WHAT’S THE OKYANOS DIFFERENCE???
> GRETCHEN DEZELICK: At Okyanos, it’s our people that make the difference. We have an absolutely fabulous staff, a great group of doctors, we have a beautiful facility and we have a passion for what we do.
> DR. MATT STEIBEL: We take, at Okyanos, our patients on a case-by-case basis, so that means we go through all of the history and the physical with the patient. We go through all of the imaging files with the patient, and then we go through all of the patients goals and we decide at that time if stem cell therapy is right for each individual.
>> DR. NICOLAS CHRONOS: Okyanos has set up a system by which they want to involve the patient and their care giving team back in the U.S. or around the world. There are systems and case managers they can talk to and they can always talk to Okyanos physicians to assess the needs of their patients and the outcome of their patients.
>> DR. MARC PENN: Okyanos is unique in the medical tourism side of stem cell therapy. We focus on the quality of our stem cells and what stem cells we’re treating patients with. But we give equal time to defining the quality of the physicians we have and who’s ultimately treating the patient. You can have the greatest stem cell therapy in the world, if you don’t have excellent physicians delivering it the patient will not benefit.
>> DR. MIKE PRICE: At Okyanos, we use autologous cells which means we take your own cells from your fat. We then use an enzyme to digest that fat, let the cells that we want drop out. We collect those cells and then we put them back in your own body.
>>DR. PENN: we use an enzyme-derived product which allows us to free the stem cells from their matrix so they’re not bound up anymore in tissue. This allows the stem cells to be more active and more potent.
WHAT DEFINES EXCELLENCE?
>> DR. PRICE: Okyanos really stands alone in its excellence and mostly because we have a world class facility. The very basics are addressed: safety, cleanliness, sterility.
>>DR. VINCENT BURTON: The Okyanos team consists of world class nurses and other technicians, we have ultrasound sonographers, we have radiology technicians who assist us in various procedures and all of our staff have a good rapport with each other which is very important in the field of medicine.
>> DR. CHRONOS: It’s as good as anything in the U.S.—any hospitals in the U.S. – I work in the Cath lab, and their Cath lab is as good as our Cath labs at our hospitals.
>> DR. PHILIP SCHOETTLE: At Okyanos, we have a fully equipped orthopedic theater with the state-of-the-art arthroscopic tower. We can do everything from simple knee scopes up to ACL replacements, meniscus sutures, refixations. The theater possibilities we have at Okyanos are up-to-date compared to the rest of the world.
WHY THE BAHAMAS?
>> GRETCHEN DEZELICK: One of the advantages of being in the Bahamas is its close proximity to the United States, another is that it’s an English speaking country, and I think most importantly, is stem cell therapies in the Bahamas are regulated. There is a certain set of standards that are expected of all stem cell facilities in the Bahamas and they’re closely monitored.
>> DR. BART RADEMAKER: An important part in doing the right thing is to have that regulation, and have a plan in place to make sure that our processes are the best ones delivering the best results.
WHAT SETS OKYANOS APART?
>> DR. PENN: We’re committed to getting data at Okyanos on every patient we treat because we believe that learning who responds, what they respond to and how well they respond is critical for the field of stem cell therapy to move forward.
>> DR. CHRONOS: I’ve been involved in regenerative medicine for about 20 years, and it’s clear there’s an accelerating pace now. It’s really good to see that we can now start bringing this to patients.