At Baby Otter Swim School, a team of nationally certified instructors demystifies the water for infants and adults alike, thwarting tragedy with techniques for lifelong safety. After raising their own children to fear neither pools nor natural bodies of water, owners Mindy and Marlene pioneered their flagship Turn, Kick, Reach program—a method that teaches children 10 months and older how to handle a spill into the water—as a tool for preventing drowning. For other classes, they follow a five-day model that demonstrates basic and advanced aquatic skills, such as mastering strokes or putting out fires with nothing more than a drinking straw, a glass of water, and elbow grease. Their curriculum has helped firefighter and police cadets, three-month-old babies, senior citizens, and celebrities. Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson grew so enamored of the program after it taught him to swim that he became the school's spokesperson and set out on a water-safety campaign featured in the Sun Sentinel. Gwyneth Paltrow has also praised the instructors for the "tremendous confidence" that her daughter, Apple, gained as a result of the training.
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.
Even as a young girl, Dr. Annette Middelhof knew she wanted to be a doctor. She followed that dream to the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned her dental degree, and then to New York City, where she completed advanced training at hospitals affiliated with Cornell University and Cornell Medical Center.
Now presiding over her own practice in Florida, Enchanting Dentistry, Dr. Middelhof uses the latest dental techniques and equipment, such as Picasso soft-tissue laser technology, which can precisely cut tissue during surgical procedures or perfectly slice sandwiches during a working lunch. Dr. Middelhof maintains a friendly, relaxing manner whether she’s performing a general treatment or cosmetic procedure, and she makes sure to keep her patients informed during each step.
Dr. Mitchell Levy, a native New Yorker, chose to travel to Italy in order to attend The Medical University of Bologna, a school steeped in 900 years' worth of wisdom. After graduating in 1971, Dr. Levy returned to the United States, honing his skills during his residency and internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He eventually entered private practice, and it was there that he found a specific cause: breast cancer. Dr. Levy even helped in clinical studies for a new treatment device, the PEM Flex, which can examine cancer at the molecular level. He continues to help patients battle the disease at his current practice in Plantation. Although the fight against breast cancer remains his focus, Dr. Levy also administers cosmetic treatments such as Botox, fillers, and body shaping through cryolipolysis.
Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, the professional staff at Physician’s Weight Loss Centers helps clients work toward overall wellness while shedding pounds with their six specialized weight-loss programs. After a consultation with a certified staff member, each client is assigned to the program best suited to his or her goals, current health, and willingness to put up with a stack of pancake’s “I miss you!” text messages. Programs can also be augmented with regimens of supplements and vitamins, including the fat-targeting agents of vitamin B12 injections. Not merely satisfied with supplying menu plans, the staff offers behavior-guidance plans, counselors, and medical consultations to ensure clients fully embrace new, healthful behaviors.
"When trust and skill work together," opines Dr. Tory Lindh, "we can expect a masterpiece." For well over a decade, Dr. Lindh and his staff have worked to broaden their cosmetic and restorative skills while setting patients at ease in a relaxed office setting. They employ advanced technology to make dental procedures more precise and comfortable. A delivery system called The Wand allows the team to administer anesthesia painlessly. Dr. Lindh is also a member of the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, and his in-depth study of facial muscles enhances modern cosmetic services such as Invisalign, Botox, and Zoom! teeth whitening that allow grins and faces to benefit from the science of beauty.