About Us

Experience Matters

RBI is the premier provider of high quality regenerative biologics including stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (or PRP) to patients throughout the Treasure Coast and Florida.  The RBI team has been developing advanced cell processing techniques and treatment protocols for over 15 years.  We have been involved in the treatment of thousands of patients worldwide. Our goal is to treat the underlying causes of diseases and tissue damage for patients instead of just treating their symptoms.  We do this by harnessing a patient’s own incredible healing capacity, concentrating it and then injecting it directly into an area of need such as an injured or arthritic joint.  

Regenerative Medicine Expertise

RBI's team is unique in that we have both experienced stem cell scientists and clinicians who have worked in all facets of the field of regenerative medicine including stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, gene therapy, tissue engineering, specialized cell delivery systems and more.  Our team has also been involved in major stem cell clinical studies at leading institutions throughout the U.S. and the world including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Scripps Research Institute, Mount Sinai, the University of Florida, Columbia University, Duke University, Minneapolis Heart Institute and more.

Jason Griffeth, M.S.

Clinical Director & Stem Cell Scientist

Mr. Griffeth is an expert in the field of Regenerative Medicine having spent over 15 years in the space.  He has directed the science & development of a number of pioneering regenerative therapies. He has worked with clinicians to develop some of the most advanced regenerative medicine treatment protocols and stem cell isolation protocols available.  He has traveled the world to train physcians on stem cell processing techniques and stem cell delivery techniques.  

Mr. Griffeth has also managed some of the largest pre-clinical & clinical trials in the field including using muscle derived stem cells to treat heart failure patients and adipose stem cells to treat orthopedic issues. He also played a leading role in developing a gene-modified stem cell treatment that led to the first ever IND approval by the FDA for a stem cell, gene therapy combination therapy.  He has a B.S. in Microbiology & Cell Science and an M.S. Degree both from the University of Florida.

Brett Haake, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Haake trained with leading stem cell scientists & clinicians and has a fervent interest in the field of regenerative medicine due to his lifelong participation in athletics and service in the military.  He joined the Regenerative Biologics Institute in order to be on the cutting edge of immunomodulatory therapies including stem cell and PRP treatments. He believes RBI offers a supplementary asset to the medical community and the sophisticated population at large along the Treasure Coast. 

As a Specialist in Anesthesiology, Dr. Haake is a highly trained physician that draws on his extensive knowledge in physiology, pharmacology and diseases to guide his treatment techniques.  He graduated from McKendree University with a degree in chemistry 2001 and was a 2nd team NAIA All-American outfielder baseball 2000.  He played parts of three seasons of minor league baseball in the Frontier League (upper Mid-West) 2000-2002. 

After accepting a Health Professions Scholarship from the US Navy was accepted into medical school in fall of 2003 and graduated from Nova SE COM in 2007.  He then began active duty US Navy career at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA.  After completing his internship in internal medicine he completed one year tour of duty with the 3rd Marine Logistics Group 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Okinawa, Japan as a General Medical Officer. He then completed residency training in anesthesiology at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and achieved board certification in Anesthesiology. 

Mel Richardson, M.D.

Dr. Richardson is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Age Management. Dr. Richardson is duel certified in Anti-Aging Medicine from both Cenegenics and the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), two of the top Age Management Programs in the country. He also completed a certification program at the Institute for Neurological Research in Los Angeles. He has served as Medical Director at the Grove Place Surgery Center for 15 years and has worked in the Vero Beach community for nearly 30 years including as a Chairman of Anesthesia and Medical Director of at the Indian River Medical Center Outpatient Surgery Center.  He obtained his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and attended the Louisiana State University Medical School.  

Jay Johnston, MMS, PA-C

Jay brings substantial orthopedic and joint injection expertise to RBI with over 10 years experience in Orthopaedic Surgery.  He also has a well developed ability to perform medical histories, physical examinations, and other procedures. 

Jay Johnston is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed with the Florida State Board of Medical Examiners. Jay is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Jay graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Microbiology in 2003. He then attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he earned his Masters degree in Medical Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2006.

Dr. Don Portell

Dr. Don Portell is an interventional spine/pain medical physician that is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Portell has been practicing medicine for over 30 years specializing in back/spine injections, specifically cervical, thoracic, lumbar, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections and epidural injections. 

Dr. Portell performs precise injection techniques using advanced imaging such as fluoroscopy which provides continuous x-ray images in order to place RBI’s regenerative therapies directly into the area of need.  Dr. Portell utilizes his extensive training to develop an accurate, individualized treatment plan for each patient with the goal of reducing chronic and debilitating pain for the long-term.