When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.
At Advanced Vision Care Optometry, Dr. Odish presides over a wide range of high-tech eye-assessing equipment. Digital retinal screening and computerized visual-acuity testing gives the doctor detailed views of ocular goings-on, allowing him to diagnose disease, prescribe lenses, or recommend a good pair of mustachioed disguise glasses.
Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio?s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic?s own label.
NiCole Guiliani knows a lot about looking good inside and out. Her career began in fashion, which she studied in San Diego and Paris. After years in the industry, however, her ongoing struggle with adult acne inspired her to become a licensed aesthetician and learn how to beat blemishes for herself and others. Now, inside Siti Med Spa, Guiliani performs custom facials with Cosmedix products. The facials are geared toward results, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also pamper—each includes perks, such as massages and aromatherapy. Guiliani teams up with a nurse practitioner, who offers cosmetic injections that invite youth to stay awhile. The duo also performs services such as body wraps and waxing, which removes hair more quickly than lying on the beach and waiting for erosion to do its thing.
With more than 20 years of experience enhancing eyeballs with laser technology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman helps clear up fuzzy views with a compassionate approach and high-tech tools. Lasik surgery is the most-performed laser vision-correction procedure for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, with a high rate of procedures resulting in clear vision. In a Lasik procedure, the doctor reshapes the cornea with highly precise lasers so that the eye refracts light directly onto the retina, sharpening the eye’s vision. Very similar to Lasik, PRK surgery reshapes the surface of the cornea, rather than tissue under the corneal flap, to improve vision in the same way that Lasik does. The PRK procedure can be a better fit for those with thin corneas, large pupils, or a risk of injury on the job or while participating in sports.
Dr. Tania Stevens has been administering eye exams for more than 15 years. She doesn't just pinpoint prescriptions—during comprehensive checkups at Optometry Cabana, Dr. Stevens also uses equipment such as retinal cameras and computerized systems to screen for ocular health issues such as glaucoma and cataracts. She's happy to answer any questions you might have about anything from LASIK to vision issues caused by computer use.
Outside of the examination room, friendly staffers—who speak both English and Spanish—help patients peruse a selection of stylish frames from the likes of Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Oakley, and other designers. They can also recommend different types of contacts and tell you how to order them at home via Optometry Cabana's partner company, ReorderContacts.com.