The most powerful women in the aesthetics field don’t need a reason to be celebrated—their endless lists of accolades and admiring patients do that daily—but what better time to spotlight these female powerhouses than on the heels of International Women’s Day? Ahead, the inspiring females we are privileged to call NewBeauty Top Doctors.
San Francisco cosmetic dentist, Swati Agarwal, DDS
Dr. Agarwal’s personalized approach to cosmetic dentistry is one she prides herself on. “I’ve made it my mission to perfect my skills in the area of advanced cosmetic dental procedures,” she says. Dr. Agarwal’s dental practice emphasizes comfort, privacy, quality of care and aesthetics that are uniquely tailored to each individual. “I believe each patient is unique in their needs, and therefore requires a customized approach.”
Delray Beach, FL dermatologist Dr. Janet Allenby
Accentuating the power of one’s own natural beauty is the primary philosophy at Allenby Dermatology. “We focus on an aesthetic partnership with our patients,” says Dr. Allenby. “We specialize in beautiful outcomes that are so natural-looking that most people don’t even realize work has been done.”
Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD
Regarded as a leading expert in the field of laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Alster is commonly referred to as the “Queen of Lasers” for her innovations in cosmetic dermatology. “While I am honored to have the respect of my colleagues, being able to provide personalized care to those with devastating scars and birthmarks using the most advanced technologies and treatment protocols that I had a hand in developing, is so rewarding,” says Dr. Alster.
Sarasota, FL cosmetic dentist Jenifer C. Back, DMD
Patients of Dr. Back often describe her as their trusted friend and expert cosmetic concierge dentist. “I love changing someone’s life for the better; it’s such an emotionally rewarding thing,” says Dr. Back. “The look on their face, their improved confidence, their new lease on life—it’s amazing. I feel lucky to have the privilege to bring about such change on a daily basis.”
Miami cosmetic dentist Neda Bahmadi, DMD
Top-of-the line facilities and results are Dr. Bahmadi’s specialties. “My patients come in to receive the absolute best, and that is what we deliver,” says Dr. Bahmadi. “We book very few patients each day so that we can concentrate on each patient attentively. Our philosophy is to create a pleasant, relaxing and efficient experience and provide the best quality of care possible.”
Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen Behr, MD
Specializing in dermatologic surgery, including Mohs surgery and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Behr’s top priority is providing patients with the highest standard of skin care. “I listen to my patients concerns and suggest a plan that will help rejuvenate them while keeping a very natural appearance. I want them to look better without looking like they’ve had anything done,” says Dr. Behr.
Johns Creek, GA plastic surgeon Myla Bennett, MD
Natural-looking results are three words that best describe Dr. Bennett’s aesthetic approach to body contouring procedures. “I don’t want to make beautiful women appear artificial,” says the surgeon. However, for Dr. Bennett’s patients, the transformation is more than skin deep. When asked what sets the doctor’s practice apart, the answer was simple: “The human connection and sisterhood that we create with our patients. We are here to help them undergo a transformation from the inside out.”
Drs. Blyumin-Karasik and Clark-Loeser joined forces to create a South Florida practice that reflected their shared passions and aesthetic ideals. With experience conducting clinical trial research and one of the largest arsenals of cutting-edge lasers and energy-based devices in South Florida, it’s no wonder their practice has become a beauty hub for patients of all ages and every skin and body concern.
Scottsdale, AZ facial plastic surgeon Kelly Bomer, MD
Dr. Bomer’s main goal is to help her patients prevent and reverse aging, enhance beauty and walk a healthy path. “Patients choose our practice because they are impressed by the fact that we walk our talk,” says Dr. Bomer. “Once they experience our skill and artistry up close, the confidence is there.”
Glenn Dale, MD dermatologist Valerie D. Callender, MD
“My approach is creating natural-looking results and preserving beauty across all ethnicities,” says Dr. Callender. Known for her sensitive and cutting-edge approach to the management and correction of hair loss and the treatment of pigment disorders, Dr. Callender knows she is the saving grace for women plagued with skin and hair concerns. Dr. Callender is also a go-to resource for hair loss treatment for women of color and has also served in leadership roles for organizations like the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the Skin of Color Society.
Prospect, KY dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD
Whether she’s injecting a filler, performing a full-body skin cancer screening or lecturing at the University of Louisville’s Department of Dermatology, Dr. Cassis never loses sight of why she wanted to become a dermatologist. “There is no greater satisfaction than diagnosing and successfully treating a patient with a dermatologic need—whether it’s cosmetic, medical or surgical.”
Chevy Chase, MD cosmetic dentist Claudia Cotca, DDS, MPH
With multiple degrees in science and public health and a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Cotca has been blessed to have achieved a worldwide reputation as a highly skilled aesthetic restorative dentist. “My comprehensive approach integrates aesthetic-driven facial symmetry smile rehabilitation with biomedical oral therapies, including sleep and breathing improvement,” she says.
Prospect, KY cosmetic dentist Sara Cummins, DDS
“Patients today are desperately seeking practitioners who can listen thoughtfully and unhurried,” says Dr. Cummins. “They want a clear understanding of all their options, to feel valued as a human being, and to feel that their doctor genuinely has their best interest at heart.” Dr. Cummins’ aesthetic standards reflect her philosophy that healthy is beautiful and a great smile should appear life-like, not artificial.
New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD
Always on the cutting edge of innovations in nonsurgical rejuvenation and skin care, aesthetic treatments and authentic beauty, Dr. Day’s passion and goal is to enhance your natural beauty with a warm and enriching experience. “My role is to create an aesthetic blueprint for each patient to help them age naturally,” says Dr. Day. “The amazing technology that exists today allows us to make subtle adjustments that can provide patients with transformative results that leave them looking their absolute best.”
Scottsdale, AZ plastic surgeon Jennifer A. Geoghegan, MD
Delivering unsurpassed patient experiences from start to finish is the focus for Dr. Geoghegan and partner Dr. Bryan W. Gawley. They’ve built a reputation for high patient satisfaction by achieving their desired results using tried-and-true surgical and nonsurgical modalities. Combining years of education, skill and expertise, both surgeons pride themselves on providing the life-changing results their patients seek.
New York oculoplastic surgeon Irene Gladstein, MD
Delivering clinical results that enhance natural beauty, Dr. Gladstein also aims to boost her patients’ self-esteem. “With the advent of new makeup techniques and products, the game is on when it comes to producing amazing, contoured and long-lasting outcomes with nonsurgical aesthetic modalities,” she says. “Our leading principle is to empower you with the knowledge to make the right decisions about your beauty needs.”
Miami dermatologist Annie Gonzalez, MD
Patients who come to see Dr. Annie Gonzalez know their very own “glow up” is right around the corner. “Whether it be for the glow, facial rejuvenation or the reduction of wrinkles that come with their skin journey, it’s a customized and collaborative journey we take together,” says Dr. Gonzalez.
New York cosmetic dentist Irene Grafman, DDS
Drawing on a holistic approach to smile care, Dr. Grafman aims to create beautiful, healthy smiles that also make patients look younger. “I take all factors into account to create healthy, beautiful smiles,” she says. Her health-driven approach is what draws clients to her practice. “A lot of my patients are not comfortable drilling down healthy teeth. To restore their smile without removing any tooth structure, I painlessly reshape and design a dream smile with bonding. This procedure has changed many of my patients’ lives.”
Duxbury, MA plastic surgeon Christine Hamori, MD
Utilizing her surgical skill and expertise to give patients the natural-looking results they desire, Dr. Christine Hamori addresses their aesthetic concerns using a combined approach. By integrating surgical procedures with noninvasive treatments, she is able to condense recovery periods to minimize downtime. “My goal is to restore the confidence of youth,” says Dr. Hamori.
Campbell, CA dermatologist Amelia K. Hausauer, MD
With nearly 20 years of classical Russian ballet training, Dr. Hausauer brings a unique perspective to the field of dermatology. From this background, she brings an appreciation for the profound impact of deliberate nuance and how cumulative details, when unified, bring everything into alignment. Today, she is renowned in her field for using the same precise harmony in her techniques for the face and body.
Greenwich, CT, dermatologist Lynne Haven, MD
State-of-the-art skin and laser treatments in a warm, caring environment is what you can expect when visiting Dr. Haven’s pristine Greenwich practice. From injectables and lasers to devices for nonsurgical skin tightening and body contouring, Dr. Haven is able to address her patients’ common complaints and restore facial volume, improve skin texture, soften acne scars, treat excess fat, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a younger, fresher look.
Las Vegas plastic surgeon Mary Herte, MD
Beautifying Las Vegans for more than 20 years, Dr. Herte focuses all of her extensive experience and skills on helping her patients discover and achieve their personal best. A member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Herte has developed an aesthetic sense of creativity that serves her today in her problem solving approach to plastic surgery. “I give 100 percent every time,” says the doctor.
Palo Alto, CA facial plastic surgeon Jill Hessler, MD
In an area where a health-conscious population wants to go beyond treating the symptoms of facial aging to preventing them, Dr. Hessler works tirelessly to educate her patients on everything from Fractional CO2 laser options and chemical peels to facelift and filler treatments. “I love that I get to work with such an educated population,” she says. “My patients easily understand and get excited about the latest treatments, and it really feels like a partnership in positive transformation.“
Richmond, VA plastic surgeon Ruth L. Hillelson, MD
Helping patients overcome what they consider to be overwhelming physical obstacles to improve their lives is what Dr. Hillelson calls her happiest professional moment. With a combination of in-depth knowledge, innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology, Dr. Hillelson ensures that her patients have the most up-to-date treatments available to meet their aesthetic needs.
Bloomfield Hills, MI dermatologist Linda C. Honet, MD
Dr. Honet prides herself on her keen understanding of the human condition and how valuable human connection is where health is concerned. “This is especially true when dealing with the skin because it often reflects the internal complexities of the human body, both physical and emotional.” With training in both dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Honet possesses a unique perspective that she believes makes her a much better physician.
Southlake, TX dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD
“I enjoy developing long-term relationships with my patients and providing them with the options and tools to achieve optimal skin health at all stages of their lives,” says Dr. Hopkins. “Restoring a healthy complexion can be very impactful for not only improving my patients’ appearance, but also their self-confidence.” Using her “Four Pillars of Anti-Aging” approach, she is able to address common cosmetic concerns.
New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD
Dr. Klausner’s compassion and ability to connect with her patients, listen to their concerns and formulate a customized plan to address their anti-aging goals sets her apart. “Patients generally want to look their best without losing the essence of who they are in the process,” says Dr. Klausner. Because of this, her approach centers around providing a variety of treatment options—from noninvasive to minimally invasive to surgical or a combination to better fit their lifestyle.
Pasadena, CA plastic surgeon Lily Lee, MD
When people ask Dr. Lee why she chose plastic surgery as her profession, her reply is always the same: “I love the marriage of science and artistry!” Having had fellowship training in burn surgery, Dr. Lee has seen firsthand how someone’s physical appearance impacts their confidence. “Plastic surgery allows me to help people look and feel their best, and that is incredibly rewarding for me,” she says.
New York dermatologist Jody A. Levine, MD
Offering her patients a top-notch level of care is paramount for double board-certified, Yale-trained Dr. Levine. She is able to care for her patients of all ages, both pediatric and adult, with a full range of cosmetic and medical treatments. Injectables and laser surgery are her specialties, and she is proud to offer the latest and most effective devices for every cosmetic and dermatologic need.
Miami dermatologist Dr. Deborah Longwill
Every aspect of Dr. Longwill’s South Florida practice is inspired by her relationship with her patients. “There are four elements to maintaining a strong relationship with patients; mutual trust, knowledge, regard and loyalty,” explains Dr. Longwill. She credits her straightforward, holistic approach for strengthening her doctor-patient bonds. “My approach is simple skin care, noninvasive treatments and working little by little,” says Dr. Longwill.
Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley Loss, MD
As the proud owner of Dermatology Associates of Rochester, a practice that was started by her father more than 30 years ago, Dr. Loss says treating patients like family is the foundation of her work. “At an early age, I saw how much he loved his career as a dermatologist and I was inspired to do the same,” she explains.
New York dermatologist Orit Markowitz, MD
It only takes one conversation with Dr. Markowitz to feel her passion for scarless skin cancer surgery come through, and with good reason. Her unique noninvasive techniques for diagnosing and treating basal and squamous cell skin cancers always result in a scar-free outcome. “My passion is detecting and treating skin cancer without cutting,” says the medical director and founder of OptiSkin.
Reno, NV plastic surgeon Tiffany D. McCormack, MD
Named one of the “Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the West” by Forbes Magazine, Dr. McCormack specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that augment, lift, reduce or reconstruct the breasts, flatten the tummy, rejuvenate the face, or contour the body. “We aim to provide a positive experience in a comfortable and safe setting that results in a natural look,” she says.
Kirkland, WA, plastic surgeon Sarah McMillan, MD
Honest, compassionate and fun are words that best describe Dr. McMillan’s practice, as does trustworthy. “Patients decide to undergo plastic surgery after much thought, and once they come in to our practice, they know they’re in the right place for their journey,” says Dr. McMillan.
Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Marjan Mirani, DDS
Trust is key for Dr. Mirani, so much so that she considers it the cornerstone of her chic Beverly Hills practice. “Making my patients an integral part of their health care and cosmetic decisions is transformational,” she says. “They always tell me that my clear communication makes them feel at ease and empowered.”
Houston plastic surgeon Kriti Mohan, MD
Committed to helping patients achieve their best bodies ever, Dr. Mohan aims to deliver life-changing results. Placing the utmost importance on understanding her patients’ goals, Dr. Mohan tailors each procedure to meet the patient’s desires and lifestyle, whether they are a model, professional, student or stay-at-home mom.
Melville, NY dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD
“My approach to rejuvenation is to evaluate the complete picture and incorporate my signature layering approach to anti-aging,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This includes volumizing, resurfacing, tightening and body contouring.” Dr. Papantoniou strives to address these four integral components in order to help patients achieve their best overall look.
Englewood, NJ plastic surgeon Shwetambara Parakh, MD
Educated and guided at an early age by her doctor parents in India, Dr. Parakh learned by example. “My parents taught me that success is possible if you work hard and dedicate yourself,” she says. “I listen attentively to my patients’ concerns and desires, and have often been told by my patient’s that this is the most comfortable they have felt with a plastic surgeon.”
New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD
Dr. Peredo brings her concept of aesthetic artistry to a whole new level at her Skinfluence headquarters in Manhattan. Believing dermatologists can have a direct impact on someone’s confidence, Dr. Peredo strives to uncover and enhance beauty that is already present. “Confidence is powerful and sexy, yet too often we let skin and body imperfections undermine our confidence,” she says.
New York plastic surgeon B. Aviva Preminger, MD
Dr. Preminger specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body. Her goal is to provide each patient with a truly individualized treatment plan that reflects their personal cosmetic surgery goals. “I love what I do and I want to make my patients feel great about the way they look,” says Dr. Preminger.
New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD
Dr. Russak offers the latest in aesthetic skin care, anti-aging, cosmetic treatments and internal wellness located in the heart of New York City. Her practice specializes in cosmetic treatments that require little to no downtime, including injectables, laser rejuvenation, body contouring and an array of noninvasive aesthetic therapies. The clinic’s focus is not on extreme cosmetic procedures, but to enhance and complement each patient’s natural features. “Think long-term investments over instant gratification,” she says.
Atlanta cosmetic dentist Toni Salama, DDS
Dr. Salama, along with partners Drs. Goldstein, Salama and Garber and their team, are recognized worldwide as cutting-edge experts in cosmetic and implant dentistry. Known as “Team Atlanta,” the practice is very much like a modern-day boutique dental hospital. Offering all aspects of dental care with multiple specialists, their team includes prosthodontists, periodontists, implantologists, an orthodontist, an oral surgeon and a ceramic tooth artisan.
New York cosmetic dentist Nargiz Schmidt, DDS
Prosthodontist Dr. Schmidt specializes in reconstructive, aesthetic and implant dentistry and believes that beauty and function go hand in hand.“It’s as important to me to focus on function as it is to craft beautiful smiles,” says Dr. Schmidt. Her conservative approach is represented in her favorite saying, “I respect the tooth enamel!”
Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD
Many know Dr. Shamban as the skin-care maven from Extreme Makeover or from her regular appearances on The Doctors, but this research scientist, author, business owner and supermom of three takes on a lot more than TV. At her state-of-the-art offices she offers patients customized plans and the latest technologies, including 24 different laser and light based devices to treat everything from excess sweat to acne to fine lines and wrinkles.
Washington D.C. cosmetic dentist Elana S. Shlansky, DDS
Along with three other dental professionals, Dr. Shlansky calls Washington Center for Dentistry, the well-established cosmetic and general dental practice steps away from the White House, home. Dr. Shlansky offers high-level technology including a water-based laser, a 3-D X-ray and an iTero intraoral digital scanner that does away with messy impressions.“Our own on-site laboratory enables us to expedite and customize results,” agree the doctors.
Bay Harbor Islands, FL dermatologists Diane Walder, MD, Stacy Chimento, MD and Lucy L. Chen, MD
Offering patients a future with smoother skin, brighter complexions and tighter bodies, Drs. Walder, Chimento and Chen form a trio of skin-care experts on a mission to beautify their patients from head to toe. As experts in medical and surgical dermatology, as well as laser and injectable aesthetics, their aim is to treat patients like family while offering the latest tools and treatments for both rejuvenation and prejuvenation.
Nanuet, NY dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, MD
Patients travel from near and far to Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics because of Dr. Waldorf’s reputation for listening to patients’ concerns, formulating a realistic treatment plan and delivering natural-looking results. Her goal is to achieve the “Benjamin Button Effect,” based on the story of a man who ages backward. “I want my patients to hear, ‘You look younger every time I see you,’ not, ‘What did you have done?’”
Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist Ann Zedlitz, MD
Growing up with less-than-desirable skin has enabled Dr. Zedlitz to understand the health issues and emotional pain that come with dermatological problems. “I have made it my life’s work to help others avoid or overcome similar experiences,” says Dr. Zedlitz. Her approach to dermatology has allowed her to empower patients with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions on the best treatment plans that yield the most natural-looking results.
Campbell, CA plastic surgeon Kamakshi R. Zeidler, MD
Placing the highest priority on patient education, Dr. Zeidler believes that a good doctor-patient relationship is the key to making informed decisions. “Properly planning a procedure and how it fits into a patient’s lifestyle is essential to getting an ideal result,” says Dr. Zeidler. She offers patients a full spectrum of cosmetic surgery and noninvasive treatments for the face and body.
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