Formerly a med spa, Soluna MD shifted gears in 2008 to focus more on the “med” aspect of the med spa, eschewing treatments whose job was only to pamper in favor of treatments that produced visible results, such as sclerotherapy, Botox, IPL facials, and chemical peels. But instead of letting its new medical services turn the office into a cold, clinical place, Soluna MD retained much of its med-spa comforts and ambiance. Patients relax atop padded massage beds during such treatments as SolunaSculpt SmartLipo Ultra, which permanently removes fat cells with a combination of ultrasound waves, lasers, and tiny incisions.
Before any treatment, patients can grab complimentary coffee and the occasional cake and cookies. They can also take advantage of consultations with cosmetic surgeon John W. Chang to learn more about Soluna MD's services or to discuss the advantages of adding a third ear to the elbow.
As Dr. Janice Lima-Maribona knows well, stress can wreck havoc on skin. That's why the 13-year medical veteran puts as much value on keeping her clients relaxed as she does on her high-tech treatments. According to the doc, her whole medical practice is predicated on the concept of peace of mind. To that end, she has cloaked the med spa in cool, soothing earth tones, and she marshalls her naturally warm disposition into a friendly, attentive form of bedside manner. The end result is an space that feels a lot more like a day-spa than a doctor's office.
But unlike a day-spa, Bay Pointe is flush with medical grade lasers and state-of-the-art acne treatments. Intense pulsed light eradicates imperfections, Botox and Juvederm deliver a one-two punch to facial aging, and concentrated ultrasound melts stubborn belly fat. Aside from a full house of purely cosmetic procedures, Dr. Janice Lima-Maribona also addresses all types of dermalogical skin conditions.
At South Miami Physical Therapy and Pilates, founder Michele Gust and her staff of instructors help clients combat pain and strive for healthy living with a program that combines Pilates and physical therapy. Michele Gust helps improve guests' bodies and minds with the expertise she has displayed as a physical therapist for professional basketball and tennis players, and the butlers who carry them around their mansions. Whether clients are recovering from an injury or simply getting into shape, the classes seek to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate any pain lingering since Firefly was cancelled.
"At RDY MD, we pride ourselves in enhancing the beauty of our patients," says Dr. Rafael Diaz-Yoserev, the clinic's board-certified cosmetic surgeon. He adds new treatments to his range of rejuvenating and slimming procedures as they become available, always aiming to boost a patient’s confidence in their looks. With an artistic hand, Dr. Diaz-Yoserev administers the newly developed 5-minute nose job with injectable fillers and tightens slack skin with high-tech lasers, rather than the wooden mallets used by other area physicians.