Dr. Philip H. Kresch understands the frustration that comes with having toenail fungus. Working in the podiatry field for more than 30 years, he's seen patients battle with ineffective topical solutions and oral medications that can cause undesirable side effects, such as uncontrollable quickstepping. The pursuit of an effective, no-fuss treatment led him to affix his office with the latest technology for battling toenail fungus—the Q-Clear laser system. Unlike with previous laser procedures, the system's calibrated energy wavelengths can destroy fungal growths without the use of medications in as little as one to three treatments.
Refractive surgeon Dr. Hasan Hakim doesn’t just perform LASIK surgery—he was involved in the FDA trials of the excimer laser used in LASIK during his time at the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has kept abreast of cutting-edge developments in vision restoration, from the evolution of LASIK and PRK surgeries to the replacement of eyes with miniature owls. With 5,000 vision-correction procedures already under his belt, Dr. Hakim continues to tend to peepers with deft hands and state-of-the-art technology, performing both incision and laser procedures to bring the world back into focus for those struggling to read street signs or tea leaves. A full stock of Acuvue contacts and frames by Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein helps Dr. Hakim perform more conventional vision enhancements.
On an extensive résumé that boasts more than 25 years of experience, what stands out is Dr. Haitham Masri's distinction as Michigan's first board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He and other doctors helm his namesake clinic, each one wielding his or her own specialized expertise to focus on different parts of the body. Before beginning any surgery, they take as much time as necessary to answer questions and explain procedures with detailed brochures, slideshows, and diagrams.
Alongside the center’s cosmetic surgery specialty is the nonsurgical branch, where minimally invasive procedures geared toward enhancing outer appearances require less downtime. Aestheticians resurface faces with chemical peels, smooth wrinkles with dermal fillers, and man lasers to remove unwanted hair and leave bodies smooth.
The certified instructors at Harvest Healthy Kids shepherd budding gastronomes through cooking classes designed to impart techniques for planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks. These child-focused staffers aim to help pupils to become health-conscious culinarians, mentoring them as they prepare dishes using wholesome ingredients and kitchen utensils that are provided on site. In addition to perfecting egg-cracking dexterity, pint-sized sous chefs brandish a range of scholastic skills during cooking regimens—utilizing mathematics while measuring ingredients, applying science while liquefying solid foods, and honing reading abilities while deciphering hidden messages in alphabet soup. Between stirs and simmers, teachers helm thoughtful discussions about the food groups and the importance of eating nutrient-rich meals devoid of unhealthy additives and Play-Doh asafetida.
In 1955, the world saw many famous firsts: President Eisenhower hosted the first televised presidential news conference, Gunsmoke began its legendary run, and Fortney Eyecare Associates opened its first practice. Today, a quintet of locations hosts board-certified doctors of optometry ready to keep Detroit peepers healthy and focused. After thorough exams, patients can decamp to Fortney’s frame shops, which house designer eyewear from labels including Ray-Ban, Prada, Nike, and Versace.
In addition to general eyewear, the practice also specializes in safety eyewear, working with businesses to supply and repair the type of industrial eyewear that's best for each workplace or astigmatic traffic cones. The national administrator of General Motors' prescription safety eyewear program since 1992, Fortney was hailed GM’s Supplier of the Year for its no-nonsense professional chops.