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.
Dr. Alberik Keshishian believes strongly in the value of an education. At Beauty Mark Plastic Surgery, he gives daily lessons to his prospective patients to ensure that they know everything about the surgical procedures they are considering. During private consultations, Dr. Keshishian outlines the upsides as well as the downsides to everything from simple beauty injections to post-pregnancy surgeries. His well-informed patients then feel more confident in their decisions, even as they timidly ask if he'll be collecting homework.
Through the concentrated use of infrared light, LA Tans & Aesthetic Center helps clients reach their health apex through internal cleansing treatments. Take a seat in the sauna, a steam-free booth filled with infrared heaters waiting to saturate the skin in radiance as powerful as the sun's, minus the damaging ultraviolet rays and obnoxious ego. The infrared heat targets fat cells, lifts them head over heels, and shakes their pockets loose of contaminants in the form of perspiration. Infrared sessions are thought to increase circulation and stimulate tissues, which may be useful for treating arthritis or limbering up for a strenuous jazz-hands performance.
At Bella Nuova Med Spa & Wellness Center, a physician oversees a staff of registered nurses and aestheticians, who beautify bodies and faces with advanced cosmetic procedures such as stem-cell facials and cellulite-reducing vacuum therapy. The lobby and private treatment rooms surround visitors with bright, white walls and simple geometric furnishing, evoking the image of an ultramodern luxury spa or a reasonably furnished space-time machine. During wellness consultations, clients confer one-on-one with knowledgeable medical professionals, detoxifying their bodily systems with metabolic cleansing, or fighting the effects of aging with bio-identical hormone replacement. Cosmetic treatments rejuvenate skin cells and slim down adipose tissue through procedures such as ultrasound cavitation or wrinkle-smoothing plasma-rich plaque injections.
Dr. Ernest DiGeronimo views himself as an artist, and his cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries as his works of art. He trained under Dr. Ralph Millard?considered by many plastic surgeons to be the father of modern plastic surgery?and has perfected his craft over the course of more than 30 years and thousands of procedures. He and his staff practice their trade in two pristine operating rooms, performing procedures that span the whole body, from face lifts and Botox injections to breast augmentation and liposuction. He also stays abreast of current aesthetic technological advances, as evidenced by his noninvasive laser treatments that include skin resurfacing and radio frequency skin tightening.
A 12-person team is at the core of Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, consisting of dermatologists, physician's assistants, aestheticians, and other aesthetic professionals. Together, they practice both cosmetic and clinical dermatology, helping patients to achieve their aesthetic goals as well as boost the health of their skin. Powerful lasers penetrate the skin's surface to help eliminate unwanted tattoos and slow the growth of hair. Many services focus on staving off the visible effects of aging, including treatments that help to ease wrinkles, plump up lips, and eliminate unwanted spider veins.