Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.
A sports-related injury sent Doctor of Chiropractic Yang scrambling to the chiropractor’s office at a young age. Inside that office, he found out firsthand the importance of multidisciplinary care, and the experience turned his focus to a career as a chiropractor. Now the seasoned chiropractor uses his knowledge of pain, pain relief, and human anatomy to help patients of any age at his own office, Crow Canyon Chiropractic. Along with chiropractic services, Dr. Yang and his staff heal minds and bodies with rehabilitation programs, scoliosis screenings, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy. Advanced techniques and equipment, including x-ray imaging and spinal analysis, ensure that the doctor can accurately diagnose patients’ internal problems and finally discern the name of that song stuck in their heads.
Juxtaposing modern technology to old-fashioned care and attention, Dr. Hilary J. Lerner, Dr. Lisa Chang, and Dr. Farah Noory?along with their dozen-strong team?improve eyes' function and health at three locations. Trained at institutions such as Yale and Harvard, the doctors specialize in surgery that eliminates the need for glasses, including cataract removal and LASIK. Their full-service menu, however, is expansive, even encompassing the application of lash-bolstering Latisse. To help a wide variety of patients receive the care they deserve, Lerner Eye Center has cultivated a multilingual team, with five languages spoken among the team.
Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center’s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue’s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.
As the name suggests, Elite Vein Specialists focuses on one goal: eliminating unwanted spider and varicose veins. Dr. Nicholas Hyde?a Yale-trained, board-certified practitioner?oversees a staff of medical experts as they help clients achieve unblemished skin. They rely on minimally invasive methods to banish unwanted veins, such as sclerotherapy injections or ambulatory phlebectomy. Most treatments are quick and show results within two to three months, ensuring guests can get back to their everyday shorts-modeling routines.
Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.