Virginia Eye Consultants has been home to ophthalmic specialists since its 1963 founding by Dr. John W. Dickerson. Over time, the practice has grown to a staff of seven MDs, each board certified in their medical or surgical area of expertise. Current president Dr. John Sheppard holds extensive knowledge on the topics of corneal transplants and clinical research.
Staffed by a team of nine eye doctors and surgeons, Tidewater Eye Center has racked up recognition in three categories from HamptonRoads.com's Best of Hampton Roads, including Best Health Care Provider and Best Place for Laser Vision Correction. Patients can receive a variety of optometry services at each of the clinic?s three locations, including basic eye exams; treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration; and even aesthetic procedures, including eyelid surgery. Yet, the center?s most popular treatment is blade-free LASIK eye surgery, which eliminates the need for lenses and soda-bottle monocles in as little as 15 minutes.
Specializing in medical and aesthetic skin treatments, the staff at the Dermatology Center of Williamsburg scans skin for trouble spots before employing advanced rejuvenation techniques. Using a diamond-tipped wand, the aesthetician gently sloughs away the top layer of skin and dead cells for an equally posh alternative to buffing the face and neck with aged champagne. Microdermabrasion can increase cell turnover to help combat blackheads, uneven complexion, and oily texture. Like a trip in a time machine, the resurfacing treatment can reduce fine wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage, but may also increase the size of mobile phones.
You wouldn't want to compete against Dr. Sergio Vendetti in an anatomy-themed trivia night. That's because the Italian native has earned both medical and dental degrees, is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. In his spare moments, he also finds time to lecture on surgical topics at academic and medical conferences, and mentor the next generation of healers as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Vendetti uses his vast knowledge of the human form at Virginia Surgical Arts, a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center, where he performs procedures ranging from dental implants to face and eye lifts. His attention to detail and patient-centered philosophy earned him the gold award for Best Oral Surgeon in the Virginian-Pilot?s Best of Hampton Roads competition in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
His office earned the same contest's gold award for Best Skin Care Facility in Virginia Beach in 2014, as well as the silver in 2013 and the bronze in 2012, due in no small part to its highly trained team. A licensed master aesthetician performs numerous medical-grade treatments such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and microdermabrasion treatments.
Healing Touch Physical Therapy’s staff—armed with professional certificates from organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America—sandblast away the body’s excess baggage with a five-part personal-training regimen. First, your corporeal sculptor will assess your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and natural imperviousness to anvils. After determining concrete, measurable fitness goals both short-term (do 15 good crunches) and long-term (rip the space-time continuum in half with your bare hands), you and your trainer will vanquish adipose tissue through a carefully calibrated montage of cardio blasts, free weights, balance boards, stretches, and a few surprises to keep the muscles guessing.
As a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing since 1975, First Colonial Eye Center's Dr. Douglas Rampona has seen eye-care technologies come and go. But not many eye doctors can say that they have developed and federally patented an all-laser procedure that corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. The innovative process is called Supralase, and, unlike traditional LASIK or one-piece PJs, the forward-thinking treatment does not require the creation of a flap. Dr. Rampona and his team, including ophthalmologist Dr. Avrum 'Avi' Meier, whose career-focus has been in treating diseases of they eye, also offer traditional laser vision-correction surgery, treatments for cataracts and glaucoma, eye exams, and cosmetic Botox injections.
In addition to having a medical degree from Baylor University, Dr. Rampona has been elected Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and The Royal Society of Medicine. He also served his country in the military?both as a Naval medical officer and as a chief medical-readiness officer?and supports others around the globe by donating his time and services during medical and humanitarian missions. First Colonial Eye Center was recently added to Coastal Virginia magazine's Reader's Choice Awards 2014 list.