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CHESTERFIELD, MO – Bluetail Medical Group has announced that Sports Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedic Specialist Luga Podesta, M.D. has joined its team and will spearhead its new office in Naples, FL, located at 1201 Piper Boulevard, Suite 24.

Dr. Podesta is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine. He brings with him nearly 30 years of experience and is a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine.

Prior to joining Bluetail Medical Group, Dr. Podesta served as the director of sports medicine at St. Charles Orthopedics in Port Jefferson, NY.

Dr. Podesta served as the medical director and head team physician for the Los Angeles Kiss (Arena Football League) and as team physician for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also served as head team physician for the World Champion LA Xtreme (XFL), the Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football League), the Los Angeles Riptide Major League Lacrosse, Oxnard College, Suffolk College and as team physician for Loyola Marymount University. Past medical consultant roles have included the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic, as a sports performance consultant to Cirque Du Soleil-Iris. the Los Angeles Lakers and as a training camp consultant to the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.

Dr. Podesta received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College and earned his Medical Degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara and New York Medical College. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of NYC and post doctorate Sports Medicine fellowships at the Staten Island Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Staten Island, NY, and at the world renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. He is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Podesta is a dedicated educator, clinician and researcher. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of PM&R and Sports Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Podesta lectures nationally and internationally on topics specific to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries in the throwing athlete; on-field management of sports-related spine injuries, biologic cell based therapies and regenerative medicine. He has authored numerous textbook chapters, research journal articles and instructional videos.

Dr. Podesta is a respected member of numerous medical societies including the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine, covering health-related topics specific to drummers, percussionists and performing artists and U.S. News and World Report.

For more information or to make an appointment at Bluetail Medical Group’s Naples office, please call (239) 631-1960 or visit


CHESTERFIELD, MO – Bluetail Medical Group has announced that Sports Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedic Specialist Chris Wolf, D.O., has joined its team. Dr. Wolf is practicing at Bluetail’s Chesterfield office located in the Valley Medical Building
at 17300 N. Outer 40 Road, Suite 201.

Dr. Wolf specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries by utilizing diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections, and regenerative procedures. He is highly trained in osteopathic manipulative treatment and utilizes it as a part of the treatment plan for many musculoskeletal injuries including back, pelvic, and pregnancy-related pain. Dr. Wolf’s training as a rehabilitation physician helps him formulate a comprehensive plan to guide patients to optimum health.

Prior to joining Bluetail Medical Group, Dr. Wolf served as an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri where he directed the care of the Brain Injury and Concussion program. He frequently speaks as a guest speaker and teaches at continuing medical education programs across the country.

After receiving his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Chris Wolf completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Wolf is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and subspecialty boarded in Brain Injury Medicine. He also has completed a teaching fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Dr. Wolf has authored numerous textbook chapters, research journal articles and abstracts. He is also a member of numerous medical societies including the American Academy of Osteopathy, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Health Policy & Legislation Committee, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Association, Brain Injury Association of Missouri, President of the Central Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Missouri Association for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Missouri State Medical Association, St. Louis Institute of Integrative Medicine and St. Louis Physician Alliance.



July 12, 2016
Bluetail and Dr Oliver are mentioned in a St. Louis Bulletin
Regenerative Medicine
Paula Goers-Parish Nurse
What is Stem Cell Therapy? How has it worked for me?

Some of you may be aware that shortly after I started working at Atonement I began having increased knee pain due to deterioration of the cartilage in the knee joint. The suggested treatment was cortisone injections to relieve the pain until it became severe enough to require a knee replacement. So when it started to interfere with my daily activities I scheduled surgery.

A few week later I discovered that several people I knew were having similar difficulties, but instead of having a replacement they chose a treatment called Stem Cell Therapy. Having prayed about my decision, I believe God directed me to investigate this procedure. After being evaluated by Dr. Kristin Oliver at the BlueTail Medical Group in Chesterfield, Missouri, I determined that this therapy was a viable option and certainly less invasive.

Since my therapy last October, I have continued to improve and now I am no longer taking my routine pain medication. I estimate my pain level is about 75 percent better and expect that it will continue to improve in the months ahead.

Stem cells have regenerative power; when they are injected into an area that needs healing, your body’s natural response is to accelerate the process and repair the damage. It is a non-surgical procedure involving the extraction and injection of your own naturally occurring stem cells.

Stem cell therapy has successfully treated a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including soft tissue injuries involving tendons and ligaments. Medical personnel have also used stem cells to treat rotator cuff tears, knee arthritis, back pain, and more. Sometime, they will use stem cells in conjunction with PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections to treat advanced joint damage. Several people have inquired about this procedure and have asked how I am. Thankfully, I can report that I have had very good success and continue to improve. If you have any questions regarding Stem Cell Therapy please call me anytime and I will be glad to talk with you.

June 7-8, 2016

Dr. Oliver was invited as Faculty at the 2016 TOBI meeting in Las Vegas. She presented on Bone Marrow Aspirate Techniques and served in the cadaver lab teaching attendees Lipoaspirate Technique.

January 8-10, 2016

Dr. Oliver was invited to present at the Arthrex Faculty Forum in Naples. She presented on the 12 month data for Knee Osteoarthritis in the Surgical Outcomes System.



Dr. Oliver and Dr. Crane were invited to present at the Advances in Orthobiologics Conference on August 28, 2015. The conference was held at Arthrex, Inc. headquarters in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Bayes was named course medical director of the 2015 Go! St. Louis Marathon where he directed medical care for the runners throughout the challenging course in downtown St. Louis.

Dr. Oliver presented at the prestigious "2015 Injuries in Football Conference" at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Her lecture was "Orthobiologics in the Athlete" was well received by the audience and she was invited back to speak at future events. "The topics presented were both pertinent and informative. It was an excellent chance to discuss emerging therapies with like-minded individuals." - Kristin Oliver, MD, Crane Clinic for Sports Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Bayes in 2015 was named assistant team physician of Missouri Baptist University providing primary care sports medicine and concussion care to all of the school's athletes.

Dr. Oliver was asked to present two topics at the 2015 TOBI (The Orthobiologic Institute) meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The Orthobiologic Institute is the leading not-for-profit educational resource for emerging autologous stem cell therapies in the United States. The focus of her talks will be on "Bone Marrow Concentrate – The Blue Tail Experience" and "Data Collection Systems for Your Biologics Practice."

Dr. Oliver returned from Naples, FL in January 2015 after presenting at the prestigious Sports Medicine Faculty Forum. The presentation focused on bone marrow concentrate and osteoarthritis.


In June 2014, Dr. Oliver was asked to start hosting outside physicians for Arthrex in our office as a means of teaching other interested sports medicine and orthopedic physicians on the use of PRP and bone marrow concentrate (BMC) for musculoskeletal applications. In the first 6 months she hosted 15 physicians, and she is the most requested observation consultant for Arthrex, Inc.

Dr. Oliver was also asked to be a physician consultant for Arthrex. She presented at the Arthrex headquarters in Naples, FL in June 2014 on the use of PRP and BMC for musculoskeletal applications. Watch her instructional videos at here:

Bone Marrow Aspiration Technique:

Heparin Flush Procedure for Bone Marrow Technique:

Dr. Oliver was invited to lecture at the 2014 TOBI meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The Orthobiologic Institute is the leading not for profit educational resource for emerging autologous stem cell therapies in the United States. She will lecture on the use of PRP and Autologous Fat in Achilles tendon Tears as well as the application of autologous BMAC and fat in Knee Osteoarthritis.


Dr. Oliver presented to the certified personal training staff at Wilson's Total Fitness in Columbia Missouri on November 19, 2013 on "Common Shoulder problems.” If any interest, contact us and we can share a copy of the powerpoint presentation.

Dr. Oliver and Dr. Crane co-authored a chapter titled "Platelet Rich Plasma” in Platelet Rich Plasma; Platelet Rich Plasma – Regenerative Medicine: Sports Medicine, Orthopedic, and Recovery of Musculoskeletal Injuries. Springer, November 2013.

Dr. Bayes was interviewed on the PBS program 'Stay Tuned' on October 10, 2013 on the subject of concussions in youth sports. This show followed the PBS Frontline special 'League of Denial,' which addressed the NFL concussion issue.

Dr. Bayes participated in a free seminar on “Knowing the Dangers of Concussions” at the Chesterfield, MO, YMCA on September 23, 2013. The seminar included Dr. Bayes; Betty Sisco, PA, Comprehensive Spine Services; John D. Wright, PhD, ABPP, staff neuropsychologist; and Steve Easterday, physical therapist. This seminar discussed the timely subject of concussions. Concussions and their effects on athletes of all ages has been a hot topic in news media across the country.

Dr. Oliver co-authored an article published in the July 10, 2013 volume of the Journal of Prolotherapy titled "Combination of Autologous Adipose-Derived Tissue Stromal Vascular Fraction Plus High Density Platelet-Rich Plasma or Bone Marrow Concentrates in Achilles Tendon Tears."

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Dr. Bayes was honored to be an invited guest speaker at the American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician course in February in Miami, Florida. Dr. Bayes lectured to several hundred primary care and sports medicine physicians on the following topics: Disabled Athletes and the Special Olympics, Musculoskeletal Concerns of the Pediatric Athlete, The Young Athlete with Back Pain, and The Diabetic Athlete. Dr. Bayes particularly enjoys educating current and future physicians and really enjoyed his time in Miami.



Dr. Bayes was excited to take part in the recent 16th Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Conference and Workshops held at the Saint Louis University School of Nursing. At this conference Dr. Bayes presented "Concussion Management from Nuts to Bolts" to nurse practitioners attending the conference.

Dr. Bayes was asked to give his second Grand Rounds presentation to the resident and staff family medicine physicians at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in December 2012. His lecture was entitled "Medical Management of Concussions."

Dr. Bayes was named adjunct instructor in the athletic training department of the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. In this roll, Dr. Bayes acts as a regular instructor in the curriculum as well as frequent mentor to student intern athletic trainers. He was very proud to continue his close relationship with Saint Louis University following his graduation from medical school in 2001 and primary care sports medicine fellowship in 2009.