Asif M. Chaudhry, MD
Houston Pain and Spine
“Being in the medical field for the past 10 years, I understand that some doctors are better at certain practices than others. This is why I decided to see Dr. Asif Chaudhry for my back condition. After my consultation and procedure, I am back to my old self again. His reputation is second to none and now I understand why.”—C. Dagenais, a patient of Houston Pain and Spine.
Neck and back pain can be debilitating and cause deterioration in one’s life. Asif Chaudhry, MD and his professional interventional spine team work to alleviate and eliminate pain through minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical techniques in order to get you back to your normal activities quickly.
Dr. Chaudhry is board certified in interventional pain management and graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He went on to complete his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, one of the top three training facilities for pain management in the country. In addition to his excellent education and understanding of pain management, Dr. Chaudhry is also well-loved by his patients for his compassionate care.
“We treat patients like family, taking the time to listen and understand the origin of their discomfort,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “We understand that dealing with pain is not easy, so we pride ourselves on trying to get patients seen as quickly as possible.”
Houston Pain & Spine treats patients dealing with neck pain, lower and upper back pain, sciatica, and nerve pain, as well as other less common, painful disorders.
Asif Chaudhry, MD
Houston Pain and Spine
5420 W. Loop South, Ste. 2100
Bellaire, TX 77401
The Woodlands Location
3117 College Park Dr., Ste. 210
The Woodlands, TX 77384
Wilberto Cortés, MD
Dr. Cortes, also known nationally and internationally as Dr. Hourglass, is a top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston. His practice not only serves the Houston area but he routinely see patients from all around the world that are seeking his expertise. “The key for a successful and beautiful result is attention to detail,” says Dr. Cortés, and he is very critical of his own work. For this reason, he has developed unique cosmetic procedures that provide consistent results. Among some of those procedures are the hourglass tummy tuck, hourglass hips, hourglass butt augmentation, the wonder breast lift and the wonder breast reduction. He is not only a plastic surgeon, but also a lipoSculptor.
Wilberto Cortes, MD is also well known for his expertise in buttock sculpting procedures. His practice has expanded over the years by applying a simple principle: provide the best surgical results for his patients. He has earned respect among his peers and admiration from his patients through his outstanding surgical results and patient care.
According to Dr. Cortes, “about 40 percent of his practice is from out of town patients.” His philosophy is to ensure the utmost results expected by his patients and provide them the best patient care service.
Dr. Cortes has one office in Texas located in the Galleria area of Houston. He specializes in restoring the women’s hourglass shape and also performs other cosmetic procedures including facial, breast, and body, as well as buttock enhancement, which is one of the most highly demanded surgeries today.
RejuVenus Aesthetics, PA
50 Briar Hollow Lane, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77027
The Memorial Plastic Surgery Group
Memorial Plastic Surgery offers its patients unparalleled medical care in the fields of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Drs. Hsu, Crosby and Roehl share a core patient-first philosophy. Each partner graduated in the top 5% of their respective medical school class, and all three doctors completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center. The physicians at Memorial perform each operation with surgical precision, artful technique, and meticulous attention to detail, delivering the most natural results for each individual patient. Memorial Plastic Surgery’s commitment to patient care continues post-operation to ensure the safest, quickest and most comfortable recovery possible.
Memorial Plastic Surgery’s state-of-the-art offices are located in the heart of Houston’s Memorial City and in nearby Clear Lake. The accommodating staff takes painstaking measures to deliver a comfortable and secure environment for consultations, examinations, surgery and post-operation recovery. Contact Memorial Plastic Surgery today to see firsthand why they are the preferred cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery practice in the greater Houston area.
929 Gessner Rd., Ste. 2250
Houston, Texas 77024
CLEAR LAKE LOCATION
26 Professional Park Dr
Webster, TX 77598
Michael L. Eisemann, MD
Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
Dr. Michael Eisemann is Houston’s premier triple board certified plastic surgeon, former president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons and listed in the “GUIDE TO TOP DOCTORS” as a top-rated plastic surgeon in Texas. He has been practicing in the heart of the Medical Center for over 20 years. Dr. Eisemann performs advanced techniques in body contouring, liposuction, tummy tuck and breast enhancement procedures. In addition to Plastic Surgery, he is also Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Head and Neck Surgery, making him uniquely qualified for facial rejuvenation procedures. He has come to be known for keeping Houston’s elite looking their best by raising eyebrows and eyelids, tightening the face and neck, contouring the lips and cheeks, and reshaping the nose while improving breathing.
Dr. Eisemann uses the latest technology in video imaging, morphometric analysis and uses Anatomic Form Stable breast implants for breast augmentation with custom trial sizes. Patients may visualize their new look before surgery. Most procedures are done in his state-of-the-art, national certified Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center inside Smith Tower, conveniently connected to the Marriott Medical Center Hotel for out of town patients.
Dr. Eisemann is an assistant clinical professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Weil Cornell Medical School and is on the teaching faculty of the Methodist Hospital and Baylor Plastic Surgery Residency Programs. He was trained at Johns Hopkins in Head and Neck Surgery, Yale in General Surgery and Baylor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is Fellowship trained in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada. These are among the top national residency training programs.
MICHAEL L. EISEMANN, MD
Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
6550 Fannin, Ste. 2119
Houston, TX 77030
Scott Young, DDS
Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
At the offices of Scott Young, DDS you are not just another patient; you are treated as a prominent guest from the moment you walk through the door. Dr. Young’s practice is based on a foundation of providing personal attention to every guest. Personalized treatment plans ensure your comfort at every level of service including sedation dentistry, a serenity suite for relaxation, pillows, blankets and noise cancellation headphones.
“It is my goal that our patients—our guests—have no anxiety while they are under our care. We utilize advanced technology such as the 3D CT scan for planning and placement of implants,” says Dr. Young. “For those who are a little more apprehensive about visiting a dentist, we have sedation dentistry available.”
A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Young focuses on cosmetic and implant dentistry while offering the full spectrum of dental services including teeth whitening, implant supported prosthesis and full smile makeovers. Dr. Young has completed all core courses at LVI for Advanced Dental Studies. In addition, Dr. Young holds fellowship status with the American Dental Implant Association and was named a Super Dentist® in Texas Monthly.
“With the most advanced dental technology, a warm and knowledgeable team, and all the amenities necessary to help you feel relaxed and comfortable, our office is the place to receive five-star cosmetic dentistry treatment along with the smile you’ve always wanted,” says Dr. Young.
SCOTT YOUNG, DDS
6769 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. G
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Toll Free: 877-492-4579
Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Paul Vitenas has built a practice based on “The Fine Art of Natural Cosmetic Surgery” which is unique and unlike many other top plastic surgeons. His goal is to provide a superior level of natural surgical results, service and care throughout the patient’s entire cosmetic surgery journey. Delivering natural results in cosmetic/ plastic surgery requires a combination of rigorous training, years of experience and an artistic eye, which perceives proportion and beauty.
Nearly 25 years ago, Dr. Vitenas established the renowned Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery and now his office has over 1900 online reviews, 5000+ Before and After Photos and is considered one of the largest cosmetic surgery practices in the entire country. His beautiful stand-alone clinic was inspired by his commitment to safety, quality and service. Not a single detail was overlooked. The state-of-the-art, three-story building features a private surgical center and a luxurious overnight recovery-suite, as well as drive up covered parking. There is a secluded rear elevator for discretion and secret passages so patients can maneuver unseen throughout the clinic.
On the lower level of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is the beautiful Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, which conveniently offers non-invasive medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Laser Hair Removal, Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers, as well as Ulthera and Laser Rejuvenation treatments like the Fraxel Dual. Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to see why so many clients around the world choose Dr. Vitenas for their aesthetic goals.
EDUCATION: Tulane University, BS; Tulane University School of Medicine, MD; Tulane Medical Center, Residency in general and plastic surgery; University of Miami and Paris, France Fellowship
AWARDS: 2015 Best Single Physician Practice, Patients Choice Award, 2010-2015; distinguished member National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics; RealSelf.com 100 Award 2013 and 2015, Vitals.com – Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011-2015, Castle Connelly Top Doctors, Texas Super Doc 2015-2016
Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS
Vitenas COSMETIC Surgery
4208 Richmond Ave.
Wayde Fawcett, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants
Dr. Fawcett has been providing a wide range of services in general dentistry in his hometown for more than 30 years, with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and full smile makeovers.
One of the most popular procedures he offers is Teeth-In-One-Day, a groundbreaking alternative that allows patients to receive dental implants and a full set of new teeth all in the same day. “We provide dentistry that changes people’s lives, and in doing so, we change our own, “ says Dr. Fawcett. “Our commitment to quality governs every aspect of our work and ensures that we always exceed our clients’ expectations.”
In 2007, Dr. Fawcett was among 157 dentists to be honored with the title “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD),” considered to be one of the most respected designations in the profession. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Fawcett received the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a distinction held only by 274 of the ADG’s 39,000 members, recognizing his commitment to continuing education, community service and mentorship.
Clients of Dr. Fawcett appreciate the personal attention, warmth and genuine concern he shows each individual. His fun-loving personality and compassionate chairside manner have nurtured long-lasting relationships and loyal patients from all over the world.
SERVICES: Teeth-In-One-Day • Implants • Cosmetic Dentistry • Full Mouth Rejuvenation • Smile Makeovers • Porcelain Veneers & Crowns • Porcelain Bridges & Partials • Sleep Dentistry • Gum Disease & Hygiene Programs • TMJ /Neuromuscular Dentistry • Sleep Apnea
EDUCATION: University of Texas Dental School Houston, TX
ACCREDITATIONS: Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI) • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)
Wayde Fawcett, DDA
13956 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77069
Raza Pasha, MD
Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center
Dr. Raza Pasha has the unique distinction of being both Board-Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat-Head and Neck Surgery) as well as having specialty certification in Sleep Medicine. He holds academic appointments including Clinical Assistant Professor at UTMB School of Medicine. Dr. Pasha has focused his practice specifically on the comprehensive management of sleep apnea, snoring, allergy and sinus related disorders. Coined as Houston’s “Snoring Doctor,” Dr. Pasha has performed over 3,400 surgical procedures.
Dr. Pasha is a nationally recognized leader and innovator in his field. He has helped pioneer several procedures, including performing the first in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure in Houston as well as developing more advanced surgical techniques such as the application of the Da Vinci robot for sleep apnea. Dr. Pasha has had the privilege to lecture throughout the country to his peers and students in various academic settings. He often has colleagues and students rotate through his clinic to learn his approach. Dr. Pasha is also a prolific author having published several original journal articles but is best known for his pocket review book, now in its fifth edition, which has become a staple for residents in training.
Dr. Pasha is a strong advocate for patient outreach and is frequently featured in the press including KHOU Channel 11, KPRC Channel 2, The Learning Channel (TLC), and several radio stations. He also has a featured segment on Great Day Houston.
Aside from taking care of patients, Dr. Pasha may also be spotted on the bike trails of Memorial Park or a Mixed Martial Arts hot spot supporting his favorite fighter.
Raza Pasha, MD
Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center
Houston, TX 77098
Kenneth J. H. Lee, MD
Modern Spine, PLLC
Spine-related issues are among the most common and painful musculoskeletal conditions. Modern Spine was established to deliver comprehensive and state-of-the art care for all aspects of spinal disorders in order to maximize each and every individual patient’s outcome. Dr. Lee is a board-certified spine surgeon, uniquely trained in both orthopedic spine and neurological spine surgery. This dual-fellowship training is rare and considered to be the highest level of spine surgery training.
Dr. Lee’s treatment philosophy is focused on compassionate, conservative and evidence-based care. Educating patients is of the utmost importance. Dr. Lee and his team strive to spend all the time necessary with their patients to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of conservative care and possible surgical intervention.
During his time with each patient, Dr. Lee works to develop a genuine relationship based upon trust and mutual respect. In that regard, Dr. Lee has been awarded the Patient’s Choice Award for seven consecutive years. He has been featured in Newsweek, “The Science of Healthy Living” issue, in the “Best Doctors in Texas” section. He has also been spotlighted in H Texas magazine’s “Ask the Expert” column and selected as one of the “Super Docs” in Living magazine. In addition, he has been featured on CBS and Fox as a pioneering surgeon using the most modern and minimally invasive spine-surgery techniques.
Dr. Lee is actively involved in research projects, as these endeavors help him identify and adopt new technologies and procedures to assist patients in returning to a normal and productive lifestyle. The majority of his patients improve from a multi-disciplinary conservative approach. If surgery is required, the practice specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, with many procedures performed on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Lee and his team welcome the opportunity to provide you with personalized care using the most successful treatment and surgical options available to relieve your neck and back pain.
KENNETH LEE, MD
SARAH NGO, PA-C
16929 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 100
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Richard Francis, MD
More than 11 years ago, Dr. Richard Francis opened Spine Associates for fellow Houstonians. Since then, Spine Associates has expanded into two clinics—one in Houston and one in Beaumont. Dr. Francis is known for his passion to help others and the emphasis he places on the physician-patient relationship.
Spine Associates has recently acquired a spacious new office, and now offers everything under one roof, from a fully staffed physical therapy facility to a diagnostic imaging center for MRI and CT scans and X-rays, and a new procedural suite for international patient management. Not a single detail has been overlooked, from the seating area with a large flat-screen TV (and screens in almost every room), fully stocked coffee bar and charging station, to the latest, most cutting-edge technology for all spine conditions.
The team at Spine Associates offers a comprehensive review of MRI studies or reports, reviewing the findings with each and every patient with no obligation to the patient. Additionally, Dr. Francis’ Patient Ambassador Program has become hugely successful for patients facing spine surgery, with 200 ambassadors currently enrolled and willing to help other patients. This initiative supports patients who have never undergone surgery, pairing them with a former patient to help prepare for surgery and alleviate fears and manage any concerns.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Francis received his doctorate at age 22 while attending the University of Toronto Medical School in Ontario, Canada, as an elective student. Afterward, he was accepted to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Scotland. At 29, Dr. Francis was elected to fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, and by the age of 34, he had earned his Specialty Board Certification in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Francis moved to Houston and trained in spine surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. After extensive training the student became the teacher, “At first, I taught spine surgery as an assistant professor at the University of Texas. After a few years, my wife and I started Spine Associates, a private practice specializing in surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the whole spine for adults and adolescents. I have special expertise in deformity (scoliosis) correction and the revision and reconstruction of failed spine surgery.”
At Spine Associates, Dr. Francis lives by the motto, “Whatever it takes. I’ll give you my best. I promise.” To that end, the mission at Spine Associates is simple, to give each adult and child the best of themselves every time. Every patient is seen by Dr. Francis at each visit and new patients are seen within three days of calling. He is always willing to go the extra mile in order to accommodate his patients, “We see patients on late evenings and weekends, if that’s what it takes,” says Dr. Francis.
Taking a conservative approach to treating spine conditions has always been a standard in the practice; only 10 percent of the patients require surgery. “Fundamentally, most spine conditions can be treated nonsurgical with conservative tools. These tools include physical therapy, spinal injections, medication management, weight-loss and physical conditioning. We always offer these options first. We must always respect the magnitude of surgery on a person’s life and be judicious in offering it. It’s a big deal,” says Dr. Francis.
At the core of Dr. Francis’ philosophy is the fundamental belief that the connection with patients and their families is crucial to the entire medical process. “As a physician, we are, in a sense, wedded to the patient,” he says. “The treatments that we give and recommend will affect the patient for the rest of their life. It is essential to have a good relationship with my patients to get the best results possible and to get them the results they deserve.”
In 2012, Dr. Francis became the first surgeon in Houston to employ the Mazor Robotics Renaissance guidance system. One year later, he added a second system in Houston at Westside Surgical Hospital, where he is the Chief of Spine Surgery and the director of robotic surgery and training. The training lab is one of two robotic spine surgery training labs in the country.
“My life sometimes feels as if it’s being lived under a lucky star. Either that, or I am the beneficiary of God’s continuous blessings. I choose to believe the latter. My whole career has been a journey of chasing dreams and now actually living those dreams. I am a spine surgeon, a husband and a father to four beautiful children, Chloe, Shannon, Zachary and Samantha.”
Richard Francis, MD, MBA, FRCS Ed., FRCS Ed. (Tr & Orth)
9301 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 600
Houston, TX 77074
Beaumont Location (One Folsom Building)
3820 Pointe Parkway at Folsom Drive
Beaumont, TX 77706
Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS
Masaki Oishi, MD, PhD
Kraus Back & Neck Institute, Neurosurgery, PA
The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) is honored to be featured in the Top Doctor Issue of H Texas for the 10th consecutive year. Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi, both top-rated neurosurgeons, strive to provide the highest-quality service to patients, in a compassionate and caring environment. Physicians at the KBNI have learned, after having treated more than 30,000 patients, that the best way to meet the needs and expectations of the patient is through excellent communication. “No two patients have the same problem or desires,” says Dr. Oishi. “It is our role, as neurosurgeons, to diagnose what is causing a patient’s difficulties, explain it to them, and together with the patient, formulate a treatment plan which will best meet their expectations.”
Physicians at the KBNI have treated patients with neck pain, back pain, and spine and brain disorders, and continue to focus on the most important issue—the needs and goals of the patient. The result has been years of highly satisfied patients.
“Frequently, surgery is not necessary to help patients suffering with pain,” says Dr. Kraus. “Patients often achieve excellent results with nonsurgical treatments such as chiropractic treatments and physical therapy…at times, epidural steroid injections, sacro-iliac joint injections and facet blocks may also be very beneficial.” Dr. Oishi adds: “The advantage of being evaluated by a highly experienced team is that patients can be shown and educated about their problem, which helps them to make the best decision, be it surgical intervention or conservative care, to heal their pain and restore their quality of life.” It is this conservative approach, of avoiding surgery when possible, but using the most current and advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques when necessary, that has gained the confidence of many satisfied patients to refer their trusted family and friends for care.
“Many patients come to see us because they have low-back or neck pain, leg or arm pain, and weakness,” adds Dr. Kraus. “They may have been in an accident, and suffered trauma to their spine. Many patients are scared, depressed and fearful. Pain has taken over their lives, their families and their jobs.” Adds Dr. Oishi: “A big fear of patients is that they may require a large operation. Many are relieved to know that there are often numerous treatment options available to improve their pain without an operation.”
Many patients treated at the KBNI have experienced significant improvements in their pain, and many have “gotten their lives back.” Patients have said, “I wish I had gotten treatment a long time ago. For the first time in years, I have no pain.” The goal at the KBNI is to restore patients’ function, and get people back to their lives with their families and their jobs. This provides the ultimate satisfaction to the doctors and staff at the KBNI.
“Most patients don’t need to see the inside of an operating room,” Dr. Kraus points out. “So don’t live in fear and pain,” advises Dr. Oishi.
Dr. Kraus is past Chairman of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, and Director of Neurosciences and Gamma Knife at West Houston Medical Center. He is the Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kraus is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been listed in “Best Doctors in America,” Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Texas Super Doctors, featured in Newsweek among “Best Neurosurgeons in Texas” and “Neurosurgery Leaders in the United States,” and is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”
Publications include the textbook Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brain: A Stereo Atlas (Williams and Wilkins), as well as numerous peer-reviewed papers and chapters in neurosurgery journals and textbooks. He has also coauthored the medical thriller novel Body Trade.
Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, BS, Physics, Electrical Engineering; State University of New York/Stony Brook, MD; St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, Residency in Neurosurgery; Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, Fellowship Neurovascular, Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Oishi was born and raised in the United States, and was awarded the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award in 1989. He is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was awarded the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Wilder Penfield Clinical Investigation Fellowship in spine surgery in 2002, and is one of the very few fellowship-trained spine surgeons in the state of Texas. Dr. Oishi has been in practice for 14 years, and also holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the prestigious Rockefeller University in New York City. He has been nominated to the AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Committee.
Publications include chapters in the textbook Spine: State of the Art Reviews (STARs), as well as multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Neurosurgery, Journal of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and the EMBO Journal.
Education: Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, MD; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, Residency in Neurosurgery; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Fellowship Spine Surgery
Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS
Masaki Oishi, MD, PhD
Kraus Back & Neck Institute
West Houston Medical Center
12121 Richmond Ave., Ste. 324
Houston, TX 77082
Memorial Hermann Memorial City, Building III
915 Gessner, Ste. 360
Houston, TX 77024
The Woodlands Office
3101 College Park Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77384
1485 FM 1960 Bypass E., Ste. 340
Humble, TX 77338
1331 West Grand Parkway N., Ste. 320
Katy, TX 77082
Houston, TX 77005
Palmira Testa, D.D.S.
River Oaks Dental Arts
Dr. Testa has been changing lives by creating beautiful, healthy smiles since 1994. She is a firm believer in listening to her patients needs and desires while working together to create the perfect smile. There is no better combination than state-of-the-art technology with a woman’s touch.
Focus: General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Education: Southwestern University, B.S., University of Texas-Houston
Palmira Testa, D.D.S.
River Oaks Dental Arts
1436 West Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019