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Whether you need a family doctor or specialist, selecting a physician is a very personal matter. It is essential that you feel comfortable in your decision and trust your provider.

In the following profiles, 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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Martin P. Abelar, DDS | Photo by 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 35 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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Lawrence Addleson, DDS, FAACD; R. Douglas Campbell, DMD, FAGD; and David A. Landau, DDS, AAACD

Art of Dentistry

Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and General Dentistry

Dental care isn’t just a matter of keeping your mouth in good shape so you can maintain a brilliant smile. Science is discovering that healthy teeth and gums are crucial to maintaining health and enhancing longevity.

“We’re understanding more and more about how oral health is related to overall body health. Controlling bacteria in the mouth, for example, protects your cardiac system from infection,” says Art of Dentistry founder Dr. Lawrence Addleson. “That’s why we offer such a high level of expertise and caring. Oral health matters to you, and it matters to us.”

Fortunately, it’s never been easier to get comfortable and convenient dental care at Art of Dentistry.

Cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry is available in addition to general dental care. Same-day restorations allow patients to avoid multiple visits. Even routine teeth cleaning is more pleasant, thanks to a new kind of air polisher that provides a less gritty feel while clearing away dangerous bacteria.

“Technology also allows us to do more than ever before to bring out the beauty within,” Dr. Addleson says. “Advances in laser dentistry now allow us to shape the contours of the gums so the smiles of our patients look even more natural after procedures like full-mouth reconstruction.”

The Art of Dentistry’s commitment to care doesn’t end when a patient leaves the dentist’s chair. If our patients need a referral to a specialist, our highly skilled and caring team will personally help set up any required appointments.

“We listen to our patients, keep them informed, and rejoice with them when we help restore their health and self-confidence,” partner Dr. R. Douglas Campbell says.

As partner Dr. David Landau puts it, “Our highest priorities are attention to detail and uncompromising integrity. These are core values that drive all of the doctors and everyone on our team.”

“Technology allows us to do more than ever before to bring out the beauty within.” —Dr. Lawrence Addleson

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Amir M. Karam, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Amir M. Karam understands that his patients are hoping to look good for more than appearance alone. “Our patients want to look as healthy and vibrant as they feel. When your appearance is no longer in line with how you feel, it negatively affects the way you feel about yourself,” Dr. Karam says. “We restore selfconfidence and self-image by helping our patients get that refreshed, rejuvenated appearance without any signs of plastic surgery.”

A consistently natural and undetectable outcome motivates patients to travel near and far for Dr. Karam’s unique combinations of minimally invasive procedures, which address the face as a whole and reverse the signs of aging. By simultaneously addressing skin elasticity, volume loss, and sagging all at once, he is able to achieve a harmonious balance in the face, restoring the patient’s youthful appearance without making them look unnatural.

With a practice focused exclusively on the face, whether it’s designing the ideal skin care program, cosmetic injections, fat transfer, lasers, or a facelift, the comprehensive facial rejuvenation program addresses all of the patient’s unique needs. An area of equal focus is cosmetic and functional nasal surgery. From help with better breathing to enhancement of the shape, Dr. Karam’s background and experience make him an ideal choice for improving your nose.

Dr. Karam is known as “the doctor’s doctor,” because he treats so many colleagues in the medical field. He is an educator, trainer, and author of a newly published facial rejuvenation medical textbook. No wonder Dr. Karam is a two-time winner of Best Cosmetic Surgeon by the Union-Tribune’s “Best of North Coast,” and was voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon in San Diego by Ranch & Coast Magazine eight years in a row. “There is no greater honor than to be able to improve the lives of the patients we serve.”

11943 El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858-259-3223

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Gilbert Lee, MD, and Brian Reagan, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

Changes Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Extraordinary transformations take shape every day at Changes Plastic Surgery and Spa. Under the 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, creativity, and uncompromising pursuit of perfection, Changes has earned a reputation for excellence.

“Our philosophy is to provide unsurpassed artistry with precision,” says Dr. Lee. “But our second goal is to stay on the cutting edge and push the boundaries of plastic surgery—to go where other practices might not want to go in order to provide the most optimal results for our patients.”

Together with his colleague Dr. Brian Reagan, a faculty member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, highly regarded as one of San Diego’s best cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Lee and Changes Plastic Surgery are leading the way into the future of cosmetic surgery. Through an innovative new center for noninvasive surgery, The Changes Center for Scarless Surgery, patients are able to achieve plastic surgery results without scars.

“With all the trends leaning toward nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Reagan, our 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 scars,” says Dr. Lee, who developed a minimally invasive facelift—the Changes Rapid Lift—nine years ago. “Now we have the Changes Scarless Facelift, which requires minimal downtime and leaves no scars. It’s perfect for people without advanced aging who are seeking a lift without the muss and fuss of a traditional facelift.”

As the first practice in San Diego to bring this revolutionary procedure on board, Changes Plastic Surgery is pioneering innovation in plastic surgery —earning Dr. Lee the recognition of Top Doctor by his peers for the 11th consecutive year.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

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

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi, Wu & Fletcher

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s board-certified physicians apply breakthroughs in medical research to bring their patients the ultimate in rejuvenation through customized care using innovative laser, injectable, body sculpting, and vein treatments.

“We offer the latest treatments backed by science. Our patients tell us they value our expertise and feel confident they are putting themselves in the best hands possible,” said Dr. Mitchel Goldman, founder and medical director. “Our methods are constantly being improved through our research and clinical trials, but our mission never changes: to be the center of excellence in the art and science of rejuvenation.”

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers a supportive, comfortable environment. Patients consistently rate their care and service at the highest possible levels of satisfaction.

With more than 45 different lasers available, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology provides patients with comprehensive treatment choices that allow each individual to receive care tailored to their unique needs. Treatments work to improve skin tone and texture, minimize signs of aging and sun damage, and treat acne, rosacea, and other troubling skin problems.

The practice has a special expertise in treating facial veins as well as varicose and spider veins on the legs and body; it also offers body sculpting to remove unwanted fat and tighten loose skin, with new, FDAapproved treatments including Kybella and Cellfina, as well as CoolSculpting, Ulthera, ThermiRF, and liposculpture.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology has recently expanded to include West Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center. Located right next door, this advanced dermatology center accepts insurance and is available for all of your general dermatology and skin cancer needs.

“Our patients consistently tell us they choose us because we offer the ideal combination of proven, effective, and safe treatments delivered with personal attention and care,” says CLDerm’s Dr. Kimberly Butterwick. “Their satisfaction is our greatest reward, and the reason we have devoted our careers to this field.”

9339 Genesee Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-252-3964

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

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; Mitzi Bray, PA-C; Amanda McConnell, PA; and Melissa Janovitch, PA-C | Photo by Lauren Radack

Dermatologist Medical Group of North County

Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology

In 2017, Dermatologist Medical Group celebrates its 40th year serving San Diego. The DMG family of doctors, physician assistants, and staff are proud to have been providing exceptional care for patients for so many years. “We love what we do, and we’re thrilled when our patients are happy with their skin,” says Dr. Alice Liu, one of 13 experienced dermatologists based at convenient offices in Oceanside, Encinitas, and La Jolla.

You’ll experience the practice’s commitment to patient care from the moment you pick up the phone. Calls are answered by a knowledgeable receptionist, who is ready to schedule, answer questions, and welcome patients to the practice. “We dedicate ourselves to meeting the needs of our patients, from start to finish.” Dr. Liu says.

The practice specializes in complete care of the skin, including treatment of skin cancer, examination of growths, reversing sun damage, acne, psoriasis, and all skin conditions. The practice provides a variety of cosmetic skin procedures, including Botox, fillers, peels, vein treatments, and laser therapy. “We aim to meet your medical and cosmetic needs in one location,” Dr. Liu says, “sometimes even during the same visit.”

The offices are equipped with state-of-the-art devices, from lasers to specialized light therapy instruments. For skin cancer, they offer a comprehensive variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for skin cancer, including Mohs micrographic surgery and Xoft brachytherapy.

The commitment to patient care doesn’t stop at the clinic. DMG hosts regular meetings with colleagues in other specialties to share in the latest medical findings and discuss new therapies. Peers have recognized the quality of the practice by honoring its physicians as San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctors for the past 14 years.

“Everyone at DMG enjoys working together,” Dr. Liu says. “We share in caring for our patients, and it gives us joy to see people happy in their skin.”

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Gwendolyn Henao, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

Dolce Vita Aesthetic Medicine

Women’s Health, Mobile & Clinical Aesthetics

Known for her holistic approach to beauty and wellness, Dr. Gwendolyn Henao is dedicated to helping women experience the “sweet life,” so much so that she recently renamed her expanding practice Dolce Vita, which means exactly that. “My patients love that I can help them through all the stages of their lives, from birth control all the way through menopause and beyond,” explains Dr. Henao, who is also a respected obstetriciangynecologist. “And through every phase, I can help them rejuvenate and sustain their natural beauty with a variety of aesthetic services and top-notch products.” Dolce Vita Aesthetic Medicine recently moved into new, spacious, custom-designed offices in Rancho Santa Fe, so she and her astute team can pamper their clients even more. Dr. Henao’s practice offers breakthrough treatments like truSculpt, an FDAapproved, state-of the-art procedure that tightens skin and melts away fat; laser rejuvenation with the Cutera excel V CoolView and Laser Genesis to dramatically soften fine lines, plump collagen, improve skin texture and tone, correct sun damage, help control acne, and treat veins and capillaries all over the face and body. They also provide micro-needling with the top-of-theline Collagen P.I.N. to plump collagen, improve skin tone, diminish fine lines, improve scars, and tighten pores with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to jump-start and boost rejuvenation. Her patients are raving about their results. To complement these services, she and her aesthetician also offer rejuvenating facials, teen facials, medical-grade peels, microdermabrasion, and nonsurgical micro-current lifts, along with Botox, Dysport, fillers, vitamin B shots, the Perfect 10 Peel, Latisse, and Bella Skin Care, a medical-grade skin care line that can be delivered to your door. She also welcomes a masseuse to help you escape and recharge.

As a working professional and mother of three, Dr. Henao understands the busy schedules facing today’s women, so the beauty guru even makes house calls to refresh her clients’ appearances with everything from Botox and fillers to vitamin B shots in the comfort and privacy of your home. Clients are also encouraged to invite friends over for private “Botox parties” or to host them at Dolce Vita’s stunning new venue in lovely Rancho Santa Fe. Dr. Henao invites both men and women to come and enjoy the sweet life at Dolce Vita Aesthetic Medicine.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

David S. Eshom, DDS, Credential Cosmetic Dentist | Photo by E3 Photography

Cosmetic/Minimally Invasive Dentistry

David S. Eshom, DDS

Dr. David Eshom has been perfecting San Diego smiles for over two decades. He uses the latest high-tech equipment and most advanced dental techniques to offer patients a state-of-the-art dental experience. A noted perfectionist, Dr. Eshom is dedicated to helping you attain the confidence that comes from a healthy, beautiful smile.

“We are a special place unlike anywhere in San Diego. We listen to what patients want and present the best possibilities for their smile in an informative and unpressured manner. We offer free consultations and use high-tech methods to show you what would be best for your smile and health.”

Dr. Eshom offers 3-D impressions, digital photos, digital panorex and x-rays, CB/CT, intraoral camera, high magnification and minimally invasive techniques to help you achieve your ideal smile. During your procedure, Dr. Eshom and his team keep you comfortable with warm neck wraps, personal TVs over the chair, and paraffin hand moisturizing during each visit.

“We hear what our patients want, then review photographs of their teeth and show them before and after examples. We offer two to three different possibilities for achieving their beautiful smile, while considering cost and the need for tooth structure removal. This honest approach to patient education has been the cornerstone of our excellent reputation.”

Dr. Eshom offers the newest techniques in cosmetic dentistry based on minimally invasive smile enhancement options. In addition to Invisalign and traditional veneers, Dr. Eshom offers the new Bioclear Method to create Bioclear veneers—perfect smiles that still preserve the tooth structure. Even better, Bioclear veneers can be completed in just one office visit!

“With my excellent team, I help our patients achieve their life goals because they feel more confident with their newfound smile. That is why I am a dentist—to change our patients’ lives.”

8899 University Center Lane, Suite 245, San Diego, CA 92122 | 858-295-0959

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Dr. 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 thirteen 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 | 858-621-6000

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Harish Hosalkar, MD, MBMS (Orth), FCPS (Orth), FAAOS, FACS | Photo by Lauren Radack

Hosalkar Institute for Joint Preservation & Injury Care

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 24 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. “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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Kevin Smith, MD; Nicole Orr, PA-C; and Aleksandr Filen, PA-C

Integrated Pain Specialists

Pain Management

If you suffer from chronic pain, you know how debilitating it can be. As an interventional pain management physician, Dr. Kevin Smith at Integrated Pain Specialists of Southern California is specially trained to diagnose your condition and offer you a customized treatment plan, including many nonsurgical options to alleviate your pain.

Recognized as one of San Diego’s Top Doctors, Dr. Smith has been practicing pain management in San Diego since 1991. As the president and CEO at Integrated Pain Specialists, he specializes in the care of patients suffering from chronic and acute pain. He previously served as president and CEO at Interventional Pain Specialists of Southern California, and chairman of Anesthesia Service Medical Group’s Pain Management Committee.

Dr. Smith began his career in pain management as a resident at the University of Louisville, when he was called upon to treat pediatric burn victims from the 1988 school bus fire. Today, Dr. Smith utilizes the most advanced regenerative and therapeutic options to treat acute and chronic pain, including state-of-the-art implantable devices for cancer patients.

Dr. Smith is also a consultant, educator, and researcher with Medtronic and Boston Scientific, two of the world’s largest medical technology companies, and Nuvectra, another implantable device company, researching and teaching medical fellows and practicing physicians. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and many other medical and pain management focused organizations. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with a subspecialty certification in pain medicine.

Integrated Pain Specialists is focused on every aspect of comfort and convenience for its patients. The practice has a single-story building with free parking that offers those with mobility issues easy access to care, while on-site imaging allows for faster diagnosis and treatment.

“At Integrated Pain Specialists, we are dedicated and focused on providing the most up-to-date therapies with the goal of improving the quality of life of all our patients.”

7525 Linda Vista Road, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92111

5525 Grossmont Drive, Suite 609, La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-398-2988

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

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

Michael J. Halls, MD

La Jolla Breast Institute

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast

For more than 30 years, Dr. Michael Halls has dedicated his practice to providing an extraordinary experience for patients seeking excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With a focus on breast procedures, Dr. Halls brings to San Diego an expertise that is unrivaled in the region. Fellowship trained at Harvard University and widely published nationally and internationally, he is recognized for optimal care and flawless results. His utilization of new technologies and innovative techniques leads to patients who are satisfied, happy, and grateful for the individualized care and precision he provides.

“Patient satisfaction is one of my highest priorities,” Dr. Halls says. “I personalize care to the needs of each individual, ensuring they are informed, involved, and above all, happy with their surgical results and overall experience.”

While Dr. Halls sees patients throughout San Diego, his practice at La Jolla Breast Institute is widely renowned for its upscale, “boutique” medical setting, where patients can expect compassionate, comprehensive care in an environment that caters to their unique concerns. As the only facility dedicated exclusively to plastic surgery of the breast, La Jolla Breast Institute is the first choice for discerning patients seeking a skilled physician who is fully vested in their needs. For patients with concerns stemming from previous surgeries or due to implant age, Dr. Halls has earned a reputation for his super-specialization in surgical revision, and he prides himself on providing options for patients who have been told elsewhere that they have none.

Dr. Halls explains, “I have devoted my career to helping my patients achieve and sustain their desired results. I am truly only happy when they are.” Dr. Halls is grateful to his peers for once again recognizing him as a Top Doctor in San Diego for Plastic Surgery.

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Nasrin Mani, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic

Ophthalmology/ Cosmetic Laser Services

From a young age, Dr. Nasrin Mani knew she wanted to grow up to help people. Her life’s path brought her to the world of ophthalmology and retinal surgery, where she improved the lives of thousands of people with compromised or endangered vision.

Dr. Mani became known as an immensely skilled retinal surgeon, a compassionate supporter of local charitable organizations, and the primary supporter of a children’s orphanage in Mexico. But she wanted to do even more to make a difference.

Drawing upon her 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 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.

“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.”

Indeed, La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic is so respected by colleagues that it serves as a training site for clinicians who wish to learn about procedures featuring Juvéderm, Sculptra, Restylane, the Acne Scar Release and Refine procedure for single-treatment acne scar resolution, and 4D facial rejuvenation with the SP Dynamis Laser System.

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 much, much more.”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Lori Saltz, MD; Johan Brahme, MD; John Smoot, MD, FACS; Michael Roark, MD; Ervin Wheeler, MD, FACS; and Lauren Reed, PA-C

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’s team of professionals earns an A in patient satisfaction—a 4.7 average over 2,815 ratings from multiple review sites. LJCSC’s surgical group and med spa won 13 San Diego’s Best awards from the Union-Tribune. Our 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, MMS, leads our Medspa team that offers toxins, fillers, lasers, and the hottest nonsurgical procedures: Obalon, miraDry, HydraFacial MD, SculpSure, CoolSculpting, Halo, and ThermiVa.

Real Patient Reviews:

“Overall great experience with Dr. Saltz and Ruth! What a great team and I am pleased with my results. Patient communication and care!”

“Lauren was great as usual—she exceeded my expectations as usual! Lauren always listens to my needs.”

“Dr. Roark is an exceptional plastic surgeon. He was at all times caring, warm, and knowledgeable, demonstrating both confidence and humility as it relates to his craft.”

“I love everything about La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery! Dr. Brahme and Christina are amazing. I will definitely be back and wouldn’t ever dream of going anywhere else. My [surgery] made me a new person. I am so happy I did it.”

“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. I got the results I wanted. Thanks to Dr. Smoot!”

“Dr. Wheeler and his staff were AMAZING. They were kind, caring, and informative. They made me feel comfortable and like I knew them forever.”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS; Anna Cardinell, MSN, FNP-BC; and Helane Fronek, MD, FACP, FACPh | Photo by Lauren Radack

La Jolla Vein Care

Vein Treatment

As one of only a few dedicated vein treatment centers in San Diego and Southern California with board-certified physicians and staff trained specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders, La Jolla Vein Care has been an industry leader since 2010. Dr. Nisha Bunke, who was the first physician to complete fellowship training in venous and lymphatic medicine, leads an all-female team of professionals dedicated to vein care.

“As vein specialists, we draw upon specialized training and knowledge,” Dr. Bunke says. “We each devote countless hours to keeping up to date in our field so our patients can take advantage of the latest medical findings.”

The La Jolla Vein Care team consists of vein specialists, vascular technologists, and nurse practitioners. The result is comprehensive vein care with on-site diagnostic ultrasound imaging and vein treatment. A variety of minimally invasive treatment options are available and are tailored to the patient’s needs. At La Jolla Vein Care, your visit will begin with a consultation to assess your condition, followed by an ultrasound to examine the structure of your veins and check the blood fl ow. In many cases, patients require as few as 45 minutes per treatment—with minimal discomfort—in the office and return to normal activities the very next day.

Whether you are seeking treatment for varicose and spider veins, or have more complex concerns, such as venous leg ulcers and swelling, blood clots, or vein disease, La Jolla Vein Care can help you look and feel better quickly.

La Jolla Vein Care is also the region’s first clinic to offer cryo-sclerotherapy, a painless form of spider vein treatment.

“In addition to medical procedures, we educate our patients about how to make the best choices to preserve their vein health,” Dr. Bunke says. “We’re thrilled when we can help patients stop vein problems in their tracks.”

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

San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Faces of Medicine

P. Alexander Ataii, MD | Photo by Sergio Fernandez

Laser Cliniqúe

Cosmetic & Laser Surgery

Two years ago, Laser Cliniqúe opened an expanded high-tech clinic to serve patients seeking the latest offerings in injectables, dermal fillers, lasers, body sculpting, vaginal rejuvenation therapies, and more. The response from the community was overwhelming and deeply gratifying.

Laser Cliniqúe is now celebrating another milestone: An expansion from 16 to 22 treatment rooms will allow even more San Diegans to experience the region’s premier cosmetic and laser surgery center, where “Looking Young Never Gets Old.”

Under the dedicated leadership of Dr. P. Alexander Ataii, recognized as a 2017 Top Doctor in San Diego County, Laser Cliniqúe is open six days a week to ensure its availability for patients who have come to rely on Dr. Ataii for his devotion to his craft.

With 15 years of experience treating more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Ataii specializes in laser and aesthetic enhancements and is widely recognized as one of San Diego’s foremost cosmetic surgeons. He has more than 890 five-star reviews online.

Passionate about art and architecture in his personal life, Dr. Ataii brings that same passion for beauty and precision to his professional practice. He performs the majority of the treatments himself, devotes considerable time to individualized education for his patients, and shows the utmost compassion for patients who are grateful for the artistry and devotion to comfort that he brings to the field of cosmetic medicine.

Indeed, Laser Cliniqúe is the first and only local medical spa to use the smallest injectable needles on the market today, demonstrating the facility’s commitment to providing the most comfortable experience for each and every patient, every time.

Subscribing to the motto that “less is more,” Dr. Ataii strives to understand each patient’s unique wishes for results that reflect their lifestyle. “No two faces are exactly the same,” he says. “My goal is to create harmony and symmetry in each individual.”

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Dr. Marie Shieh, Dr. Casie Shenoy, Dr. Fred Saleh, Dr. Steven Kossman, Dr. Charles Redfern, Dr. Kristen Rice, and Dr. Jennifer Fisher | Photo by Jenny Siegwart

Medical Oncology Associates of San Diego


Your family is our family. For 35 years, the doctors at Medical Oncology Associates of San Diego have been caring for your loved ones, friends, and neighbors. We are proud to be able to provide compassionate, cutting-edge care for a range of complex cancers and blood disorders. Here you can receive the latest in targeted therapy and immunotherapy, and even participate in clinical trials, all in a supportive, welcoming environment where everybody knows your name and cares about you and your treatment. Our growing team is now made up of seven doctors, three of whom were named Top Doctors this year in San Diego Magazine. Our main office in Kearny Mesa offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer care all under one roof, and we have offices in La Mesa, Hillcrest, and Coronado to provide more convenient access for our patients. We hope you never need our services, but if you do, we are here for you.


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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Dr. Arash Qadeer | Photo by Lauren Radack

Mesa Dental

Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Mesa Dental is a state-of-the-art family and cosmetic practice offering “from the heart” patient care in a relaxed atmosphere. At Mesa Dental, you will always be treated like family, while also enjoying the most advanced level of care and technology, including digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, CBCT for implants, and complete shade matching at laboratory settings to ensure amazing aesthetic results for both cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Because Mesa Dental treats each patient with the utmost respect and compassion, loyal patients often say they can’t believe how relaxed they feel during their treatments. With the highest-rated Yelp reviews in San Diego, Mesa Dental believes attention to detail and focusing on what patients really want is what sets them apart. At Mesa Dental, it’s always about helping people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles!

“Many people avoid dental treatments because of fear. We eliminate fear with one rule: love.”

7625 Mesa College Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111 | 858-514-4290

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Rakhesh Guttikonda, DO | Photo by Lauren Radack

Remedi Plastic Surgery + Med Spa

Plastic Surgery

Remedi Plastic Surgery + Med Spa is an all-in-one med spa and AAAHC-accredited surgery center with a family atmosphere.

Led by Rakhesh Guttikonda, DO, who completed his internship, residency, and cosmetic fellowship in New York City, Remedi offers everything from breast augmentation to injectables. Located near Naval Air Station North Island, Remedi is proud to serve the military and frequently offers military discounts and specials.

“Dr. G,” as most patients know him, prioritizes patient care. The practice emphasizes friendly service with a customized treatment plan. Dr. Guttikonda listens to the patient’s desired outcome and suggests the right approach for natural, youthful-looking results that are never excessive or overdone.

Nurse Patty is an Allergan-certified Platinum Injector who works closely with Dr. Guttikonda to create a comfortable environment, and creates custom plans to achieve the best results.

Dr. Guttikonda is one of the few plastic surgeons in San Diego who specializes in shaped breast implants, a popular choice for petite or fit women, or any woman who wants a more natural look. Whether patients choose classic round implants or shaped, Dr. Guttikonda’s technique will provide them with the most natural look and feel.

Remedi is one of the few med spas in San Diego that offers ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation. This in-office, nonsurgical procedure for labial and vaginal tightening is ideal for women struggling with incontinence or dryness and requires no downtime.

Dr. Guttikonda also offers many procedures for men, including liposuction, gynecomastia treatment, and hair restoration. The FUE technique available at Remedi is the most advanced hair transplant in San Diego. With no incision, suture, or scarring, the procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia.

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery or a med spa treatment, come in for a consultation with Nurse Patty or Dr. Guttikonda to learn how they can help you achieve the results you’ve always wanted.

230 Prospect Place, #310, Coronado, CA 92118 | 619-437-1388

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Tania L. Rivera, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

Rheumatology Center of San Diego


Patients faced with pain and reduced quality of life due to arthritis, autoimmune diseases, or other rheumatic conditions have an advocate and an ally in Dr. Tania Rivera at Rheumatology Center of San Diego. An expert in treating chronic conditions that often leave patients impaired or wheelchair bound, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and dozens of other forms of arthritis, Dr. Rivera is committed to making an impact in the lives of patients who often arrive in her office in pain and unsure of what’s ailing them. Her goal: to diagnose their underlying condition, ease their mind, and eliminate their pain.

Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Rivera pursued a rheumatology fellowship at the New York University Hospital for Joint Disease, inspired by many young patients she encountered in her early 20s who were struggling with the pain and immobility associated with rheumatic disease. She says, “I was exposed to a lot of people who were young like me, but were really sick. That really made an impact on my life, and I saw that they could live a normal life if they were treated early. I knew that I could make a difference.”

That difference is demonstrated daily through Dr. Rivera’s work, whether she’s putting Spanish-speaking patients at ease by speaking in her native language; enrolling patients in groundbreaking clinical trials in an effort to discover the most effective medications with the fewest side effects; appearing on MTV’s True Life evaluating a patient for a rheumatoid condition; or providing free medical care for underserved, uninsured patients through her volunteer work with UC San Diego or her affiliation with Project Access—all in an effort to improve their quality of life.

“My motivation is to make my patients feel better—to be functional, happy, and mobile,” she says. “To live a healthy life—active, able, and pain free.”

215 S Hickory Street, Suite 114, Escondido, CA 92025

9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 780, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858-336-2810

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

San Diego Eye & Laser Center est. 1988

Richard J. Leung, MD

Eye Surgeon

In 2003, Dr. Richard Leung was watching the local news when a story about a Cedar Fire burn victim came on. He spotted eyeglasses falling off the man, unsupported by his badly burned ears. Dr. Leung began thinking of ways he could help and generously donated LASIK eye surgery correcting the man’s vision to 20/20 without glasses. “As soon as I was walking out I could see a big difference. I could read things I normally wasn’t able to read.” It is with this perseverance, kindness, and attention to detail that Dr. Leung has built a successful practice serving San Diego for three decades.

A board-certified eye surgeon, Dr. Leung completed his training at USC Medical Center, Doheny Eye Institute, and Johns Hopkins University. In 1984, he launched a program at Doheny, having performed their first corrective vision procedure. In 1988 he founded San Diego Eye & Laser Center on the concept of excellence in surgery, compassionate care, and advanced technology.

Dr. Leung was one of the first eye surgeons to adopt LASIK and was first in San Diego with a technique that remained in the forefront for years. He caught the attention of the world when he performed the first live internet LASIK surgery in 1998. Dr. Leung was the second surgeon in the United States to implant a multifocal lens following its approval in 2005. He has performed over 30,000 surgeries and continues to offer patients 30 years of experience with vision correction and cataract and lens implant surgery.

Today, Dr. Leung continues his tradition of excellence by providing routine and specialized vision care with an emphasis on all-laser LASIK, laser-assisted cataract surgery, and advanced technology implants allowing more freedom. “We deliver individualized treatment for each patient with an emphasis on professional and thoughtful care,” Dr. Leung says. “To ensure the best possible outcome, I perform every procedure myself and provide all the preoperative and postoperative care. This commitment to excellence and attention to detail is what sets us apart.”

3075 Health Center Drive, Suite 403, San Diego, CA 92123 | Local: 858-278-9900 | Toll free: 888-95-LASER

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Mark McDonough, PhD; Laraine Lipori, PsyD; and Sarah Asmussen, PhD | Photo by Jenny Siegwart

Mark McDonough, PhD & San Diego Neuropsychology


When you or a loved one suffers a brain injury or develops a brain condition, it is crucial to get a detailed and professional assessment of the situation. That’s where Dr. Mark McDonough comes in. With more than 20 years in the San Diego area, Dr. McDonough has developed a reputation for excellence in the specialized field of neuropsychology, highly sought after for clinical consultation on forensic civil and criminal matters by both defense and plaintiff attorneys, and by San Diego Superior Courts, local hospitals, and school districts. Dr. McDonough serves on the editorial board for the Medical Disability Advisor, is on the Professional Advisory Council to the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, and is a past member of its board of directors.

In addition to his forensic work, Dr. McDonough sees patients of all ages for consultation at the San Diego Neuropsychology office at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, where staff help with brain-related conditions ranging from traumatic and acquired brain injuries to a wide array of medical conditions affecting brain function.

“Our patients range in age and severity from a high school student with a mild concussion to a retired NFL player suffering from encephalopathy; from middle-aged patients worried about their declining memory to aging seniors in the process of dementia,” he says.

Combining the expertise of an experienced pediatric and adult neuropsychologist with compassion, care, and concern, Dr. McDonough and his professional staff are dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized care, quality diagnostics, and individualized recommendations suited to each patient’s unique needs.

“It is important to provide patients with straightforward evaluations that identify areas of concern in order to effectively tailor the treatment and recovery process and promote forward movement on the road to recovery,” he says.

Scripps Hospital Encinitas, 320 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760-944-9647 | [email protected]

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Tim Sayed, MD, MBA, FACS | Photo by E3 Photography

Tim Sayed, MD

Plastic Surgery

When he’s not working, Dr. Tim Sayed creates beauty through music. On the job, he turns to another form of artistry.

“Like so much of our best art, cosmetic surgery produces stunning results by blending science, engineering, and design with beauty, symmetry, and a sense of proportion,” says Dr. Sayed. “Just as an artist now can use a computer to create remarkable images, we are able to use technology as a tool to reveal inner beauty. The end product, just like an extraordinary painting or a song, should touch the heart and soul.”

You can be confident that Dr. Sayed has the expertise needed to provide an excellent level of care. Trained at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital and UCSF, he’s a double board-certified plastic surgeon who’s been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for 14 years.

He’s highly skilled in all forms of cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid lift, tummy tuck, vaginal rejuvenation, liposuction, and body-contouring operations.

Dr. Sayed has performed cosmetic surgery in San Diego, Newport Beach, Miami, and Palm Beach, and draws patients from Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. His devoted patients have traveled to see him from New York, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Sayed, a member of the ASPS and ASAPS plastic surgery societies, believes in transparency, not the hard sell. “I help patients select personalized treatment plans to best match techniques to their aesthetic goals.” This has earned him Patients’ Choice and America’s Top Plastic Surgeons awards, among others.

“We believe in empowering patients through technology, some of which we helped develop,” he says. “We aim to give you all the information you need so you can decide how best to restore and reveal.”

“We believe in Aesthetics Done Right ™. No spin, no pressure, just superb care and beautiful results.” —Tim Sayed, MD, MBA, FACS

4510 Executive Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92121 | 858-247-2933 | @timsayedmd

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Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS | Photo by Lauren Radack

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 Reader’s 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, 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

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Sirius K. Yoo, MD | Photo by Lauren Radack

SKY Facial Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Trustworthiness. Compassion. Artistry. Expertise. Excellence. These are the traits patients use to describe Dr. Sirius K. Yoo, who has been voted San Diego’s Best Cosmetic Surgeon for three years running, according to Ranch & Coast Magazine. “I love seeing my patients feel more confident in their everyday lives,” says Dr. Yoo. “We are 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. This unique credential combination, coupled with a reputation for naturallooking results, is what sets Dr. Yoo apart.

Focusing only on the face and neck, Dr. Yoo works closely with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan, often combining facial surgery with fat transfer, laser treatments, Botox, fillers, or skin care for impressive results that look incredibly natural.

“After several consults with other doctors in the area, I immediately knew after meeting with Dr. Yoo that he was the doctor I would trust for my surgery,” shares one patient. “He has taken years off my face without the ‘overdone look’ you see so often.”

If you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery but have been hesitant to take the next step, a consultation with Dr. Yoo is a good place to start. Another pleased patient adds, “From the moment I walked in the door, I was very impressed. Dr. Yoo listened to me and reassured me that my goals were realistic. I felt immediately that I would be in good hands. I had the procedure five months ago and have had numerous people ask me what I am doing to look so relaxed and young. I just smile. The results look very natural.”

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

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

David Bodkin MD; Reema Batra MD; and Kai Zu MD | Photo by 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 David Bodkin, MD, Reema Batra, MD, and Kai Zu, MD. In addition, the recently renovated Infusion Center accommodates up to 25 patients, and its staff of 50 includes a junior physician, three physician’s assistants, and a team of experienced, certified oncology nurses supporting up to 70 patients per day. “We have been serving East County residents for more than 20 years and have become an integral part of the community. Our physicians are continuously recognized for top patient satisfaction scores and appear regularly in the community, offering education and the latest updates.”

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 for the highest caliber of specialized cancer care.

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Michael Lajin, MD

Dr. Michael Lajin


Dr. Michael Lajin is board certified in gastroenterology and has completed an advanced endoscopy fellowship. He was trained by internationally recognized experts, including Dr. Marc F. Catalano, Dr. Joseph E. Geenen, and Dr. Nalini M. Guda. Since moving to San Diego, he has introduced multiple advanced endoscopic procedures to Grossmont and Coronado hospitals, such as endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic suturing, EUSguided drainage, and advanced ERCP.

Incorporating these advanced techniques contributed to Grossmont Hospital’s recent designation as a “Center of Excellence” by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Lajin is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterology Association, and American College of Gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon cancer prevention, gastroesophageal reflux disease, early detection of pancreatic cancer, advanced pancreatic biliary endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic suturing, pancreatic cysts, bariatric endoscopy to treat obesity, Barrett ablation, single balloon enteroscopy, enteral stents, and endoscopic mucosal resection.

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Dr. Safoura Massoumi, Pediatric Dentist | Photo by E3 Photography

Children’s Primary Dental Group

Pediatric Dentistry

Ensuring proper oral care for all children—that’s the goal of Dr. Safoura Massoumi, founder, president, and managing dentist of Children’s Primary Dental Group.

Educated at the top dental school in Belgium, Dr. Massoumi continued her training in pediatric dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University before moving to San Diego in 1993. She has spent the past 20 years building a reputation for honesty, excellence, and extraordinary customer service in pediatric dentistry.

With more than two decades of commitment to community service, Dr. Massoumi often provides care for underserved patients, donates oral care packages to local schools, and serves as a senior staff member at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, where she performs dental surgeries in the operating room.

With four offices in Chula Vista and San Marcos, Dr. Massoumi and her talented staff are dedicated to delivering their exceptional combination of warmth, compassion, skills, and expertise to patients throughout the county.


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San Diego Faces of Medicine

John W. Fox, Jr., MD, FACP; and Carla G. Fox, MD, FACP | Photo by Lauren Radack

John Fox, MD, and Carla Fox, MD

Concierge Medicine Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Drs. Carla and John Fox have been practicing medicine in San Diego for more than 30 years. They are board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and are on the clinical faculty at UCSD School of Medicine.

For several years, their practice has been a concierge model. This has allowed them to spend more time with their patients in a traditional care environment, with more time to focus on wellness and patient care.

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

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Lindsay Pfeffer, DMD, MBE, MS | Photo by Lauren Radack

Lindsay Pfeffer, DMD, MBE, MS


Philanthropist first; inspiring, happy-go-lucky friend second; Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer made her calling spreading love throughout her community and beyond. Volunteering to improve the lives of foster children, the poor, and our youth, she is a role model for creating a life of purpose. She gives back to well over 100 organizations and is determined to impact the lives of those around her and to make change happen.

Behind the scenes, she owns I-Ortho (formerly Moser Orthodontics) and is known for her compassionate and contagious personality. She has continually provided free dental treatment to the underserved and teaches students at UC San Diego’s free clinic, believing strongly that her success is measured by how she makes others feel—all while helping start America’s first genetic skin care line, Targeted Skin DNA.

Winning several awards, serving on multiple boards, her focus has always been to make a difference in the lives of those she touches. She knows that kindness is contagious, and she’s spreading it.

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

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Ann Mineo Kania, DDS, DMSc

Ann Mineo Kania DDS, DMSc

Periodontics Laser Dentistry Dental Implants

When it comes to advanced, state-of-the-art periodontal care and dental implants, Dr. Ann Kania is a trusted expert.

UCSF and Harvard-trained, Dr. Kania is among an elite group of board-certified periodontists in San Diego, a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. Dr. Kania has been practicing in San Diego’s North County since 1997, and has earned a reputation for providing the highest-quality care. Among treatment options, Dr. Kania offers minimally invasive procedures including LANAP laser treatment, Pinhole grafts, PRF, ozone therapy and others.

“Good oral health affects the entire body. Our goal is to help patients achieve a healthy smile for life.”

345 Saxony Road, Suite 203, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760-642-0711

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Richard D. Mohrlock, DDS, PC | Jenny Siegwart

Richard D. Mohrlock, DDS, PC

TMJ & TMD Treatment General Dentistry Cosmetics

Dedicated to quality care, the art and science of dentistry, and long-term relationships with patients, Dr. Richard D. Mohrlock has been practicing in San Diego County for over forty years. In addition to offering minimally invasive procedures, implants, and cosmetic dentistry, he is an expert in the treatment of TMJ/TMD. An estimated 10 million people suffer from temporomandibular disorder, which can cause symptoms such as jaw joint pain, migraines, earaches, and worn, sensitive, or loose teeth, due to overactive chewing muscles causing stress and strain. “I’m grateful that we’re able to relieve our patients of the pain they’ve previously felt so helpless to,” says Dr. Mohrlock. Grateful too are the patients who can now sleep and live pain-free.

2067 West Vista Way, Suite 190, Vista, CA 92083 | 760-967-9777

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

One to One LASIK

Sanford G. Feldman, MD


Cataract surgery and LASIK expert Sanford G. Feldman, MD has again been voted Top Doctor by his peers and #1 by patients in the “San Diego’s Best” poll by the Union-Tribune. Page after page of five-star online reviews tell the story: “Hands down, the best eye doctor in San Diego”…”Best experience ever with any doctor”… “If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.”

Dr. Feldman’s practice, One to One LASIK, is uniquely welcoming, personal, and unhurried. “We’re dedicated both to achieving great vision outcomes with the most advanced technology, and to creating an exceptional patient experience on each and every visit,” says Feldman. “Patients want a doctor that cares, spends time with them, listens, explains everything in a way that’s easy to understand, and answers all of their questions.” Dr. Feldman calls it the “One-to-One Difference,” and it shows!

Dr. Sanford G. Feldman is a board-certified ophthalmologist, an honors graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Medicine, and a graduate of the world-renowned Jules Stein Eye Institute.

3737 Moraga Avenue, Suite A-105, San Diego, CA 92117 | 858-273-0200

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Moses Salgado, MD; Cynthia Davis, MD; and Hernan Goldsztein, MD | Photo by E3 Photography

Pacific ENT Medical Group


For over 20 years, Pacific ENT has provided North San Diego County with comprehensive care for diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. The practice is excited to announce its upcoming relocation to a new office in Carlsbad, with a grand reopening planned for early October. Pacific ENT’s skilled medical team consists of three board-certified surgeons who provide comprehensive care for patients and also serve on the medical staff at Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas. Dr. Hernan Goldsztein is an otolaryngologist with additional training in neurotology (hearing and balance disorders) and skull base surgery. Dr. Cynthia Davis is an ENT specialist and was the first surgeon in San Diego to perform what is now standard technology in “sinuplasty.” Dr. Moses Salgado is an otolaryngologist treating all areas of head and neck surgery with specialized training in the subspecialty of voice and swallowing disorders. “As a privately owned medical practice, we are proud to provide individualized, advanced, and quality medical care,” says Dr. Goldsztein.

6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 210, Carlsbad, CA 92011 | 858-755-9343

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Ian Purcell, MD, PhD.; Monali Patel, MD; Josepha Valdez, MSPA, PA-C; and Touraj Yari, MPAS, PA-C | Photo by IME Arenas Photography

Ian Purcell, MD, PhD

Otoneurology Vertigo Specialist

Stop the spinning with Dr. Ian Purcell, a world-renowned vestibular specialist whose highly specialized otoneurology practice focuses on advanced vertigo and disequilibrium disorders. Ian Purcell, MD, PhD, along with Monali Patel, MD, and his team of specialists have 30 years experience in combining a unique blend of aerospace engineering and vestibular and neuroanatomy research to help treat and manage the complex dizzy patient.

Offering a wide variety of diagnostic procedures and innovative technology not available anywhere else in the world—including real-time patient oculomotor recordings and Epley Omniax chairs—Dr. Purcell’s clinic is a center of research and treatment for patients who are rendered dysfunctional by severe episodes of vertigo and disequilibrium. The cofounder of DizzyDoctor Systems, Dr. Purcell demonstrates his passion for innovation and his quest to uncover the complex relationship between sensory information related to gravity and the vestibular system—all with the goal of helping his patients resolve symptoms and regain quality of life.

7625 Mesa College, Suite 200 A, San Diego, CA 92111 | 619-810-1241

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San Diego Faces of Medicine

Srinivas S. Iyengar, MD, FACS | 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 two years in a row and the 2017 UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute Volunteer Faculty of the Year.

A San Diego native, Dr. Iyengar is a renowned 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

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