More than 8,000 miles separate Manila from Dallas, a journey that board-certified plastic surgeon Alfedo Rodriguez made in stages. It began at the University of Santo Tomas where he earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate and set himself up for a residency of general surgery at the University of Philippines. In New Jersey, he established his US credentials with a residency in general surgery before completing a residency in plastic surgery at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. He first arrived in Dallas as the chairman of the department of surgery at Dallas Regional Medical Center before opening Southwest Plastic Surgery Center. At the center, he and his staff perform liposuction and cosmetic surgeries along with less-invasive options for rejuvenation such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Dr. Rodriguez is equally adept at matters of function as of form: he also specializes in hand surgeries that alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive-stress injuries.
When Kristina Bauer—a yoga veteran with 20 years of experience and 1,000 classes under her mat—opened Yoga Synergy Spa, she wanted to create a space that felt more like a home than a gym or a corporate chain. Today, her studio glows with her own homemade candles while yogis lead guests through various styles of yoga, including heated Vinyasa flow, Hatha yoga for all levels, a class that invites kids and their parents to stretch together, and even Zumba. In addition to its group session, the studio embraces its spa side with Reiki, infrared sauna sessions, and massage therapy that complements Kristina’s pursuit of peacefulness in the same way that playing Marco Polo can add a little fun to a shark attack. An on-location retail shop stocks yoga mats, homemade natural soaps, and veggie candles.
While performing her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Ellen Turner built a strong foundation for treating dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and skin cancer. She designed DermLaser Institute of Dallas to treat skin maladies ranging from eczema and melasma to scar treatment. She and her staff tone and brighten complexions with skin treatments as well as medical, cosmetic, and laser procedures. Outside of simple skin-brightening work, DermLaser Institute of Dallas also wields Yag and Fraxel lasers to perform facial rejuvenation, body contouring, hair removal, and tattoo removal. Dr. Turner also works below the surface in her spa, treating faces with injectables and dermal fillers in addition to traditional chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion treatments. She also helps clients keep up at-home regimens with Belladermis, her personally curated product shop that includes cleansers by SkinMedica, lotions from Obagi, and a mysterious salve that turns dogs invisible.
Dr. Otto Huertas is not just a board-certified gynecological and pelvic surgeon—he's also a TV star once removed. Dr. Huertas trained under Dr. Matlock from the reality show Dr. 90210, honing the techniques he learned at Beverly Hills and New Jersey's Pelosi Institute for Cosmetic Surgery.
Nowadays, Dr. Huertas helms his own practice, CosmeticGyn Center, where he beautifies his clients with a variety of surgical treatments and several strategically placed pieces of glitter. His PowerX liposuction procedures suck fat out of the body, and unlike traditional liposuction procedures, they only require a local anesthetic and result in minimal downtime. Dr. Huertas has perfected his liposuction technique by performing more than 1,000 of them over the last 15 years. He can also help new moms lose baby weight with Mommy Makeovers, which may include tummy tucks, liposuction, vaginal rejuvenation, and Brazilian butt lifts.
When clients want to find out the exact expertise of cosmetic surgeon Warren J. Katz, MD, at Aesthetica Medi-Spa, they don't just have to look at the happy faces coming out of his clinic. Instead, they can find his work in a number of media, including his numerous scholarly articles and magazine contributions. His 25 years of experience give him a keen eye and steady hand, which help him provide beautiful, youthful results to his clients. He specializes in everything from noninvasive medical-grade facials that refine and smooth the skin to full surgical procedures, such as tightening jawlines with face-lifts or removing unwanted fat with liposuction. He also leads a team of aestheticians, who help clients keep their skin soft, unlined, and date-stamp free with Dr. Katz's brand of anti-aging skincare.