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Dr. David Crane, MD

Founder of Blue Tail

Sports Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedic Specialist


A Missouri native, Dr. David Crane earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1995. After completing his residency in emergency medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, he pursued a dual fellowship program in emergency medicine and primary care sports medicine at Allegheny General Hospital (Duquesne University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


After completing his advanced fellowship training, Dr. Crane returned to Missouri in 2000, where he was a staff physician at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center. In 2005 he started his own practice, Crane Clinic Sports Medicine, and began focusing on regenerative therapies in orthopedics. Dr. Crane subsequently founded Blue Tail Regenerative Therapeutics in 2008, when he began utilizing stem cell grafts with ultrasound guidance.


He has since taught regenerative therapeutics and the use of stem cell grafting techniques throughout the country to doctors from all over the world. He has extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and needle-guided therapies.


Dr. Crane is board certified in sports medicine and emergency medicine. When he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys competing in Ironman races, triathlons, and adventure racing. Dr. Crane is married and has two daughters and one son.


Michael A Scarpone, D.O.

Medical Director, Trinity Sports Medicine


Dr. Scarpone received his B.S in molecular biology at OSU. He continued to Ohio University for medical school. He did his residency at the Medical Center of Beaver, PA, and his sports medicine fellowship at Marshall University. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Medicine, Div. of Sports Medicine Drexel University School of Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital Campus. He is active in teaching and research, especially as it applies to the healing of soft tissue injuries.


He is also a team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates and currently serves as the Jefferson County Coroner. Currently, He is the Medical Director of Trinity Sports Medicine. He has more than 20 years of experience in Sports Medicine and lectures across the country on Regenerative Medicine Procedures and Techniques. He was born and raised in the Ohio Valley where he resides with his wife, Dina, and has three children.




Dr. Joseph Albano

Comprehensive Orthopedics & Sports Medicine



As a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Joseph Albano has seen his share of sports injuries. Utah's premier specialist in Regenerative Sports Medicine runs ultramarathons, plays hockey, cross-country and alpine skis, and rides road and mountain bikes. He has run in many of the local races including the Squaw Peak 50, Wasatch Steeplechase, Ogden Marathon, Top of Utah marathon, and the St. George Marathon. Some of these have been the causative factor in his injuries. He still finds time to coach for the teams his two boys play on. All that activity adds up to a lot of stress on his joints. So naturally, Dr. Albano can say, "Yes. I've had that done."  

The Yonkers, New York native initially came to the Rocky Mountains when he came to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in 1991. Since then, he's gained over two decades of medical experience and a love for the community and sports medicine. He received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He completed a general surgery internship at Wright-Patterson AFB/Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a family practice residency at the University of Utah. He also completed a sports medicine fellowship at Michigan State University.


He stays abreast of the cutting edge of new medical research and technology, continually teaching national courses on the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and needle-guided purposes, Platelet Rich Plasma and fat grafting for musculoskeletal purposes. Dr. Albano truly wants the best for his patients and strives daily to improve his knowledge, skills, and treatments to better meet their needs. Many patients come to Dr. Albano with surgical treatment recommendations. Dr. Albano aims to give his patients a broad spectrum of treatment options for sports-related pain and injuries. Raising awareness of these options, including the use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), structural autologous fat and bone marrow grafting, has become a major part of his remarkable career. This science has been around for over two decades in plastic surgery, he says. The application in musculoskeletal injuries is newer--but it presents a low-risk alternative, making it what he believes to be a highly desirable treatment option.  


His greatest interest as a physician lies in the non-surgical treatments of common tendon, nerve, and cartilage problems, including plantar fasciosis, patellar tendinosis, lateral epicondylosis, achilles tendinosis, rotator cuff tears, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cubital tunnel syndrome.Musculoskeletal ultrasound is often used in diagnosing these conditions. Various Regenerative Medicine applications, including Platelet Rich Plasma, and structural autologous fat and bone marrow grafting, may be employed for treatment.


These treatments have been successful for many of his patients over the past several years. Dr. Albano is a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force Reserve with over 25 years of service in the military. He serves in the 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base. He also serves as a team physician for US Speed Skating, US Military Cycling, Real Salt Lake, and Westminster College Athletics. Professional and world class athletes are among his clientele. Above all, he strives to get you back to what you love to do.  

Comprehensive Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
82 South 1100 East
Suite 303
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: 801-533-2002



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