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On a drizzly Thursday evening, acclaimed journalist and best-selling author, Kitty Kelley graciously hosted a lavish and oh so intimate party to celebrate the recent publication of Gardens of Georgetown.
Proceeds from the sale of the book are returned to Georgetown's parks and public spaces. The book's release coincided with this year's annual Georgetown Garden Tour.
Several hundred of Kitty's most delightful, dapper and well-heeled friends gathered to catch up with the charming hostess and with each other, enjoying a delicious array of passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails by Ris Lacoste.
While the steady downpour prevented a literal garden party in Kelley's most quintessential of Georgetown gardens, the alcohol flowed freely as guests took a peak outside and meandered back in for canapes and tartlets.
"Hooray for the Garden Club! They keep Georgetown looking good," says Kelley.
“We were bumping elbows and running out of space,” says Dr. Tina Alster about the K Street offices of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Surgery (WIDLS). With an ever-expanding client base, this world-renowned dermatologist decided it was time to expand, and last month opened W Chevy Chase.
“For years, people have been coming downtown, maybe twice a year. With our new convenient location with garage parking in a multi-use building, our clients can bundle their medical appointments, combining them with a little retail therapy (Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus are a few blocks away).”
The new facility, spearheaded by Dr. Alster’s colleagues, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi and Dr. Rebecca Kazin offers virtually the same services as K Street – from Voluma (facial volumizing) and CoolSculpting (eliminating body fat without surgery) to Ultherapy (ultrasound tightening) and hair restoration.
“Close to the liposuction results without the cutting,” is how Dr. Tanzi describes the process of CoolSculpting. “Very few practices offer treatments with the clinical research that we do,” she explains. Well known for scar treatments, Dr. Kazin enthusiastically describes the life-changing effects of removing a burn or a disfiguring injury. ”We always try to put ourselves in the place of our patients.”
"Youthful faces are upside down triangles," says Dr. Kazin. Restoring the balance without distortion, achieved by empahsizing maintenance and combining small treatments is now that much easier with W Chevy Chase.
The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery (W Chevy Chase) is located at 5550 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD. Tel: 240.394.8385
When you have lunch with Dr. Ernest Brown expect that he will take incoming calls. He's not being rude, he's simply tending to his patients.
Whether caring for babies or the elderly (which he likes to call sunrise-to-sunset), he’s on-call 24/7/365, sometimes with a little help from his friends. This is what he's been doing for the last eight years since graduating from medical school and finishing his family medicine residency training at Georgetown University.
With no brick-and-mortar office, this family practitioner treats patients where they are, in their homes, hotels, hospitals or wherever they need him. Whether it's picking up prescriptions, escorting them to specialists, and of course, following up after an intitial visit, Dr. Brown does it all himself. And he never collects money until he determines the case is closed.
He has two kinds of patients: charity and concierge. The first being home-bound elderly patients who do not have insurance. But that's ok. With an ever-growing list of concierge patients who do pay, he's able to treat those who can't for free. And with the help of friends who recently suggested cloud funding for his charity house calls, Dr. Brown's GoFundMe account was created just this week.
Dignitaries, neighbors, government officials, and visitors to the city all consider Dr. Brown their family doctor. One particularly grateful visiting foreign minister treated for gastroenteritis insisted that he and his family visit for a month, explaining, "I brought you to Greece and to the island of Cos (birthplace of Hippocrates) to renew your vows and understand how important medicine is to the community."
This 'doc down the street', recognizable a block away or at a party in his bright blue scrubs, most definitely understands the concept of being part of the community. Placing the highest priority on personalized care, he says, "When you commoditize medicine, you kill the heart and soul of care."
Describing himself as a 'rhino’ in today’s impersonalized health care industry, Dr. Brown has hoped his story will help inspire other doctors to join him. To do this, Dr. Brown has founded a new business for concierge house calls, Doctors To You, with the mission to put doctors and patients back in the driver's seat.
Charity does begin at home.
Check out Dr. Brown's All Things Considered interview with NPR which aired Thursday.