After graduating from NYU College of Dentistry in 1975, Dr. Vincent J. Picone's experience working in different practices opened his eyes to an alarming trend: no one was meeting the needs of the dental-phobic. A minor in psychology allowed him to identify and understand these patients' fears in a way his colleagues couldn't, and this compassion became a driving force for starting his own practice.
Thirty years later, Dr. Picone is still putting anxieties at ease as he leads his staff in administering general, cosmetic, and restorative services. With a focus on staying ahead of dental emergencies, he stresses the importance of regular exams, cleanings, and screenings for periodontal disease. His menu of cosmetic treatments, meanwhile, can whiten or restore teeth damaged during games of Truth or Eat This Brick.
For the past 30 years, the staff at Eye Contact Vision Center has been helping patients of all ages improve their vision with prescription eyewear and contact lenses. Past rows of fashionable frames from Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, and Bvlgari, independent optometrist Dr. Carmela Losurdo holds court five days a week—performing eye exams and impressing clients with her ability to translate eye charts in English, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Losurdo also diagnoses and treats most types of eye problems, including myopia, conjunctivitis, and double vision.
Even though she already holds an MS and a DPT in physical therapy, Dr. Michelle Tawil, continues to learn about her craft. She instills this same passion for learning in her patients, whom she educates on methods of injury prevention while treating their pain and stress. She performs treatments that employ modern technology, such as an 830-mililiter-wavelength low-level laser. This FDA-approved machine beams cold lasers below the skin to stimulate photoreceptors and prompt the healing process, much like seeing a camera prompts children to smear their faces with pasta sauce. She also conducts treatments based in modern medicine such as trigger-point dry needling, which involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into points on tight muscles to trigger a pain- and tension-reducing twitch.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in Therapeutic Healing Massage Center's treatment rooms allow river and city views to stream in, creating a tranquil environment for holistic bodywork. The licensed therapists are trained in a wide array of massage modalities, including aesthetic techniques that address cellulite and the signs of aging. Their Bioptron light-therapy sessions fight injuries and pain with sunshine-like energy that comes free of UV radiation or spontaneous eclipses.