About Tutera Medical
Tutera Medical is based on achieving physiologic hormone balance – something research has shown is vital to good health and well-being. Tutera Medical holds its standards of care in the same manner as its founder, Dr. Gino Tutera, held. He always put patients first with compassion and understanding. He wanted everyone to age gracefully, not old while utilizing the best treatment for a healthy body from the inside out utilizing pellet therapy.
Meet the Bioidentical Hormones Experts at Tutera Medical
- Stuart Fowler, M.D.
Stuart Fowler, M.D. has evaluated nearly 50,000 women during his career as a gynecologist specializing in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Mayo Clinic. He was one of the first to introduce bio-identical estrogen for women in the Phoenix area. Over most of his 26 years of affiliation with Mayo Clinic, Dr. Fowler and Dr. Gino Tutera shared many mutual patients. The excellent efficacy of subcutaneous pellet therapy especially with regards to the use of testosterone became very evident compared to the other routes of delivery.
Dr. Fowler was asked to join Tutera Medical after his retirement from the Mayo Clinic in the spring of 2013; his acceptance of the position speaks of his testimony as to the value and quality of the SottoPelle® Method and the Tutera Medical organization.
Dr. Fowler is a board certified gynecologist that has presented numerous lectures on Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone Supplementation for Women and the Use of Progestins, Side Effects and Alternatives to local, national and international audiences. He developed and holds the US Patent for the EndoCurette used in office sampling of the uterine lining. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD). He has been nominated to the America’s Top Gynecologists (CRCA) and the Best Doctors of America (BDP&RD).
- Steve Nunn, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Stephen Nunn, brings to Tutera Medical a wealth of expertise that includes 37 years of continuous experience as a clinical PA. For 22 of those years, he worked exclusively in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and infertility. He has been involved in several cutting-edge areas of medicine including being a part of the first successful In Vitro Fertilization program in Arizona.
Other aspects of his career have been dedicated to family practice, urgent and emergency care, surgical assisting and on-call services, as well as clinical and consumer product research.
In addition, he brings 11 years of experience in academic medicine from the Arizona School of Health Sciences PA Program where he was a clinical instructor teaching the Ob/GYN course and a postgraduate course in “Physician Assistant Professional Practice Issues.” His professional service background includes having held several state and national leadership positions, Vice Chairman of the Arizona Joint Board on the Regulation of Physician Assistants and speaker at several state and national PA conferences.
He earned the designation as a “Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants” (DFAAAPA) in 2010 He is a well-versed medical professional in Ob/GYN and hormone diagnostics and procedures.
- Vanessa Dean, NMD
Vanessa Dean, NMD is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of Arizona. She completed her medical training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.
Dr. Dean’s professional endeavors as a Naturopathic Doctor lie closely with her personal passions for lifelong health and vitality. Her passion for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy led her to Tutera Medical, where she will continue to help patients reach optimum health and prevent disease.
Prior to working with Tutera Medical, Dr. Dean spent the majority of her medical career focused on General Family Medicine, Minor Surgery and Endocrinology. She has helped countless patients regain their health through an integrative approach, aiming to build strategies for lifelong health.
- Jeffrey Dean, NMD
Jeffrey Dean, NMD, is a licensed Naturopathic Physician. He has specialized knowledge in clinical nutrition, IV therapies, and 8 years experience using Bioidentical Hormone therapies. He received his medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM), where he was the representative for Pure Encapsulations, one of the most respected providers in clinical nutrition. He is currently a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and certified by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) in BHRT.
Dr. Dean utilizes a functional and educational medical approach which uncovers imbalances and treats the cause. He has developed personalized wellness plans by really listening to his patients, coupled with diagnostic exams and laboratory tests. Specific diet and lifestyle recommendations are made along with targeted nutrient supplementation, herbal or homeopathic prescriptions, and/or bioidentical hormone replacement. His primary goals are to facilitate patients to restore energy, vitality and quality of life.
- Mel Schottenstein, NMD
Mel Schottenstein, NMD earned her Naturopathic Medical Degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Dr. Mel completed training in Regenerative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Medical Aesthetics, BHRT, Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Environmental Medicine, and IV Therapy.
Post-graduation, Dr. Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program as well as a Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine. She received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute and became certified as a Wahls Protocol Health Professional (The only certified provider in AZ).
Dr. Mel completed the post-graduate certification as a Swiss Biological Medicine Provider from the Swiss Biological Medicine organization. Her training at Swiss Biomed concluded with a one-on-one internship with Dr. Thomas Rau in Switzerland. While in Europe, Dr. Mel received training in the use of the Weber Endolaser for intraarticular/ intravenous/interstitial/topical applications directly from the inventor, and founder of ISLA, Dr. Michael Weber. In addition, Dr. Mel studied PRGF-Endoret therapies at the Biotechnology Institute (BTI) in Bilbao, Spain, where PRGF was developed and patented by Dr. Eduardo Anitua, who was the founder of BTI.
Dr. Mel received additional training in PRP at the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics and became certified in all Vampire Therapies. She recently completed the Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship from the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). She is currently completing the A4M Stem Cell Therapy Fellowship and Peptide Therapy Certification.
- Rhia Whisler, FNP
Rhia Whisler, FNP is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, having attended Grand Canyon University for both her Master of Science in Nursing with emphasis in Healthcare Leadership in Healthcare Systems, and postmaster Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. Her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing was received through Arizona State University in 2004. She has been working in the healthcare field since 1999 with extensive background in flight medicine, critical care, emergency department, surgery, and various other settings.
Hormonal balance has played an integral part in her personal wellness experience, she strives to assist her patients in their individual journey to live their best, healthy lifestyle. A passion for wellness led her into medical aesthetics where she became certified in 2013, training at both the National Laser Institute and Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics. Skin rejuvenation with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of her preferred modalities to assist patients in the anti-aging realm.
Having witnessed multiple patient’s profound improvement with Peptide Therapy has led her down the path to further studying Peptide Therapy and IV Nutrition, through the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG).