Richard Wachs, MD
Allergy and Immunology
Dr. Richard A. Wachs is a board-certified provider in Allergy, Immunology and Pediatrics, as well as a champion of patient education.
Before joining us at BreatheAmerica Albuquerque, Dr. Wachs was very involved in the asthma and allergy community in New Jersey, including serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor with the UMDNJ-SOM Department of Pediatrics, and founding Food Allergy Connections, South Jersey’s Food Allergy Support Organization. Earning recognition both locally and nationally for his outreach, Dr. Wachs was voted South Jersey Magazine’s Top Doc nine years in a row. It’s safe to say that we are very happy to have him bring his passion to Albuquerque this year.
Drawn to medicine since early High School, Dr. Wachs discovered his passion for working with asthma patients and their families during his military service, including starting an Asthma Education program for the Air Force, a novel program at the time. This drive for better education resources is part of his core motivation to give patients with a better understanding of their disease in order to improve overall health, treatment compliance, and happiness of the family.
Dr. Wachs received his MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Pediatric Medicine at Keesler Air Force Base, as part of the 81st Medical Group. While serving as a commissioned officer in the Air Force, Dr. Wachs practiced as a pediatrician for 4 years at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.
Followed by an allergy and immunology fellowship at Jefferson University Hospital and Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Dr. Wachs then turned his focus towards treating food allergies and developing strong community advocacy programs for families affected.
Dr. Wachs is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, and he’s looking forward to this upcoming season. His wife and three kids can also be found traveling the world (including Israel, Greece, Paris, and China) and exploring new cultures, bicycling the trails, and playing baseball, softball, and golf.
Roland Gerencer, MD
Otolaryngology and ENT
Roland Gerencer, MD, is a physician at BreatheAmerica that brings with him highly specialized and extensive experience in the field and study of Rhinology. The core motivation behind his work is to improve the quality of life for every patient he treats.
Dr. Gerencer graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1989, then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 1993 and finished his Otolaryngology residency there, too, in 1998. His fellowship in Rhinology brought him to the United States, specifically to Rush Medical College in Chicago, from 1998 to 1999.
He remained in the US until 2003, serving as a physician for New Mexico ENT Associates in Albuquerque. He then earned his preceptorship in Rhinology/Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University Ear, Nose, & Throat Hospital of Graz, Austria in 2004, then returned to the States to create the first sinus-dedicated ENT practice in Seattle later that year.
He then returned to Albuquerque for years of excellent, specialized work, ultimately finding himself in his current position as a physician at BreatheAmerica Albuquerque!
Dr. Gerencer’s international education and insatiable interest in all disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses has greatly benefitted our operation here at BreatheAmerica. He is the only Fellowship-trained Rhinologist with experience in the state of New Mexico! He was also the first in New Mexico to use steroid-eluting implants following sinus surgery.
He says that he was drawn to this career path because of how fascinating Rhinology’s combination of medical and surgical treatments can be and how these two methods can be used either separately or together to provide real, satisfying results to a wide array of disorders.
His passion for producing these results has driven him to be a pioneer in the practices involved in doing just that. He introduced and pioneered the use of adjunctive office procedures like endoscopic debridements following sinus surgery to ensure long-term results in 1999, and he also pioneered minimally-invasive techniques for sinus surgery with the introduction of balloon sinuplasty to New Mexico in 2006.
When he’s not finding the next innovation in nose and paranasal sinus treatment, Dr. Gerencer loves international fly-fishing, mountaineering, photography, and classical music.
We at BreatheAmerica are beyond proud to offer his tremendous talent and thoughtful care to all of our patients.
Otolaryngology /Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT)
Megan Bloom, NP
Megan Bloom is an experienced Nurse Practitioner who recently joined the BreatheAmerica Albuquerque office with a background in primary care and clinical experience in pulmonology, sleep medicine, and cardiothoracic surgery.
Megan comes from a family that loves to help others, with her father and brother working as dentists, her mother as a kindergarten teacher, and younger sister who is a photographer. In order to see that people get the care they need, she has devoted herself to acquiring new skills and growing professionally in her career to help her patients improve their overall health beyond the clinic.
In addition to being a lifelong learner, Megan loves the outdoors, including snowboarding, hiking, rafting, traveling, and going to concerts. When you see her in the office, you’ll have to ask her where her latest adventure took her!
Megan received her Master of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 2013, following her BS in Nursing and BS in Human Nutrition and Foods from the same university. She is Chemotherapy Administration certified, and has a history working in collaboration with surgeons to provide care prior to and after open heart and thoracic surgeries.
Also a community volunteer, Megan previously dedicated her time at the local animal shelter and health fairs held while at her previous hospital position. We look forward to seeing how she improves her new community here in Albuquerque through her knowledge and passion for the healthcare field.
Allergy Tests are used to confirm the presence of sensitivity to allergens (pollen, pets, mold, dust mites), foods, venoms, drugs, or chemicals.