Losing weight often requires more than exercise and eating right. For many people, diet and exercise aren't enough to overcome the behavioral, hormonal, and metabolic obstacles that lead to weight gain. Medical weight loss can help facilitate long-term results by identifying and treating the root causes of weight gain, such as a slower metabolism or excessive food cravings, through natural and prescription methods.
Dr. Jeffrey B. Brown, the head of Affinity Health Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center, creates custom weight-loss plans with his team of experts that counteract these root causes. Composed of three steps—active weight loss, a transitional phase that incorporates regular exercise, and maintenance—the multi-tiered plans typically last a calendar year, and include ongoing one-on-one meetings with a physician that help clients stay motivated and keep the weight off.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. St. Surin-Lord has learned much since her days as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Fellow during medical school. Now, after years of dermatology training at Howard University and completing a surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, she applies her encyclopedic knowledge of skin conditions to treat concerns that range from pimples to cancer. She extends this cosmetic expertise to patients in the form of dermal fillers, laser hair removal, and pigment alterations and also shares it with other dermatologists as a professor at Howard University.
Dr. William L. Gonzalez and his son Dr. Mark Gonzalez helm Capital Eye Physicians & Surgeons, an ophthalmology practice where they correct vision, clear cataracts, and tame a variety of eye diseases. The elder Dr. Gonzalez brings decades of medical experience to his practice, has lectured around the world, and has trained gaggles of other doctors in eye-surgery techniques. To join his father's professional ranks, Dr. Mark Gonzalez completed his residency at the prestigious Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center, and he brings skills he learned there to his refractive surgeries. Both clinic locations also boast a full-service eyeglasses boutique, where patients can choose from basic and designer frames, order contact lenses, or play frisbee with the latest monocles.:m]]
The staff at Elite Care Clinic view every patient-practitioner connection as a partnership. Led by Dr. Vicken Poochikian, a physician with more than a quarter century of experience, the team delivers comprehensive internal medicine and testing, as well as consultations on preventive health care, to help identify and cure current ailments while preventing the onset of other illnesses such as rock ‘n’ roll fever. Weight-management programs help clients look and feel their best, and skincare services, including laser hair-removal and spider-vein treatments, employ advanced laser technologies to achieve aesthetic goals.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks and her team of trained beautifiers offer an eclectic array of appearance-boosting services. Surgical options to fulfill patients’ Christmas wishes include tummy tucks, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. For a lighter touch, nonsurgical treatments include injections of Botox—the wrinkle-fading serum that tricks muscles into thinking they are bears that must fall into deep hibernation for months.
Throughout her time accumulating medical experience, Nichole Jefferson had dabbled in such a wide range of disciplines—phlebotomy, cardiovascular health, and emergency medicine, to name a few—that she never anticipated a foray into massage therapy. But when a friend studying the technique massaged Nichole's arm as part of a homework assignment, she instantly felt a wave of relief run through her. After years of immersion in a notoriously laborious field, Nichole found her calling in just a few minutes.
Today, Nichole is a certified and licensed massage therapist, merging her considerable medical background with holistic-healing methods to devise powerful custom treatments. Her diverse arsenal includes deep-tissue massage, hot-stone therapy, and the raindrop technique, a noninvasive method of relaxing physiques and psyches with essential oils and bodywork. She taps further into her medical wisdom during craniosacral-therapy sessions, which delve deep into the nervous system to disentangle chronic tension between star-crossed synapses from feuding axons.