Marie Theresa Davis wears a number of hats in the beauty industry. She is a licensed aesthetician, massage therapist, nail technician, and certified personal fitness trainer. The well-rounded owner of House of Chi Spa uses all of her expertise during a variety of services, such as reiki treatments, acne-clearing facials, gel manicures, spray-tanning sessions, and weight-loss programs. She also eases sunburned skin with body wraps and applies permanent makeup to clients' faces.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Barry Resnik has a number of outlets for his talents: he serves as the team dermatologist for the Florida Marlins; he volunteers at the Open Door Health Center, which offers affordable healthcare; and, at the Resnik Skin Institute, he practices dermatology and dermatologic surgery for adults, kids, and snakes who can't shed because they slithered through crazy glue.
Dr. Resnik's skincare ambitions are vast, covering everything from medical concerns such as psoriasis and alopecia to cosmetic desires and skin conditions such as scar management and moles. Ever tech-savvy, the doctor's staff mans lasers to nix unwanted stretch marks and sun spots, and they also summon a Naturalipo liposuction machine, a skin-lightening system, and a stock of dermal fillers to do their bidding.
On August 21, 2010, the offices of EliteHealth.MD LLC got a disturbing call. One of their patients had fractured a vertebra during a dive into too-shallow water and was now paralyzed below the chest. Things were further complicated by her location, as a visit to her family in the Bahamas had put her more than 300 miles from Florida. But that didn't stop Dr. Steven Schnur and his team from immediately springing into action to help her. An air ambulance lifted her to Ryder Trauma Center in Florida, where the chairman of the University of Miami's neurological-surgery department led a medical team to repair the break in her spine.
This quick, effective response demonstrates the scope and resources of EliteHealth, an international network of physicians coordinated by Drs. Schnur and Perry Krichmar. Though EliteHealth's team ably handles emergency situations like this one, its focus lies in preventive medicine. Three levels of membership grant patients access to a suite of medical services, screenings, and diagnostics scheduled throughout the year. These range from heart scans to Elite|Fit Forever, a gene-decoding and metabolic-testing program that develops nutrition and exercise recommendations based on each patient's genetics. Members also qualify for the EliteHealth Annual Wellness Exam, which monitors patients for early indicators of common degenerative diseases such as cancer.
To further facilitate this approach to ongoing integrative care, EliteHealth operates locations within the United States and beyond. The myEliteHealth online portal helps patients keep in touch with their physicians without forcing them to shout into a really long stethoscope.
The dermal gurus at Lasergenex Tattoo Removal Center brandish a laser known as the Medlite Q-Switch to chip away at unwanted pigments. For up to 30 minutes, the tool releases very short pulses of light that enter the skin and break apart the ink’s pigments, eradicating cuffs of Excel spreadsheets. Skin-plains are constantly refreshed with a blizzard of air released by the Zimmer Cryo 5 Skin Cooler to minimize discomfort, though sedative options are available. In the next few weeks, the body’s own immune system continues to dispose of the pigment; the length of recovery time and efficacy of laser treatments depends on skin tone as well as ink tone, quality, color, and depth. At the treatment center, airy white walls create a calming atmosphere, as do cooing doves ready to settle on any shoulder.
Drs. Michelle Barnes, a board-certified internist, and J. Castillo-Plaza, a gynecologic and laser surgeon, love focusing on the aesthetic aspect of medicine. Making clients beautiful, they find, is such a welcoming break from traditional medicine, which just doesn't give patients the same boost of confidence and youthfulness that can follow a facial-filler injection or cellulite treatment. That's why all of their services, from a basic facial peel to SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction to Botox injections for underarm sweating can help to make patients feel beautiful. That's also why instead of a clinical med-spa setting, the office is a place of tranquility, where patients can inhale lavender-scented aromatherapy or sip complimentary tea, coffee, or water while taking in the Asian decor of bamboo, Buddha statues, and sushi rolls glued to the walls.