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.
The folks behind Tropicalaser view laser hair removal as a necessity, not an indulgence. That's why, like a doctor's office, they try to accommodate as many clients as they can. To swiftly and safely shed unwanted hair, they use lasers from reputable companies such as Lumenis, Candela, and Cynosure. On-staff medical directors and laser technicians implement strict protocol to maintain responsible use. Laser-hair removal is available for both men and women, and the equipment Tropicalaser uses can accommodate all skin types. Other services offered include tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.
The doctors at Pascual MD have a comprehensive approach to each treatment they provide, whether clients seek cosmetic surgery, medical weight-loss supervision, or classic skincare services. They also equip their office with delicate lasers capable of softening wrinkles, ousting unwanted hair, and drawing old-timey mustaches on hamburger buns.
Drs. Michelle Barnes, a board-certified internist, and J. Castillo-Plaza, a gynecologic and laser surgeon, love focusing on the aesthetic aspect of medicine. Making clients beautiful, they find, is such a welcoming break from traditional medicine, which just doesn't give patients the same boost of confidence and youthfulness that can follow a facial-filler injection or cellulite treatment. That's why all of their services, from a basic facial peel to SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction to Botox injections for underarm sweating can help to make patients feel beautiful. That's also why instead of a clinical med-spa setting, the office is a place of tranquility, where patients can inhale lavender-scented aromatherapy or sip complimentary tea, coffee, or water while taking in the Asian decor of bamboo, Buddha statues, and sushi rolls glued to the walls.
Dr. Maritza Lazcano has sharp eyes, but she doesn't rely on those alone when looking for decay and signs of cancer during exams. For that, she uses up-to-date diagnostic tools. Intraoral cameras scope out all sides of teeth with high-resolution digital images projected on a screen. And digital x-rays reveal the insides of teeth and gums without the traditional x-rays' high doses of radiation. Dr. Lazcano also enhances smiles with whitening procedures using products such as Opalescence Boost. The whitening gel applied in-office not only strengthens teeth but also reduces sensitivity. Additionally, Dr. Lazcano is certified to perform Botox and Juvederm derma-fillers as an accredited member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
TTI Organics is a destination for aesthetic treatments both dramatic and subtle. Detail-oriented beauties opt for eyelash extensions, or request a wax with optional Swarovski crystals. Crystals make another, more understated appearance?but with big results?during microdermabrasion treatments, which slough away dead skin cells to showcase the naturally dewy complexion that lies beneath. Microcurrent face-lifts tighten tired skin, making clients look so young that servers ask for ID before letting them order dishes topped with white-wine or vodka sauce. For a whole-body change, clients opt for spray tans, inch-shedding body wraps, and ultrasonic cavitation.