For the past 20 years, seasoned physician Dr. Birgit Toome has spearheaded Appearance Dermatology’s crusade against epidermal antagonists, a devotion that has garnered her multiple years in the Daily Journal's One of the Best listings. Dr. Toome and her team of assistants stay abreast of the latest medical and cosmetic skin treatments, remedying conditions of all kinds. Their arsenal of 13 noninvasive laser devices can resolve a range of epidermal maladies, from acne scars and freckles to unwanted hair and blatantly plagiarized birthmarks.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Groupon is celebrating an inspiring group of women: business leaders whose companies and brands enrich their communities. Thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of these leaders, local communities across the country are stronger and more diverse.
Shop the Women in Business collection.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Dr. Paul Vernon, the LASIK board-certified ophthalmologist at Family I Care, has performed thousands of refractive surgeries in the past 20 years—even his children have had their vision corrected under his skillful hands. When not wielding a laser, Dr. Vernon also plays the role of general eye doctor, outfitting squinters with glasses and contacts or banishing cataracts from cloudy eyes. His expertise with dry-eye conditions caused by staring at computer screens and kissing benevolent air conditioners has earned him a venerable reputation in treating symptoms such as redness and itching.
Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
At Columbus & Perfection Lasers, Dr. William F. Columbus and a team of licensed practitioners draw from thousands of successful laser-based and cosmetic procedures to restore the sight, rejuvenate the skin, and whiten the teeth of grateful patients. The good doctor and his staff master the versatile capabilities of amplified light, from removing unwanted hair to sharpening fields of vision to distracting overstimulated kittens. DermaMed microdermabrasion equipment treats minor imperfections and exfoliates the top layer of dead skin, and cosmetic injections safely smooth away offending wrinkles. Under the steady hand of a qualified medical professional, beneficial beams of photons target imperfections, leaving behind glistening rows of teeth after Zoom! whitening procedures or 20/20 vision during LASIK treatments.