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.
Treat the person, not the symptoms. That is the philosophy board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. H. Michael Bass has followed during a medical career that?s stretched across more than a thousand cosmetic surgeries. It?s also what guides him in his work as medical director of Danik MedSpa. Though the advanced spa center offers a range of surgical treatments, including rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, its menu is also filled with a variety of nonsurgical aesthetic services that focus on body sculpting, hair removal, anti-aging, and weight loss. Their unique body contouring treatments utilizes 16 similar but unique techniques, with the variations in the methods causing "muscle confusion" that can be especially effective in toning and expelling extra weight from the body, particularly in stubborn areas. During facials and chemical peels, the center's aestheticians restore firmness, clear away blemishes, and nourish careworn skin with products from the experts at SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Abella. When not slimming waistlines with weekly HCG injections, they also turn to the latest laser systems to carefully remove unwanted hair, veins, and tattoos.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Andres Patron, the staff at Patron Medical harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Nexxlight offers a procedure that can slim, tone, and produce collagen?all without the use of needles or incisions. During their signature Lipo-Light service, technicians wield artificial heat and light to stimulate the body's natural responses. After strapping heat- and light-producing pads to target areas of the body, they simply flick a switch. These pads produce energy, heating up the area at the cellular level and coaxing the body to metabolize it. The noninvasive procedure results in no pain, bruising, or downtime. According to the technicians, the treatment produces noticeable results in four to eight sessions conducted over two to four months, one to two lunar cycles, or an infinitesimal fraction of eternity. Though Lipo-Light treatments are Nexxlight's bread-and-butter, the staff also performs stress-relieving massages, exfoliating facials, and Glycolic peels.
Under the supervision of a physician, the technicians at Sunrise Laser & Hormone Institute beautify bodies with a variety of noninvasive, high-tech services. They remove hair from virtually any skin type with the Alma Soprano laser, whose cooling mechanism keeps skin surfaces so comfortable that many patients compare the treatment to a hot-stone massage. To reduce sagging skin, the Alma Soprano also uses true laser technology to tighten skin in the arms, neck, face, and stomach. To reduce cellulite and wrinkles caused by attempting to spell kohlrabi, staff members call on the radio frequency and magnetic pulses of non-invasive systems. Their service menu also includes laser body-slimming treatments and bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy, along with body contouring, chemical peels, and facials.
Infinite Life Medical's diverse roster of offerings includes vitamin supplements and weight-loss programs to help dieters whittle down their physiques. They also perform laser-hair removal treatments that reduce reliance on razors, depilatories, and thimble-sized hedge trimmers. Massage therapy services soothe tense muscles, and chiropractic care addresses ills associated with misalignments of the spine.