Dr. Courtney Watkins and Dr. Jean-Jacques Kassis, the podiatrists at Premier Foot and Ankle Clinic, both honed their skills at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where they treated diabetic foot issues, an array of ankle injuries, and a slew of other lower-body boo-boos. In their North Miami Beach practice, they tackle everything from regular checkups to complicated foot surgeries and work to prevent injuries with custom-molded orthotics that slip discreetly into shoes or bunny slippers. They also address common dermal conditions, such as plantar warts, ulcers, corns, and calluses.
Educated at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Dr. Helen Donatelli uses her aesthetics know-how to rejuvenate her patients' skin using nonsurgical solutions. Dr. Donatelli personally treats patients, rather than leaving them in the hands of assistants, and is well versed in the latest techniques. Laser treatments zap wrinkles, whereas beauty injections plump up features for months at a time. Dr. Donatelli also treats more than just the face, offering revitalizing services for the hands.
Medically speaking, the team at Opa Medical Group covers a lot of bases. Primary care services include physicals and blood work, cosmetic treatments like Botox injections renew visages, and alternative procedures such as hormone replacement therapy combat internal maladies to restore overall balance. Clients looking to fit into last year's skinny jeans or next year's invisible parka, Opa's staff can create hCG diet plans and administer B12 injections that kickstart metabolism.
Working within a clean, ozonated environment just off 5th Avenue in Midtown, the specialists at ido Holistic Center bolster patients' wellness with their house specialty treatment, Japanese shiatsu, as well as a one-of-a-kind herbal sauna. Also termed acupressure, traditional shiatsu massages apply manual pressure to key surface points tied to the central nervous system, fostering harmony within the body. Before each shiatsu treatment, therapists empirically examine patients’ appearances, odors, and bodily sounds for signs of disharmony, such as stomach gurgles that mimic blues guitar. Gentle Swedish and more intense deep-tissue massages complete the kneading offerings, which can soothe individuals or relax duos in couples rooms. Specialists can augment massages with treatments such as Japanese acupuncture, which uses finer and gentler needles than its mainstream Chinese cousin, and reiki, which aligns body and mind with healing energy. The onsite herbal sauna, perfumed by 15 Japanese herbs, glows with infrared light as it helps boost oxygen flow by dilating blood vessels.
Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Ariel Soffer, a graduate of the prestigious Cedars Sinai/UCLA residency program, former chief of medicine of the Hollywood Medical Center, former doctor for the Florida Panthers, clinical assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, and chief medical expert for WPLG ABC Local 10 News leads Soffer Health, which offers multiple practices and specialized departments. One such department is the Soffer Vein Institute, where a diverse menu of vein treatments helps female and male patients to achieve comely legs. Dr. Soffer is so proficient in laser treatments for varicose veins that he has trained dozens of physicians to use his endovenous laser-ablation techniques to heat varicose veins directly and cause them to seal and disappear more quickly than rabbits at a magicians’ convention. A supporting team of dedicated vein experts complements Dr. Soffer's expertise. Dr. Oz even dubbed him as a world expert in veins during a recent interview. Additionally, Dr. Soffer uses traditional, ultrasound-guided, and foam-sclerotherapy treatments to eliminate unwanted varicose and spider veins.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Barry Resnik has a number of outlets for his talents: he serves as the team dermatologist for the Florida Marlins; he volunteers at the Open Door Health Center, which offers affordable healthcare; and, at the Resnik Skin Institute, he practices dermatology and dermatologic surgery for adults, kids, and snakes who can't shed because they slithered through crazy glue.
Dr. Resnik's skincare ambitions are vast, covering everything from medical concerns such as psoriasis and alopecia to cosmetic desires and skin conditions such as scar management and moles. Ever tech-savvy, the doctor's staff mans lasers to nix unwanted stretch marks and sun spots, and they also summon a Naturalipo liposuction machine, a skin-lightening system, and a stock of dermal fillers to do their bidding.