Health • Readers Voice Awards 2009

Posted on 19 Mar 2009 at 7:06pm





SKIN SAVIOR: Dr. Niroomand rescues patients from crow’s-feet, warts, acne and the effects of too much Dallas sun. DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice

BEST DERMATOLOGIST
Farhad Niroomand, M.D., P.A.
2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 450
Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
214-303-1102
UptownDerm.com

Perfect skin is de rigueur for Hollywood red carpet appearances, but clearly it’s important in Texas as well. Recapturing the look of baby-soft skin is the real quest for the Da Vinci Code for image-conscious gay Dallasites. For 10 years, Dr. Farhad Niroomand has helped Oak Lawn patients deal with cosmetic concerns as well as serious skin issues.

A native of Tehran, Dr. Niroomand came to the U.S. in 1978. He received his degree from the Medical College of Georgia and did his internship at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine. His residency in dermatology was completed in New York and he was certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Upon his return to Texas in 1995, he worked with Kaiser Permanente and Texas Dermatology before entering private practice in the late ’90s. He’s also kept busy by volunteering as a clinical associate professor at U.T. Southwestern.

It would be wrong to assume his work in Oak Lawn is confined to vain queens looking for the Fountain of Youth in Botox.

"He works with a lot of HIV patients on facial wasting issues," operations manager Jo Anne Payton says.

And some insurance providers are beginning to offer reimbursement for cosmetic filler treatments for patients with severe cases.

— Robert Sanchez



VISION QUEST: Dr. Henderson can bring your eyewear into focus. BRYAN AMANN/Dallas Voice

BEST OPTOMETRIST
William T. ‘Bill’ Henderson, O.D.
Uptown Vision
2504 Cedar Springs Rd.
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays.
214-953-3937
UptownVisionDallas.com

To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, "Gays seldom make passes at others who wear glasses." But put Angelina Jolie and Hugh Jackman in specs and most gay Dallasites would still find them hot. Glasses or contacts can be a great style point for anyone needing to improve their vision, and Dr. William Thomas Henderson and Uptown Vision have offered it in Oak Lawn since 2001.

Uptown Vision carries a line of designer frames and sunglasses from the likes of Alain Mikli, Pussy Galore and Philippe Starck. Contact lenses fitting and Lasik consultations are also available for those considering alternatives to glasses. Even if you have perfect vision, a yearly checkup can detect the early onset of various eye ailments and is considered good preventive medicine.

After earning his degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Henderson migrated to Dallas. He was in private practice with other doctors at various points before Uptown Vision.

According to office manager Giang Biu, many clients prefer glasses and will order several pairs in different styles. And it’s not necessarily just fashionable gay clients, the trend is across the board. "It can be a fashion accessory more than the need for some patients."

— Robert Sanchez




BEST DENTIST

Clint Herzog, D.D.S.
Herzog Dentistry
2828 Routh St., Ste. 310
Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
214-969-1000
HerzogDentistry.com

BEST COSMETIC SURGEON
David E. Martin, M.D.
7777 Forest Ln.
Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
972-566-6988
DMartin.com

BEST GYNECOLOGIST
W. F. Howard, M.D.
4325 N. Josey Ln., Ste. 111
Mon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tue. and Thu. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed. and Fri. 9 a.m.-noon.
972-394-3699
WFHoward.com

BEST GAY FRIENDLY RECOVERY PROGRAM
Pride Institute
Millwood Hospital
1011 N. Cooper St.
Arlington
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
817-261-3121
Pride-Institute.com

BEST HIV SPECIALIST
Jaime Vasquez, D.O.
2929 Welborn St.
Mon. & Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tue. & Thu. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m.-noon.
Sat. appointments upon request.
214-528-1083
VasquezClinic.com

BEST FREE HIV/STD TESTING
Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center
4012 Cedar Springs Rd.
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
214-528-2336
ResourceCenterDallas.org

BEST GYM
24-Hour Fitness
(Various DFW locations.)
700 N. Harwood
Mon. 5 a.m.-Fri. 9 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Holiday hours vary.
214-220-2423
24HourFitness.com

BEST PHARMACY
Walgreens
(Locations nationwide.)
3802 Cedar Springs Rd.
Open 24 hours.
214-443-5160
Walgreens.com

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
John Gordon
Trophy Fitness Club-Uptown
2812 Vine St. Ste. 300
Mon.-Thu­. 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri. 5:30-9 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
214-999-2826
TrophyFitnessClub.com

BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Eric Peay, D.C.
COREhealth Wellness Center
3626 N. Hall St., Ste. 629
Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-noon,
by appointment.
214-219-3300
CoreHealthWellness.com

BEST GENERAL PRACTITIONER

Jaime Vasquez, D.O.
2929 Welborn St.
Mon. and Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tue. and Thu. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m.-noon.
Sat. appointments
upon request.
214-528-1083
VasquezClinic.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 20, 2009.

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