Dr. Sherry Fong’s interest in holistic medicine came about after a heartbreaking diagnosis: her 94-year-old grandmother had cancer. The news came in 1994, before the Internet age, so Sherry spent countless hours poring over medical and nutrition books to study every possible way to care for the woman who had raised her. Her grandmother eventually recovered from the disease and lived to be almost 100 years old. This experience inspires Dr. Fong’s work today to assist women with holistic anti-aging, weight loss, detoxification, and healthy living at La Vitalitee. Her offices in San Francisco and Daly City both aim to empower women to take control of their weight, health, and aging process with body-sculpting treatments, and skin-tightening services that can turn back time more effectively than writing "1987" on every page in a day planner.
This experience inspires Dr. Fong’s work today to assist women with holistic anti-aging, weight loss, detoxification and healthy living at La Vitalitee.
Her offices in San Francisco and Daly City both aim to empower women to take control of their weight, health and aging process with body-sculpting treatments and skin tightening services that can turn back time more effectively than writing “1987” on every page in a day planner.
Though it’s not exactly a time machine, Ageless Aesthetic Medical Center does specialize in turning back the clock. Within this serene facility, professionals use a very exclusive collection of clinical and surgical skin-rejuvenation treatments to help clients revitalize their appearance. Treatments include wrinkle-relaxing injectables, peels and microdermabrasions, and laser-based therapies such as photofacials. Read on to learn more about the experts who administer the center’s treatments:
Dr. Edmond Zingaro, MD
Experience: more than 25 years in plastic surgery
Notable accomplishment: He completed his general surgery training program at Nassau University Medical Center in New York.
Certifications and memberships: American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fun fact: He's fluent in Italian.
Madalene Rose, RN, MEP-C
Role at Ageless Aesthetic: clinical director and aesthetic nurse
Experience: She has more than 20 years of experience, focusing mainly on clinical research in brain disease, melanoma, and HIV.
Memberships: Association of Medical Esthetic Nurses
Fathers usually teach their sons how to shave, but they don’t often cover how to splice veins and arteries together. Dr. Greg Buncke, however, learned just that from his father, Dr. Harry Buncke. The two worked the operating table together for more than 20 years, and Greg couldn't have had a better teacher; his father pioneered the concept of microsurgery, which enabled doctors to reattach limbs, replace fingers with toes, and replenish muscles in one part of the body with those from another. The younger Dr. Buncke learned much from the man who the San Francisco Chronicle called the "father of microsurgery.” That experience—along with his own studies at Georgetown, a residency at Stanford, and service as a member of several medical societies—informs his work today as a surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco.
Dr. Buncke co-directs the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco alongside Dr. John Owsley, who has more than 40 years of experience in the field. Four other board-certified doctors fill out the rest of the clinic’s staff. The six doctors can claim specialties in different fields—including cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery—so the list of available treatments is extensive. On the surgical end, they perform face-lifts, chin and cheek implants, nose jobs, tummy tucks, arm lifts, and scar revision. They also oversee less-invasive procedures, as when an in-house aesthetician exfoliates skin with microdermabrasion and peels and plumps wrinkles with injectable fillers. Unlike people with crank-operated cell phones, the doctors have no problems sharing information; all procedures take place only after clients fully understand the process they will undergo.
Dr. Jeffrey DeWeese wanted to be a physician when he was just 12 years old, but it wasn't until an emergency-room rotation that he decided to be a plastic surgeon. After watching a colleague reconstruct a young girl's injured face, Dr. DeWeese resolved to dedicate himself to a specialty that combines artistic vision with technical proficiency to improve patients? quality of life. Now with board certification and more than 17 years of surgical experience, he still relies on this combination of skills, spending ample time with patients beforehand and working with them to select an appropriate treatment regimen.
Surgical procedures comprise a healthy portion of the center's services, but the staff also bolsters confidence, tones and shapes silhouettes, and counteracts aging with less invasive alternatives. Custom facial treatments, for instance, incorporate everything from anti-inflammatory enzymes that conceal signs of acne to soothing masks that leave skin as hydrated as a sponge in a bucket of Gatorade. Microdermabrasion sessions and dermal fillers improve skin tone, whereas a therapeutic massage combines Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and reflexology techniques to address individual aches.
Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
WIth just a cursory glance at their résumés, it becomes instantly clear that the team at Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery have training and experience to back up each of their cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan knew he wanted to be a doctor at age of 16, when he saw a plastic surgeon remove skin cancer from a patient's leg. Dr. Kaplan completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, where he trained with the same doctors who performed the first face transplant in the United States.
Rounding out the team is aesthetician Rocio Guzman, who works with the doctors to evaluate patients' skin and design long-term treatment plans. These might include peels, dermaplaning,
or microdermabrasion, among many other procedures.