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San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Martin P. Abelar, DDS | 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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Daniel Mulvihill, MD; Jeffrey Gorwit, MD; Hamed Bayat, MD; Andrew Chen, MD; Rod Serry, MD; Navinder Sawhney, MD; Swaminatha Gurudevan, MD; Young Lee, MD; Mikhail Malek, MD; Christopher Gilbert, MD; Yuan Lin, MD (not pictured); Kamen Zakov, MD (not pictured) | Photo: Sydney Prather

Arch Health Medical Group

Heart and Vascular Specialists

When it comes to matters of the heart, the physicians at Arch Health Medical Group are committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients with cardiovascular disease. And while we are a neighborhood provider, our world-class reputation means that people come from all over the world to get treated by our renowned specialists.

For the third year in a row, Arch Medical Group Cardiologists have earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain—MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for the heart attack patients they treat at Palomar Medical Center Escondido.

“We are dedicated to saving lives in our community,” said Dr. Mikhail Malek, Arch cardiologist and medical director for Palomar Health’s Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence. “Our physicians are setting the standard for implementing the highest-quality science-based treatment for patients suffering from heart attacks and other chest pain.”

The team at Arch Health Medical Group offers the latest advances in cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional technology along with preventive medicine. Our doctors have expertise in cutting-edge procedures like Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to replace damaged valves, and cardiac robotic-assisted surgery using the new da Vinci Xi surgical system with 3D visualization and increased manual dexterity for greater surgical precision. We are also fortunate to have an electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon on our team.

As affiliates of Palomar Health, our doctors also have access to the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the number one ranked health system in the world. With a commitment to patient-centric compassionate care, the team at Arch Health Medical Group truly have their patients’ best interests at heart.

1955 Citracado Parkway, Suite 300, Escondido, CA 92029 | 760-743-0546

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Dr. Amir Karam | Photo: Lauren Radack

Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

A trailblazing force in his field, Dr. Amir Karam began his distinguished career with clinical and scientific facial plastic surgery research at UC Irvine School of Medicine, where he published over 20 scientific articles and received the Gordon J. Hatfield Award for the best overall performance in surgery in his class. He’s presented at more than 40 scientific national and international meetings, as his well-respected textbook, Facial Rejuvenation, which has been translated into two languages, has come to define the standard in facial rejuvenation for his colleagues and students of the craft.

Equally impressive is his dedication to his practice. Dr. Karam, who’s won more than 20 awards for best plastic surgeon in the past 13 years, takes a holistic approach to his craft, determined to turn back the clock without any signs of plastic surgery. Word of his natural-looking results and advanced techniques has led to an international clientele who travel across the globe for his high-level facial aesthetic and reconstructive services, along with nonsurgical antiaging therapies.

Always at the forefront of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Karam has developed a new revolutionary technique called Vertical Restore™. “It’s a game-changing procedure, 10 years in the making, and one that I am so excited to introduce to my patients.”

As Dr. Karam explains, over time, a downward gravitational pull and laxity of the fascia under our skin causes the face to change. “To restore, we need to go in the opposite direction of aging.”

Dr. Karam’s Vertical Restore™ procedure addresses the neck, jawline, mid-face, and outer brow on the fascia level to give a natural-looking vertical lift and soft rejuvenation to the face unlike a traditional face-lift that only treats the jawline and can make the face look stretched. “I think of this new procedure as a restoration not a remodel. I tell all my clients with confidence that after a Vertical Restore™, there is no chance that you will look like a different person. Instead, you will look like a younger and more familiar version of yourself.”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Gilbert Lee, MD | Photo: Jenny Siegwart

Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa

Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and Scarless Surgery

As a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gilbert Lee has a reputation for producing exceptional outcomes, which is why he has been named San Diego’s top plastic surgeon for 13 consecutive years. Dr. Lee embraces a simple philosophy: artistry with precision. It’s part of his practice mission statement, which offers patients a “relentless commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service.”

As the owner and medical director of both Changes Plastic Surgery and the Center for Scarless Surgery, Dr. Lee oversees an exceptional staff. In addition to Dr. Lee, patients benefit from the combined expertise of nurses Jodi Sawyer, Brenda van Loggem, Katie Page, as well as certified physician’s assistant Kaydee O’Neill.

“We believe in challenging the status quo; we believe in thinking differently,” says Dr. Lee. “When it comes to facial rejuvenation, we restore an artistic balance between skin quality, volume restoration, and skin tightening. If that balance is properly achieved, the patient will have a beautiful and natural result.”

Changes Plastic Surgery emphasizes innovation at its San Diego Center for Scarless Surgery, featuring scarless thread-lift face-lifts, rhinoplasty, breast lifts, thigh and arm lifts, and scarless FaceTite and NeckTite treatments, ideal for patients who want rejuvenation without surgery or downtime. “One of my passions is to provide patients with the most groundbreaking and effective options. With this technology, I can offer the plastic surgery of the future, one without scalpels or scars.”

Inherently artistic, Dr. Lee notes that plastic surgery provides an ideal outlet for his natural creativity. The reward? An opportunity to use his craft to positively change lives.

“It’s like Christmas when we take the dressings off and patients see their results for the first time… so exciting for us all!”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

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

As San Diego’s #1 destination for beautiful skin with 100,000+ satisfied patients, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology has been a leader in the art and science of skin rejuvenation for more than 30 years.

“By combining cutting-edge laser, light, and energy-based technologies with impeccable service and the expertise of our six board-certified dermatologists,” says Dr. Mitchel Goldman, founder and medical director, “we’re able to produce unparalleled and natural-looking results.”

Our robust services include 50+ lasers to improve texture, tone, and wrinkles; liposculpture and body-contouring devices, such as CoolSculpting® and Thermi®; sclerotherapy for leg, chest, and hand veins; and cosmetic fillers and injectables like Botox® to smooth wrinkles. Our artform is crafting these modalities into unique combination treatments for each patient’s individual needs.

We were one of the first in the country to carry Jeuveau™, a new wrinkle smoother, and add Cooltone™, the muscle-defining counterpart to CoolSculpting®, to our body-contouring lineup. In 2019, we created our proprietary Take10 procedure, which uses a combination of lasers and injectables to take 10+ years off the face in a single treatment.

Further elevating Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s commitment to the community is its neighboring sister practice, West Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, which serves general dermatology needs, including Mohs surgery, and accepts most medical insurance.

Finally, the practice’s participation in over 300 FDA-approved clinical studies, which often allows patients FREE treatments using the latest technology and products, showcases the team’s ongoing commitment to advancing the fields of cosmetic and medical dermatology.

“Our goal with each patient is to inspire happiness,” Dr. Goldman says. “We do this by delivering natural, cost-effective results with minimal downtime or the need for surgery.”

For a complimentary consultation or to enroll in a clinical study, please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, and follow @CosmeticLaserDermatology on Instagram for Insta-only promotions.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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; Alina Goldenberg, MD; Sheila Krishna, MD; Tyler Maly, MD; Whitney Tolpinrud, MD; Mitzi Bray, PA-C; Amanda McConnell, PA; Melissa Janovitch, PA-CC | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Dermatologist Medical Group of North County

Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology

For over four decades, Dermatologist Medical Group (DMG) has earned its reputation as a premier medical and cosmetic dermatology practice. The team at DMG delivers the most up-to-date dermatology treatments including, skin cancer care, acne treatment, cosmetic procedures, and everything in between.

Among other accolades, they’ve been recognized as Top Doctors by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine for the past 16 years.

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

Their three locations in San Diego County—Oceanside, Encinitas, and a newly opened facility in Carmel Valley—are conveniently located and staffed with more than a dozen exceptional practitioners educated and trained in the latest treatments and technology.

DMG specializes in the full spectrum of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, including Mohs micrographic surgery and Xoft brachytherapy, which are considered the most effective treatments for common types of skin cancer. Patients are often prescribed new medications as soon as they become available, and all offices are outfitted with the newest equipment. DMG offers light and laser therapy and cosmetic treatments, including Botox, fillers, intense pulsed light, laser hair removal, microneedling, and peels.

“What truly drives our passion 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,” says Dr. Liu. “I consider it a privilege and responsibility each time a patient entrusts me with their care.”

3613 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056

1200 Garden View Road, Suite 108, Encinitas, CA 92024

11943 El Camino Real, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92130

Tel: 760-758-5340 | Fax: 760-758-5502

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Gwendolyn Henao, MD

Dolce Vita Aesthetic Medicine

Women’s Health, Clinical Aesthetics

Dr. Gwendolyn Henao is renowned for her premier luxury medical practice in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. She is dedicated to helping her patients rejuvenate and sustain their natural beauty with a variety of aesthetic services and top-notch medical grade products. Known for her holistic approach to beauty and wellness, Dr. Henao provides the most advanced minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. She’s an expert in antiaging treatments, including micro-needling with PRP. Other services include laser rejuvenation with the Cutera Excel V and Laser Genesis, skin tightening and collagen boosting with the no-downtime TempSure Envi Red Carpet treatment, and vaginal rejuvenation with TempSure Vitalia. Dr. Henao also offers TruSculpt body contouring, a noninvasive way to diminish fat and sculpt the body, along with Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, and fillers to smooth away facial wrinkles and lift or add contour.

Her welcoming office feels like a spa sanctuary, where clients can also enjoy rejuvenating facials, waxing, peels, massage, vitamin B shots, and lash extensions by one of her talented team members. Clients are also welcome to host a Botox party in her Rancho Santa Fe retreat or unwind with a hot stone massage with polished stones from her recent trip to the Mediterranean Sea.

A respected obstetrician-gynecologist, trained by plastic surgeons during and after her residency, Dr. Henao has tailored her practice to focus predominately on cosmetic medicine and the latest innovative techniques. Says Dr. Henao, who now enjoys working with both women and men of all ages, “It’s important to me to educate my patients to love their natural beauty and not go overboard. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, I believe you should keep it simple and beautiful. My mission is to help people tap into la dolce vita, or the ‘sweet life,’ by integrating wellness and rejuvenation into their daily lives.”

5531 Cancha de Golf, Suite 101, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091 | 858-832-8404

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

William C. Eves, M.D. | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

William C. Eves, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

A dedicated doctor with over 21 years of orthopaedic experience, Dr. William Eves graduated from George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his Orthopaedic Residency at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He continued with a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the UCSD/San Diego Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship, and has helmed a thriving private practice in Chula Vista since 2002. He is board certified from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), and has been the team physician for the Point Loma High School football team for the past 14 years.

Dr. Eves specializes in sports medicine, minimally invasive surgery of the knee and shoulder, and cutting-edge non-surgical orthopaedic treatments.

His state-of-the-art office has the most advanced medical equipment available, including a comprehensive Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, a digital X-ray machine, and high-resolution ultrasound machines.

“Orthopaedic problems can often be treated successfully with non-surgical treatments,” explains Dr. Eves. Dr. Eves and his team of Physician Assistants (PA’s) offer emerging therapies such as ultrasound-guided platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. This simple procedure provides regenerative properties to the injured tissue, helping to accelerate the body’s natural healing ability. This and other innovative orthopaedic treatments often allow Dr. Eves and his team to treat their patients conservatively and without surgery.

Dr. Eves also owns and operates South Bay Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (SBOPT), a premier physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic. SBOPT is directly adjacent to Dr. Eves’ orthopaedic office, which allows the physical therapists direct access to Dr. Eves, enabling them to confer daily on patient care and post-surgery treatment to ensure the best patient outcomes.

“Our philosophy is to be compassionate, caring, and friendly, and to provide our patients with the very latest treatment options for their orthopaedic problem,” says Dr. Eves. “We consistently try and put ourselves in the patient’s situation to help them decide what their best treatment option may be, and we always strive to treat each patient the way we would treat a family member.”

480 Fourth Avenue, Suite 307, Chula Vista, CA 91910 | 619-426-3240

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Minoos Hosseinzadeh, MD, FRCPS, FACOG, Founder & Medical Director

Fertility Institute of San Diego


Dr. Minoos Hosseinzadeh, the founder and medical director of Fertility Institute of San Diego, is a nationally recognized double-board-certified specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with over 25 years experience. She has been nominated America’s top ob-gyn for the last 11 years consecutively and America’s most honored professional in 2019. She is well regarded for both her meticulous nature and for the individualized attention, care, and time that she personally devotes to each one of her patients.

“We realize that undergoing fertility treatment is an intimate, complex, and emotional process for patients. That’s why we treat each patient as we would our own family,” says Dr. Hosseinzadeh. She is your personal physician who knows everything about you as a patient, will treat you, attend all your visits, and perform all of your ultrasounds and procedures, including egg retrievals and embryo transfers.

“I believe what truly sets us apart is this nurturing environment coupled with the most advanced state-of-the-art IVF facility. We believe that you deserve the very best and spare no expense to be the first program in the US to have the most technologically advanced laminar flow hood, the first program in San Diego County to have our sophisticated high-tech ultrasound machine, and the first program in San Diego to have the most comprehensive IVF electronic health medical records,” adds Dr. Hosseinzadeh.

Fertility Institute of San Diego offers comprehensive fertility testing and cutting-edge treatment, including in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic testing, elective single embryo transfer, egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, and gestational surrogacy. As an international fertility destination, the practice also offers personalized concierge service for many aspects of the fertility journey. They also specialize in treating patients with failed IVF cycles at other programs.

“We love what we do and feel blessed to be able to make a difference in people’s lives. To be able to hold a baby that was once an embryo in our lab is truly a remarkable gift,” Dr. Hosseinzadeh says.

“We look forward to helping you grow your family two feet at a time,” from the team at Fertility Institute of San Diego.

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-457-2229

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Abhay Gupta, MD, FACS | Photo: E3 Photography

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. You could say that surgical excellence is in Dr. Gupta’s genes. One of San Diego’s most trusted and respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Gupta comes from a family of surgeons—and he takes that legacy very seriously.

“My family has always believed in treating patients like they’re part of our family,” he says. “I have built my reputation on this principle. I pride myself on being upfront and honest, really listening to my patients’ needs, and offering all the options—even if that means no surgery at all. Patients have said that’s a refreshing change.”

For Dr. Gupta’s patients, the exceptional experience begins when they first enter his newly remodeled office, featuring calming colors and soothing waterfalls. From the minute they meet with their surgeon, they know they’re in good hands. Dr. Gupta is highly skilled in all areas of plastic surgery but still ensures he keeps up to date on all the latest proven techniques, offering a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic services and a commitment to optimal results and patient safety.

An expert in his field, with 20 years of experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Gupta is driven by a passion for helping people—healing them after illness or injury, boosting their self-esteem, and truly changing their lives. Nationally recognized for his knowledge, skill, and precision in aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, and cancer reconstruction, Dr. Gupta is highly trained in treating the whole patient—from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.

“Plastic surgery really offers the largest variety in the entire medical field,” he says. “I have experience operating on the whole body and, after 20 years, that’s what keeps it interesting. Medicine is all about helping people, and every day when I go to work, I know that’s what I’ll be doing. That’s what drives me.”

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

2385 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081


San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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

Michael J. Halls, MD

La Jolla Breast Institute

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast

Unparalleled expertise in a relaxed and comfortable setting, providing augmentations, lifts, revisions, reductions, and reconstructions by San Diego’s premier Harvard-trained breast surgeon, using up-to-date implants and techniques.

Our patients say it all:

“I traveled from LA just to see Dr. Halls. He and his office staff were wonderful. My breasts look amazing.” —J.T.

“A thousand thanks for your outstanding treatment and customer service. Your office was a safe, healing place for me during an extremely difficult time. Thank you for the encouragement, support, and love. Dr. Halls, your surgical skills are STELLAR and your warmth and humor were definite bright spots during my arduous journey. Alison, Gabby, and Virginia, thank you so much for your good-natured interactions with me. You are lovely, caring, competent, and splendid in every way. I appreciate you all! Love and gratitude.” —C.V.

“Thank you all for your truly remarkable professionalism and excellent care. I always felt valued as a patient each time I came to your office. I so much appreciated and will always be grateful for all of you.” —M.P.

“Thank you for being such a supportive and kind doctor. I never was afraid or scared when you were operating on me or during follow-up appointments. I appreciate all you have done for me. I also love my new breasts! They are so much prettier than the old ones! God bless you.” —E.F.

“No words can ever express the appreciation I have for you. You have literally changed my life, and I am forever grateful . . . you are truly the best doctor ever. ‘Thank you’ simply isn’t enough. You have truly been a blessing to me.” —A.G.

“…Thank you for being so good at what you do. You have given me peace of mind and a new lease on life. God bless.” —B.B.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Photo: Lauren Radack

Harish Hosalkar

Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed in Orthopedic Surgery

Hosalkar Institute for Joint Preservation & Injury Care

Nationally and internationally acclaimed in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Harish Hosalkar is once again honored and appreciative to be recognized by his peers as one of San Diego’s Top Doctors. “Life is motion and motion is life,” he says. Motivated by this philosophy, Dr. Hosalkar (well known as Dr. H) combines leading-edge techniques with traditional methods to help patients achieve functional improvement and a pain-free quality of life.

Renowned in his field, Dr. Hosalkar brings nearly 25 years of medical expertise to his practice and an unsurpassed level of compassion to his patients. He specializes in traumatology, fracture care, joint preservation and reconstruction, limb lengthening, deformity correction, children’s orthopedics, and conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spastic disorders as well as personal injury. “Preserve joints as much as possible and as long as possible” is his motto.

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. 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.”

The Hosalkar Institute started many years ago and is regionally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed, with multiple subspecialty physicians and clinical programs working closely to provide excellent patient care. Dr. Hosalkar is consistently involved in charity and mission work as well. Through his individualized patient care, Dr. Hosalkar’s practice of orthopedic surgery gives the gift of motion to people in need all across the globe.

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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Robert Kearney, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Robert Kearney, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Cosmetic Surgery

There’s no better testament to the skills of a plastic surgeon than happy patients who refer their friends and family. Dr. Robert Kearney is proud to have been named “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” by the San Diego Union-Tribune Readers’ Poll five different times thanks to the support of his patients.

“We treat our patients like family, and they regularly tell us how comfortable they feel when they are here,” Dr. Kearney says. “I try to help patients realize that plastic surgery is just one part of overall well-being. Are they taking care of themselves properly—exercising, eating right, taking vitamins? Are they mentally prepared for the procedures and downtime, and do they have realistic expectations and the right motivation for seeking the changes they desire? I want them to have the best possible results, and all of these factors play a role in the outcome.”

Dr. Kearney specializes in all procedures of the face and body, including “mommy makeovers,” facelifts, and rhinoplasty. He is among the few surgeons who regularly performs transaxillary breast augmentation, in which the incision is made in the armpit, leaving the patient with no visible scars on the breasts. A full range of injectables and fillers are available as well as the Fraxel laser, CoolSculpting, Fractora, Face and BodyTite, and NeoGraft hair transplant.

An experienced and enthusiastic staff is on hand to support Dr. Kearney. “Dr. Kearney really spends a lot of time with patients, making sure they are educated about, and comfortable with, each step of the surgical process or aesthetic treatment they’ve come in for. He’s also got a wonderful bedside manner,” says Melissa Callahan, CEO. “We all love what we do and our patients see that.”

Dr. Kearney is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery, and cosmetic consultations with him are complimentary.

4520 Executive Drive, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-677-9352

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Nasrin Mani, MD

La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic

Ophthalmology/Cosmetic Laser Services

Trained in ophthalmology, Dr. Nasrin Mani developed an interest in aging prevention using nonsurgical technologies as she began to age herself. Drawing on her experience performing delicate eye surgery, she founded La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic to change patients’ lives with procedures like laser treatment and regenerative medicine.

For the board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, achieving a balanced look is of the utmost importance. “In any type of procedure, we make sure the patient remains natural-looking. We don’t distort or exaggerate the features,” she says. “I do a lot of nonsurgical skin tightening around the eyes as part of a complete facial treatment. We can achieve the same look as surgery, without cutting the skin.”

Her practice offers the latest technology and FDA-approved procedures in her clinic, which is triple-certified as an ambulatory surgical center by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Among the cutting-edge procedures Mani specializes in is regenerative medicine. This breakthrough treatment utilizes tissue grafts from the umbilical cords of live, normal babies, which is rich in high-quality antiaging substances, such as stem cells, cytokines, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. “These cells are very potent—they’re basically baby cells that can induce collagen formation. We inject this as fillers to give a regenerated look.”

Through her practice of ophthalmology, Dr. Mani gained many years of experience working with lasers as well as Botox, even before it was used for cosmetic purposes. She has a remarkable policy of using on patients only the treatments that she has used on herself. “I can always attest to these procedures being safe.”

Dr. Mani has earned numerous accolades. Among them, she has been named one of the best doctors in San Diego eight times by the San Diego Medical Society as well as one of the top doctors in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Financing is available.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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

La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa

Looking for a smart, safe place to Get Glam? La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre’s team of professionals have earned over 4,300 five-star reviews and 18 U-T SD’s Best awards over the years.

  • “Wow… What a clinic!! I looked long and hard to find a reputable place that not only was clean and professional but personable as well.”

LJCSC’s board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. They are supported by a dedicated team of professionals. Lauren Reed, PA-C, and her medical spa team offer the hottest nonsurgical treatments of the face and body.

  • “Overall great experience with Dr. Saltz and Ruth! What a great team, and I am pleased with my results. Patient communication and care!”
  • “This is my second surgery with Dr. Brahme. He is wonderful, and the staff and office are the best! Would highly recommend him to anyone and will only go here!”
  • “Dr. Smoot and his staff always make everything so easy. I feel so comfortable and love seeing the familiar faces whenever I go in for a follow-up visit.”
  • “Dr. Wheeler and his staff were AMAZING. They were kind, caring, and informative. They made me feel comfortable and like I knew them forever.”
  • “Dr. Salazar-Reyes really understands how to communicate with his patients. I was never in the dark and had access to staff anytime. Results are second to none.”
  • “Lauren is wonderful, detailed, relatable. The front office staff was attentive and professional. Great experience overall.”

9850 Genesee Avenue, XiMed building, Suites 130 & 380, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-452-1981

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS; Sarah Lucas, MD, FACS, RPVI; Jonathan T. Unkart, MD, MPH, MS; Margaret Obyrne, MD, FACPh, RVT; Helane Fronek, MD, FACP, FACPh; Anna Cardinell, MSN, FNP-BC | Photo: Lauren Radack

La Jolla Vein Care

Center for Advanced Vein Treatment

It is estimated that over 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.

La Jolla Vein Care is the first and only dedicated vein center in the region to earn accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in vascular testing and as a vein center. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication 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.

“Varicose veins are a common condition that deserve specialized care,” says Dr. Nisha Bunke of La Jolla Vein Care. “Because there can be a cosmetic component, varicose veins are often viewed as a problem without any real health consequences—and that is very, very untrue. Varicose veins can cause leg pain, feeling of heaviness, fatigue, swelling, nighttime cramps, and restlessness. If left untreated, the skin around the ankle can deteriorate and skin sores may develop. Varicose veins can be associated with blood clots and phlebitis.”

Dr. Nisha Bunke, who was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training in venous and lymphatic medicine, leads a team of vascular specialists, which include vascular technologists, a nurse practitioner, and MDs. Most recently, Georgetown-trained vascular surgeon Dr. Sarah Lucas and UC San Diego residency–trained Dr. Jonathan Unkart joined the comprehensive team.

The result is comprehensive vein care with diagnostic ultrasound imaging and vein treatment all in one location. The team uses the minimally invasive technology to address vein conditions without surgery, making the treatment easier and the recovery quicker. A variety of minimally invasive treatment options are available and are tailored to the patient’s needs.

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 410, La Jolla, California 92037-1212 | 858-550-0330

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Brandon M. Ross, MD, MBA, MPH | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Brandon M. Ross, MD, MBA, MPH

La Mesa Medical Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration Surgery

Extraordinary advances in technology are transforming the field of hair restoration. In fact, there’s never been a better time to restore lost hair. That’s why so many San Diegans are turning to La Mesa Hair Restoration and Dr. Brandon M. Ross, who performs every single procedure at the respected East County clinic.

“The results are so natural-looking that no one can tell you had surgery performed,” Dr. Ross says. “There’s a good chance you know men and women who have undergone successful hair restoration procedures, but you don’t realize it because they look so good.”

Dr. Ross uses one of only two ARTAS robots in San Diego County to perform robotic-assisted hair restoration surgery. The device allows him to precisely map and extract hair follicles from the back and sides of the head. The follicles are then implanted into balding areas.

Every patient is unique, so Dr. Ross utilizes other strategies, such as stem cell transplants and traditional strip-method follicular unit transplants. “Stem cell transplants are a brand-new strategy, and they’re especially effective in women who have hair loss,” he says.

Dr. Ross, a San Diego native who is recognized as one of the leading hair restoration physicians in the United States, performs no more than one procedure per day. “I’m devoted to putting quality ahead of quantity,” he says. “The patients must come first.”

Dr. Ross has a pattern of turning negatives in his life into positives. He suffered from hair loss at an early age and eventually made a career out of helping people with this problem by becoming a top-notch hair restoration surgeon. He also suffered from substance abuse. It has been nearly eight years since he last used drugs, and he spends much of his time helping others in recovery.

5565 Grossmont Center Drive, Suite 461, La Mesa, California 91942 | 619-825-7386

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

P. Alexander Ataii, MD

Laser Cliniqúe

Cosmetic and Laser Surgery

Looking young never gets old! Just ask the 2,205 happy patients who have given five-star ratings to San Diego’s very own Laser Cliniqúe. No other medical spa in the county can boast such a remarkable level of patient satisfaction.

“Our success shows that we’ve created an extraordinary center of excellence,” says P. Alexander Ataii, MD, Laser Cliniqúe’s founder and medical director.

Laser Cliniqúe offers an innovative approach to skin and body care. The medical spa integrates cosmetic dermatology, cosmetic surgery, spa services, and aesthetic therapy in a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located just one exit north of La Jolla Village Drive in Sorrento Valley.

“We treat patients with respect by setting realistic expectations about treatment and never try to oversell a treatment,” Dr. Ataii says. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s helped us reach incredible levels of success.”

Indeed, Dr. Ataii and his team have performed hundreds of thousands of treatments since Laser Cliniqúe opened in 2005.

A wide variety of medical and aesthetic treatments are available, including the latest injectables (such as Juvéderm Voluma XC, Restylane Refyne and Defyne, Juvéderm Volbella, and Kybella for fat elimination) and laser procedures for the skin (including PiQo4, excel V, Laser Genesis, Ultherapy, fractional laser resurfacing, and the latest most advanced laser hair removal and tattoo removal).

Laser Cliniqúe also offers new noninvasive treatments, such as the Plasma Pen, which tightens loose skin around the eyelids, and TempSure Envi, which promotes skin tightening and cellulite reduction. In addition, Laser Cliniqúe has become the premier medical spa for nonsurgical buttock and hip augmentation via Sculptra Aesthetic, which stimulates the body’s natural collagen production.

“Our friendly, experienced team of professionals will exceed expectations by offering comprehensive and compassionate care in a pleasing environment,” Dr. Ataii says. Schedule a consultation soon to start your journey towards looking & feeling younger.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Mark McDonough, PhD; Laraine Lipori, Psy.D.; Laura Hopper, PhD; Karyn Moriel, B.S. | Photo: Jenny Siegwart

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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Dr. Antoni Duleba, Dr. V. Gabriel Garzo, Dr. Irene Su, Dr. Tracy Harrison, Dr. Alexander Quaas, Dr. Sanjay Agarwal, Dr. Jamie Stanhiser | Photo: E3 Photography

Reproductive Partners Fertility Center–San Diego


As the only academic-affiliated fertility center in San Diego, Reproductive Partners–San Diego has stayed ahead of the curve with its talented group of fertility specialists. In 2001, their center was the first in San Diego County to produce a child after preimplantation genetic diagnosis, ensuring the birth of a healthy baby without the risk of genetic disease.

In April 2012, the center was also the first to produce a baby after an egg freezing procedure. The clinic’s egg freezing capabilities are especially useful for young women diagnosed with cancer who wish to preserve their fertility and for women who want to delay childbearing.

The state-of-the-art, fully accredited clinic is in the Scripps/XiMed Medical Building on the Scripps Memorial Hospital campus in La Jolla. The 50-member team recently added two excellent physicians, Dr. Jamie Stanhiser and Dr. Tracy Harrison.

The physicians themselves, rather than assistants or nurse practitioners, perform all procedures in the office and have direct contact with patients every day throughout the course of treatment. “That doesn’t happen in the majority of fertility centers,” says Dr. V. Gabriel Garzo, the center’s medical director.

Patients who require multiple cycles may be eligible for a special discounted plan.

Reproductive Partners–San Diego also organizes an international fertility conference, which attracts 400 experts annually to Coronado.

It’s not just about their incredibly high success rate with in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies. “Our concern is always for patients to not only have a baby, but a healthy baby, to avoid complications of multiple pregnancies by transferring just a single embryo,” says Dr. Garzo. “Every embryo we transfer has around a 50 percent chance of implanting in parents of any age.”

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 800, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-552-9177

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Tania L Rivera, MD; Nicole R Kenney, PA | Photo: Kambria Fischer

Rheumatology Center of San Diego


A board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Tania Rivera has been in practice for 19 years, treating patients young and old for conditions like arthritis and autoimmune conditions. At any age, people suffering from fatigue, aches, and pains, especially those that are worse in the morning, should seek a diagnosis.

“Young people too often get overlooked by other doctors who might just tell them they’re exercising too hard when really there’s something else going on,” she says.

Dr. Rivera combines her patients’ prescription medications and other medical treatments with holistic medicine. “We believe in the approach of doing both, treating the whole body through things like an anti-inflammatory diet.”

As a trusted practitioner, Dr. Rivera performs clinical trials for new medications. Her familiarity with cutting-edge prescription treatments places her in the best possible position to recommend new and little-known treatments that can boost a patient’s healing process to another level.

At her clinics in Escondido and La Jolla, Dr. Rivera and her staff pride themselves on giving a friendly, personalized approach to health care. “We know patients by name and each of their stories,” she says. In each room, patients use iPads and other resources to learn more about their conditions. Later this year, she’s opening a new location in Rancho Bernardo, and she also sees patients at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Palomar Medical Center.

Originally from Chile, Dr. Rivera speaks fluent Spanish. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at New York University. She volunteers in a student-run free clinic at UC San Diego that provides care to the underserved. When not working, she spends time with her husband and two sons.

215 S Hickory Street, Suite 114, Escondido CA 92025

9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 850, La Jolla CA 92037


San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Dr. Reza Sadrian, Founder & Medical Director | Photo: Lauren Radack

Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser & Skin Care Institute of San Diego

Plastic Surgery

With over 16 years of advanced rigorous medical and specialty training, Dr. Reza Sadrian holds the rare and distinct honor of being one of only a few select plastic surgeons in the country dually certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. This extensive training has given him unique skills and perspective and, over 19 years, he has performed well over 15,000 successful procedures.

Listed as a “Top Doctor” in Castle Connolly’s peer-nominated ratings for several years, Dr. Sadrian focuses on aesthetic plastic surgery, performing facial surgery procedures, including face-lift surgery and rhinoplasty; breast surgery procedures, including breast augmentation and breast lifts; and body contouring, including tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and liposculpture. In his fully accredited comprehensive center and medical spa, he provides individualized patient-appropriate treatments, including a full range of nonsurgical procedures, from Botox, injectables, and fillers to laser therapies, facials, and medical-grade skin care. Their state-of-the-art surgical suite is certified with the highest level of accreditation, and their anesthesiologists are all board certified. Dr. Sadrian himself is also on attending staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Known for his meticulous nature and individualized attention, care, and time that he personally devotes to each of his patients, he remains humble, attentive, and easy to talk to. He achieves extraordinary results by combining meticulous advanced skills with artistic sensibility to deliver elegant, natural results customized to each patient’s desires and uniqueness without a surgically done look.

“No two patients or procedures are ever the same,” Dr. Sadrian says. “We are focused on providing the highest quality care and safety with a detailed assessment, honest recommendations, and meticulous and attentive care along our patients’ entire journey, including before, during, and after.”

9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-457-1111

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Matthew Schultzel, DO | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

Matthew Schultzel, DO

Colorectal Surgery

While Dr. Matthew Schultzel’s area of expertise is minimally invasive colorectal surgery, his passion for treating the whole patient is what sets him apart. With a concierge-style practice that prioritizes compassionate, personalized care, it is also the only one in San Diego that provides the combined skills of a specialty surgeon and a gastroenterologist.

“This multidisciplinary team approach improves the level of specialty care and facilitates better communication and outcomes for the patient,” says Dr. Schultzel.

Dr. Schultzel’s commitment to cancer patients was birthed from personal experience; navigating cancer diagnoses with several family members inspired his career path, and technical skills honed during a minimally invasive colorectal surgery fellowship at UTMB and Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas garnered him an unprecedented record of successful outcomes.

As the highest-volume robotic general and colorectal surgeon in Southern California, Dr. Schultzel specializes in surgically removing large masses with very small incisions. The result? Quicker recovery, decreased pain, and improved cosmetic outcome. Sensitive to both the physical and emotional needs of his patients, Dr. Schultzel recently added a therapy dog to his practice’s amenities. “Our Great Dane, Thor von Schultz, is remarkably empathetic and responds to people’s emotions, making him a perfect therapy pup.”

When you choose Dr. Schultzel as your doctor, you can be confident you are being treated by a physician who takes the time to get to know you personally. “I derive so much joy from getting to know my patients. Whether it is a hernia repair, hemorrhoid surgery, gallbladder removal, or colorectal cancer operation, the opportunity to improve someone’s quality of life is a true honor and privilege. There is no greater joy than being able to tell a patient they are cancer-free. It really is something special to be able to change someone’s life for the better.”

Follow Dr. Schultzel on Social Media:

Facebook: Dr. Matthew Schultzel

Instagram: @MatthewTheSurgeon

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9834 Genesee Avenue, Suite 400, La Jolla, CA 92037

477 N. El Camino Real, Suite A308, Encinitas, CA 92024

28078 Baxter Rd, Suite 530, Murrieta, CA 92563


San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS | Photo: Sydney Prather

SK Clinic and Medical Spa

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

A respected and trusted leader in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Stephen Krant has been providing superlative services in La Jolla for the past 40 years. A Yale School of Medicine alumnus and fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Krant has successfully performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, which explains why he’s been designated as one of the best cosmetic surgeons for 20 years strong by the La Jolla Light’s readers’ poll.

Dr. Krant and his team excel at a wide range of plastic surgical services, including face-lift, blepharoplasty, body contouring, nasal reconstruction, skin cancer reconstruction, and breast cancer reconstruction after mastectomy, as well as augmentation, reduction, and lift. Patients can also opt for noninvasive services, such as Thermage, Botox, Kybella, Juvéderm Voluma, Sculptra, PRP and microneedling, Fraxel laser treatments, IPL, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, treatments for acne and precancerous lesions, and lipo-massage.

With a state-of-the-art surgical center and medical day spa on-site, the team follows an integrative approach, offering plastic and reconstructive surgery combined with healing spa treatments to comprehensively treat the whole person inside and out.

“We combine post-op lymphatic massage and O2 treatments where necessary to promote quicker healing,” explains Dr. Krant. “I also believe strongly in VitaMedica supplements before and after surgery to strengthen, reinforce, repair, and rejuvenate the body and the immune system. This thorough approach improves the quality of the healing process and decreases the time to recover.”

SK-Clinic and Medical Spa also offers a wide variety of anti-aging facials, from an oxygenating SK Signature Healthy-Aging Facial to their new HydraFacial. The platinum version of this healing experience begins with lymphatic drainage to detoxify the skin, followed by a hydrafacial that exfoliates, cleanses, and hydrates the skin using super serums filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The cutting-edge treatment finishes with LED light therapy to reduce wrinkles and visible signs of aging, so your skin has that healthy youthful glow.

“Our goal with every cosmetic procedure is to deliver a natural youthful look to all of our patients,” adds Dr. Krant.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Jimmy Wu, DDS

Sutra Dental Spa


Sutra Dental Spa is equipped with all manner of advanced technology, including CEREC restorations that allow patients to get crowns and veneers in only one office visit. Dr. Jimmy 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. Offering a menu of advanced procedures to whiten, straighten, and perfect your smile, including Invisalign aligners and dental implants, Dr. Wu will help you achieve a healthy, confident smile. With his serenely appointed practice and attentive chairside manner, it’s no surprise many of his 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 Avenue, Suite 206, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-589-6060

1301 Ynez Place, Coronado, CA 92118 | 619-435-6227 |

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Brook Brouha, MD, PhD | Photo: Lauren Radack

West Dermatology


Brook Brouha, MD, PhD is not your average dermatologist and dermatopathologist. Having completed a PhD in genetics and a postdoctoral fellowship in protein chemistry, Dr. Brouha, who is particularly interested in eczema, psoriasis, acne, and skin cancer, isn’t afraid to look deeply at cutting-edge research that might be a game changer for his patients.

“What sets me apart is I don’t give up—I try to creatively find the solution even if it doesn’t happen quickly,” he says. “Not letting yourself off the hook forces you to learn, to think outside the box, and to solve complex problems.”

With the right approach, new technologies such as gene-expression profiling and specific immune pathway inhibition can change the course of a chronic skin condition in just a matter of weeks. “We’re seeing this in a lot of inflammatory rashes and cancers that have stonewalled us for years,” says the double-board-certified Dr. Brouha, who has authored many peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Brouha earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, trained in dermatology at UC San Diego, and completed yet another fellowship, this time in dermatopathology, at UT Southwestern. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy hospitals.

As a former eighth-grade physics teacher, Dr. Brouha can convey in understandable terms what treatments are necessary and why taking a creative approach with the latest treatments can sometimes be worthwhile. “Understanding why makes the patient more invested,” he says. “A good therapeutic alliance creates much better outcomes.”

Dr. Brouha practices at West Dermatology Skin Cancer Center. Located in La Jolla/UTC, the premier state-of-the-art medical and surgical dermatology practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and medical skin conditions.

9339 Genesee Avenue, Suite 350A, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-943-4485

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Photo: Lauren Radack

Sirius K. Yoo, MD

Facial Plastic Surgeon

SKY Facial Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Dr. Yoo continues to amaze with impressive results that look natural. A leader in his field, Dr. Yoo draws patients from around the world for custom surgical procedures that focus on the face and neck only.

Named best facial plastic surgeon by Ranch & Coast magazine and best in plastic surgery by the Union-Tribune, Dr. Yoo not only is double-board certified, but he’s also among a select number of surgeons in the nation to complete a prestigious fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Stanford University.

At his North County practice—SKY Facial Plastic Surgery—Dr. Yoo specializes in plastic surgery procedures for the face and neck. This includes everything from the more well-known procedures such as facelift, fat transfer, rhinoplasty, and blepharoplasty to the less well-known such as otoplasty and forehead lipoma or osteoma removal.

Best known for results that look natural, Dr. Yoo offers advanced surgical techniques that attract patients from as far away as Germany, France, England, and Australia. One patient shares, “I had numerous consultations with surgeons in Canada and the U.S. before I ultimately chose Dr. Yoo for my rhinoplasty. I was in awe of his work.”

“A lot of people are afraid of plastic surgery because they fear a pulled or unnatural look,” says Dr. Yoo. “The truth is a talented surgeon can turn back the clock without making the patient look like they’ve had surgery.”

This philosophy garners the delight of his patients. “I am blown away by how awesome Dr. Yoo did,” shares a facelift patient. “He is the best; I have never seen my face look this good.”

Achieving the best possible results is the ultimate goal, but the journey matters, too. At SKY, patients receive an unprecedented level of care in a spa-like setting. Consultations last a full 90 minutes, allowing for in-depth conversations with Dr. Yoo. Surgeries are performed at SKY’s fully accredited private surgery center, so Dr. Yoo can control the experience for his patients.

But it’s the success stories from patients that keep him going. One recent rhinoplasty patient shared, “Coming from someone who was bullied as a kid, I just know I’ll never be able to repay him for what he did for me.”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

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

Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group

Medical Oncology/Hematology

East County residents can find the very best in cancer care close to home. Located on the grounds of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group offers the latest technology and exceptional personalized services.

The center’s stellar medical team includes David Bodkin, MD, Kai Zu, MD, Reema Batra, MD, and Igor Medic, MD. The team also includes top-notch physician assistants and certified oncology nurses, and we have 25 infusion chairs to provide the ultimate in convenience.

Our highly experienced support staff provides care in areas such as oral pharmacy, financial counseling, patient navigation, genetic testing, and access to clinical studies.

Over 20 years, we’ve become an integral part of the community. Our physicians are continuously recognized for excellent patient care, and we are proud to provide friendly and reliable care to our neighbors in East County.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Roy David, MD; Michael Rossi, MD

David and Rossi Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

David and Rossi Plastic Surgery is a cutting-edge plastic surgery practice offering first-class surgical and medical spa services delivered by world-class surgeons and staff located in the bustling UTC section of La Jolla. The partnership of Dr. Roy David, a renowned facial plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience, and Dr. Michael Rossi, a rising star in the field of breast and body plastic surgery, created what all patients deserve: a plastic surgery practice that caters to each patient’s specific aesthetic needs. Unique to the San Diego area, David and Rossi Plastic Surgery is where you’ll be seen by a plastic surgeon who specializes in either plastic surgery of the face or plastic surgery of the breast and body. In addition to two highly specialized surgeons utilizing the most advanced techniques, equipment, and safety measures, the practice has its own in-house surgery center and medical spa, so you can rest assured that your private aesthetic experience will be stress-free.

3252 Holiday Court, Suite 206, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-658-0595

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Michael Lajin, MD, Gastroenterologist

Dr. Michael Lajin


Voted Top Doctor three years in a row by his peers, Dr. Michael Lajin believes that “the art of medicine is providing cutting-edge knowledge and skill, framed with the beauty of practicing humanism and compassion.”

Dr. Lajin was the first gastroenterologist in San Diego to successfully perform multiple therapeutic procedures, including ESD, POEM, EDGE, full thickness resection, transmural gallbladder drainage, and EUS-guided gastrojejunostomy.

These pioneering techniques are part of an emerging field called flexible endoscopic surgery, which eliminates the need for invasive surgery, particularly in patients who are poor surgical candidates. His expertise has been recognized with four publications this past year and an oral presentation at ESGE Days Prague.

Dr. Lajin is a gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist affiliated with Sharp hospitals.

8860 Center Drive, Suite 330, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-460-4055

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Kenneth J. Roth, MD; Rolf Ehlers, MD; Karim Mansour, MD; Scott Upton, MD; Linda Huynh, DO; Natsurang Chong, MD (Endocrinologist); Grant Meyer, MD; Paul Marquis, MD | Photo: Sydney Prather

San Diego Internal Medicine Associates

San Diego Internal Medicine Associates’ small and dedicated team, affiliated with Sharp Community Medical Group, provides nothing but the most meticulous and personalized primary care to patients of any age. As a physician-owned practice, each doctor is invested in maintaining optimum patient relationships and the highest standard of care for decades. The team of physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants work in concert to ensure no detail is overlooked.

With locations in Kearny Mesa and Liberty Station, SDIMA recently added an endocrinology specialist to the practice and expanded its hours to some nights and weekends. The clinic is now open on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. “Our practice is patient-centric and patient-focused,” says Kenneth Roth, MD. “We want to make sure that all of our patients get what they need in a timely manner with high quality.”


San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

Kennie Kwok, DMD | Photo: Sergio Fernandez

San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Periodontics/Implant Dentistry

At San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, board-certified periodontist Dr. Kennie Kwok restores your mouth’s health and helps your teeth and gums stay healthy over the long term.

“We explain the disease process and help you understand not only what you should do but also the why and how you can prevent it,” says Dr. Kwok. “This knowledge empowers patients to take back control of their oral health.”

Trained at Boston University and NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Kwok emphasizes modern noninvasive technologies. “Let us restore your smile so you regain your confidence,” he says.

4060 Fourth Avenue, Suite 303, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619-543-0905

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019

San Diego Faces of Medicine 2019


TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego

TMJ & Sleep Therapy

For more than 35 years, Dr. Steven Olmos has researched and treated craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorder, and sleep-disordered breathing. A graduate of USC School of Dentistry, he is board certified in craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine.

Dr. Olmos is an international educator and founder of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International, with over 60 centers in seven countries that are utilizing his standardized system. He is currently directing research in these fields to establish protocols between dentistry and medicine for optimal treatment outcomes.

He personally sees patients at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego, the only American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine–accredited facility in the county, dedicated exclusively to the treatment of craniofacial pain and sleep breathing disorders. The Centre of San Diego is proud to be the flagship office of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International.

7879 El Cajon Blvd, La Mesa, California, 91942 | 619-466-2774

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