Dr. M. Farooq Ashraf mastered the excimer laser as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he now wields the ultramodern tool as he adds to his career tally of more than 35,000 LASIK procedures. As founder and medical director of Atlanta Vision Institute, he draws upon his skills as a board-certified ophthalmologist to correct nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision with refractive surgery. In addition to giving the gift of sight, Dr. Ashraf gives back to the community by supporting local charities and providing discounted services to financially strapped Cyclopes.
Spider veins are not only a reason to avoid wearing shorts—they can be a symptom of more sinister circulatory problems. That’s why Dr. Ian Katz, a board-certified physician specializing in phlebology and sclerotherapy, offers three types of vein treatments, all of which help prevent future circulatory problems and remedy the appearance of spider and varicose veins. The first option is surgical removal, which Dr. Katz performs so precisely that patients typically don't even need stitches. Then there's sclerotherapy, the injection of a fluid that causes the vein to collapse and be absorbed back into the body. But perhaps the most intriguing technique—and Dr. Katz's specialty—is the VNUS closure procedure. The heat that this treatment's radiofrequency catheter generates closes off spider and varicose veins, reducing their exterior appearance and rerouting the blood they carry to healthier veins. The recovery process is simple; after the outpatient procedure, patients return to their normal routines within one to two days, and they see results after as little as one treatment. Following any of these treatments, patients may need to wear compression stockings for a time, but fortunately they don't have to resort to extreme measures, such as eating an apple every day.
Woolfson Eye Institute’s founder and medical director Dr. Jonathan Woolfson is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has performed more than 70,000 laser vision-correction procedures. Such clinical experience has helped him earn the trust of other medical professionals; he has performed more than 300 surgeries on his fellow eye doctors and trained and certified more than 100 North American LASIK surgeons. He has also fine-tuned the eyesight of professional athletes, including Ovie Mughelli, Curtis Lofton, and Kroy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons.
Dr. Woolfson draws upon this extensive experience each time he customizes a laser procedure to his patients’ needs. He and his staff of doctors begin every treatment with in-depth consultations, where they determine the lasers, instruments, and novelty sound effects needed to successfully enhance eyesight. Once they’ve completed their procedures, they also offer eligible patients a Lifetime Assurance Plan, granting them free lifetime access to any fine-tuning surgeries.
Founded by Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, a father-and-son team who used LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision, Joffe MediCenter has five locations across the country where expert ophthalmologists use advanced diagnostics to conduct each custom wavefront LASIK surgery. Treatment begins with a free, noninvasive examination with Bausch & Lomb Orbscan and Zywave mapping systems—derived from technology developed for astronomy and physics applications. They generate a 3-D model of each eye, which, like a fingerprint or favorite line from The Princess Bride, is unique to each person.
The highly advanced custom Wavefront LASIK treatments employ an array of meticulously calibrated lasers and microsensors to execute a precise, individually tailored sight correction for every patient, allowing many patients to return to work the next day. Post-treatment, many patients boast clearer vision than they had when relying on contacts, glasses, or vintage View-Masters.
Asha Efuru, the proprietor, certified colon hydrotherapist, and instructor at Hadiya Wellness, has long been dedicated to holistic health. The former owner of a California colon-hydrotherapy training school, Efuru continues to train students for careers in eliminating toxins from the body. At Hadiya Wellness, she helms colonics, herbal body wraps, and ionic foot detoxes, striving to bring each client's energy level up to that of a caffeinated puppy. Their recently expanded space now includes two treatment rooms as well as two treatments systems.