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New horizons in the science of aging

Located in The Villages, Aviv Clinics is the world premiere clinic, dedicated to improve brain performance and change the experience of the aging process.


There’s no denying Villagers enjoy an inspiring outlook on aging and quality of life.

For example, activities abound within the community – softball, pickleball, golf, bowling, dancing, and a slew of others. But the active lifestyle residents are not the only reason Aviv Scientific chose The Villages as the site to open its 30,000 square-foot clinic. Offering the first and only clinically proven medical treatment to restore and maintain healthy brain function, Aviv Clinics creates an opportunity for longer-lasting memory, energy, mobility, and independent living.

Put simply, like The Villages, Aviv is designed for those who want to live an enriching and active retirement era.

“Everything we do is about helping people improve their quality of life today and a healthier and more fulfilling life for years to come,” says Dave Globig, chief executive officer of the company. “That’s in full alignment with The Villages.”

The Aviv Media Program focuses on optimizing their clients’ health span, or the number of years a person remains in good health and cognitively performs.

“Until now, biologically preserving and restoring healthy brain function was unavailable. Today, there’s finally an individualized brain health program that actually assesses and improves the performance of the brain,” says Mohammed Elamir, M.D., a board-certified physician at Aviv Clinics. “This will enable people to take control of the trajectory of their healthspan. Protecting your independence, mobility, vitality and personality can be by choice – not by chance.”

Since opening in June 2020, The Aviv medical team has treated local Villagers as well as international visitors using its advanced proprietary protocol concentrated in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Using Oxygen to Heal the Brain and Body

Clients enroll in a three-month program that includes several components. There’s an initial in-depth assessment where physicians, neuropsychologists, and physiologists evaluate a client’s cognitive, biological, and physical functions. During the treatment, clients undergo 60 hyperbaric oxygen treatments and are treated through individualized Medical Programs designed by a team of Aviv specialists. A final assessment at the end of the treatment empirically determines how much a patient has improved cognitively and physically. A team of neuropsychologists, internal medicine physicians, physiologists, physical therapists, and dieticians are all working under one roof. This comprehensive, team-oriented approach helps ensure clients receive optimal cognitive and physical performance.    

The human brain requires oxygen to perform at its best. However, as people age, their bodies become less efficient at channeling oxygen. During hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the body is flushed with oxygen. The unique protocol uses oxygen fluctuations which are triggering self-regenerative mechanisms. Using Aviv’s patent-pending cognitive platform and while inside the chamber, Aviv clients undergo brain exercises focusing on working memory, reaction time, attention, and speed of information processing.

Many of the Aviv physicians and staff were so impressed with Aviv Scientific research and the benefits it offers that they moved to Florida from out of state to join the team. One of them is Dr. Mohammed Elamir, who left his internal medicine practice in New Jersey. To him, having the ability to spend quality time with each patient leads to superior outcomes. 

“In New Jersey, I ran a traditional internal medicine practice where I saw 40 to 50 patients a day,” he says. “The problem with that is I wouldn’t see them again for another three months. At Aviv, the model is an interdisciplinary approach to the brain and the body. When I see a client here, I spend hours with him or her. I have the medical flexibility to do what I think is appropriate for the client.”

Dr. Elamir also appreciates how Aviv tailor’s medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each client.

“Everything is individualized based on their needs and assessments,” Dr. Elamir says. “That’s one big difference between us and other programs. Also, our medical team has meetings to discuss needs or issues our clients may be having. We’re all on the same page to provide the best service and best care. Thus, the overall experience of each client is that much better.”

Joe Harris, hyperbaric program manager at Aviv, has worked in hyperbaric medicine for 18 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the clinic, benefitting everyone who pursues the treatment. He says Aviv’s hyperbaric suites, having an aesthetically pleasing design that resembles sitting in a luxurious airplane, differ considerably from standard hyperbaric chambers. LED-lit windows, reclining chairs, face fans, and call buttons make the suite feel open and help patients remain comfortable.

“Our clinical team has the autonomy, resources, and the ability to address every single aspect of a client’s health,” Dave Globig says. “This comprehensive and personalized approach is what makes Aviv different. Too often, chronic disease is treated with medication, but patients don’t really see improvement in their quality of life. Our team of dedicated physicians treat clients for three months and enjoy seeing their health improve drastically.”

Many from outside The Villages have taken notice. A large percentage of clients have traveled from Canada, Colombia, and California to receive treatment at AVIV.

“That’s great for The Villages,” says Glenn Colarossi, head of business development. “These individuals rent, and in some cases, bought homes while undergoing our program.”

Scientific Advancements for Time-Tested Technology

The Aviv Medical Program was designed by Dr. Shai Efrati, director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel. He spent the past 10 years studying how HBOT can enhance brain function. In the past, HBOT has been used primarily to treat wounds, ulcers, and burns. At Aviv, it is used to reverse age-related cognitive and physical decline.

It’s a new approach based on clinical studies and one that Dr. Efrati feels will be adopted also by the new generation of doctors to improve and restore brain and body function.

“The future of medicine is happening now,” Dr. Efrati says. “Functional medicine is not science fiction anymore. Hyperbaric oxygen has commonly been used to treat and heal tissue. Well, the brain is tissue. It made perfect sense to me that if we can see the brain and evaluate the tissue’s condition in the brain, and that we do with a unique MRI protocol, then we could start also treating those brain’s tissues through hyperbaric oxygen treatments.”

The Aviv medical team looks to grow and reach people worldwide. In April, a second clinic is scheduled to open in Dubai. Discussion is underway about opening clinics in Other metropolitans around the world.

In time, many around the globe may discover what Aviv clients already know:

Aging is no longer a barrier to maintaining physical health, mental acuity, and an active lifestyle.

Back in the Saddle and Playing to Win

Decades after sustaining injuries that come with being a longtime equestrian rider, Clarissa Rainey was experiencing physical and mental decline. At the time, falling off horses was just part of riding, but at age 58 the real estate agent from Ocala found herself suffering from perpetuating impacts and unable to remember names of friends for swing a golf club.

She became determined to improve her quality of life. Last September, she enrolled in a 12-week comprehensive medical program offered at Aviv Clinics in The Villages. Aviv, which opened in June 2020, is the first specialized medical center in North America that uses groundbreaking science to treat aging as a disease.

While there, Clarissa underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to heal her brain tissue, as well as cognitive and physical training and nutritional coaching. By the time she completed the program in December, Clarissa felt like a new person.

Her chronic knee pain disappeared, her cholesterol level lowered, and she slept more soundly throughout the night. Improved memory and mental focus have allowed her to be more proficient in her job.

For Clarissa, the Aviv Medical Program was a blessing.

Aviv Medical Program can potentially provide:

Benefits for your mind

Enhance brain performance, including: 

  • Improved memory and attention span
  • Increased focus
  • Increased information processing speed (how quickly we complete mental tasks)
  • Sharper executive functions (a set of complex mental skills that allow us to think flexibly, make decisions, and exercise self-control)
  • Improved mood

Benefits for your body

Enhance physical performance:

  • Fitness
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Reduce pain
  • Sleep better
  • Improve sexual performance (for men)
  • Boost energy, power, and stamina

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