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.
Instead of shaming uppity quizmasters, 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 wisdom-tooth extractions to face and brow lifts. His attention to detail and patient-centered philosophy earned him the gold award for Best Oral Surgeon in the Virginian-Pilot’s 2012 Best of Hampton Roads competition.
His office earned the same contest's silver award for Best Skin Care Facility in Virginia Beach, due in no small part to its highly trained team and welcoming ambiance. A certified surgical technologist and anesthesiologist assist with surgeries, and a licensed master aesthetician performs medical-grade treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and photofacials. Guests sense the spa-like vibe as soon as they enter the lobby, where they’re greeted by hardwood floors, antique-style armchairs, and a plush sofa. Before treatments, they can watch favorite shows on the flat-screen television or analyze the framed map of Italy's boot to decide whether the blue lines are rivers or large spider veins.
Modern medical procedures have the ability to drastically alter a person's appearance. However, this isn't the goal at The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Rather than swap each visitor's entire head with a mannequin's, Dr. Kyle Choe—a facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery who exclusively specializes in facial procedures—offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options intended to help patients achieve natural-looking results.
In addition to procedures that restructure faces from the inside out, The Choe Center also provides noninvasive and minimally invasive alternatives that focus on exteriors. Classic skincare treatments, including cleansing facials and exfoliating chemical peels, purify pores and address blemishes. Advanced technology also lends a laser-filled hand—the Cutera Pearl cosmetic laser aims to rejuvenate complexions, while the LipoSonix ultrasonic body-contouring system helps slim waistlines and shrink shadows.
The son of a general practitioner, Dr. Arnold Oppenheim spent his formative years tagging along on house calls with his father. His early exposure to the medical field set Dr. Oppenheim on the path to medical school and an internship at Johns Hopkins, renowned for sharing its last name with an award-winning actor. At Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Oppenheim studied dermatology at the elbow of Dr. Philip Frost, a leading authority on dermatopharmacology. For the last three decades, Dr. Oppenheim has refined his expertise in the Kempsville area, specializing in psoriasis, rosacea, and cosmetic dermatology.
Certified master aesthetician Stephanie Bazner and the rest of the crew at Virginia Beach Dermatology Associates work under the doctor's supervision. Their services cover the full gamut of skin conditions, from medical concerns such as skin cancer to aesthetic issues such as acne and wrinkles.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. JoAnne Lopes has worked at the Cosmetic Surgery Center for more than 14 years. Surrounded by a scenic waterfront, the facility encompasses several rooms for consultations and treatments, including a fully accredited OR—which includes a recovery room— as well as rooms specifically set up for laser and skin care treatments. Aside from cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lopes also administers minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and fillers, which restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Her office also offers Latisse, an FDA-approved prescription that helps grow darker, fuller, and longer eyelashes in 8 to 12 weeks.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of qualified massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as hot stone, reflexology, and aromatherapy.
Care Connect of Hampton Roads provides the most comprehensive and customized senior care for seniors and their families not only in Hampton Roads but also all across the country. The company was established in 2007 by Christina Drumm-Boyd, a Certified Senior Advisor, who over the last decade, has worked with many seniors