Within the broad realm of ophthalmology, Dr. David Nelson specializes in dramatically improving his patients’ vision with cataract, LASIK, and lens-implant surgeries. Dr. Nelson, who works alongside Dr. Nima Mazhari at Carolina Eye Cataract & Laser, divides his time between treating patients at the practice he founded and sharing his expertise. His work has been published in ophthalmology journals and he has lectured at national conferences.
Recognized as a top ophthalmologist by the International Assocation of Healthcare Professionals, Dr. Nelson aims to correct conditions such as astigmatic corneas or myopic vision with anything from laser eye surgeries to corrective-lens prescriptions. He identifies these problems using a Pentacam diagnostic tool, which gives a three-dimensional view of an eye from 25 angles.
Overseen by Dr. Rajesh Kedar, the skin specialists at Metrolina Medical Spa help diminish the appearance of common skin imperfections. They shoo away scene-stealing blood vessels through sclerotherapy, fill in unwanted lines with Botox, refresh facial glow with microdermabrasion, and terrify Rapunzel impersonators with laser hair reduction. No matter the service, the team makes the health of each client's unique skin the top priority.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
Garo Megherian—owner of Balance By Touch Massage & Rehabilitation—along with eight other massage therapists, assesses posture and pain before beginning any treatment. The knowledge gleaned from their analysis allows them to craft custom massages that address each client's unique ailments and goals. White molding and pictures of various muscle groups accent the basil-green walls of the private and couples' massage rooms, which conceal their simple massage tables with blue blankets. As therapists kneads tense muscles, they employ modalities such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki. The treatments can curb anxiety and improve sleep, unlike portraits of clowns with eyes that follow one around the room.
The massage therapists at Curatio Rehabilitation come from backgrounds in neuromuscular therapy and the treatment of chronic pain. Each of their customizable sessions begins with a consultation to discuss the desired outcome, source of pain, and meaning of suffering. The therapists use Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to relieve muscle knots, sports massage techniques to soothe sore hockey pads, and prenatal massage techniques for expecting mothers. Their specialty, neuromuscular massage, is designed to alleviate pain with deep strokes targeted at the nerves. Sessions are complemented by a choice of aromatherapy oils or organic, odorless shea butter.