Who We Are
Our team at Reflux Gourmet is composed of two physicians with over 40 years combined specialized experience caring for people suffering with reflux, and a celebrity chef who knows what it feels like to do the suffering.
Together, we understand how reflux impacts lives and we recognize the desperate need for a safe alternative to risky drugs.
We at Reflux Gourmet are dedicated to helping those who suffer by developing all-natural treatments. We believe products should be effective, convenient, and – above all else – safe. And tasty!
Ken Frank, chef
In 2017 Chef Ken began suffering with severe voice problems caused by reflux, leading him to visit a renowned reflux clinician and scientist. After successful treatment with proton pump inhibitors they both sought a natural treatment alternative. Marrying the impeccable palate of Chef Ken with the clinical expertise of his physician, together they developed Reflux Gourmet.
Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Belafsky followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to “join the family business” by becoming a physician. The desire to comfort his patients and ease their pain runs deep. His distinguished career has been guided by the overwhelming drive to help people feel better in order to live happier lives. Since completing medical school and a residency in otolaryngology at Tulane University, followed by a laryngology fellowship at Wake Forest, Dr. Belafsky has dedicated his extensive research and clinical practice to those suffering with voice and swallowing problems. Every day he sees patients suffering with the pain of reflux. Every day he wants to be able to do more. Reflux Gourmet is another step towards more.
Ramon A. Franco, Jr., MD
After graduating medical school from Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Franco completed his otolaryngology residency at the State University of New York, followed by a laryngology fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Franco enjoys the academic world of medicine where he strives to increase patient safety while decreasing their financial burden through innovations such as shifting procedures from operating rooms into the office and investing himself in endeavors like alternative reflux therapy. Dr. Franco attends a busy patient practice while maintaining his clinical research. A frequently invited speaker to conferences around the world, he also volunteers for philanthropic medical missions teaching surgeons. Alginate therapy, the foundation of Reflux Gourmet, aligns perfectly with his view of how medicine should help everyone.