Meet Some Regional Wellness Experts

As everyone looks forward to creating healthy habits at the start of a new year, many people seek out the best health care programs and professionals they can find. For those particularly interested in experts who take extra care in dealing with patients and who spend time perfecting their portions of the health care industry, consider the following handful of specialists showcased here. 

Amanda Trudell, DO, MSCI
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician
Member of BJC Medical Group
On staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Practices at Town and Country Perinatology

Dr. Trudell fosters team-based health care approaches for women with high-risk pregnancies, in addition to optimizing the well-being of babies. Consequently, she gained robust experience in clinical research regarding stillbirth prediction and prevention, intrauterine growth restriction and non-invasive prenatal testing. 

“I’m passionate about contributing to the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality,” says the doctor who actively works with statewide leaders regarding this medical challenge.

She is dual board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also completed a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Washington University School of Medicine. She was appointed the director of program development for the maternal-fetal medicine program at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Additionally, she recently was awarded a Hollis Fellow award by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology District VII for excellence in mentorship and education, which enables her to advocate for women’s health on a regional level.

“As I look to the future of this specialty, I’m actively working with statewide leaders on the development of systems, such as telehealth, to bring services directly to women within their own communities,” Dr. Trudell says. “By bringing care directly to women, where they are, we can continue to provide the best outcomes for women and babies.”

Scott Mahlin, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
Clarkson Dental Group in Chesterfield

Compassion in every detail is the foundation and continued focus in patient care at Clarkson Dental Group. As the office’s owner, Dr. Mahlin, along with his dental staff, say they cater to patients who expect the highest quality of care delivered with a more personalized level of attention. They can assist with preventative, implant and cosmetic dental care in a pleasant and relaxed setting.

He says he especially enjoys working in the Chesterfield area, after growing up down the street where he attended Lafayette High School.  

He completed his bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Louis University and then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. He also completed a post-graduate IV Sedation Residency at the University of Alabama and attained Fellowships with the International Congress of Oral Implantology, Misch International Implant Institute Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Program and the Academy of General Dentistry.

“Clarkson Dental Group is a smaller dental practice, all by design, so we can treat every patient in an unhurried atmosphere and manner where we really take time to know you and your needs,” he says.  

Accommodating and considering patients’ apprehensions, the office provides in-office sedation to allow desired treatment to be gently achieved in a comfortable setting. Voted the Best Dentist in Chesterfield, Dr. Mahlin assures the Clarkson Dental Group team continues to aim for the optimal patient experience in all aspects of patient care both today and in the future.

Dr. Patricia Estrada
Doctor of Chiropractic
Logan University  

Dr. Estrada is a chiropractic specialist who graduated with honors from Logan College Of Chiropractic in 1999. She now serves as a full-time clinician at Logan University’s Montgomery Health Center in Chesterfield. She joined Logan in 2010 and is part of a clinical faculty group that oversees the training of Logan students, both in the classroom and in practice, as well as the care of patients. She also is bilingual and assists at community health center locations affiliated with Logan. 

“We’re known as spine specialists, yet Logan provides an umbrella of services that go beyond adjustments, from pediatric care and radiology services to sports and rehabilitation,” she says.

“In a model where we’re truly integrated by co-treating and referring our patients, it’s exciting to think about opportunities for collaboration and making a real difference in the lives of our patients.”

Dr. Estrada says Logan representatives in recent years have established partnerships and outreach programs with peers in health care: Mercy Hospital, Affinia Healthcare, CareSTL and various academic institutions, such as the University of Memphis and The University of Missouri.

As for 2019, she says Logan staffers will continue to provide evidence-informed chiropractic care and offer a multitude of tools at fully functioning health centers. Additionally, she says she appreciates being part of an academic institution that has created a culture of leadership by providing education and professional development opportunities for faculty and enriching experiences that challenge Logan’s students’ skill set and enhance their overall education.

Dr. Ian White
Chief Scientific Officer of IMAC Regeneration Centers
Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center

Dr. White is an expert in regenerative medicine with 20 years’ experience working with cardiovascular biology, tissue regeneration and stem cell biology. While most regenerative medicine companies don’t have a cellular research expert on staff, patients at Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center benefit from having access to Dr. White’s keen insight into avant-garde advances in stem cell treatments on individuals who suffer from neurological disorders and autoimmune issues. He says many local IMAC patients come to the center with orthopedic challenges and pain, but they also treat people who have had strokes, suffer from Parkinson’s disease neuropathy or complex autoimmune conditions.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Liverpool University, England, prior to being hired at Dartmouth College to study the genetics of gamete biology. In August 2000, Dr. White was recruited to Harvard University—where he co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts—to work with hematopoietic stem cells and immune cell biology under the mentorship of the world-renowned Dr. Laurie Glimcher.

Dr. White received his doctorate from the Ansary Stem Cell Institute of Cornell University under the guidance of Dr. Shahin Rafii. During this time, he developed an in vitro method for culture expanding autologous stem cells in an artificial vascular niche for the treatment of cancer patients who have undergone bone marrow ablation following chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This technology since was commercialized by Cornell University and was described in several co-authored manuscripts and research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

“I’m very excited to be part of IMAC and utilize my research to further the treatments IMAC has to offer patients without the use of opioids or surgery,” he says.

Dr. White also is the founder and president of BioFirma and was recently elected to chair the Scientific Committee for the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians.

This health care leader fits well with the local IMAC team because Ozzie Smith always says, “the most important thing about St. Louis is the people.” Dovetailing with that concept is Dr. White’s goal to reverse disease and improve wellness, rather than simply medicating symptoms.

Richard Maack, MD, FACS 
Plastic Surgeon 
Synergi Med Spa

Dr. Maack opened a state-of-the-art facial surgery office in Chesterfield Valley 13 years ago after practicing for 14 years at St. Luke’s Hospital. His plastic surgery practice adjoins Synergi MedSpa off Baxter Road. 

He says he artistically and compassionately treats aging faces with surgical enhancements, such as face, brow and neck lifts and eyelid surgery. He also offers cosmetic injections, such as Botox and facial fillers to provide patients with a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

Dr. Maack holds a degree from The University of Maryland and completed his residency through Washington University. He is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist.

“Every enhancement procedure should mirror the complexity, emotion and individuality that’s unique to each person’s face,” he says.

He says he’s enthused to be the only practice in St. Louis to offer “the ultimate solution to body contouring” by combining Coolsculpting with the latest medical advancement, Emsculpt, to build muscle with permanently burning fat.