In a profile for Plastic Surgery Practice's 2011 Top Docs feature, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Drehsen described how a person's entire facial expression, rather than just sagging cheeks or crow's-feet, is the object of his practice at Venus Clinique Spa by Clinique of Plastic Surgery. This comprehensive approach reflects his mastery of artistic composition, as well as his extensive experience, which is capped by more than two decades of sculpting the denizens of the Tampa Bay area, including mermaids built in sand. After thorough immersion in all fields of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, he sought out specialized studies in hand surgery and microsurgery and developed a deft touch with children and burn victims during his residency at Morton Children's Hospital in Louisville. His steady hand is constantly innovating ways to harmonize features. He reimagined the face-lift to replicate the firm cheeks and stifling ennui of someone in their mid-twenties and repurposed clients' fat cells as catalysts for their own rejuvenation. Computer imaging helps his patients to see and evaluate what he envisions and then collaborate in the creative process. His practice has grown to three locations, two of which offer non-surgical aging solutions. There, medical aestheticians lavish complexions in carefully engineered Obagi and SkinMedica products while a nurse practitioner injects wrinkles and sagging cheeks with seven kinds of FDA approved dermal fillers and volumizers. Lasers work overtime at the spa, smoothing cellulite, routing unwanted hair and veins, and promoting even skin all over the body.
Scott Roberts discovered his knack for massage in an unconventional setting. While serving in the Army and studying Russian language, he'd often ease the stress of his fellow students by rubbing their shoulders. His natural talent and passion for massage led him to the Florida College of Natural Health and Cortiva Institute, where he earned certification in neuromuscular therapy and myofascial massage and received training in hot-stone and sports massage. As the owner of The Peaceful Warrior Massage LLC, Scott and his staff soothe sore muscles with massage techniques that include onsite chair massage, which takes place in an ergonomic chair designed to support spines and prehensile tails.
Premier Vein Institute is dedicating to improving clients' appearance, increasing comfort, and reducing recovery time. Staff members address venous issues with a range of efficient and safe treatments that aim to make patients look and feel younger. Sclerotherapy injections help to collapse blocked veins so that they can be dissolved by the body and fade from view, laser surgical treatments stop the flow of blood in troubled veins, and microphlebectomy physically removes problem veins from the body altogether. In addition to treatments for varicose and spider veins, the staff also perform various aesthetic treatments.
Mountcastle Vein Centers are four medical centers that all share one common goal: helping patients overcome troublesome vein conditions. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of erasing unsightly varicose and spider veins, the centers' technicians also treat the vein problems that can cause chronic pain, ankle swelling, and fitful, sleepless nights. To accomplish this, the teams utilize an assortment of technology and minimally invasive procedures. Ultrasound-guided endovenous laser therapy uses laser light energy to seal damaged veins and sclerotherapy injections effectively treat the smaller spider veins that are still visible to the naked eye.
It's been more than two decades since Dr. Kopelman started practicing podiatry, but the entire Kopelman family has been maintaining the health of St. Petersburg feet for more than 40 years. Board-certified in podiatric surgery and wound care, Dr. Kopelman makes house calls when he's not analyzing toes' dreams in his own three offices, in multiple emergency rooms and hospitals, and in clinics across the region. His comprehensive treatment catalog covers orthopedic, disease, skin, and nail issues, and the practice's retail component makes it a one-stop shop.
Medical director Dr. Eric Weinstock draws upon his two areas of expertise, psychiatry and bariatrics, as he helps patients outsmart their extra pounds. By combining vitamins and appetite suppressants (upon doctor approval) with moderate exercise and confidence-boosting counseling, he is able to lighten bathroom-scale loads where other, less personalized programs have failed. And by helping dieters slim down, he is reducing their risk of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and respiratory problems.