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Frank Aversano ND – Curriculum Vitae

Brief bio on Dr. Frank Aversano, ND
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To offer a unique and effective Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment for sinus problems at specialty clinics in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. To teach, mentor, and inspire students of alternative medicine in academic and clinical settings.


Dr. Frank Aversano is a family practice physician trained as a specialist in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ND). He enjoys a winning career as founder and director of Nova Sinus Center, LLC with specialty clinics in the greater Seattle area. As a core faculty member of Bellevue Massage School in Bellevue, Washington, he has taught anatomy, physiology, and pathology to practitioners in training since 2001.

Core Skills

Clinical program development, curriculum development, business planning, 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, film writing and editing for health care, podcast writing and editing for health care.

Professional Experience

Developer, Owner, and Clinical Director: Nova Sinus Center, LLCSeattle, WA | 2008 – present
Developed the REST, or Respiratory Suite Treatment – a unique CAM treatment for acute and chronic rhinosinusitis; responsible for marketing and brand identity including graphics, newsletters, mail pieces, podcast, video, and web development; trained and led physicians in treatment delivery; responsible for treatment delivery, quality control, client retention, and establishing referral networks; built and editing, a world-reaching resource guide for the latest nose and sinus treatments.

Core Faculty Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology: Bellevue Massage SchoolBellevue, WA | 2001 – present
Instructing and leading the AP and P program for 20-30 massage practitioners in training; 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 diverse ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; displaying particular strength in conveying the relevance of technical material to practical clinical situations.

Staff Physician, Pacific Balance and Rehabilitation ClinicSeattle, 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 Respiratory Suite Treatment (REST)™ for safety and efficacy; converted general ND practice into a well-developed specialty clinic for rhinosinusitis.

Developer, The Natural Cuisine CoachSeattle, WA | 2001 – 2007
Developed a unique personal chef training program based on wholefoods eating styles; developed and maintained a commerce-based web site with recipes, wellness articles, and dietary supplements available for purchase.

Founder, Kirkland Natural Health AssociatesKirkland, 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, women’s health, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, clinical ecology and detoxification, botanical and orthomolecular medicine, and general family practice.

Instructor, BodyMind Academy, Fitness and Nutrition ProgramBellevue, WA | 2002 – 2005
Led the nutrition and counseling coursework for 10-15 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 (RC) in Washington state; topics included: macro and micronutrients, metabolism and energy production, cultural aspects of food and nutrition, and essential counseling techniques.

Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University, Department of NutritionKenmore, WA | September 2001 – December 2001
Developed and led a wholefoods lab practicum for naturopathic medical students as part of their nutrition curriculum; core topics: 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.

Preceptor, Bastyr UniversityKenmore, WA | 2001 – 2005
Served as a clinical instructor and mentor for naturopathic physicians in training.


Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), June 2000Bastyr University | Kenmore, WA
Completed didactic and clinical training to qualify as a primary care physician specializing in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Participant, OTO-HNS Grand Rounds, 2009 – 2012University of Washington | Seattle, WA
Attended the University of Washington otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OTO-HNS) grand rounds to stay current on the latest drug and surgical approaches to nose and sinus disease.

Participant, Current Management Techniques in Otology and Otolaryngology, 2012 – present
Virginia Mason Medical Center | Seattle, WA
Attending the annual conference of a top-rated OTO-HNS department to stay current on the latest drug and surgical approaches to nose and sinus disease.

Family Medicine, preceptorship completed March 2000Peter Shalit, MD | 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 1999Kathleen Jobe, MD,  University of Washington Medical Center | Seattle, WA
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 status 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 1999Michael Stern, MD | 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 1999Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Seattle, WA
Observed chemotherapy mixing and infusion, appreciated chemotherapy selection and timing strategies, gathered understanding of the causes of cancer and metastasis, interviewed the newly diagnosed patient, interviewed patients undergoing chemotherapy, appreciated the integration of naturopathic counseling with administration of chemotherapeutic agents, applied nutritional oncology, integrated natural pharmacy with conventional strategies.

Apprenticeship in Natural Cookery, completed August 1993Natural Gourmet Cookery School | New York, NY
Completed an apprenticeship 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 1992Long Island University, CW Post College | Brookville, NY
Majors in psychology and philosophy with a concentration in music; activities and societies: Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society; Chapter President, Philosophy National Honor Society; Margaret Tatz Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology; Award for Excellence in German language.

Business / Community Leadership

President, Business Networkers International (BNI), Dynamic Downtowners Chapter, 2008 – 2009
Brought chapter to Gold status (40 members), grew chapter account reserves, and was a Notable Networker for the year (over $10,000 in business referrals).

Professional Licenses

License to practice Naturopathic Medicine, active as of July 2000, State of Washington Health Professions Quality Assurance Division, license number NT989
Authorized for DEA Registration (2007), Authorized for IV therapy (2008).

Media Samples


Twitter: NovaSinusCenter

Newsletter: H1N1 Update

Popular Article: Sinusitis: Antibiotics are not Justified

Scholarly Letters: University of Washington, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds

Editorial: Ice Breakers 101: Make Sense not Sales

Documentary Film: | clients

Video Blog: BioImmersion, Inc

Podcast: Understanding Sinus Medications

Seminar: Therapeutic Strategies: Conventional vs. Alternative

Lecture: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Slides


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