Nova Sinus Center, LLC
Dr. Frank Aversano is a family practice physician trained as a specialist in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ND)2. He enjoys a winning career as founder and director of Nova Sinus Center, LLC (aka Sinus Ninja) with specialty clinics in the greater Seattle area. He currently offers The Sinus Ninja Treatment™ at Dreamclinic in Redmond, Washington U.S.A. and plans to open more treatment sites in the U.S. and beyond over the next several years. As a core faculty member of Bellevue Massage School in Bellevue, Washington, he has taught anatomy, physiology, pathology, and business to practitioners in training since 2001. His goal is to teach, mentor, and inspire students and fans of alternative medicine in academic, clinical, and web broadcast settings.
Assessment and treatment of sinus pain, nasal congestion, and seasonal allergies; business, clinical program, and curriculum development; teaching, mentoring, leading, training, presenting, technical writing and editing for health care, blogging for health care, graphic design for health care, web design for health care, screenwriting and editing for health care, podcast writing and editing for health care.
Developer, Clinical Director, and Owner: Nova Sinus Center, LLC
Seattle, WA | 2008 – present
Developed The Sinus Ninja Treatment™ for acute and chronic rhinosinusitis; responsible for marketing and brand identity including graphics, video, audio, and web development; training and leading physicians in treatment delivery; responsible for quality control, client satisfaction, and establishing referral networks; built and editing SinusNinja.com, a world-reaching resource for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment for the nose and sinuses.
Core Faculty, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology: Bellevue Massage School
Bellevue, WA | 2001 – present
Instructing and leading the AP and P program for massage practitioners in training at Bellevue Massage School; providing a strong foundation in the structure, function, and dysfunction of all body systems including: medical terminology, cells and tissues, osteology, myology, disease and microbiology, skin and integument, cardiology and circulation, hematology, immunology and lymphatics, pulmonary system, nutrition and digestive system, neuroanatomy and neurology, nephrology, urology and reproductive system, and endocrinology; displaying particular strength and sensitivity in accommodating varied learning styles among a variety of ages (18-65) and among diverse ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; displaying particular strength in conveying the relevance of technical material to practical clinical situations. Since 2001, instructed and led 800+ students in cohorts of 10-25.
Staff Physician, Pacific Balance and Rehabilitation Clinic
Seattle, WA | 2007 – 2008
Practiced primary care medicine at a leading physical therapy clinic specializing in balance disorders; became experienced in otolaryngology and vestibular problems; developed and beta-tested The Sinus Ninja Treatment™ for safety and efficacy.
Instructor, BodyMind Academy, Fitness and Nutrition Program
Bellevue, WA | 2002 – 2005
Led the nutrition and counseling coursework for fitness consultants in training. At the conclusion of the program, students took the American Council on Exercise (ACE) certifying exam and applied as Registered Counselors in Washington state. Topics included: macro and micronutrients, metabolism and energy production, cultural aspects of food and nutrition, and counseling techniques.
Co-Founder, Kirkland Natural Health Associates
Kirkland, WA | 2001 – 2005
Co-founded a primary care medical clinic in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Kirkland, Washington; specialties included: clinical nutrition, men’s health, clinical ecology and detoxification, botanical and orthomolecular medicine, and general family practice.
Preceptor, Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA | 2001 – 2005
Served as a clinical instructor and mentor for naturopathic physicians in training.
Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University, Department of Nutrition
Kenmore, WA | September 2001 – December 2001
Developed and led a wholefoods lab practicum for naturopathic medical students as part of their nutrition curriculum. Core topics included: shopping and pantry development, knife skills, whole and natural food substitutions, recipe development, and hands-on food production. Other topics: working with the nutritionally challenged patient; analysis and appreciation of the patient’s entire “cuisine system” versus just the assessment of their dietary intake; the importance of sequential support, assessing stage of readiness, and goal setting when advising dietary changes.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), June 2000
Bastyr University | Kenmore, WA
Completed didactic and clinical training at Bastyr University, a world-leader in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
OTO-HNS Grand Rounds, 2009 – 2012
University of Washington | Seattle, WA
Attended the University of Washington otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OTO-HNS) grand rounds to understand and appreciate drug and surgical approaches to nose and sinus disease.
Current Management Techniques in Otology and Otolaryngology, 2012
Virginia Mason Medical Center | Seattle, WA
Attended the annual Virginia Mason Otolaryngology conference to understand and appreciate drug and surgical approaches to nose and sinus disease.
Family Medicine, preceptorship, completed March 2000
Peter Shalit, MD, PhD | Seattle, WA
General medicine, internal medicine strategies, physical exam skills, venipuncture, arterial blood draw (femoral), minor surgery (incision and drainage of sebaceous cyst), working with diverse populations.
Emergency Medicine, preceptorship completed November 1999
Kathleen Jobe, MD, University of Washington Medical Center | Seattle, WA
Observed emergency care and procedures at the University of Washington Emergency Department including triage strategies, shock and frostbite management, urinary catheterization of the difficult patient, management of grand mal seizure, radiographic interpretation of traumatic injury, management of the suicidal patient, management of orthopedic injuries (compound tibial fracture), suturing and stapling of traumatic injuries, management of the terminally ill patient (pancreatic failure post Whipple procedure), venipuncture in challenging circumstances, management of drug and alcohol toxicity, introduction to critical care algorithms, observing critical codes and resuscitations, appreciation of the cultural and socioeconomic challenges of the emergency department.
Urology / Men’s Health, preceptorship completed September 1999
Michael Stern, MD; Dean Neary, ND | Edmonds, WA
Endoscopic visualization of the bladder, physical exam of the prostate and testes, management of male impotence, management of BPH and prostate cancer, perspectives on what the PSA actually means, medical management of BPH, introduction to endourologic procedures (TUNA).
Medical Oncology, preceptorship completed September 1999
Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Seattle, WA
Observed integrative cancer care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America Seattle including chemotherapy mixing and infusion; gained perspective on chemotherapy selection and timing strategies; gathered understanding of the causes of cancer and metastasis; gained perspective on interviewing the newly diagnosed patient and patients undergoing chemotherapy; gained perspective on the integration of naturopathic counseling with administration of chemotherapeutic agents; gained perspectives on applied nutritional oncology and on integrating natural pharmacy with conventional strategies.
Certificate of Equivalent Education, completed August 1997
Brenneke School of Massage | Seattle, WA
Completed training to become a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in Washington State.
Apprenticeship in Natural Cookery, completed August 1993
Natural Gourmet Cookery School | New York, NY
Completed an apprenticeship at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School (now the Natural Gourmet Center at The Institute of Culinary Education) with world-renown natural foods chefs and educators; completed an externship at Angelica Kitchen in New York City; curriculum included: pantry development, knife skills, whole and natural foods substitutions, menu planning, natural and hypoallergenic baking, food pharmacy, hydrotherapy, and basic naturopathic principles.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Summa Cum Laude, May 1992
Long Island University, C.W. Post College | Brookville, NY
Studied at LIU/C.W. Post College with majors in psychology and philosophy with concentrations in music and pre-medicine; activities and societies: Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society; Chapter President, Philosophy National Honor Society; Margaret Tatz Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology.
Business / Community Leadership
President, Business Networkers International (BNI)
Dynamic Downtowners Chapter, Seattle, WA | 2008 – 2009
Led the Dynamic Downtowners to Gold status (40 members), grew chapter account reserves, and was a Notable Networker for the year (over $10,000 in business referrals).
License to practice Naturopathic Medicine, active July 2000 – Present
State of Washington Health Professions Quality Assurance Division, NT989
Licensed by the Washington State Department of Health to diagnose and treat illness pursuant to Chapter 18.36A RCW2.
Authorized for DEA Registration (2007), Authorized for IV therapy (2008).
400 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Bastyr University, Seattle
Nova Sinus Center, LLC
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, sinus pain, nasal congestion, and seasonal allergies