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WIDLS Chevy Chase Hosts New Year, New You Event!

February 21, 2016

Last Thursday evening, Dr. Tina Alster’s Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery(WIDLS) location in Chevy Chase hosted a New Year, New You event.

Dr. Rebecca Kazin who spearheads this location, educated prospective new patients on cutting-edge treatments, while her staff provided tours of the sleek, modern space.

Andrea Rodgers, Nicole Jones, Kimberly Mannausa (Photo by: Andrea Rodgers) Andrea Rodgers, Nicole Jones, Kimberly Mannausa

“You may not know this but you are in a really special place,” said Dr. Kazin.  “There are only a handful of practices like this one in the country.  Dr. Tina Alster, who founded the practice 20 years ago, has been a mentor of mine for many years and a trailblazer in the field of cosmetic dermatology. Even places like Johns Hopkins Hospital do not have the depth and breadth of technology that we have here and at K street office. We are the doctors doing the research studies that end up determining patient treatments. We are lecturing and training the next generation of dermatologist as well as plastic surgeons. We sit at the table on our national committees to make sure patients have a voice and are being cared for properly. But how that really translates to caring for you guys, is that I know with complete certainty that we have the best technology available to treat our patients and we are the most well trained to do it.”

Dr. Rebecca Kazin speaks with a guest and Kristen Coffield (Photo by: Andrea Rodgers) Dr. Rebecca Kazin speaks with a guest and Kristen Coffield

Attendees were greeted by representatives from several pharmaceutical and laser service companies who provided in-depth information about their products and treatments. New and existing patients were able to take advantage of a special 20% discount on the brand’s skincare line, as well as services they have never received at the practice, including Dysport, Restylane, Fraxel laser, Coolsculpting and Thermage treatments. 

Guests enjoyed skin-friendly nibbles like lemongrass almonds and a rainbow assortment of fresh vegetables. Additionally, there were platters of sushi rolls with healthy fats including avocado and salmon, which are good for skin, hair and nails. There were dark chocolate-covered cranberries to satisfy any sweet tooth and to provide the final antioxidant kick. Attendees sipped on Prosecco and water with antioxidant pomegranate seeds or raspberries.

Sarah Moore, Kimberly Mannausa, and Elizabeth Brandley (Photo by: Andrea Rodgers) Sarah Moore, Kimberly Mannausa, and Elizabeth Brandley

Guests left the event with swag bags filled with Dr. T’s “Magic Trio” of branded skincare products – Gentle Cleanser, Antioxidant CE Ferulic Serum, and BB Cream. There were also haircare products from Natu, and a complimentary issue of the latest New Beauty magazine. Everyone who attended was educated and inspired about the beautiful options available to them at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.

The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is located at 5550 Friendship Blvd #110, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Tel: 

Kimberly Mannausa and Andrea Rodgers with the three door prizes which were given out (Photo by: Andrea Rodgers) Kimberly Mannausa and Andrea Rodgers with the three door prizes which were given out


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Maestro Ivan Fischer, With Budapest Festival Orchestra, Returns to Kennedy Center

February 11, 2016

Legendary Maestro Ivan Fischer returns to Washington, D.C. with his beloved Budapest Festival Orchestra to direct a special concert at the Kennedy Center on Monday, February 15.

Fischer is a former principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra.

After his performance at the Kennedy Center, Fischer and the orchestra will then travel to New York to perform at a concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, February. 18. 

According to David Allen of The New York Times, the Budapest Festival Orchestra “might be the best in the world.”

Romanticism will dominate the first part of the concert with Weber’s overture to his supernatural opera Der Freischütz. Virtuoso pianist Marc-André Hamelinwill play Liszt’s technically daunting Piano Concerto No. 1 — one of the greatest 20th-century symphonies. And, Prokofiev’s brilliantly scored, melodic and emotionally compelling Symphony No. 5 will conclude the program.

“It’s hard to think of an orchestra that can stir greater thrills than the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer,” wrote the New York Classical Review.

To purchase concert tickets, contact: Rachel Ciborowski at 646.854.3331 or e-mail Tickets also available at the Kennedy Center.

Media contact: Christine K. Schott at CKS@CKSchott.comor 917.847.0015

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Flora Fraser on The Washingtons at Dumbarton House Feb. 11

February 2, 2016

Lecture by author Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love”

Thursday February 11th, 2016

Bellevue Room, Dumbarton House

6:30pm reception, 7:00 pm talk followed by a book signing.

Books will be available for purchase the evening of the event. 

Please join Dumbarton House for an early celebration of George Washington’s Birthday. Flora Fraser, British author and daughter of Lady Antonia Fraser, and granddaughter of Elizabeth Longford, will speak on her new book, The Washingtons: George and Martha “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love”.

Flora Fraser is author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton; The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline; Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III; Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire;, She is chair of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, established in 2003 in affectionate memory of her biographer grandmother. She lives in London.

This event is organized by the DC Society of the NSCDA and the Sulgrave Manor Committee.

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