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Meet the Doctors Get to Know a Few of Our Favorite Physicians
By Ruth Molina
Let us introduce you to several of the area’s top physicians, so our readers can get to know the person behind the medical degree.
Dr. Channing Coe
The Yoga Joint South
1850 S.E. 17th St., No. 303; 954-916-7253
The Yoga Joint
6131 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-916-7253; theyogajoint.com
Dr. Channing Coe is a sought-after obstetrician/gynecologist but an exciting part of his life involves opening a second location of The Yoga Joint on 17th Street Causeway. Dr. Coe has two offices in Fort Lauderdale. “I deliver babies at Broward General and Holy Cross Hospital, and do robotic gynecologic surgery at both of those hospitals and Broward Health Imperial Point. I have a busy obstetrical practice, as well as a robotic surgery practice that cares for all age women with various forms of pelvic and abdominal pathology.”
He received his medical degree in 1998 from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Then, Dr. Coe completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Cornell/New York University School of Medicine. He’s been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale since 2002.
Asked what important information he can you impart to potential patients, he responded, “I have come to realize that so much of what we learn in medical school is helping to fix diseases that develop because of unhealthy lifestyles, diet and lack of exercise. With my wife, Paige Held, who owns The Yoga Joint, I transformed my own physical health and passed that knowledge on to patients. I believe in being proactive with counseling my patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to prevent future health concerns.”
A recent challenge for Dr. Coe: “I have a patient (delivered both her babies) whose husband was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma. He’s been battling for the past year. My wife and I have been involved in his battle, from helping with doctors and hospitals to getting him and his wife involved in yoga, meditation and nutrition. I cannot stress enough how important diet and exercise are to our overall well being.”
“One of the main things that sets me apart is my compassion. All doctors learn what to do in med school, but the personal relationship, bedside manner, can’t be taught, It develops out of compassion and respect for our patients.”
Dr. Margarette Damas
Sea Blue Neurology Center, 3100 Coral Hills Drive, Suite 308, Coral Springs; 954-796-9060
It isn’t just “Royal Pains” in the Hamptons that offers concierge medical services. In fact, concierge medicine is not a fad. For many, it is the answer to a prayer of personalized services and a one-on-one relationship with a top-notch doctor. Margarette Damas, M.D., has her office in Coral Springs and offers neurology concierge home service from Jupiter to Fisher Island. It includes 24-hour access to the physician, her personal cell phone, immediate calls to the pharmacy for medications and her personal e-mail.
Dr. Damas treats all neurological diseases, including stroke, headache, back pain, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, vertigo, dementia, brain tumor, weakness, memory loss, tremor and dizziness.
The concierge service is offered as a one-time consultation or a yearly contract: Patients have multiple visits a year. The neurologist also can provide consultation for patients who do not want to go to the emergency room and wait for hours, or to manage any chronic (long-term) neurological disease.
This is music to the ears of many South Floridians who cannot wait for physician care at a critical time and will not compromise on their health care. Dr. Damas went to Georgetown University Medical School, was a University of Pennsylvania resident, a fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and has been in practice for 12 years.
Dr. Damas discusses a major issue confronting the aging South Florida population — stroke, the third cause of death in the United States. “The best prevention is to maintain normal blood pressure,” she said. “Of all the numbers to know, the most important is blood pressure — the silent killer. By the time we diagnose patients with high blood pressure at times it is too late and it has caused damage to a number of organs.
“What sets me part is that I take time to educate patients about staying healthy. Compare the body to a car — it has to be service and maintained. Get a yearly check-up with a dermatologist, ophthalmologist, internist, gynecologist.”
Dr. Ryan Greene
2731 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1 Weston; 954-651-6600; 7421 N. University Drive, Suite 301, Fort Lauderdale; 954-651-6600; drryangreene.com
Dr. Greene is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices in Weston and Fort Lauderdale. With this specific type of focus, “I do not really have a ‘typical’ patient profile. My rhinoplasty patients comprise a very diverse population, with all age groups and ethnicities represented. My acne scar patients are typically younger, while my injectables and laser patients tend to be a bit older, from their 30s to into the 60s.”
After earning a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the University of Georgia, Dr. Greene received his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed a residency in otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami. He’s been in solo private practice for approximately four years.
Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery is a major step. Dr. Greene appreciates that. “The best piece of advice that I can give is to educate yourself and don’t settle. If you are going to undergo any cosmetic medical treatment, there should be a physician administering, or at least directly supervising, those treatments. This is the path to a successful outcome.”
One of his challenging cases involved rhinoplasty, one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures of the face. “I recently saw a patient who underwent a rhinoplasty 40 years ago and could not breathe as a result. She also had a cosmetically undesirable nose. I completely rebuilt the structure using cartilage from her ear. It was gratifying to make her breathe better and enjoy her new nose after suffering for so many years.
“When I was younger, I was determined to obtain the best training possible. I trained with some phenomenal mentors. Patients know that they are going to receive the most up-to-date information and cutting-edge treatments. They also can feel secure that they are going to be treated by someone with a wealth of experience and the highest standard of ethics.”
Dr. Robert L. Kagan
MRI Scan & Imaging Center, 3122 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-772-8000; mriscancenter.com
Dr. Robert L. Kagan is a clinical pathology and radiology physician, with a specialty in magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI. His office on East Commercial Boulevard serves Broward County, but the office sees patients from all over South Florida and the world. He treats outpatients in need of a correct diagnosis, what he terms “reactive” as well as clients who want to ensure they do not have a problem, and do whole-body scans as a preventative measure, “proactive.”
He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University, did his internship at University of California-San Francisco, his residency at the National Institute of Health Residency in Clinical Pathology and the National Institute of Health in Nuclear Medicine. He did a fellowship in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging at University of California-San Francisco and a fellowship in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Huntington Memorial Research Laboratory. He has 41 years in practice, including six years as director of nuclear medicine and laboratories at Holy Cross Hospital.
He discusses a recent case, which involved a patient with a history of brain tumor treated with radiation therapy. She came in with progressive neurologic findings that could only be pinpointed between a recurrent tumor and radiation necrosis using advanced MRI (3T). This was a critical use of advanced technology and experience that was the only way to make a correct diagnosis without surgery.
“We diagnose conditions referred by a physician. This is reactive medicine because you already have a problem. I recommend a proactive approach. This involves a whole-body MRI scan as a part of your yearly checkup, to find a condition before it becomes a problem, while it is still curable, not just treatable.”
Experience sets him apart. “We’re the first MRI outpatient center in Florida, performing over a million imaging studies since 1983, and are considered the reference center for MRI technology. Our clinical staff averages over 20 years of experience. Second, technology. We have the most advanced, state-of-the-art imaging equipment and technology. Third, service. Our staff constantly strives to provide an excellent experience for our patients.”
Dr. Lisa Learn
4900 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale; 954-380-8411; drlisalearn.com
Dr. Lisa Learn is a board certified plastic surgeon with an office on the campus of North Shore/Florida Medical Center. She has customized her plastic surgery practice to women, and her typical patient is a female between the ages of 25 to 65 looking to improve their bodies after childbearing. Interestingly, Dr. Learn notes that the number of male patients is gradually increasing as the workplace becomes more competitive.
Dr. Learn is doctor of osteopathy and fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. After medical school, she went on to five years of general surgery training and two years of plastic surgery training. Practicing for 11 years in Pennsylvania and being the only female board-certified plastic surgeon in the area, the doctor’s practice eventually focused on breast work. Her sub-specialty is specifically breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation.
Have you ever wondered exactly how many women get breast implants each year in the United States? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the No. 1 cosmetic surgery in the country in 2011 with 307,000 women getting the procedure. This is a 45 percent increase from 2000.
What sets Dr. Learn apart? “As a female who’s had plastic surgery (and not afraid to admit it), I can tell a patient first-hand what to expect and what really happens after surgery. I also have the female’s perspective and treat my patients as I would a sister or family member.”
We asked, “What is the biggest piece of information you would like to impart to potential patients?” Her response: “Always make sure you are comfortable with your plastic surgeon. That relationship can lend to one’s satisfaction with their surgery. Make sure you are heard and all of your questions answered to your satisfaction.”
Dr. Learn will have an official grand opening party to introduce her new office location at the Florida Medical Center campus in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Yani McConnell, DMD
212 S.E. 12th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-6010; fortlauderdalefldentist.com
Dr. Yani McConnell is an integral part of a team of dental specialists who perform implants, periodontics, oral surgery and endodontics. Established more than 30 years ago, the office is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, primarily serving East Broward. She’s a cosmetic and preferred Invisalign dentist.
“Being the third-generation dentist, I see a lot of young professionals and families in Fort Lauderdale, people from the yacht and boating industry, which makes our days very exciting!”
Dr. Yani (as she likes to be called) graduated from University of Sao Paulo-Brazil as a doctor in dental surgery and practiced dentistry in her native country Bolivia until 2001. She volunteered in her free time providing free dental treatment to children with cleft and lip palates, from the Cancer Center in Bolivia along with plastic surgeons and nurses from Yale University.
She did her residency in advanced education in general dentistry in North Miami, received her DMD from Nova Southeastern University and has practiced in Fort Lauderdale since 2006. She stresses periodic exams and comprehensive examinations, prevention and early detection of gum disease, and early oral cancer prevention.
Dr. Yani recently treated a patient who was seeking a cosmetic alternative to braces to straighten his teeth. “He was turned down for Invisalign treatment and instead talked into braces as the only option to get the perfect straight smile. When I saw the case, I knew it was going to be a very extensive, but, yes, I was going to correct his crowded teeth, cross bite and overbite. …And indeed, Invisalign changed his smile without invasive crowns, veneers or painful metal braces and wires. Now, he’s a happy confident young adult.”
Dr. Yani cautions, “Oral cancer most commonly occurs in middle-aged and older individuals, although a disturbing number of these malignancies is now being documented in younger adults. Despite medical advances, the five-year survival rate remains at 50 to 55 percent. So the most important goal is prevention and early diagnosis.”
The doctor’s office provides all specialties of dentistry under one roof and strives to build long-lasting and trustworthy relationships. Dr. Yani’s passion is designing beautiful smiles.
Eric Weinstein, DPM
2300 N. Commerce Parkway, No. 321, Weston; 954-349-7796; browardfootcare.com
Until you have suffered from an evening wearing stilettos or jogging a long run around the park, you never really develop an appreciation for podiatry. Once you realize a podiatrist is a must in your Rolodex, Dr. Eric Weinstein is a keeper. He has two offices, Coral Springs and Weston, and serves most of South Florida.
Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Weinstein specializes in podiatry (foot and ankle care). He also is a certified provider of The PinPointe Foot Laser. He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency in podiatric orthopedics. He was an assistant clinical professor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. So, 30 years in practice allows him to say he can treat anyone with a foot or ankle problem, of all ages.
A lot of us suffer from neuromas and other maladies and never think of visiting a podiatrist until the pain is unbearable. Dr. Weinstein reassures us, “There is no need to live with foot pain. There are many non-surgical conservative treatment options!”
And with our local weather, the fungal issue is so significant. He has a solution: “The PinPointe Foot Laser provides a safe and effective option to eliminate stubborn toenail fungus. No need to take oral medication, which may carry side effects. This is the first laser for nail fungus approved by the FDA.”
His words of advice to patients: “In order to avoid toenail fungus, keep shoes dry, wear flip-flops in gyms and locker rooms. Use anti-fungal nail polish, and anti-fungal powder or spray in closed shoes. You can use a device called The Steri Shoe, a shoe tree that uses ultraviolet light to kill fungus and bacteria.”
Dr. Weinstein was the first physician in South Florida to utilize the PinPointe Foot Laser more than four years ago. “I have performed well over 2,000 procedures. I lecture to other podiatrists and physicians around the country about the PinPointe Foot Laser.” This is the kind of experience we seek in a doctor.”
Dr. Simon Weiss
4100 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-518-4100; 1951 S.W. 172nd Ave., Suite 405 , Miramar; 954-538-1300
Dr. Simon Weiss specializes in obstetrics and gynecology with two offices, one in Hollywood and one in Miramar. The majority patients in his practice are women in their 20s through their 50s from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. But large numbers also arrive from Central and South America, Europe and even Russia.
He started his medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, studied internal medicine at Yale University in New Haven. He completed his OB-GYN specialty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then went on to complete a laparoscopic surgical fellowship. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since 1997, he’s been applying his skills in Florida, and performs complicated gynecologic surgery, treating endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain and fibroids. His services and treatments include: robotically assisted minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery; vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic supra cervical hysterectomy; advanced pelvic and reconstructive surgery; pelvic prolapse repair with or without synthetic mesh; urinary incontinence treatment; tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) and transobturator (TVT-O) for incontinence; pelvic floor rehabilitation; urodynamic testing; cytoscopy; vesicovaginal fistula treatment; rectovaginal fistula treatment; and ureterovaginal fistula treatment.
Dr. Weiss advises patients who have been suffering from chronic pain and any other gynecologic problems that remain unresolved that it’s worth the time to come in for a consultation. He recalls treating a 26-year-old woman with a four-year history of pelvic pain. “Multiple previous evaluations were unproductive, but it turned out that she had very advanced endometriosis which remained undiagnosed. We were able to preserve her uterus, although she will need additional surgery.”
The moral of the story is that, “If you do not get answers to your medical problems, you should keep searching for a physician that can get them to you. The search should continue until you are satisfied.” So, ladies, that should be very reassuring.
Dr. Dave Rouse
15908 W. State Road 84; Weston; 954-384-6200; rousefamilyeyecare.com
With so many incredible changes in eye care in the last decade, it’s good to have a doctor who can direct your care and allow you to take advantage of the latest in surgeries and eyewear. Dr. Dave Rouse, whose office is in Weston, specializes in the primary care and medical management of the eye. His office has years of experience in difficult contact lens fittings such as post-surgical, keratoconus and bifocal contacts. The doctor’s undergraduate education was at the University of Iowa, graduating with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry and then completing residency in Chicago at the Illinois Eye Institute.
With 19 years in private practice, the doctor’s office practices family-based eye care, and Dr. Rouse is up to the minute in relation to the evolving nature of eye care. “Elite practices embrace newer technology in order to provide more thorough eye examinations. It’s import to understand that sight threatening diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration often times have no outward signs or symptoms. Our comprehensive eye care can detect and treat not only eye disease, but also subtle visual deficiencies that can make reading and learning challenging.
“A new patient had been diagnosed with an eye condition called keratoconus. Previously, he had been wearing a small, hard contact lens that frequently fell out or became so uncomfortable he could not wear them. Without contact lenses, he was left with such poor vision that he would not drive or even feel comfortable leaving his home. We utilized a revolutionary new type of contact that did not fall out, gave him better vision that he has had in decades, and the confidence to go on camping trips with his sons. He was thrilled to get his life back.
“Do not wait for a problem to arise with your vision or your eye health before you see an eye doctor. An annual comprehensive eye exam can ensure not only that your eyes are disease free, and that your vision is optimized, making visual life more comfortable and enjoyable.” He sums it up best by confirming, “Our office has embraced the concept of lifelong learning.”