Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, the professional staff at Physician’s Weight Loss Centers helps clients work toward overall wellness while shedding pounds with their six specialized weight-loss programs. After a consultation with a certified staff member, each client is assigned to the program best suited to his or her goals, current health, and willingness to put up with a stack of pancake’s “I miss you!” text messages. Programs can also be augmented with regimens of supplements and vitamins, including the fat-targeting agents of vitamin B12 injections. Not merely satisfied with supplying menu plans, the staff offers behavior-guidance plans, counselors, and medical consultations to ensure clients fully embrace new, healthful behaviors.
A physician, a chiropractor, a personal trainer, and a psychotherapist are just some of the licensed medical professionals who nurture bodies with an expansive suite of spa, medical, and fitness services provided under one roof. The multifaceted staffers blend their services and areas of expertise to help male and female clients find physical balance through beauty and wellness treatments. Licensed massage therapists address tension with a range of massage modalities, including lymphatic, sports, and hot stone. Inside the med spa, injectable treatments fight signs of aging, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and collapse spider veins and the wicked webs they weave
Bilingual, licensed Drs. Dorsey Goosby and Alfredo Machado put children and their parents at ease during appointments for preventive care and identifying and treating inevitable illnesses such as the flu, strep throat, and ear infections. In addition to curing sickness, the specialize in working with kids with ADHD, autism, and diabetes as well as providing resources for new mothers on topics such as breastfeeding.
Established in 1984, South Florida Dermatology keeps skin looking healthy and youthful by treating a wide range of conditions, including acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Its board certified dermatologists also provide cosmetic services, from Botox and chemical peels to laser hair removal and Fraxel skin resurfacing. And much like parrots that work as government spies, the physicians can speak four different languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
For nearly two decades, the medical professionals and laser technicians at Cellulite & Laser Institute have helped patients achieve cosmetic goals with a diverse palette of surgical and nonsurgical options. Harnessing the power of laser and light energy, the skilled staff banishes unwanted fuzz and out-of-date tattoos from skinscapes. Endermology treatments, meanwhile, use gentle suction and a motorized massager to help smooth out cellulite-ridden areas. Cosmetic injections and microdermabrasion sessions rejuvenate façades, allowing patrons to recapture youthful expressions without resorting to gluing a yearbook photo to their nose.