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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


An Adventure in Healing

Dec 31, 2012 03:26PM

"Life has always been an adventure," says Constantine A. Kotsanis, M.D., which may be a bit of an understatement. Born in Greece, he emigrated to Chicago as a teen, obtained a BS degree at Northern Illinois University, a medical degree in Athens, Greece, and completed his residency at Loyola University, in Illinois. After moving to Texas in 1983 and opening his practice, he became affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor Regional Medical Center.


In addition to being a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (his specialty), Kotsanis is also certified in clinical nutrition and is a founding member of Defeat Autism Now. His professional memberships extend to the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, along with special training in medical acupuncture and homeopathy.


“I began my medical career quite conventionally,” he explains, “but some years after beginning medical practice, I began to experience health problems. Extensive testing revealed nothing, but I was in pain, fatigued and experiencing severe gastrointestinal issues.”


Kotsanis says the experience taught him to look for answers in less conventional places. His extensive (pre-Internet) research and study eventually led to a private practice that included the integrative treatment of autism, anti-aging medicine, cancer therapies, oral and IV nutrition and oxidative therapy.


Today, the Kotsanis Institute, in Grapevine, Texas, is an outgrowth of the doctor's wide-ranging interests and areas of expertise and research. “I wanted to combine traditional medicine with functional medicine and nutrition, so I put together a team that operates more like a family to listen, investigate personal histories and look into genetics, environment, lifestyle and diet,” he says. “Then together, we develop a strategy to find root causes of an illness or chronic condition and optimize a patient's health, wellness and anti-aging process.”


Kotsanis lectures to professionals on insulin potentiation therapy, researches medical treatments of autism spectrum disorders, continues his nutritional assessment studies and is always testing new ideas. “A certain degree of skepticism should always exist to balance the enthusiasm that may come with an idea that sounds too good to be true,” he cautions.


“At Kotsanis Institute, we ask a lot of questions, do original research in-house, and test new ideas before offering them to patients. We continue to do clinical trials in-house under investigational review board guidelines. These studies have brought important findings that are then shared with other health professionals. In addition, our contribution to our local community includes interns who spend time learning and doing projects in our institute. These range from short, high-school projects to lengthy, one-year studies at the postgraduate level.”


The work of the Institute is to blend the relatively new findings of modern, conventional medicine with age-old, time-tested older disciplines in order to craft unique treatments for each person.


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