These highly trained chiropractors got your back if you are facing any pain and/or are in need of a health diagnosis. These few professionals are educated to treat and assist the functionality of their patients back and spinal structure to reduce pressure on the neurological tissue.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals for treating patients and restoring the structural integrity of the spine. Here are the top 9 in the San Diego area:
1. Dr. Chad Wells
Dr. Chad Wells is the owner and founder of The League Sports Rehab. Dr. Wells has established himself as an industry leader in sports injury treatment and rehabilitation. What distinguishes the work of Dr. Wells is his unique approach and analysis into each aspect of an injury or condition; the structural/biomechanical component, neurological component, and the soft tissue component. In addition to his work at The League, Dr. Wells has taken his specialized work on the road as a USA Team Doctor for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, 2008 Olympic Trials, 2008 World Cups, 2007 World Championships and National Championships, as well as Team Doctor for the San Diego Siege of the NWBL and San Diego Thunder of the SWFL, among others. The son of a former NFL quarterback, Dr. Wells received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he played four years of NCAA basketball. Dr. Wells received his chiropractic training at Life Chiropractic College West where he graduated cum laude.
2. Dr. April Walker
Dr. April is originally from San Francisco and has lived in New York and London. Dr. April is a doctor of chiropractic, massage therapist, holistic health practitioner, yoga instructor and owner of the Wellness Lounge. She has been in the holistic health field for the past 13 years specializing in massage therapy, nutrition, life counseling, and chiropractic care. Dr. April has over 20,000 hours of massage training and also currently works for the San Diego Chargers as a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist. Dr. April received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009 from Life Chiropractic College. In 2000 she received her massage therapy training at the Institution of Psycho-Structural Balancing in 2000. In her Massage training, she took numerous courses in many different massage techniques such as Swedish, Deep tissue, structural integration, craniosacral, shiatsu, and reflexology. It was there that her passion for massage grew, and she discovered her love for the hands-on approach to healthcare. Dr. April also has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco University in Psychology while double minoring in holistic health and kinesiology. It is with all this training and expertise that make Dr. April truly a unique chiropractor that really understands the body and can use many different methods to get results fast.
3. Dr. Keith Hourihan, D.C.
Dr. Hourihan graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 2003. After practicing in the greater Boston area for a year, he returned to California and opened his office in San Diego. Dr. Hourihan has been practicing in San Diego since 2005, as well as, spending time as a concierge chiropractor. As a concierge chiropractic, Dr. Hourihan spent 8 years working with clients from Uruguay to Seychelles and back to San Diego. It was an adventure that has allowed Dr. Hourihan to navigate and explore the world from a chiropractic health perspective. Dr. Hourihan strongly believes in the benefit of regular chiropractic care to create optimal health. He enjoys providing the highest level of care for all ages and looks forward to the opportunity to work with others in our San Diego community.
4. Dr. Travis Johnson
Dr. Travis Johnson is a manual and mobility therapist, chiropractor, yoga teacher, and community health educator. His passion for spinal health and overall wellness comes from his experience serving as an EMT during his undergraduate studies and his fascination for human movement in graduate school. Over the past 15 years, this passion transformed into something extraordinary. Dr. Travis envisioned a wellness studio where the public could enjoy a diverse, practical, and pro-active approach to spine care and well-being which led him to create YHS Integrative Clinic. Dr. Travis studies contemporary movement, mobility, yoga, and manual therapists across the nation. He regularly teaches anatomy & mobility workshops to small businesses, weekend warriors, local-community teams, and yogis. Travis earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He mentioned, “If I were to prioritize self-care, mental well-ness would lead. Truly knowing oneself and the stories we tend to tell often say a lot more about the health you are in physically and spiritually.”
5. Dr. Kathryn Fox
Dr. Katie Fox, co-founder of The Spinal Connection, brings you a contemporary blend of healing disciplines that embody the essence of achieving overall wellness for her clients. She believes one of the key ingredients to reaching our true health potential is that we must be willing to open our minds and focus our energy toward the direction we want our lives to be moving in. Dr. Katie received her doctorate degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN and also has her undergraduate and master’s degree in exercise science. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, San Diego Women’s Networking Group, and Greater San Diego Business Association. She also holds training certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a chiropractor, her clinical expertise includes: structural and functional re-training of the spine, posture therapy, performance enhancement, and stress management.
6. Dr. Devin Shea
Dr. Shea was born and raised in San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Califonia, Irvine and received his doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Dr. Shea is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is the Owner and Director of Shea Family Chiropractic in 2008. He is a member of the ICA Council on Wellness Science, the International Chiropractic Association, and the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. Dr. Shea was the San Diego Player of the Year in Volleyball and awarded a scholarship to UC Irvine where he did his undergraduate work. He and his beautiful wife Shreya share two children; Kieren and Dylan. He is passionate about travel, spending time outdoors with his family and Crossfit. His life goal is to help people find the inspiration within themselves to improve their health and live out their purpose.
7. Dr. Joseph Ortega
Dr. Joseph Ortega has been a practicing chiropractor now for over 20 years. He takes pride in the fact his office has helped countless individuals with back pain and neck pain, headaches, relief from the pain of arthritis in the neck and back, muscle spasms, dizziness, stiffness, etc. He also specializes in car accidents, sports injuries, muscular injuries, and general overall health. Dr. Ortega has extensive experience in Gonstead and Diversified techniques. He utilizes state of the art physiotherapy procedures such as therapeutic ultrasound, interferential modalities, electrical muscle stimulation, traction, and hydrotherapy. In addition, he uses supporting therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Rapid Release Therapy, and Graston.
8. Dr. Angel Ochoa-Rea
Dr. Angel is a graduate from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA with a focus on Sports Chiropractic and Wellness. He is also the founder and president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chiropractic Association and proud member of the Life Chiropractic College West Board of Regents. Prior to receiving his Chiropractic education, Dr. Angel studied at the University of Illinois Chicago where he received a D1 tennis scholarship. Dr. Angel is certified in the Graston Technique a soft-tissue treatment that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue and joint injuries and adhesions. Dr. Angel is also an avid traveler and has visited more than 20 countries to date. His most recent trip includes a one-week chiropractic mission trip to India where he spent his time providing chiropractic care to impoverished communities.
9. Dr. David Huynh
David Huynh joined the Sea View Chiro Health Center in June of 2010. He graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Physiology and minors in Music and Economics. He was born in North Hollywood, CA. Before embarking in a career within chiropractic, he worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer, Idun Pharmaceuticals, and TargeGen in La Jolla, CA. Within the pharmaceutical field, he was tasked with assisting in the regulatory and quality of drug approval with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and to make sure that they are a safe process. Dr. Huynh believes that the health of your spine and musculoskeletal system is an integral part in maintaining the body’s overall function and incorporates a number of modalities into his treatment including chiropractic manipulation, physiotherapies, and proper physical rehabilitation including exercises and stretches. He stresses the importance of proper ergonomics in the workplace, nutrition, and exercise. His focus lies in the rehabilitation of patients injured in motor vehicle accidents and or personal injury accidents. He truly believes that the level of care we give to personal injury patients are highest anywhere.
Top Podiatrists in Orange County
The field of podiatry strives to prevent, diagnose, and treat the health of the lower legs and the feet. These areas of the body are significant as they grant us mobility and allow us to perform day-to-day tasks. Podiatrists ensure than common issues including calluses, warts, and plantar fasciitis are treated effectively to maintain proper pressure and support around the feet area.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these podiatrists for the wonderful work they have done in the Orange County area.
- Dr. Ebonie Vincent, D.P.M.
Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM is a highly trained foot and ankle surgeon in Orange County, California. She has extensive experience in the latest treatments for foot and ankle conditions and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, corrective and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, diabetic limb salvage, pediatric foot condition and sports medicine. Dr. Vincent is a native of Temecula, California yet completed her undergraduate education at Hampton University in Virginia, a Masters of Biomedical Science at Philadelphia college of osteopathic medicine in Philadelphia, Pa, and completed her Doctor of Podiatric medicine degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. She went on to complete a 3-year residency program at Inspira Health network in Vineland, New Jersey. Dr. Vincent has co- authored several research articles, with published articles in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). She has won research awards for poster and oral presentations through research presented at Des Moines University. Dr. Vincent has been an athlete playing volleyball at the Division 1 collegiate level throughout her undergraduate education and she continues to lead an active lifestyle. She has a passion for preventative health care and mentorship. She is looking forward to returning to her home state of California and serving the people of Orange county.
2. Dr. David Petersen, D.P.M.
Dr. David Petersen was raised in Westminster, California where he graduated from La Quinta High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Brigham Young University in 1994. Dr. Petersen earned his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine in 1998 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and foot surgery at the University of Southern California/L.A. County Hospital. He followed this with a 2 year fellowship in Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgery in Irvine, California. Dr. Petersen has practiced in Orange County since 1998 and is currently associated with the American, California, and Orange County Chapters of Podiatric Medical Associations. He is an Eagle Scout and loves playing basketball, soccer, and beach volleyball. He has coached soccer in AYSO, AYSO Extra and the Elite signature soccer league over the past 10 years. He also enjoys playing the piano and organ at his local church. He and his wife have four children.
3. Dr. Charles Baik, D.P.M.
Dr. Charles Baik is a board certified podiatric surgeon. His training includes reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, trauma surgery, diabetic foot management including diabetic wound care and limb salvage.The practice he took over in 2008 had been operating for over twenty years and has served the Tustin community well. Dr. Baik hopes to continue the care of the existing patients as well as welcome any and all new patients in the nearby areas.Dr. Baik aspires to help and give back to the nearby communities with podiatric education through presentations, volunteering at charity runs/walks as well as health fairs, and involving himself with local sports teams. When Dr. Baik is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and reading books.
4. Dr. Philip Radovic, D.P.M.
Dr. Philip Radovic has been practicing foot and ankle surgery and podiatric medicines for 30 years in Orange County California. His main office is in San Clemente where he lives and has raised his three children with his wife Tracey. Dr. Radovic has been and continues to be one of the most outstanding foot and ankle physicians in the country. He has trained and mentored foot and ankle surgeons and sports medicine specialists for over twenty five years; many who successfully practice in Orange County around the world having benefited from his guidance after they completed three years of surgical residency training. He has been an elected leader by his peers and served on committees on virtually every hospital and surgery center in south Orange County. He is one of the very few triple board certified podiatric surgeons in the nation as well as podiatric sports medicine Fellow. Dr. Radovic has maintained an ethical practice, uninfluenced by commercial interests and yet is sought out by multinational medical societies, journals and pharmaceutical corporations for non-compensatory consultancy advice and guidance. Dr. Radovic specializes in revision of prior foot surgeries, Advanced Bunion Surgery, Non-Incision, Non-Surgical Heel Pain Treatment, Ankle Arthroscopy and Endoscopic Heel Surgery, as well as general foot/ankle care and complex surgery. He is published in internationally peer reviewed journals and holds several seminal medically related patents under license. Dr. Radovic has been a regular on-air consultant with the nationally syndicated The Doctors television show.
5. Dr. Elle Farajian, D.P.M.
Dr. Elle Farajian is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is recognized as one of Orange County’s leading practitioners in both preventative and surgical care of the foot and ankle. She currently serves a the Vice Chief of the Surgery Department at the Huntington Beach Hospital. In private practice for the past fifteen years, she is often called the “doctor to the doctors” because of the way she combines her knowledge, experience and superior patient care. You can expect advanced treatment techniques, a famed bedside manner, and a truly dedicated doctor that will give you excellent care. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, she attended the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in Miami, Florida, where she earned her doctorate degree. Dr. Farajian then completed a three-year post-doctorate training program in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Atlanta Veterans Medical Center, which included extensive non-surgical and surgical training in the diseases of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
6. Dr. Neil B. Mansdorf, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Neil Mansdorf, DPM, FACFAS has dedicated himself to providing the finest foot and ankle care available in Orange County. He is well trained and versed in all current therapeutic techniques in sports medicine, wound care and Board Certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.Dr. Mansdorf received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He pursued two additional years of graduate training in Neuroscience at both the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Los Angeles studying neuronal development of both the eye and ear. He subsequently received his medical degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Dr. Mansdorf is the current President to the California Board of Podiatric Medicine. This is also a Governor Appointed position. The Medical Board’s mission is to protect consumers by setting and enforcing California laws based upon contemporary standards and to provide accurate and timely information that promotes sound consumer decision-making.
7. Dr. Douglas H. Richie, Jr., D.P.M.
Douglas Richie D.P.M. is certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Currently, Dr. Richie has faculty appointments at the California School of Podiatric Medicine (Oakland, Ca) as well as the Podiatric Medical School at Western University (Pomona, Ca). He is the Chairman of the Podiatric Medical Education Committee at the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Richie has authored over 50 original articles published in respected medical journals and medical trade magazines. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 medical symposiums throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia. Dr. Richie’s past accomplishments include serving as a Board member and Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine for 7 years and also serving as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for 10 years. Dr. Richie is a two-time winner of awards for original research given by the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is a recipient of the Richard Schuster Biomechanics Award given by the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He holds four U.S. Patents for inventions relating to footwear and ankle brace technologies. Dr. Richie continues full time clinical practice at two locations in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, California. His practice focuses on sports injuries, chronic ankle deformities and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
8. Dr. Mark Reed, D.P.M.
Podiatrist Dr. Mark Reed has more than 25 years experience and is board certified by the Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. The Podiatrist has been at the same medical office located in the Placentia Linda Hospital Medical Building for since 1990. Dr. Reed finished his medical school training at the USC / L.A. County Medical Center. The Foot Doctor completed his residency at a joint program at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center — considered the top podiatry residency in the United States. In addition, Dr. Reed completed a fellowship at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Reed is active with community related activities and has been providing seminars and educational services to numerous organizations and companies through the years.
Top Orthodontists in Irvine and Tustin
- Dr. Justin Hong, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Hong is a Southern California native. After graduating from Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, he went on to graduate with honors from the University of California – Los Angeles. Dr. Hong continued his study at the University of California – Los Angeles’ School of Dentistry to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Hong then graduated from Temple University with a Certificate in Orthodontics as well as a Master’s degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Hong is a member of several dental and orthodontic associations such as American Association of Orthodontists, California Dental Association, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Orange County Dental Society and American Dental Association. Dr. Hong offers the latest in orthodontic care for both adults and children by combining a fun and caring atmosphere with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to help create beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime.
2. Dr. Mario Tai, D.M.D., D.M.Sc.
Dr. Mario Tai is a Harvard trained specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He is dedicated in providing an individualized and the highest quality of care in orthodontics for all ages. Dr. Tai earned dual doctoral degrees at Harvard University where he received Doctor of Medical Sciences (D.M.Sc.) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.). He also completed his orthodontic specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics at Harvard University. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate studies at University of California in Irvineand graduated with Honors in Biological Sciences. He was the recipient of multiple honors including the Harvard Medical School Research Fellowship Award and the American Association Dental Research Excellence Award. Dr. Tai lectures at various study clubs and at international conferences on the fundamentals and the latest advancements in orthodontics. He was also the past president of the Greater Boston Chinese Dental Association. Dr. Tai is licensed in the states of California, New York, and Massachusetts. His professional affliations include Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, California Association of Orthodontics, Orange County Dental Society, and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontist.
3. Dr. James Passamano, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Dr. James Passamano is in the exclusive practice of orthodontics for over 25 years in Irvine, California. He received both his D.D.S. and M.S.D. degrees from the prestigious University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. After Dr. Passamano received his D.D.S. degree, he practiced as a general dentist for one year before returning to get his M.S.D. in Orthodontics. Dr. James Passamano is a board certified orthodontist and is an active member of the American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, California State Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Orange County Dental Society.
4. Dr. Sophia Updike, D.D.S.
Dr. Sophia Updike grew up in Cerritos California and attended Cerritos High School. She stayed close to home when she chose to attend Caltech where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Updike studied dentistry at UCLA where she graduated with honors and was elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society. She completed an internship at the prestigious Mayo Clinic where she studied temporomandibular joint (TMJ) cases. She also completed an additional three years of orthodontic training at USC for her orthodontic certificate and she obtained a Master’s Degree in Craniofacial Biology at that time. Dr. Updike is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of orthodontic groups, organizations, and study clubs including the AAO, PCSO, CDA, Angle society, and AAOF Vanguard Society.
5. Dr. Ousama El-Hillal, D.D.M., M.B.A., M.S.
Dr. O El-Hillal brings a wealth of experience to iSmiles Orthodontics. He is a founding partner of E&S Orthodontics, a successful, full-service orthodontic practice that has been serving patients in Phoenix/Peoria, Tolleson and Chandler, AZ since 2004. His love of travel and the outdoors brought him to California, and developing new ties as an owner of iSmiles Orthodontics. He simply loves the Irvine area and all that it has to offer. What sets Dr. O apart from the crowd is his insistence on always reaching for the next level of perfection. He has been published in numerous professional journals and has held several leadership roles, including Chief Resident, while receiving his training. From day one he also developed a clear vision of creating an orthodontics practice that would be different, based on the latest research and technologies and a “face-driven, no-extraction” treatment philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, he moved on to the prestigious Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University – a center of excellence in dental education, patient care, research and community-based services in Philadelphia. There he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, MBA, Master in Oral Biology, and Orthodontic Specialty degree. He remains a man in constant motion, using his energy to deliver orthodontic services that are far and above what you will find elsewhere. He’s adamant about staying up-to-date in terms of research and treatment technologies, to become a leading provider of the innovative “Damon” self-ligating bracket system, and a Premier Provider of Invisalign® and InvisalignTeen®.
6. Dr. Sandra Yen, D.D.S.
Dr. Sandra Yen is a board-certified Orthodontist who strives to provide quality care while shaping positive experiences for each and every patient. Dr. Yen graduated from Stanford University with honors and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from UCLA, where she graduated in the top of her class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. She then received her certificate in Orthodontics from Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As an Inland Empire native, she loves serving her local community and feels very blessed to be in this profession of creating smiles. In her free time, Dr. Yen enjoys jogging, hiking, trying new foods, working on arts and crafts projects, and spending time with her beloved chihuahua rescue.
7. Dr. Paula Needham, D.M.D.
Dr. Paula is originally from Chicago and attended Tufts University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. At Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and was awarded Merit Scholarship for academic performance. Her pediatric specialty training was completed at USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Paula is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (board-certified pediatric dentist). She holds memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, and the Santa Barbara Dental Society.
8. Dr. Nader Dayani, D.D.S.
Dr. Nader Dayani, graduated with honors from dental school and continued his education at New York University-College of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics. He received his certificate in Orthodontics and became a specialist in the field of Orthodontics. Dr. Nader Dayani has taught at UCLA-School of Dentistry, section of Orthodontics for many years as well as being a staff member of Santa Monica Hospital and St. John’s Hospital. Dr. Nader Dayani has taught at UCLA-School of Dentistry, section of Orthodontics for many years as well as being a staff member of Santa Monica Hospital and St. John’s Hospital. He has been in private practice since 1987 and his knowledge and experience makes him exceptionally well trained with the old and new technology, assuring you that you are in the best hands. He has taught many continuing educational courses to his colleagues and as well attended many continuing educational courses thus keeping him up to date in the field of Orthodontics. He started using Invisalign in 1998 and takes continuing educational courses to keep current with the most modern orthodontic and TMJ treatment methods. He regularly sees many referrals (including family members) from various general dentists and dental specialist around Los Angeles and Orange Counties and as well as from other states. Dr. Nader Dayani specialized in Orthodontics because he loves the challenge of improving somebody’s smile and self-confidence. Every patient that he treated always thanked him for the joy and happiness that brought to their lives because of their better and brighter smiles. In addition to his private practice, he is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics (PCSO), the California Association of Orthodontics (CAO).
9. Dean Azzeh, D.D.S., DMed Sc.
Dean Azzeh comes to Southern California from Harvard University. His excellence in orthodontic practice is a result of a four year rigorous training program, twice the time frame an average orthodontist is trained in. His training in orthodontics was concurrently paralleled by his scholarly endeavors which earned him a Doctor of Medical Sciences Degree/Phd in Growth and Development from Harvard Medical School. Upon graduation, he was awarded the most prestigious degree amongst his peers, the James Shaw award. Dr. Azzeh is a board certified orthodontist, an honor earned by less than 25% of all orthodontists in the United States. To become a member of the American board of Orthodontics, one must pass rigorous tests and take re-certification exams. One must also strictly adhere to the highest standards of care and abide by all the laws and regulations of the board. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program becomes an orthodontic specialist who is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO).His philosophy accentuates the importance of remaining at the forefront of the advancements in the profession which he’s been contributing to by his publications since 2002. He is the editor of the two premier journals in the field. He is also an interviewer for Harvard College admissions. Dr. Azzeh’s professional affiliations include: The American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontics, the California Dental Association, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics.
Top Dermatologists in Orange County
Dermatology is more than skin deep and sometimes a store brand skin-care might not be enough. These doctors are specialized in prescribing the best treatment for your skin and acne, and even surgical procedures such as
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these dermatologists in Orange County. They deal with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases, a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects!
1. Dr. M. David Cole, M.D.
Dr. M. David Cole is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is an Orange County native and grew up in the beach cities of Newport and Huntington Beach. He graduated summa cum laude and with highest honors from UCLA and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his post-graduate training in dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Previously a clinical professor of dermatology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Cole has great expertise in skin cancer, skin cancer treatment, acne treatment, mole removals, and the evaluation and treatment of rashes. Dr. Cole has also trained hundreds of physicians in facial cosmetic procedures and aesthetic dermatology and is well known for his techniques in minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology procedures, particularly Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. He is one of the top injectors in Orange County, as well as laser skin treatments, chemical peels, sclerotherapy for leg spider veins,
2. Dr. Jeffrey S Lauber, M.D.
Dr. Lauber is a Board Certified Jewish Dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. His Pre-Medical studies were at UCLA where he majored in Chemistry and received his medical degree from USC School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery was in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. Immediately after becoming Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Lauber established the Advanced Skin Treatment Center of Orange County where he has been the Medical Director for more than 28 years. Dr. Lauber is an American trained Board Certified Dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology, with over 28 years of experience as a private practice Dermatologist.
3. Dr. Stefani Kappel, M.D.
Dr. Kappel earned her Medical Degree from UC Irvine and completed her residency in Dermatology at UCLA. Upon completing her residency, she joined the full-time faculty at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor and Professor in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. She then went on to complete advanced fellowship training in Dermatologic Surgery at UC Davis and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California with world-renowned expert, Dr. Suzanne Kilmer. After fellowship, she was appointed the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California where she remained active in clinical trials and have been on the forefront of the latest advances in aesthetics and dermatology. As an Orange County native, she currently enjoys being a Dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA. In addition, she is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon in Newport Beach. Her areas of expertise include cosmetic dermatology with a focus on injectable neuromodulators, as well as dermal fillers. She is highly-trained in the use of lasers and energy-based devices to treat all aspects of photorejuvenation and body contouring including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots, facial vessels, cellulite and fat reduction using non-invasive technology.
4. Dr. Anne Marie McNeill, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Anne Marie McNeill is a board-certified dermatologist who practices medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. Born and raised in San Jose California, Dr. McNeill completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Chemistry. She completed both her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees under the Medical Scientist Training Program fellowship at the University of California, Irvine, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In medical school, she was awarded AOA status, the national medical honor society. Her Ph.D. is in Pharmacology. She then went on to complete an Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, returning to Orange County to complete her residency in Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. McNeill has published over 20 articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. During her residency, she was a recipient of the Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship program, and studied Vulvar Dermatology at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology in London, England. She is a member of the American Medical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, an Affiliate of American Society for Mohs Surgery, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and President of the Orange County Dermatologic Society.
5. Dr. Marco M. Zahedi, M.D., M.P.H.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Zahedi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the California State University, where he received his BS with honors in Biochemistry and Medical Psychology. He attended the Chicago Medical School where he completed his MD training with Alpha Omega Alpha honors designation and went on to complete his residency training at University of Southern California (USC) and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Zahedi then went on to complete additional post-residency training in Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Zahedi has passionately pursued efforts to reduce the effects of pain and aging on his patients through early adoption of new technologies. He was one of the early pioneers of platelet-rich plasma therapy use for both anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment in the case of wrinkles, hair loss, scar reduction and enhanced post-traumatic recovery in knee, shoulder and tendinitis injuries, as well as cellular therapies to promote rapid tissue healing following laser therapies. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. He has published numerous case studies, research projects and residency education improvement projects in local and national peer reviews scientific journals.
6. Dr. Elham Jafari, M.D.
Dr. Elham Jafari, M.D. is among the most-experienced aesthetic and cosmetic specialists in the Orange County with unrivaled expertise in most advanced out-patient and non-surgical anti-aging, rejuvenating and aesthetic procedures. An artist and an advocate of whole-face and body rejuvenation with emphasis on achieving natural-looking results, Dr. Jafari is the ultimate expert when it comes to cosmetic medicine and liquid facelift procedures. Dr. Jafari is a double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Liquid Facelift specialist with unrivaled expertise in most advanced anti-aging, rejuvenating and aesthetic procedures. An artist and an advocate of whole-face and body rejuvenation with emphasis on natural-looking and balanced results, Dr. Jafari is the ultimate expert when it comes to cosmetic medicine and nonsurgical procedures such as Liquid Facelift, Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty (Liquid Nose Job), removal of bags and dark circles under eyes and more!
7. Dr. Brandie Metz, M.D.
As a mom and a fellowship-trained pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Brandie Metz is dedicated to thorough and compassionate care for her patients. Dr. Metz earned her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, where she graduated cum laude, and her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, where she graduated at the top of her class. Her postgraduate training included a dermatology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she served as chief resident. She completed her pediatric dermatology fellowship training at Rady Children’s Hospital and University of California San Diego. Dr. Metz has published over 30 journal articles, contributed to multiple dermatology textbooks, and spoken at dermatology conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Metz has been practicing in Orange County since 2006. She lives in Irvine with her husband, Mark, and their two children. Dr. Metz has been named to the 2013 – 2016 Best Doctors lists published in OC Family magazine and the 2014 – 2016 Super Doctors Rising Stars lists published in Los Angeles magazine.
8. Dr. Kyle Song, M.D.
Kyle Song earned his medical degree from UC Davis Medical School and graduated at the top of his class. In fact, he scored in the 99th percentile nationally on his board exams. Consequently, his prestigious academic profile secured him a spot in the highly competitive General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at UC Davis. While enrolled in the General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program, Dr. Song trained under the tutelage of some of the most well-renowned cosmetic and plastic surgeons in the country. After he completed the General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at UC Davis, Dr. Song went on to complete a fellowship at the Plastic Surgery Center of Sacramento. There he spent an entire year focusing exclusively on cosmetic, surgical, and non-invasive treatments for the face, breast, and body. Plastic surgery is a tremendously personal experience, so it’s important to select a surgeon who can provide you with personalized attention and the best results. His approach is compassionate and supportive, but it doesn’t end there. His education, extensive experience, medical contributions, and local and national recognition make him an Orange County leader for both plastic and reconstructive surgeries.
9. Dr. Zena Gabriel, M.D.
Dr. Zena received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley and obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. Her dermatology residency was completed at the University of Southern California where she was chosen as Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology. Currently, she holds a fellowship position with the American Society for Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and surgical removal of skin cancer. Dr. Gabriel has been featured as a dermatology expert in syndicated commercials and seminars alongside major brands like Neutrogena, L’Oreal Paris, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan. She has also been invited as a medical expert to appear on national television to showcase her unique niche and sharp industry perspective. She is actively sought out for honorary industry panel appearances and is the practitioner of choice for a wide variety of discerning celebrity clientele.
10. Dr. Neda Mehr, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Under the direction of our award-winning medical director, Dr. Neda Mehr, MD FAAD a Board-Certified Dermatologist who was awarded “Top Cosmetic Dermatologist – Newport Beach”, and “Leading Physician of the World”, and was voted with an independent online survey as “Most Compassionate Doctor”. Dr. Mehr graduated Cum Lade from UC Irvine’s prestigious Bachelor of Science program and graduated with Honors as she entered Medical School at UC Irvine. She was voted by her classmates as President of her medical school, and again during her final year as Student Body President of UC Irvine’s’ Medical School. As a Southern California native, Dr. Mehr completed her Dermatology Residency at Loma Linda University, where she led her peers as Chief Resident in Dermatology while specializing in cosmetic dermatology during her final year of residency training. She additionally has an extra fellowship year of training dedicated to the advanced treatment of Skin Cancers and Melanoma and is an active Committee Member of Hoag’s prestigious Melanoma Cancer Center Advisory Board. Dr. Mehr is a member of the American Society of Mohs Surgery and performs both Mohs surgery & Dermatologic surgeries within our in-office operating room suite.
11. Dr. Karen K. Leong, M.D.
Dr. Leong received her bachelor’s degree from the prestigious University of California at Berkeley. She then traveled to the East Coast to obtain her medical degree from Drexel University and completed her plastic surgery residency at Brown University. Her love of California brought her back to Orange County where she completed her fellowship in cosmetic plastic surgery under Dr. Daniel Mills. Dr. Leong is a successful plastic surgeon who is dedicated to feminine wellness. She cultivates a relationship with each patient that is built on trust, honesty, and compassion. She places a high value on truly listening to her patients and being available to them throughout their entire wellness journey. These qualities along with her expertise have earned her a reputation for being one of the top women’s wellness doctors in Orange County, CA. She is often asked why she chose to pursue a career in feminine wellness. Her response, “Women’s wellness is an under-served specialty and is so important to ensure optimal quality of life. I enjoy the responsibility of helping women be the best version of themselves. Knowing my hands play a part in a person’s physical and emotional transformation is priceless.”
12. Dr. Nissan Pilest, M.D.
Nissan Pilest, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist dedicated to the art of aesthetic dermatology. He has developed a national reputation with his dermatology practice, treating both medical and cosmetic patients, beginning in 1979. Dr. Pilest has practiced in Orange County, California for over 38 years. Dr. Pilest was one 100 selected from a field of 6000 nominees for the award. His win is a testimonial to the fact that referring doctors hold him in high esteem. Dr. Pilest has attained the coveted Circle of Excellence from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. Known for his extensive experience and superior aesthetic talent, he was named the Dermatologist of the Year by the Consumer Business Review and is the winner of the Doctor’s Choice Award for 2014 and 2015. Additionally, he is listed in the “Best Doctors Book” and is a winner of the Best Dermatologist of Irvine for 2012 and 2014. Dr. Pilest is also well known in his community for being a Training Physician for injectables and lasers. Dr. Pilest routinely donates his time and services to charities that benefit cancer patients, such as the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and The Breast Cancer Foundation. He is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren. He is an avid traveler.
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