When your father is a dentist and your uncle is a cofounder of the Board of Endodontics, it’s probably safe to assume dentistry is in your blood. But when you find yourself making orthodontic appliances at your family's kitchen table as a teen—instead of petitioning the government to rename it the Washington Monument: Presented by Mountain Dew like most teenagers—that’s the moment you really know you’re meant to take care of teeth.
Dr. Frederick E. Knoll grew up loving dentistry, and since 1976, he has been able to put this love into practice. Now at his office, he and Dr. Judith L. Gartner tend to smiles with everything from cleanings to implants to whitening. When he isn't working with clients, Dr. Knoll can often be found traveling throughout the United States presenting educational programs and training other dentists.
At Bella Nuova Med Spa & Wellness Center, a physician oversees a staff of registered nurses and aestheticians, who beautify bodies and faces with advanced cosmetic procedures such as stem-cell facials and cellulite-reducing vacuum therapy. The lobby and private treatment rooms surround visitors with bright, white walls and simple geometric furnishing, evoking the image of an ultramodern luxury spa or a reasonably furnished space-time machine. During wellness consultations, clients confer one-on-one with knowledgeable medical professionals, detoxifying their bodily systems with metabolic cleansing, or fighting the effects of aging with bio-identical hormone replacement. Cosmetic treatments rejuvenate skin cells and slim down adipose tissue through procedures such as ultrasound cavitation or wrinkle-smoothing plasma-rich plaque injections.
Victoria Ruben believes beauty shouldn’t be temporary. After founding her permanent-makeup business 20 years ago in Paris, she decided to further her aesthetic mission by opening a cosmetology and beauty school to share her refined technique with others. Today, Victoria combines her expertise with the latest tattooing equipment to fine-tune faces in her Florida studio. Her precise yet painterly touches of color can simulate all the hallmarks of a professional makeup application, from defining brows to subtly shading lips to drawing distinguished monocles.
Medically speaking, the team at Opa Medical Group covers a lot of bases. Primary care services include physicals and blood work, cosmetic treatments like Botox injections renew visages, and alternative procedures such as hormone replacement therapy combat internal maladies to restore overall balance. Clients looking to fit into last year's skinny jeans or next year's invisible parka, Opa's staff can create hCG diet plans and administer B12 injections that kickstart metabolism.
On August 21, 2010, the offices of EliteHealth.MD LLC got a disturbing call. One of their patients had fractured a vertebra during a dive into too-shallow water and was now paralyzed below the chest. Things were further complicated by her location, as a visit to her family in the Bahamas had put her more than 300 miles from Florida. But that didn't stop Dr. Steven Schnur and his team from immediately springing into action to help her. An air ambulance lifted her to Ryder Trauma Center in Florida, where the chairman of the University of Miami's neurological-surgery department led a medical team to repair the break in her spine.
This quick, effective response demonstrates the scope and resources of EliteHealth, an international network of physicians coordinated by Drs. Schnur and Perry Krichmar. Though EliteHealth's team ably handles emergency situations like this one, its focus lies in preventive medicine. Three levels of membership grant patients access to a suite of medical services, screenings, and diagnostics scheduled throughout the year. These range from heart scans to Elite|Fit Forever, a gene-decoding and metabolic-testing program that develops nutrition and exercise recommendations based on each patient's genetics. Members also qualify for the EliteHealth Annual Wellness Exam, which monitors patients for early indicators of common degenerative diseases such as cancer.
To further facilitate this approach to ongoing integrative care, EliteHealth operates locations within the United States and beyond. The myEliteHealth online portal helps patients keep in touch with their physicians without forcing them to shout into a really long stethoscope.
Guided by aesthetic intuition, the technicians at Touch of Life Med Spa use scientifically refined procedures to improve their clients' skin texture and tone. A Candela laser system bombards dermal blemishes with controlled pulses of laser light energy, helping to hide the appearance of stubble, spider veins, or acne scars. Additionally, the center's chemical peels and facials can leave countenances looking as youthful and as hydrated as an ice sculpture of Dorian Gray.