Medical Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institute


Dr. Alain Ruiz is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who practiced Anesthesiology for many years before developing a passion for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ruiz ultimately served as Chief of Anesthesiology for a Tampa Bay hospital. In addition, he has served as Medical Director for a Tampa Bay surgery center.

Dr. Ruiz believes in treating the patient as a whole and not as his or her individual symptoms, which lead him to join the Integrative Medicine Team at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

Medical School:

  • Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas Villa Clara,
    Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Board Certified – American Board of Anesthesiology 2010


  • ASA – American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • FSA – Florida Society of Anesthesiologists
  • ASRA – American Society of Regional Anesthesia

Dr Ruiz is the Medical Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institute. He is an Integrative Medical physician who is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and active member of ILADs, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, and the prestigious American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine.

Dr Ruiz has been practicing Anesthesiology for the past 10 years and Critical Care Medicine. During that time, he served as the Chief of Anesthesiology at Florida Hospital Carrollwood and as Medical Director for Belleair Surgical Center.

Dr Ruiz has always had a keen interest in fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. He naturally became self-educated regarding the medicinal benefits of nutritional wellness and the longevity benefits of exercise and various herbal medications inspiring him to begin studying functional medicine and regenerative medicine with a desire to provide more holistic care for his patients.

As an Integrative MD, Dr Ruiz has found he gets better patient results when he combines his expertise in Critical Care Medicine with ongoing learning and training in the principles of Naturopathic Medicine and the new frontier of Regenerative Medicine.

Upon joining the medical staff at Sponaugle Wellness Institute, Dr Ruiz quickly revealed his passion for healing complex patients, many of which, have failed to regain their health after seeing an average of 30 physicians.

Working at Sponaugle Wellness, Dr Ruiz treats many Chronic Lyme and Neurological Lyme patients who are referred to our clinic for more intensive care than can be provided in a typical physician office setting. Having been confined to a wheel chair for one year at age 6, Dr Ruiz demonstrates extraordinary empathy for our neurological Lyme patients.

Our IV therapy room is staffed with experienced nurses and provides an inpatient level of care for complex patients who typically suffer from multiple organ dysfunction as do hospitalized Intensive Care patients. For this reason, Dr Ruiz has found his anesthesia training invaluable for providing the quality care our patients require.