomes during and after heart surgery. Since 1999, he has been Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco, and Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for OneWorld Health, the first non-profit pharmaceutical company in the United States. He is President- Elect of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), one of the oldest Integrative Medicine societies in the US; Chairman of the Board of Directors for iRND3, (www.irnd3.org) an organization that discovers new medicines for rare and neglected diseases, and serves on the Board for PVRI, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute.

In 2010, he formed Anatara Medicine, based in San Francisco, a world-class integrative medicine team approach towards prevention and treatment of vascular, immunologic and difficult chronic diseases. He is also Founder of the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center. With his 37 years of experience in Medicine, Pathology and Immunology, Dr. Herskowitz is one of most senior academic, anti-aging and regenerative medicine doctors in the U.S.

Dr. Ann Lee

Dr. Ann Lee

Dr. Ann Lee attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California, where she did research and published papers in traumatic brain injury. Afterward, she accepted an academic position with Stanford Medical Center and was Attending of the Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at VA Palo Alto Health Care System where she cared for combat soldiers who suffered from blast injuries due to improvised explosive devices. Over the years, her practice focus has expanded from neurotrauma to include treatment of neuromuscular pain and chronic inflammatory disorders.

Despite her academic achievements, the more she learned about medicine as practiced in the conventional setting, the more she came to know of it’s limitations. Although she was fortunate to have helped many of her patients, she struggled with prescribing yet another opioid or performing injection after injection with limited results. Why do some patients improve while others wane? How are healthy people suddenly disabled from a seemingly innocuous injury?

Her great challenge came when her son fell ill and was put on antibiotics from which he developed severe side effects. After doing her own personal research into the microbiome, she was able to correct his condition, as well as several other maladies suffered by various members of her family. These ailments included high blood pressure, kidney stones, back pain, insomnia, headaches, acne, etc. She didn’t realize how sick she was herself until she started getting better!

Since beginning her journey into functional medicine, she has had the privilege of shadowing the clinics of leading functional medicine practitioners including Dr. Bill Barley M.D., Dr. Raj Patel M.D., and Chris Kresser, Lac.

Dr. Lee is excited and confident that health restoration is possible through a functional medicine approach, where the root causes of illnesses are addressed.

Honors and Academic Associations
Dr. Lee has recently received the Distinguished Doctor Designation© from the Expert Network which is only conferred upon the Top 3% of physicians in the U.S.

• American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Member
• Institute for Functional Medicine Member
• Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine Graduate
• America’s Top Physicians Certification 2017
• Distinguished Doctor Designation©

Dr. Irina Melnik

Dr. Irina Melnik

Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Melnik completed her internship in General Surgery and residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Stanford University Hospital, and fellowship training in interventional spine and pain in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Melnik specializes in interventional spinal procedures, pain management, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis/EMG, treatment of sports and work related injuries as well as regenerative and complementary medicine. Dr. Melnik has conductive collaborative research projects with and presented educational lectures to Stanford’s PM &R residents and Spine fellows. She has been a guest on several regional radio programs in California and Hawaii on the subject of interventional and regenerative treatment of back pain. She has co-authored several research articles and book chapters, including the latest submitted 2nd edition of “Decision Making in Spinal Care”, D. Anderson, A. Vaccaro, and a chapter on ‘Intradiscal Thermal Therapies’ in “Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain”, S. Dagenais, S. Haldeman, 2012.

Dr. Susan Lin

Dr. Susan Lin

Women’s Health & Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Susan F. Lin is a board certified obstetrics-gynecologic surgeon practicing woman’s health in the San Francisco Bay area for 23 years. Dr. Susan Lin graduated from Boston University School of Medicine Six Year Medical Program with a NIH Cancer Research Fellowship. She completed her postdoctoral training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Felix Rutledge Oncology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Galloway Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Susan Lin is board certified by American Board of OB/GYN, past fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. She is currently an Expert Reviewer for Medical Board of California and served as Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN for UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Lin owns and operates MD Laser & Cosmetics Center in San Mateo California. She is also the president of La Canada Venture Inc. holding the patent for lash and hair regeneration technology. She serves on board for McGovern Institute of Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Community Gatepath serving children and adults with disabilities.

Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Chau Nguyen

Dr. Chau Nguyen received his medical degree from the University of Saigon Medical School. He came to the US as a refugee in 1975, at which time he returned to residency training at San Mateo County General Hospital, and started his Internal Medicine family practice in San Jose in 1979.

Dr Nguyen enjoys caring for a wide variety of health issues and follows his patients through every stage of their lives. He strives to provide comprehensive care, cutting edge medical care, focusing on anti-aging and regenerative medicine, while collaborating with the only best sub-specialists available. He is the pioneer of the first Vietnamese refugee physicians and is very well respected in the medical community.

Angela Lee L.Ac

Angela Lee, L.Ac

Angela is a Licensed Acupuncturist for the state of California. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Samra University, as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Angela has a successful and longstanding practice, and has been providing acupuncture and health services in her office downtown since 1995. She is a 5th Level Instructor in South Shaolin Qi Gong, and has been practicing for over 25 years – she teaches at both UCSF and Kaiser. Her love for Qi Gong inspired her to understand the foundations of Chinese Medicine.

In her practice, Angela supplements her Chinese medicine studies with Orthopedic Acupuncture training from the American College of Orthopedic Acupuncture. She travelled to Beijing China to study at the Beijing Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology. Angela also studied under Dr. Richard Tan, OMD for 17 years in Qi Balancing Methods taught using the Mirror Image Method Acupuncture.

Angela treats an number of health issues such as neuropathy, pain, gastro intestinal disease, insomnia, chemo support, and emotional stress. She joins the team at Anatara Medicine to share her experience in Chinese Medicine.

Away from her private practice and teaching, Angela enjoys horseback riding, martial arts, playing the ukulele, and being with her family, which includes 5 humans, 2 dogs, 4 cats, and one horse.

Learn more about Angela in this article:
Saving Southern Shaolin: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qigong

“Dr. Herskowitz is a pathologist, internist, cardiologist, and immunologist, and therefore, his patients benefit from his wide range of knowledge and experience – he is one of a kind, and a modern maverick. The quality of care from Dr. Herskowitz and his entire staff, and last but not least, his nursing staff are stellar, highly skilled and compassionate.”
Thank you, Ricci C.

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