In Greek mythology, Argos was a hero and a giant who was said to possess nearly 100 ever-watchful eyes. Though they couldn't possibly help clients see that well, optical surgeons Dr. Elena Mier Trotter, MD and Dr. Selvin Gnannakkan, O.D. want to try. As the resident physicians at Argos Vision and Eye Care Center, they use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat ocular diseases ranging from the common to the complex.
In addition to preventative care, they also perform routine exams to check visual acuity and weed out which patients are actually under the control of tiny robots living behind their eyes. These exams can lead to custom fittings for soft or rigid contact lenses as well as glasses lenses. In the case of the latter, patients may be turned over to optician Alex Finkelshteyn, who will fit them for designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Persol.
As a published author and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Barry Cohen spreads aesthetic knowledge and prowess among patients at his state-of-the-art offices. Dr. Cohen and his staff aim to treat each client like family during surgical and nonsurgical treatments, all of which include complimentary consultations. These sessions may also make use of the office's preoperative computer imaging—software designed to show patients what can and cannot be achieved with surgery or masking tape. The office's adjoining med spa provides a tranquil retreat for rejuvenating waning complexions with dermal fillers, chemical peels, and laser treatments. Additionally, Dr. Cohen's personal line of skincare products and tips from his personally penned books help maintain newly spruced mugs.
Patients' mental well-being is paramount to Dr. Irene Feldman and Dr. Helena Stefan, which explains the center's emphasis on confidence-boosting cosmetic procedures and holistically targeted alternative therapies. After more than 25 years of experience working as an endocrinologist and internist, Dr. Feldman redirected her focus to cosmetic medicine and currently oversees noninvasive treatments with laser systems by such manufacturers as Candela, Sciton, and the Knights Templar. Dr. Stefan learned her holistic craft during a seven-year apprenticeship under Chinese physicians, who taught her the arts of acupuncture and natural medicine, and she continues to further her education in nutrition, herbology, and homeopathy.
When Dr. David Pinsky opened State of the Art Dental Group in 2001, it was the culmination of a dentistry career that at that point had already comprised nearly 20 years of experience. Now, together with Rustin Levy, DMD, and Ira Reiz, DMD, Pinsky delivers general dentistry and orthodontic services ranging from root canals and extractions to the popular Invisalign teeth-straightening method. Unlike lifelong cave dwellers, the doctors are comfortable exploring the area outside of the mouth—they also provide skin-smoothing injections that reduce the appearance of wrinkles for up to one year.
Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala?a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians?has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
The destination for those with aesthetic goals big and small, Potomac Skin Care is a welcoming space where med-spa technologies seem to rewind time. Zerona lasers make silhouettes more svelte, smoothing away cellulite as it shines on the skin. Botox and Obagi Blue Peel treatments help erase fine lines and lend more even complexions. These and other treatments are conducted with care after a consultation, during which the technician and client check out future results via time machine.