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San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Whether you need a family doctor or specialist, selecting a physician is a very personal matter
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San Diegans are fortunate to live in a city with a wealth of medical experts at the forefront of health care technology who provide superior care. Whether you need a family doctor or specialist, selecting a physician is a very personal matter.

In the following pages, we hope to provide you insight into the personalities, professionalism, and expertise of the preeminent doctors and dentists of San Diego.

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Lauren Radack

Martin P. Abelar, DDS

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

The benefits of a beautiful smile are not only physical, says cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Martin Abelar. Feeling confident about your smile can make a profound difference in the way you communicate with others.

“Your smile is an important part of interactions,” he says. “Confidence and articulation are enhanced through a beautiful smile.” You may not have the smile you want presently, but with Dr. Abelar’s expertise and dentistry skills, you can easily achieve a healthy and natural smile. To do this, Dr. Abelar and his team build a customized treatment plan for each individual.

“There is usually an underlying functional reason that teeth look the way they do,” he says. “We correct the underlying issue for a natural smile that’s lasting and beautiful.”

Dr. Abelar is well-known for using advanced technology such as CT scans, digital X-rays and lasers. Centrally located in the coastal Carmel Valley/Del Mar area, he offers general dentistry, as well as specialized treatments in cosmetic and complex reconstruction cases, including full-mouth rehabilitation using computerized technology and an artistic eye.

Dr. Abelar and his team also provide comprehensive dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, implants and an amazing new laser treatment that replaces traditional gum surgery.

Drawing on his 37 years’ experience in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Abelar served as an instructor at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he taught dentists from around the world the most progressive techniques available. He is held in high esteem throughout the community and among his peers. He was voted Best Cosmetic Dentist for five years running by the readers of Ranch & Coast Magazine and has appeared for nine consecutive years on Top Dentists Inc.’s list of Top Dentists, an honor bestowed by other dentists.

11515 El Camino Real, Suite 160, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858-523-1400

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

From left: Lawrence Addleson, DDS, FAACD; R. Douglas Campbell, DMD, FAGD; David A. Landau, DDS, AAACD | Photo: Lauren Radack

Art of Dentistry

Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and General Dentistry

Dr. Larry Addleson, the practice founder, and partners Dr. Doug Campbell and Dr. David Landau are passionate about dentistry and the finest patient care. From advanced dental hygiene therapies and teeth whitening to comprehensive dentistry, cosmetic smile design, and full-mouth reconstruction, a full range of dental services are provided at this beautiful modern office in Bankers Hill. Respected educators and advisers in their profession, these dentists pride themselves in being at the forefront of new technology and implementing the most advanced modalities, allowing them to reach new levels of excellence in restorative dentistry.

“Technology allows us to do more than ever before to bring out the beauty within,” explains Dr. Addleson. “By combining our understanding of the biology of your mouth with our advanced cosmetic training and the best in science and technology, we have mastered the art of dentistry to design your ideal smile.”

Dr. Campbell adds, “It is extremely gratifying to help patients regain their self-confidence by creating beautiful smiles.”

The team also commonly sees and treats patients whose problems reach beyond the cosmetic, as they are skilled in diagnosing issues concerning the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), occlusion, bone structure, and lips, all of which are imperative to functioning and healthy smiles.

Patient comfort is another high priority at the Art of Dentistry. Netflix, soft blankets, and music are offered to patients, along with oral conscious sedation for longer procedures or for soothing anyone with high anxiety.

“This office makes you feel wonderful. You actually become part of the family. I always look forward to coming to the office, because it’s so much fun, ironically, because no one likes going to the dentist, but I do,” relays Gina, a devoted patient.

Dr. Landau summarizes the Art of Dentistry best: “Our highest priorities are attention to detail and uncompromising integrity. These are core values that drive everyone on the team in our efforts to improve the lives of our patients.”

2840 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619-291-4325

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: E3 Photography

Glynn Bolitho, M.D., P.h.D., F.A.C.S.

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Bolitho is a plastic surgeon dedicated to providing extraordinary patient care. Certified in plastic surgery in the United States, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, Dr. Bolitho is known for his expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery. His practice offers a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face and surgical procedures for the breast and body.

The unwavering vision of his clinic is to offer patients a tailored approach for their aesthetic goals through sophisticated surgical techniques, minimally invasive procedures, and nonoperative treatments for unparalleled aesthetic rejuvenation.

Dr. Bolitho’s consultations are tailored to meet every aesthetic need and desire. His warmth and excellent bedside manner puts even the most anxious patient at ease.

In the La Jolla consulting suite, patients are treated to specialty coffee made by a staff barista. The suite exudes comfort. Dr. Bolitho and his clinical team, Sharon, Karen, Elizabeth, and Amy, help patients navigate through the consultation, preoperative, and surgical journey.

His fully accredited surgical suite is located in a separate suite on the same floor as his consultation suite in the Poole Building on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital. His operating room nurses, Elizabeth and Alex, along with surgical technicians Kari and Danielle are all fully licensed. The board-certified physician anesthesiologists are also on the staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

Formerly a full-time faculty member at Emory University, Dr. Bolitho holds a non-salaried appointment as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

9834 Genesee Avenue, Consultation Suite #328, Surgical Suite #307, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-458-5100

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Dr. Amir Karam | Photo: E3 Photography

Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

There may not be a real fountain of youth, but when it comes to facial rejuvenation, Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center is as close as you’re going to get. With an elite practice solely dedicated to facial plastic surgery, Dr. Amir Karam is world-renowned for his holistic approach, advanced techniques, and world-class results.

“Our practice draws patients from all over the world for facial rejuvenation—patients who say they no longer look as young as they feel,” he explains. “What we’re doing is turning back the clock—restoring their youthful appearance, producing beautiful, natural-looking results, and helping them regain the confidence they’re ultimately hoping for, without any signs of plastic surgery.”

Combining unique innovation with unparalleled results, Dr. Karam offers one-of-a-kind treatments that produce restorative, natural, long-lasting results. The state-of-the-art surgical center focuses exclusively on facial aesthetic and reconstructive procedures like rhinoplasty and facelift, employing sophisticated techniques that produce exceptional outcomes with minimal recovery. Additionally, the aesthetic center’s comprehensive facial rejuvenation program offers a full menu of nonsurgical techniques, from Botox, injectables, and fillers, to laser therapies, facials, and skin care—all with the ultimate goal of preventing aging and maintaining a youthful appearance.

Dr. Karam combines his passion for medicine with an inherent attention to detail and desire to provide extraordinary care tailored to the unique needs of every patient, creating an environment that makes patients feel listened to, safe, and overall satisfied.

“We treat every patient as if they’re our closest family member,” he says. “We listen closely to understand their goals and expectations, and then work hard to deliver excellent results. It’s not just about how they look—it’s also about bringing out their internal smile. The greatest reward I get is hearing from my patients what I difference I made in their lives.”

11943 El Camino Real #100, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858-252-6826

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Gilbert Lee, MD

Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa

Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and Scarless Surgery

With a philosophy of providing unsurpassed artistry with precision, Changes Plastic Surgery has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and exceptional results. Under the astute leadership of Dr. Gilbert Lee, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon widely recognized by his peers and his patients for his consistently high-level results, uncompromising pursuit of perfection, and creativity, Changes is leading the way into the future of cosmetic surgery.

“In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo through our relentless commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service. We believe in thinking differently,” says Dr. Lee, a widely respected, early adopter and inventor of cutting-edge procedures. Nine years ago, Dr. Lee developed a minimally invasive facelift—the Changes Rapid Lift—which allowed patients the results of a lower face and neck lift without the need for general anesthesia and hospital fees. “It’s perfect for people with moderate signs of aging who are seeking a lift with minimal downtime and without the muss and fuss of a traditional facelift.”

Dr. Lee is now spearheading groundbreaking scarless surgery, which requires no scalpels and leaves no scars. As an early adopter of scarless surgery, Dr. Lee is an educator and luminary for scarless neck lifts, breast lifts, arm lifts, thigh lifts, and even tummy tightening. “With all the trends leaning toward nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures, my team and I are leading the charge to develop a center of excellence where we can do incisionless procedures that would normally require extensive incisions and recovery time,” says Dr. Lee.

Dr. Lee’s uncompromising pursuit for excellence has earned him the coveted distinction as “San Diego’s Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery” by his peers in the San Diego County Medical Society. This makes the 12th year in a row that Dr. Lee has garnered the Top Doc award. With a mission to be San Diego’s leading plastic surgery practice through relentless commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service, Dr. Lee delivers artistry with precision, a hallmark of Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa.

11515 El Camino Real, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858-720-1440 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Mitchel Goldman, MD; Kimberly Butterwick, MD; William Groff, DO; Sabrina Fabi, MD; Douglas Wu, MD, PhD; Monica Boen, MD: Leysin Fletcher, PA-C | Photo: Lauren Radack

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi, Wu, Boen & Fletcher

As San Diego’s premier destination for beautiful skin, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology has been a leader in the art and science of skin rejuvenation for more than 30 years, with over 100,000 satisfied patients. Combining the expertise of six board-certified dermatologists with the latest technology and an unrivaled commitment to high-quality outcomes and natural-looking results, the practice is renowned for its dedication to providing safe, reliable, advanced procedures in a comfortable, caring environment.

“We continue to expand our technology to be on the cutting edge,” says Dr. Mitchel Goldman, founder and medical director. “We offer the widest variety of laser, light, and energy-based technologies, and provide customized care with exacting results.”

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s robust menu of innovative services includes more than 45 lasers and a comprehensive array of treatments—including liposuction; sclerotherapy for leg, chest, and hand veins; and cosmetic fillers—that appeal to patients’ individual needs. The practice has upgraded to the new fifth-generation Thermage™ FLX system and a more advanced, less painful INTRAcel RF microneedling system, and adopted new products to rejuvenate skin and promote faster healing.

Further elevating Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s commitment to the community is its neighboring sister practice, West Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, which serves all general dermatology and skin cancer needs and accepts medical insurance. Finally, the practice’s participation in more than 300 FDA-approved clinical studies, which allow patients complimentary access to the latest technology and products—as well as its ongoing commitment to advancing the field of cosmetic dermatology—showcase the team’s dedication to ensuring that all patients achieve their aesthetic goals and enjoy an extraordinary patient-care experience.

“We choose to inspire happiness in every patient,” Dr. Goldman says, “delivering natural, cost-effective results with minimal downtime.”

If you’re interested in participating in a free clinical study, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.

9339 Genesee Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-239-4201 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Robert Scheinberg, MD; Susan Shimomaye, MD; Alice Liu, MD, PhD; Sherry Rotunda, MD; Michelle Jackson, MD; Judith Koperski, MD; Susan Detwiler, MD; Deidre Buddin, MD; Curt Vogel, MD; Nicole Mau, MD; Sheila Krishna, MD; Maryam Afshar, MD; Tyler Maly, MD; Whitney Tolpinrud, MD; Mitzi Bray, PA-C; Amanda McConnell, PA; Melissa Janovitch, PA-C | Photo: Lauren Radack

Dermatologist Medical Group of North County

Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology

For more than 40 years, the dermatologists at DMG have dedicated their careers to providing the highest quality dermatology care to their patients. With three locations in San Diego County—Oceanside, Encinitas, and La Jolla—DMG is conveniently located and perfectly positioned to treat patients with a wide variety of medical and skin care needs. Plus, with more than a dozen practitioners to choose from, DMG prides itself on its commitment to exceptional patient care.

“All of our practitioners truly enjoy what we do, and we enjoy collaborating with each other for the best patient care,” says Dr. Alice Liu. “We all go the extra mile for our patients, even if it’s on our own time. Many of us have been in the practice for many years, and some have spent their entire career at DMG because we love it here—and I think it shows.”

Offering all the latest treatments and technology for skin care of all ages, DMG specializes in the full spectrum of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Thanks to the practice’s strong reputation in the community, DMG is able to offer state-of-the-art advances in dermatology, and is equipped to perform Xoft electronic brachytherapy and Mohs micrographic surgery, considered the most effective treatments for common skin cancers. In addition, DMG offers light and laser therapy and a full menu of cosmetic skin procedures, including Botox, fillers, peels, and vein treatments.

Most of all, the practitioners at DMG value their connection with their patients.

“What truly drives our passion for what we do is the patient—caring for each one as an individual, listening to each person’s concerns, helping in their skin treatment, and having a personal connection with them,” Dr. Liu says. “I consider it a privilege and responsibility each time I am trusted with my patient’s health.”

3613 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 | 760-758-5340

1200 Garden View Road, Suite 108, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760-942-1311

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 530, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-558-0677 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Gwendolyn Henao, MD | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Dolce Vita Aesthetic Medicine

Women’s Health, & Aesthetic Medicine

Caring, personable, patient, and phenomenal —these are just a few of the adjectives used by clients when describing Dr. Gwendolyn Henao.

A dynamic force, Dr. Henao helms a concierge-style, boutique gynecologic practice, and is an expert in medical aesthetic procedures and skin care, devoted to helping her patients rejuvenate and sustain their natural beauty. Her Rancho Santa Fe office is an oasis of calm and tranquility, where Dr. Henao herself performs a wide variety of anti-aging and cosmetic services from laser rejuvenation and micro-needling with plasma-rich platelets to body contouring and skin tightening for both men and women.

Her injectable treatments include Botox and Dysport to minimize wrinkles and lines; Juvederm injectable gel, the only FDA-approved filler that lasts a full year; vitamin B12 and B complex to boost energy and metabolism; and Kybella to reduce fat cells and eradicate double chins.

The office recently expanded its aesthetic and pampering services, having just hired another skin care expert and massage therapist. Whether you desire a hyper-pigmentation facial, acne treatments for your teen, waxing, lash extensions, or a hot stone massage, Dolce Vita has it all. Known for her holistic approach to beauty and wellness, Dr. Henao also carries her well-respected, medical-grade Bella Skincare products, featuring sunscreen, firming therapies, retinol serums, cleansers, scrubs, masks, mini peels, and more that can be delivered directly to your door.

“I use these products personally and see an amazing improvement in my own skin and appearance,” says Dr. Henao. “I prefer a natural, refreshed look rather than anything overdone for myself and my male and female patients.”

Dr. Henao feels a great sense of honor in caring for her patients. She even does house calls and Botox parties through her Mobile Aesthetics services. She also welcomes clients to host private parties in her beautiful office.

“I’m grateful every day for my patients’ loyalty. I consider it a blessing to go to work and do what I do.”

5531 Cancha de Golf, Suite 101, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091 | 858-823-8404 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Abhay Gupta, MD, FACS

Gupta Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Widely known for his highly trained skills and calm, reassuring bedside manner, Dr. Abhay Gupta is the medical director of Gupta Plastic Surgery. Since first moving to San Diego from Texas fifteen years ago, Dr. Gupta has built a successful medical practice with locations in San Diego and Vista. “My practice philosophy has always been to provide each patient with the finest personalized care, while creating beautiful, natural results that turn dreams into reality,” says Dr. Gupta.

From the moment they first walk in the door, patients can relax and enjoy the spa-inspired décor of Dr. Gupta’s office, which features calming colors and soothing waterfalls. The experience of comfort is extended into every visit, where the patient’s needs are always at the forefront. “I understand how difficult it can be choosing a surgeon to trust with your medical care. That is why I treat every one of my patients as if they were a member of my own family, with the honesty and compassion that they deserve,” says Dr. Gupta. “My patients are not going to feel rushed. I talk to each of them about all of their options in detail. We then come up with a decision together to pick the safest, most reliable procedure to fulfill their expectations and desires.”

It’s more than just personalized care, however, that has made Dr. Gupta such a sought-after cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. His exceptional training and experience have made him a true artist. “I am fully trained and certified in a variety of procedures that you can choose from. Here at Gupta Plastic Surgery, I perform all of the procedures myself, including every single Botox injection.” Dr. Gupta keeps up-to-date with the most innovative medical technology available. Gupta Plastic Surgery is proud to offer patients Smartlipo® minimally invasive body contouring surgery under local anesthesia with minimal downtime, CellulazeTM laser removal of cellulite, and the latest in facial laser skin care.

“When you are deciding on plastic surgery, the surgeon you choose is extremely important in predicting a successful outcome,” notes Dr. Gupta. “My goal with each and every patient is an excellent result with the ultimate in safety.”

10672 Wexford Street, Suite 275, San Diego, CA 92131

2385 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081


San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Michael J. Halls, BSc(Hon), MD, FRCS(C), FACS

Michael J. Halls, MD

La Jolla Breast Institute Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast

Dr. Michael Halls, one of Southern California’s most experienced and respected plastic surgeons, devotes his practice to cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures. Thousands of patients have learned to trust his focused and exclusive expertise.

“We provide a unique experience and exceptional results, and are never happy unless our patients are,” Dr. Halls says. “We love to help women restore their confidence and feel great about themselves.”

Dr. Halls, who’s been treating patients for more than three decades, received fellowship training at the prestigious Harvard University. His research has been published nationally and internationally.

While specializing in revisions after previously unsuccessful breast surgeries, Dr. Halls offers a complete variety of breast procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and post-mastectomy reconstruction. Breast procedures for transgender patients are also available.

In addition, Dr. Halls is proud to offer his trademark post-mastectomy reconstruction procedure that leaves no scar across the breast. Dr. Halls developed and perfected this unique procedure, and he is the only local surgeon who performs it in appropriate patients.

“We make sure our patients understand their options and have enough information to make the best choices for their health and appearance,” Dr. Halls says.

At La Jolla Breast Institute, a boutique practice, patients who see Dr. Halls enjoy unparalleled high-end services. Free valet parking is provided.

The institute is proud of its sterling commitment to one-on-one service and communication. Patients meet with Dr. Halls exclusively, and he personally provides care at every visit.

As Dr. Halls puts it, “We set high expectations for ourselves at La Jolla Breast Institute because we believe our patients deserve no less than the very best.”

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 630, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-458-0100 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Harish Hosalkar


Recognized as one of San Diego’s most well-known and successful orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Harish Hosalkar offers a level of expertise in the areas of open hip joint preservation and arthritis prevention surgery previously unavailable in this entire region. An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Hosalkar is also trained in traumatology and complex fracture care, hip and pelvis reconstruction, limb-lengthening and deformity correction, children’s orthopedic problems, tumor surgery, and neuromuscular orthopedic surgery, including management of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spasticity.

With almost 25 years of experience, Dr. Hosalkar has encountered numerous clinical problems over the years, and imparts that knowledge by frequently lecturing and teaching medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in both the art and science of orthopedics and musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation. He has participated in administrative and leadership positions in health care at the regional, national, and international levels. On a personal level, Dr. Hosalkar believes in putting patient care first and prioritizes exceptional patient-doctor communication.

Dr. Hosalkar’s Joint Preservation center in San Diego is regionally, nationally and internationally acclaimed. ‘Preserve joints as much as possible and as long as possible’ is his motto.

“Patients need to understand their diagnosis and treatment plan and be aware of what to expect in the course ahead,” he explains. “I treat every patient as if they are the only patient, with personal attention and compassion.”

Dr. Hosalkar is affiliated with multiple hospital systems in San Diego, including Scripps, Sharp, Paradise Valley Hospital, and Tri-City Medical Center. A dedicated family man with a beautiful wife and two children he adores, Dr. Hosalkar loves cooking, reading, hiking, traveling, singing—and, of course, seeing patients. “I enjoy connecting with people and taking care of them. Life is motion and motion is life—I feel a great sense of accomplishment in assisting fellow humans with their musculoskeletal ailments and helping them return to their life and function while controlling or eliminating their pain.”

2323 East Eighth Street, Suite 103, National City, California 91950 | 619-512-1600

2023 West Vista Way, Suite C, Vista, California 92083 | 760-726-5800

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Nasrin Mani, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic

Ophthalmology/ Cosmetic Laser Services

Drawing upon extraordinary expertise as an eye surgeon and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Mani founded the La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, San Diego’s premier center for cosmetic rejuvenation. Together with a highly skilled team of medical professionals, Dr. Mani offers an astounding array of largely noninvasive and nonsurgical cosmetic and corrective procedures for the face and body.

The clinic recently launched a host of feminine rejuvenation and cosmetic gynecology procedures for a range of health and quality of life issues, including urinary incontinence, pain during sex, and vaginal laxity. Though women of any age may find these procedures useful, Dr. Mani emphasizes them for women who are finished with childbearing or are postmenopausal.

Among the new services are hymenoplasty; ThermiVa, an advanced, nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment that uses radio frequency to tighten internal and external tissue; IntimaLase, laser and photothermal treatment for the tightening of the vaginal canal; and the Orgasm Shot, a sexual and cosmetic rejuvenation injection.

“My goal was to build the most comprehensive nonsurgical cosmetic clinic in San Diego,” Dr. Mani says. “We’ve fulfilled my dream by offering the best laser and light systems available and dedicating ourselves to ongoing learning so we’re always offering the most reliable and up-to-date products and procedures.”

In addition, you’ll find every FDA-approved wrinkle filler, plus a wide selection of proven skin-correcting lasers designed to smooth scars and skin, erase discoloration, wipe away sun damage, lift sagging skin, and even improve intimate function and appearance.

Each patient at the AAAHC-certified La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic is treated with extraordinary care. “My goal is to make sure each patient gets not only what is expected and needed,” Dr. Mani says, “but also much, much more.”

7720 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-454-2700 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Lori H. Saltz, MD; Johan Brahme, MD; John D. Smoot, MD, FACS; Ervin Wheeler, MD, FACS; Hector Salazar-Reyes, MD; Lauren Amico Reed, PA-C, MMS

La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

If you’re looking for a smart, safe place to get glam, consider La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre (LJCSC).

LJCSC’s team of professionals earn an “A” in patient satisfaction (4.5 on 4,739 ratings from multiple review sites). LJCSC’s plastic surgery group and medical spa have won 15 San Diego Union-Tribune’s “San Diego’s Best” Awards.

Their board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. They are supported by a dedicated team of nurses, operating room professionals, and administrative staff.

Lauren Reed, PA-C, leads the Medspa team that offers toxins, fillers, lasers, and the hottest nonsurgical procedures: Obalon, MiraDry, HydraFacial MD, SculpSure, CoolSculpting, Halo, and ThermiVa.

LJCSC has served over 32,000 patients in the past 30 years. Here is what a few of them have to say:

  • “Both Dr. Saltz and her staff were very friendly and put me at ease, answered my questions, and made me feel safe. I feel so much more confident with my body both dressed and undressed.”
  • “Dr. Brahme and his staff treated me like family and gave me amazing results. I will be back soon!”
  • “Dr. Smoot came highly recommended, and his team was with me every step of the way in the process. They made everything easy and comfortable.”
  • “Dr. Wheeler and his staff were personal and compassionate with a very comfortable and professional atmosphere. I’m so much more comfortable in my body.”
  • “My experience with Dr. Salazar was awesome. He listened carefully to my needs, and he explains things very clearly and thoroughly. I was very happy with my results. I would recommend him for any cosmetic procedure.”
  • “Went in for my first Botox appointment with Lauren and she was wonderful, informative & professional. She put me at ease and I loved my results.”

Ximed Medical Group, 9850 Genesee Avenue, Suites 130 & 380, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-452-1981 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Margaret O’Byrne, MD; Nisha Bunke, MD; Anna Cardinell, MSN; Helane Fronek, MD; Sarah Lucas, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

La Jolla Vein Care

Center for Advanced Vein Treatment

It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of vein disorder. These include varicose veins, spider veins and venous leg ulcers. La Jolla Vein Care has helped thousands of San Diegans eliminate their vein problems without surgery.

“Because there is a cosmetic component, varicose veins are often viewed as a problem without any real health consequences- and that is very, very untrue,” says Dr. Nisha Bunke of La Jolla Vein Care. “Varicose veins can cause leg pain, feeling of heaviness, fatigue, swelling, night-time cramps and restlessness. If left untreated, the skin around the ankle can deteriorate and skin sores may develop.”

Dr. Nisha Bunke, who was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training in venous and lymphatic medicine, and leads an all-female 10-person team a La Jolla Vein Care, which include MDs, a nurse practitioner, vascular ultrasound technologists, and support staff trained specifically in venous disease. Under Dr. Bunke’s astute leadership, La Jolla
Vein Care has become the leader in noninvasive treatments in Southern California and is the only dedicated vein center in San Diego that is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). IAC accreditation and seal of approval indicates that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of vascular testing and as a vein center.

Founded as a patient-centered practice, La Jolla Vein Care also developed a post-procedure recovery product called RECOVA, the first all- natural, physician-created bruise cream on the market. La Jolla Vein Care’s expert staff and advanced treatments ensure the most comprehensive vein care in the industry.

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 410, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-550-0330 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

P. Alexander Ataii, MD, Medical Director

Laser Cliniqúe

Cosmetic and Laser Surgery

Championing the motto “Looking young never gets old,” Dr. P. Alexander Ataii, the founder and medical director of Laser Cliniqúe, specializes in aesthetic enhancements. With 13 years of practice experience and degrees from UC Berkeley and USC, he is known for his professional honesty, warm demeanor, and incredible talent. A testament to his success can be found in both his practice’s continuous growth and outstanding reviews. “We have more than 1,000 five-star patient reviews, reflecting the quality of work we provide,” says Dr. Ataii, whose office has recently expanded to 5,400 square feet with 23 treatment rooms. In addition to offering injectables, laser treatments, body sculpting, dermal fillers, nonsurgical rhinoplasty, cutting-edge PRP treatments, and more, Laser Cliniqúe is also expanding its services. “In the near future, we will be offering the latest techniques in hair transplants, facial plastic surgery, and treatments for varicose veins. We are in the process of seeking top specialists to provide these services and join our Laser Cliniqúe team,” adds Dr. Ataii.

So what’s trending at Laser Cliniqúe? Lately, clients have been gravitating to the popular Vampire Facial—micro-needling and an application of one’s own PRP (plasma rich platelets) to stimulate collagen and elastin production for smooth, revitalized skin. “This treatment is extremely popular and we are also seeing great results with PRP for early stage hair loss and hair thinning,” adds Dr Ataii. He is also an expert in Sculptra Buttlift, a noninvasive volumizer that shapes and adds volume to the buttocks and diminishes the appearance of cellulite.

Dr. Ataii performs the majority of all procedures in the office and listens carefully to his patients. “A main concern of many patients who come through our door is not wanting to look overdone. I make it clear that is not what we are about at Laser Cliniqúe. Our goal is to reverse the aging process and take off 5 to 10 years in the process.”

Visit us at 9200 Scranton Rd #102, San Diego, CA 92121 or call 858-481-7701.

9200 Scranton Road, Suite 102, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-481-7701 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Mark McDonough, PhD; Laraine Lipori, Psy.D.; Karyn Moriel, B.S. | Photo: Lauren Radack

Mark McDonough, PhD & San Diego Neuropsychology

Adult and Pediatric Care

When you or a loved one suffers a brain injury or develops a brain condition, it’s crucial to get a detailed and professional assessment of the situation. At the offices of Mark McDonough, PhD, and San Diego Neuropsychology, the expertise of an experienced pediatric and adult neuropsychologist is just the beginning. Dr. McDonough and his professional staff are dedicated to treating patients and their families with personal care and concern, quality diagnostics, and specific recommendations to promote continuation on the road to recovery.

The San Diego Neuropsychology staff work with brain-related conditions ranging from traumatic and acquired brain injuries to a range of medical conditions that may affect brain functioning. “It’s important to provide patients with evaluations that speak straightforwardly in identifying the problem areas, so the patient and their treating doctors can effectively tailor the treatment and recovery process,” says Dr. McDonough.

Still affiliated with the La Jolla and Encinitas Scripps Hospitals, a larger and newly renovated set of office suites are conveniently located off Interstate 5 to service patients of all ages. “Our patients range in age and severity from the high school student with a possible mild concussion to the retired NFL player suffering encephalopathy; from middle-agers starting to worry about their memory to their aging parent in the process of dementia,” explains McDonough.

Over 20 years in the San Diego area, Dr. McDonough has developed a reputation for excellence. He is called upon by the San Diego superior courts and attorneys in forensic civil and criminal matters and sought for clinical consultation by many local hospitals and school districts. He also serves on the editorial board for the Medical Disability Advisor and the professional advisory council to San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and is a past member of the board of directors.

4405 Manchester Avenue, Suite 206 & 207, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760-944-9647 | [email protected]

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Lauren Radack

Sarjan Patel, MD

Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

It’s been said that seeing is believing. For patients of Dr. Sarjan Patel, seeing truly is believing they chose the right physician to restore their vision. An expert in cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Patel is committed to providing exceptional care with optimal results.

A native San Diegan, Dr. Patel attended medical school in Chicago and completed ophthalmology training in Philadelphia before bringing his expertise back to his hometown, where he’s best known for the advanced practice of laser-assisted cataract surgery.

“Paired with advanced lens technology, this bladeless cataract procedure offers patients glasses-free vision with minimal downtime,” he explains.

A proud member of Acuity Eye Group, Dr. Patel works alongside a talented team of doctors dedicated to providing the full spectrum of eye care. Affiliated with several local hospitals, he regularly sees patients at three office locations throughout San Diego County.

“My patients value that I’m always available,” he says. “I take time with them and make sure their questions are answered.”

One particularly memorable patient visited Dr. Patel from a nursing facility, where caretakers thought she was incapable of caring for herself.

“I discovered that she had very mature cataracts,” he recalls. “After surgery on both eyes, she can see and function independently, and walk without her cane or caretaker!”

This passion and compassion is what drives Dr. Patel to give the gift of sight not only to the San Diego community, but also to underserved communities across the world. He volunteers at cataract camps in India—offering the benefits of modern ophthalmic medicine to hundreds of patients with limited access to care and proving that compassionate care knows no boundaries.

“Ophthalmology breaks down language barriers,” he says. “You can go anywhere in the world, look in someone’s eye, and know what’s wrong and how to fix it.”

For a complete list of Acuity Eye Group locations and providers in San Diego, visit or call 1-800-898-2020.

450 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 112, El Cajon, CA 92020 | 619-440-5400

2240 E. Plaza Boulevard, Suite F/G, National City, CA 91950 | 619-470-2700

6945 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 | 619-697-4600 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Larry D. Dodge, MD; Christopher T. Behr, MD; Franz J. Kopp, MD; David W. Fabi, MD; Maneesh Bawa, MD; Jeremy B. McCandless, MD; Scott K. Tanaka, MD; Kevin T. Toliver, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

San Diego Orthopaedic Associates Medical Group, Inc.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Interventional Pain Management

High-quality orthopaedic care means more than restoring function to bones and joints. It’s about personal connection, innovation, and a commitment to helping people return to healthy and active lives. These are all top priorities at San Diego Orthopaedic Associates Medical Group (SDOAMG), and they’re why thousands of patients have turned to us for more than seven decades.

Founded in 1947, SDOAMG is the oldest orthopaedic practice in the county. We are always looking to improve and we take pride in staying up to date with current treatments, both nonsurgical and surgical. This longevity differentiates us and demonstrates our long-lasting commitment to excellence.

SDOAMG provides all facets of orthopaedic musculoskeletal care, including sports-related injuries, foot and ankle conditions, spine disorders, complex hand issues, hip and knee arthritis, pain management, and upper extremity difficulties. We always aspire to advance with innovations such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, as well as minimally invasive outpatient spine surgeries, hip and knee joint replacement surgery, ankle replacements and shoulder replacements. We also have extensive experience with occupational and workers’ compensation cases.

All of our board-certified surgeons have top-notch education and are fellowship trained in their respective orthopaedic subspecialties. You will not find a more engaged, knowledgeable, and humble group of orthopaedic surgeons with amazing bedside manners to match. Further, our staff is dedicated to providing the best in service to our community.

We have a commitment to providing quality and compassionate care to those we serve. This is our mission and it is apparent in the care we provide to our patients every day.

4060 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619-299-8500 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

SK Clinic and Medical Spa

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

For 40 years, SK Clinic and Medical Spa has been respected as a state-of-the-art surgical center and destination for rejuvenation excellence. Winner of the La Jolla Light Readers Poll best cosmetic surgeon for the past 18 years, board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Stephen Krant believes in an “integrative” approach, offering plastic and reconstructive surgery combined with healing treatments at the clinic’s medical day spa for the ultimate care. The extensive menu of services includes Thermage, Botox, Kybella, Juvederm Voluma, Sculptra, PRP and microneedling, Fraxel laser treatments, IPL, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, treatments for acne and precancerous lesions, and lipo-massage. The full range of plastic surgical options includes facelift, blepharoplasty, body contouring, nasal reconstruction, skin cancer reconstruction, breast cancer reconstruction after mastectomy, as well as augmentation, reduction, and lift.

SK Clinic stands out for its superlative patient care. “We see our patients more frequently in follow-up and for a longer period of time,” says Dr. Krant. “We combine post-op lymphatic massage and O2 treatments where necessary to promote quicker healing. I also believe strongly in Vitamedica supplements before and after surgery to strengthen, reinforce, repair, and rejuvenate the body and the immune system.”

For patients interested in rejuvenation with little to no downtime, Dr. Krant offers noninvasive treatments such as microneedling to dramatically improve aged and sagging skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and achieve an overall skin tightening as the collagen rebuilds. “By coupling microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) harvested from the patient’s own blood, one can even get a much more enhanced result with faster healing and better collagen growth, creating a much richer, smoother, fuller look to your skin.”

He adds, “Our goal with every cosmetic surgery procedure is to achieve a positive, natural outcome. Whether we are enhancing the face or a specific area of the body with cosmetic surgery procedures, or restoring appearance and function to face or other areas of the body traumatized by injury or disease, our goal is to achieve a youthful new look tailored to each individual.”

528 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-454-3161 | Se habla español

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Sirius K. Yoo, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

SKY Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Since 2013, when Dr. Sirius K. Yoo opened SKY Facial Plastic Surgery in San Diego’s North County, he’s been repeatedly voted San Diego’s Best Facial Plastic Surgeon by Ranch & Coast Magazine readers and featured in San Diego Magazine’s Top Doctors issue. He says, “We’re incredibly grateful our community continues to recognize us as their top choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery for the face.”

Double board certified in both facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery, Dr. Yoo is one of a select number of surgeons in the nation to complete a prestigious fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Stanford University. Focusing only on the face and neck, Dr. Yoo works closely with each patient to develop a customized plan that often combines surgery—such as facelift, fat transfer, blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty—with lasers and injectables for impressive results that look natural.

Dr. Yoo’s advanced surgical techniques attract patients from as far away as Germany, France, England, and Australia. One patient shares, “I had numerous consultations with surgeons both in Canada and the United States before I ultimately chose Dr. Yoo for my rhinoplasty. I was in awe of his work and knew he changed my life forever.

As someone who was bullied as a kid, I know I’ll never be able to repay him for what he did for me.”

It’s stories like this and the recognition of the San Diego community that inspire Dr. Yoo and his team to continue their quest to provide the absolute best results for their patients. “Our patients drive our passion for what we do,” says Dr. Yoo. “We love making them feel more confident in their everyday lives.”

If you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery but have been hesitant to take the next step, a consultation with Dr. Yoo is a great place to start.

16918 Dove Canyon Road, Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92127 | 858-381-4801

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD; Ramin Raiszadeh, MD; Choll Kim, MD, PhD; Paul D. Kim, MD | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Spine Institute of San Diego

Back Pain and Neck Pain

Two of the four staff surgeons are brothers, but much more than family ties unites the physicians and staff members at Spine Institute of San Diego. Every one of them is devoted to top-notch compassionate and cutting-edge care for patients with spine problems.

“The Spine Institute of San Diego has been around for more than a decade, allowing us to improve patient care through camaraderie and mutual respect,” says Dr. Paul D. Kim. “We each inspire the other physicians to reach new levels of medical and surgical excellence.”

Spine Institute of San Diego specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, providing care for a wide range of neck and back issues, such as adult degenerative diseases, traumatic injuries, spinal deformities, injections, and tumors. Patients range in age from their 20s to 80 and beyond.

Some patients are apprehensive when they come to Spine Institute of San Diego because they assume they’ll need to undergo surgery. In fact, the physicians embrace a conservative approach that considers surgery to be a last resort.

“Most degenerative spinal ailments improve with nonoperative measures. If possible, we first try to maximize function through muscle preservation and strengthening,” says Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh. “That’s where our state-of-the art fitness center comes into the picture.”

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh offers a nonoperative program called Spine-Zone that stabilizes the spine through proprietary protocols. “We’re proud to say that we’ve decreased the number of surgeries, injections, and invasive procedures,” says Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh.

All four surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. “When surgery is necessary, we focus on minimally invasive procedures that allow for briefer hospital stays and less risk of infections and blood loss,” says Dr. Choll Kim. “The goal is to help patients quickly get back to their normal activities, and we’re thrilled that modern technology is making such a significant difference.”

6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92120 | 619-265-7912

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Lauren Radack

Armin Hage, DDS, MIADI

Dental Implants

Acclaimed implant dentist Armin Hage, DDS, MIADI, transforms the lives of his patients by turning the impossible into the possible.

“We’re unique among dental implant practices because we focus on finding solutions in a creative way,” Dr. Hage says. “My passion is to solve complicated puzzles. For me personally, it’s about fixing the problem rather than profiting from the situation.”

Patients can trust Dr. Hage’s experience and expertise. A graduate of the acclaimed Loma Linda School of Dentistry, he’s a master of the prestigious International Academy of Dental Implantology.

Dr. Hage also serves as a faculty member who teaches other dentists about the intricacies of dental implants. “Through teaching, I constantly re-educate myself. Learning never stops.”

Dr. Hage is especially proud that his practice’s implant complication rates are well below the industry standard, reflecting his intense focus on quality and state-of-the-art technology.

“We digitally plan every single procedure down to one-tenth of a millimeter,” Dr. Hage says. “We also rely on 3-D printing technology to fabricate precise surgical guides, which have become a crucial tool.”

Anxious patients can rest assured that implant procedures are virtually pain-free. “A simple implant surgery can be as easy as a dental filling,” Dr. Hage says. “Our focus on digital planning and advanced surgical guides allows us to rapidly perform implant procedures and maintain the quality that has made us so respected in San Diego.”

There’s an added benefit to seeing Dr. Hage and his top-notch team for implant dentistry: University Dental also provides general dentistry and orthodontic services. “Many of our patients require extensive dental work,” he says. “Our all-in-one approach allows us to address their various dental needs in one convenient location. And because we work so closely together, we’re able to offer the kind of top-notch teamwork that produces excellent results.”

6324 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115 | 619-582-4224

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Harry P. Ellison, MD*; Peter J. Yang, MD*; Thomas J. Brannigan, MD*; Tere E. Trout, MD; Brian S. Moore, MD*; James C. Jacobsen, MD*; Vijay B. Venkatesh, MD*; Alexander S. Urioste, MD*; Weiling Chang, MD*; Jenna I. Liu, MD*; Jon G. Ellison, MD*; Michael T. Naumann, MD*; Ryan B. Viets, MD*; Valentin A. Lance, MD*; Alan R. Mortezaie, MD*; Tuan X. Ha, MD (*Top Docs 2018) | Photo: Lauren Radack

X-Ray Medical Group, Inc.


X-Ray Medical Group, Inc. (XMG) of La Mesa, California was founded in 1956, and is the premier provider of imaging services for East County. XMG provides full-time, professional state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging interpretation and interventional services to Sharp Grossmont Hospital (SGH) and the outpatient offices of Grossmont Imaging at Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, Grossmont Imaging of Santee, and Grossmont Medical Terrace, located on the Grossmont Hospital campus.

An emphasis on quality and dedication to the hospital-based community exemplify the exceptional services provided by XMG’s 16 radiologists, all of whom are certified by the American Board of Radiology. Each radiologist is subspecialized in the fields of interventional radiology, neuroradiology, ultrasound, body imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, or women’s imaging and cancer imaging. Grossmont Imaging Fletcher Parkway Breast Center offers full-service breast imaging that includes digital and 3-D mammography, stereotactic biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. Grossmont Imaging Santee houses an open MRI unit and also provides ultrasound services.

XMG offers comprehensive interventional radiology services at SGH employing minimally invasive techniques to manage blood clots, bleeding, tumors, infections, pain, and a variety of other conditions. XMG doctors also perform highly specialized neurointerventional procedures such as coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms and thrombectomy in patients with ischemic stroke at SGH, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center as certified by The Joint Commission.

X-Ray Medical Group is committed to meeting the imaging needs of East County and provides 24-hour coverage of the region’s busiest emergency room. Our ethic is to treat each patient with kindness, respect, and understanding. The dedication to providing high-quality and comprehensive imaging services to the East County community has been the guiding focus of XMG for over 60 years and will continue to be in the years to come.

7777 Alvarado Road, Suite 108, La Mesa, California 91942 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Alejandro López, MD; Salvador Ramirez, MD

ALO Bariatrics

Weight Loss Surgery Center

ALO Bariatrics’ highly skilled, internationally trained, and board-certified surgeons are handpicked and rigorously screened for their outstanding technical prowess; reason why, they hold an impressive record of more than 6,000 successful bariatric surgeries performed, and the praise of patients for the unrivaled level of care, warmth, and professionalism experienced.

So far, thousands of post-bariatric surgery patients around the world have successfully improved their overall health, turned their life around, and kept the weight off. And, as long as bariatric procedures continue to prove successful overtime, their adoption and popularity will also rise.

“Our team specializes in minimally invasive surgical weight loss procedures including gastric banding (lap band), gastric bypass, as well as sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and the revision of failed weight loss surgery.”

Brasilia # 1 Col. El Paraíso Tijuana BC 22106 | +1 844 461 2831 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Smitha Reddy, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

Arthritis Care and Research Center, Inc.


Patients with rheumatic disorders deserve individualized and high-quality care. That’s why so many San Diegans turn to the Arthritis Care and Research Center, where Dr. Smitha Reddy offers warm, friendly treatment that’s grounded in experience and training.

The Poway-based rheumatology clinic is dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lupus, Gout, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoporosis, Vasculitis, Inflammatory Muscle Disease, and many other connective tissue conditions.

Dr. Reddy is a fellow member of American College of Rheumatology and has presented papers and posters at Rheumatology conferences. In addition has conducted Physician and Patient education talks. Dr. Reddy’s practice is conducting Clinical Studies in the field of Rheumatology and autoimmune disease. She is currently actively recruiting patients for research studies in Gout, Osteoarthritis knee pain relief via injections, Lupus, Colitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Patients can be sure they’ll always get the best “state-of-the-art” comprehensive treatment from Dr. Reddy and her practice.

15725 Pomerado Road, Suite 117, Poway, CA 92064 | 858-312-1717 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

David Bodkin, MD; Reema Batra, MD; Kai Zu, MD; Igor Medic, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group


Located in scenic La Mesa, Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group is a full-service cancer center offering the latest technology and exceptional personalized care.

Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group’s stellar medical team includes Dr. David Bodkin, Dr. Reema Batra, Dr. Kai Zu, and Dr. Igor Medic.

The center is proud to welcome Dr. Medic, a great addition to the team. A native of Serbia, he has worked in the U.S. for nearly 10 years and received advanced medical education at prestigious hospitals affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center and Yale University.

Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group’s staff includes two physician assistants and a team of experienced, certified oncology nurses.

“Over 20 years, we’ve become an integral part of the community. Our physicians are continuously recognized for top patient satisfaction scores.”

Located on the campus of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, the center is involved in numerous clinical trials and offers patients state-of-the-art medications and advanced treatments.

5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-644-3030

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

David R. Plotner, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O. | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Eye Specialists of Escondido


Open for more than 30 years, Eye Specialists of Escondido is dedicated to patient satisfaction and excellent eye care. Its reputation for combining high-quality care with the latest scientific advances in medicine has resulted in the practice having an exceptionally high patient referral rate, with patients traveling from different states to see David R. Plotner, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O., and his associates, Dr. Dale W. Kimball, O.D. and Dr. Oliver F. Smith, O.D.

He was recognized in a prior year by Palomar Hospital as Physician of the Year. He is appreciated by many patients for his dedication to high-quality care. Dr. David Plotner, M.D., F.A.C.S., stated: “If one of our patients calls and they are in serious trouble, we see them that day. Eye conditions can be extremely time sensitive, and it can be a matter of saving someone’s vision if caught early enough.”

With an on-site optical department, Eye Specialists of Escondido is the go-to destination for comprehensive eye care.

201 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, California 92025 | Telephone: 760-489-5100 | Fax: 760-489-6567 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Lauren Radack

John Fox, M.D.,
Carla Fox, M.D.
and Carrie Cardenas, M.D.

Concierge Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Dr. Carrie Cardenas is transitioning into one of San Diego’s most prominent and well-respected concierge internal medicine practices. She will build upon the legacy of excellence established by Drs. Carla and John Fox, board-certified physicians who have served on the clinical faculty at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine.

“The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most time-honored tools for maintaining optimum health in our busy world,” says Cardenas, an alumna of UCSF School of Medicine who trained at Stanford University. “This innovative practice model puts the doctor-patient relationship first, enabling patients to receive the care they deserve.”

Dr. Cardenas’ concierge model allows her to focus on preventive medicine and wellness, and spend more quality time with patients, while being able to provide same day or next day appointments.

501 Washington Street, Suite 508, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619-299-2570

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Dr. Pamela Kurtzhals | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Genesis Healthcare Partners

Breast Care

Dr. Pamela Kurtzhals is one of San Diego’s most acclaimed breast surgeons and is thrilled to make a move that allows more focus on personalized cancer care and the long-term needs of her patients.

“I’m now based at Genesis Healthcare and operating out of Scripps Mercy Hospital,” Dr. Kurtzhals says. “It’s a great honor to return to a busy group practice where I can continue to treat longtime patients while developing new and lasting patient relationships.”

She remains in collaboration with her colleagues at Scripps Clinic, where she was an integral part of the development of the breast cancer and high-risk program.

Dr. Kurtzhals emphasizes individualized breast care treatment and close coordination with other medical professionals. “I’m dedicated to guiding patients through difficult decisions,” she says. “Communication is the key to a successful patient relationship. I’m proud to be able to devote time to helping patients feel safe and confident about their choices.”

3366 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 | 858-888-7000 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Debra Halliday, PsyD, CGP (PSY23206) | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

The Halliday Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness, Inc.

Mental Health

Blue is not just a color.

Anxiety, stress, relationships, or depression bringing you down? Maybe it’s time to give us a call.

Based in Encinitas, The Halliday Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness is a group of licensed mental health professionals focused on the mental health and well-being of our clients. In a peaceful, warm, and confidential setting, we provide our clients with the necessary tools to promote healing, clarity, control, and happiness in their lives.

Our patient-first approach and ability to treat a wide range of concerns explains why clients come to us from across San Diego County, referred by a myriad of top therapists and physicians.

You can trust us at every stage of care and take comfort in knowing that our experienced therapists will tailor your treatment based on your unique concerns, situation, and individual needs.

You don’t have to let blue be your only color. Allow us to put the tools into your hands to paint your life the way you want it to be.

355 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 200, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760-635-3310 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Jake Hollingsworth, DO; Jessica Hollingsworth, MD | Photo: Lauren Radack

Ketamine For Life


With over 2,000 ketamine infusions performed in their clinic, many San Diegans seek out the Del Mar husband-and- wife team of psychiatrist Dr. Jake Hollingsworth and anesthesiologist Dr. Jessica Hollingsworth for their unique multidisciplinary collaboration.

Ketamine For Life offers psychiatric treatments with a new interventional approach for anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, depression, and other mood disorders. Direct focus is on IV ketamine infusions, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), theta burst stimulation (TBS), and psychiatric medication management.

“We offer the best of both worlds,” says Dr. Jake Hollingsworth. “I provide the psychiatric support that’s missing from anesthesiologist-only ketamine practices, while patients enjoy the services of an anesthesiologist who’s devoted to their safety and comfort.”

Thanks to a special arrangement with insurers, patients save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on all services offered. Call today to set up a consultation to see which treatment(s) may be right for you.

317 14th Street, Suite A, Del Mar, CA 92014 | 858-261-4622 |

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Monali Patel, MD, and Ian Purcell, MD


Need to regain your balance or say goodbye to your headaches? Turn to neurologists Dr. Monali Patel and Dr. Ian Purcell, world-renowned vestibular and neurology specialists.

“Our unique blend of experience, education, and expertise allows us to provide the highest level of quality care to patients with advanced vertigo, headaches, and neurological disorders,” Dr. Patel says.

This terrific team has integrated the latest proven technology, including real-time patient oculomotor recordings, Epley Omniax chairs, and injection procedures such as Botox.

Dr. Patel holds directorship positions at several San Diego hospitals and is frequently invited to train colleagues. Her patients say her “calm demeanor, caring nature, and intelligence make her the epitome of an ideal doctor.”

Dr. Purcell is a distinguished international balance researcher and cofounder of DizzyDoctor Systems. “I’m dedicated to helping patients regain balance,” he says, “so they can move confidently through the world around them.”

7625 Mesa College Drive, Suite 200A, San Diego, CA 92111 | 858-223-2173 | 858-223-2172 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Srinivas S. Iyengar, MD, FACS | Photo: Jenny Siegwart

San Diego Eyelid Specialists

Plastic Surgery: Cosmetic, Eyelid Surgery

Local physicians turn to Srinivas S. Iyengar, MD, FACS, when they need cosmetic eyelid surgery. They appreciate his technical skill, bedside manner, and expertise as an eye plastic surgeon. “As the only practice in San Diego solely focused on cosmetic eyelid surgery, we are proud that our colleagues trust their own eyelids to us,” says Dr. Iyengar, who’s been voted a Top Doctor by his colleagues for three years in a row and selected as the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute Volunteer Faculty of the Year.

A San Diego native, Dr. Iyengar is a renowned plastic surgeon whose expertise includes blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, eyelid lesions, Botox, and facial fillers.

Dr. Iyengar complements his cosmetic practice by caring for the underserved locally and around the globe. Having served as the team oculoplastic surgeon for the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Tigers, his practice draws patients from all walks of life, including celebrities, professional athletes, lawyers, executives, fashion models, and professional colleagues.

477 North El Camino Real, Suite A304, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 858-432-2700 

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Dr. Jimmy C. Wu | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Sutra Dental Spa


Sutra Dental Spa is equipped with all manner of advanced technology, including single-visit CEREC restorations that allow patients to get crowns and veneers in only one office visit. Dr. Wu also offers the newest cone-beam CT for in-depth, 3-D scans. Known for his artistic eye, Dr. Wu creates smiles that are as unique as each patient, taking a customized, never cookie-cutter approach to smile design. With a menu of advanced procedures to whiten, straighten, and perfect your smile, including Invisalign aligners and dental implants, Dr. Wu can help you achieve a healthy, confident smile. With his serenely appointed practice and attentive chairside manner, it’s no surprise many of Dr. Wu’s patients actually look forward to going to the dentist. “Dentistry has always been thought of as something you have to do versus something you want to do. My goal is to change that perception.”

7851 University Ave Suite 206, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-589-6060 |

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer, MBE, MS | Photo: Becca Batista

Targeted Skin DNA I-Orthodontics San Diego


Her Ivy League training and double residency didn’t stop her practice of compassion. After winning numerous awards professionally and for her philanthropic spirit, Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer inspires others to give, serving as a role model for men and women alike. Originally a scientist, she also helped start a genetic DNA skin care company, Targeted Skin DNA, while running her own orthodontic practice and volunteering with the homeless and foster youth in her spare time. Dr. Pfeffer gives back to over 150 organizations both her time and resources, and she is driven to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Serving on multiple nonprofit boards, she loves splitting her time between helping her profession and the community improve its most vulnerable members. Whether it’s mentoring as volunteer faculty for UCSD’s Free Clinic or helping the underserved, her heart is always first.

“Volunteers don’t have time, they make time because the rewards of helping others is exponential and everlasting.”

14701 Via Bettona, Suite 205, San Diego, CA 92127 | 858-756-6878 |

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2018

Kelly Motadel, M.D., M.P.H. | Photo: Lauren Radack 

Vista Community Clinic (VCC)


Kelly Motadel, M.D., M.P.H., has been a pediatrician at Vista Community Clinic (VCC) since 2003, and the Chief Medical Officer there since 2004. Dr. Motadel is a true champion of patients, and admired by her colleagues for being a patient advocate. She works closely with parents to help patients reach their goals both in healthcare and, consequently, in other areas of their lives. She values the lasting relationship she develops with her patients and their families from infancy into adulthood and focuses on prevention as the base of pediatric care. Her emphasis on quality of care has helped VCC reach Patient Centered Medical Home status at the highest level, and has helped put VCC on the map as a national leader in healthcare quality outcomes. She has been resolute in improving patients’ access to care and equal healthcare access to all.

1000 Vale Terrace, Vista, CA, 92084 | 760-631-5000 

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