SAN ANTONIO, TX – Dr. Annette Zaharoff has been named Director of Education for the non-profit Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation, an organization that trains providers on effective utilization of regenerative injection therapies to treat muscle and joint pain.

Dr. Zaharoff has taught physicians from around the world for years on the safe and effective use of prolotherapy. She has been on more than a dozen international missions to treat indigent people in Honduras and Mexico utilizing the regenerative injection therapy technique. These missions are organized by the non-profit Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation ( Dr. Zaharoff serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

As the newly named Director of Education, Dr. Zaharoff will be in charge of conference educational materials and curriculum for various Foundation-organized teaching clinics, including the 21st annual Prolotherapy Research Symposium and Conference, set for October 19-22 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prolotherapy is the treatment of tissue with the injection of an irritant solution such as dextrose into a joint space, weakened ligament, or tendon to relieve pain. Hundreds of physicians from around the world will attend to learn about the basic and advanced use of prolotherapy to treat laxity of ligaments (loose ligaments) that often cause myofascial pain. The conference will include both presentations and hands-on workshops. Conference-goers will learn about new clinical science research in injection therapy for conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, low pack pain and tendinopathies.

Dr. Zaharoff utilizes the technique in her sports medicine practice along with other non-invasive injection therapies such as stem cell therapy and PRP injection therapy, which utilize a patient’s stem cells or platelets to spur the body’s natural healing process. She is a pioneer in the use of these techniques in South and Central Texas, having introduced them to the region more than a decade ago.

Dr. Zaharoff also serves on the Mayor’s Fitness Council in San Antonio and is Chairwoman of the Active Living Council of San Antonio.

Dr. Zaharoff is a former professional tennis player who competed on the WTA circuit. A recognized orthopedics and sports medicine expert, she has served as tournament physician or medical director for various amateur, college and professional athletic events, including the Australian Open.

About Dr. Z
Dr. Annette Zaharoff, a former professional tennis player who competed on the WTA circuit, heads the Non-Surgical Center of Texas on Huebner Road ( An expert in Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Zaharoff is recognized for utilizing cutting-edge, non-invasive treatments to treat muscle and joint pain such as Stem Cell therapy, prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma injections with ultrasound guidance and acupuncture, often paired with physical therapy.