Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
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.
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.
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.