When Dr. Caryl Mussenden was six years old, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. After studying at Howard University's College of Medicine and holding residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she realized this dream. Beginning as a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mussenden taught young women the basics of self care, eventually transitioning into opening her own gynecological and med spa practice, Liposculpture by Design.
In 2006, Dr. Mussenden created the Medi Spa division to welcome clients looking for spa services and laser work. And today, along with her dedicated staff, Mussenden helps men and women achieve their aesthetic aspirations through customized dermal filler injections, chemical peels, laser hair removal, body wraps, and Jade therapy.
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.
Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients’ skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools—including ultrasound devices and HCG injections—that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juvéderm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.
The talented therapists and aestheticians at Forever Young MedSpa peacefully negotiate between clients and their troubled exteriors. Aggravated muscles can submit to the classic Swedish massage to alleviate aches and tame tension. During 60 minutes of body kneading, mitten-fillers frolic about backs while targeting specific sore spots with smooth, gliding strokes and massage lotions. With a 60-minute stress-relieving facial, clients can transport faces to a place as still and calm as a British Royal guard after a glass of warm milk. A thorough cleansing rids skin surfaces of dirt and toxins before a custom mask smooths over complexions and territory disputes between pores and their surrounding skin. A facial, hand, and shoulder massage, along with finishing skin products, provide a kindly coda to the relaxing treatment.
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. Debra A. Coats-Walton—a native Washingtonian, a Georgetown University–trained physician, and a board-certified dermatologist with a tsunami of credentials—balances the candlelit serenity of a spa with medical-grade beautifying techniques. Addressing a wide spectrum of cosmetic issues, the good doctor puts her hours spent studying aesthetic laser technology, liposuction, and dermal fillers to practice, and she has designed a signature line of physician-grade skincare products.
Smartlipo surgeries contour silhouettes by liquefying fat deposits with controlled pulses of laser light energy, an improvement over traditional, less-effective lipo that uses a witch doctor to chant fat away. On the other end of the spectrum, a number of FDA-approved injectable treatments add volume to cheekbones and smooth away fine lines.
Because she splits her time as an attending physician at Washington Hospital Center, she put together a team of health-care professionals and technicians to man Cutera and Fraxel laser systems. The laser treatments can zap away rogue hairs, firm skin tone, or diminish the appearance of blemishes, sun damage, and semipermanent clown makeup. Additionally, the staff mollycoddles frazzled bodies with traditional spa services, including custom facials and massages with warm essential oils.