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The Medical Board at HealthGains

We hire only the best doctors here at HealthGains. All of our medical professionals are overseen by our Medical Advisory Board, a group of doctors who are leaders in the fields of anti-aging medicine and regenerative medicine.

Our Board Members

Chief Medical Director Richard Gaines MD, HealthGains

Dr. Richard Gaines MDDr. Gaines graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1981. After graduation, he completed his internship at Tufts University School of Medicine and his residency at Harvard Medical School, where he was an anesthesiology fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

He also served as a physician at Huntington Memorial Hospital and as an anesthesiologist at Harvard Community Health Plan.During this time Dr. Gaines contributed to the development of Sheridan Healthcorp, the first nationally recognized entity providing hospital-based medical services throughout the country, he served as a senior partner and established high quality anesthesia services in various states.

At Memorial Regional Hospital, Dr. Gaines served as Department Chief of Cardiac & Obstetric Anesthesia as well as Director of the Memorial Regional Hospital Pain Clinic and Medical Director of the Same Day Surgery Center, the first established outpatient surgery facility in the country. He also served as a Director and Chairman of Memorial Healthcare System and provided educational services for the department of anesthesia, arranged case studies, discussions and guest lecturers.

At Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dr. Gaines was the Assistant Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Anesthesia and instructed residents in cardiac anesthesia.

Dr. Gaines has been administering bioidentical hormone therapy since 1993. He transitioned into age management medicine officially in 2005 after a distinguished 30 year career as an anesthesiologist. He questioned that a physician's primary duty is to treat the effects of disease rather than the origin of it. At his practice, HealthGAINS, patients experience first class medical care at reasonable costs. Dr. Gaines will only prescribe medication if a patients hormone levels cannot be improved through lifestyle changes and it's through an extensive 55panel blood test where he looks at thecomplete picture of health, before he makes his recommendations. In addition to this, he counsels the patients about diet, exercise, stress management and dietary supplements.

Dr. Gaines is a member in good standing with the following professional organizations; ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine, A4M: The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, IFM: The Institute for FunctionalMedicine and AMMG: Age Management Medicine Group. He has received additional specialized trainings and Certifications including:

  • Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
  • Board certification from the American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM).
  • Certification as a Functional Medicine Practitioner with advanced training at The Institute for Functional Medicine.


Emilia Ripoll, MD

Medical Director Emilia Ripoll, MD - HealthGains Colorado

Board certified in urology and anti-aging medicine, Dr. Ripoll has an extensive resume. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and takes a particular interest in male menopause and hormone replacement. She’s published more than 25 works in the urology field; her work has appeared in the “World Journal of Urology.” She works at the HealthGains Colorado location.

Judi  Goldstone, MD

Medical Director Judi Goldstone, MD - HealthGains California

For more than 10 years, Dr. Goldstone has been providing patients with exhaustive health and wellness regimens to boost their health. She is board certified and a member of prestigious medical societies like the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. She served as a reviewing physician for Blue Cross of California as well as a medical director for New York Life and TransAmerica.

Vernon Williams, MD

Medical Director Vernon Williams, MD - HealthGains Texas

Dr. Williams is the head of our Texas site. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was once a flight surgeon in the air force. For years, he has treated both men and women with hormone medications along with other integrative wellness factors like diet and supplementation. Dr. Williams has years of training in medical spa procedures, facial rejuvenation and lasers.

Robert Madda, ND

Medical Director Robert Madda, ND - HealthGains Portland

Dr. Robert Madda is based in Portland, Oregon and specializes in hormone replacement for men and women. A board-certified naturopathic doctor, Dr. Madda is known for his integrative medical approach that has helped him improve the lives of his clients through medical weight loss, testosterone therapy and anti-aging medicine.  He received his doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.

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