The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
With restorative, nonsurgical treatments, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Darin Bush helps break the aging spell Father Time has cast on individuals. Botox injections annihilate lines in furrowed areas with results lasting up to four months, depending on how often clients nuzzle shar peis. Patients perturbed by wrinkles around the mouth and nose can mend their muzzle with the Juvéderm XC treatment, in which 0.8 milliliters of velvety gel filler helps to fill in facial folds for up to one year.
In addition to treating common foot maladies such as broken bones and ingrown nails, Dr. Gary Wallach also conducts elective procedures. He combats the burning soles often associated with wearing high heels with injections of Sculptra, a solution typically used to ward off facial furrows. Other beauty injections fight in-shoe perspiration, and his Solecare regimen softens heels' tough candy shells. Pedicures at Coral Ridge Podiatry combine both a medical and spa experience, focusing equally on foot health and nail handsomeness during sessions performed with hospital-grade hygiene standards.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
Without touching a scalpel or prescription pad, Dr. Peter V. Matrale of Élan Vital Healthcare rids the body of pain. His main weapons against aches are holistic chiropractic and physiotherapeutic techniques, which range from corrective exercises to laser therapy. But he and his staff can also map out some alternative courses to wellness, such as massage therapy and nutritional counseling.
Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. John Michael Thomassen grew up with the dream of becoming a doctor. After studying mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Thomassen returned to San Juan to follow his passion and earn his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico. He spent six years completing an integrated plastic-surgery residency and fellowship at Georgetown University, and is now a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the South Florida community.
Thanks to his years of training, meticulous engineering background, and active role as a researcher, Dr. Thomassen has become an expert in complex reconstructions and cosmetic procedures for the face and body. He also offers a variety of aesthetic treatments, including wrinkle-reducing dermal fillers and sclerotherapy for spider veins caused by prolonged standing and emotional surges associated with watching football games on TV.