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By: ciarao
Chung-Bridges, Katherine, MD
I found this Dr. on the AVMED physician directory. I went in for my first visit yesterday and it was a very nice surprise.LOCATION- the office is located in a large intersection- the Regions Bank Building on 36th and Biscayne so its impossible to miss it! Parking is free and offices are tidy! STAFF- the reason why i chose this DR to begin with was the service i got over the phone- i went through a list of places and most places had really unprofessional and rude receptionists- at which case i hung up and tried a different number until BINGO! i hit this office. The receptionist is very polite and soft spoken. She is very professional and just a pleasure to speak to! Very nice and friendly -first PLUS!I did wait a little longer than usual but the front desk young lady told me that my insurance was having technical difficulties and she couldn't get in touch with them. They had a nice big flat screen TV in the reception which made my wait barely noticeable.DR- She is extremely nice and polite. So genuinely concerned and listened to all my crazy rants and medical history ups and downs. She was very receptive to all my comments and offered great advice and even helped me with recommendations on other specialists i should see. She even had the front desk girl make copies with specialist information and wrote referrals so i wouldn't have any problems with my insurance covering my services. She also took down the names of all my prescription meds and found cheaper alternatives and then sent them directly to my pharmacy so i wouldn't even have to bother dropping them off WOW! this place is really amazing and understands people and how to take care of them and their needs. I would most definitely recommend this place 100%
By: maryshar
Aventura Plastic Surgery
Dr. Galitz is an artist. Besides being a certified surgeon, he also has a master’s degree in sculpture and art. So I think when he looks at your face he looks at it more as a piece of art. Rather than just trying to tell you things you don’t need, he asks what you want and how you want to look. He’s very honest. He doesn’t do procedures that you don’t need and he does them very conservatively so you look very natural. People that don’t know I had something done probably wouldn’t know I had anything done. That’s why I like him and that’s why I come back to him. I’ll probably never go to anyone else because he’s very gentle and I think he’s the best. About 6 years ago I had my upper eyelids done and I had an S-lift. This time around I told him I was considering doing the eyes and he looked at my eyes and said, “Yeah, we could do that.” And a couple of weeks later, before I had the procedure, I thought, “Well, if I’m going in for that I might as well do my nose.” I had 2 bumps on my nose and I couldn’t breathe in my left nostril so I figured if I had to take time off work it made sense to do both together. And I’m glad I did because the changes are very subtle to most people but to me I like my profile now much more because I don’t have the bumps! I highly recommend him and I’ve actually passed out several of his cards, I think 5 or 6 in just the past 2 weeks, because when people see me they say, “Wow, who did you go to?"
By: sweetamy0787
CG Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Marcelo Ghersi its the most talented surgeon I have met! His hands are blessed and most important is how much he cared for me even after surgery. He always came to see me personally and answered all my question and always very sweet with me. I will never forget the man that gave me back my confidence and made me feel n look sexy again after giving birth 3 kids and stayed completely flat chested! Well not anymore! Thanks to Dr. Marcelo Ghersi and his great staff at Coral Gables Cosmetic Center! My cordinator Vivian is the most amazing , sweet and Caring Women they have there! You have to ask for her! She answered all my questions n took care of all my appointments, paper work fast as she could n never had a yes or no with her! She is austending! she made sure to deliver everything on time to Dr. Marcelo for me and she always called back same day with my answers. What can I say!? My mom loves my result and she wasnt sure I should go In for surgery and now she agrees on that this was worth it and was a good decision. She wants to even go for a free consultation with my PS Dr. Marcelo Ghersi to have her breasts lift. I slso have 3 other girls friends that are coming to see him. He really works with his passion and heart in his hands. God may bless him. Here he will always have a very happy Patient! Thanks for reading Love you all!!! Amanda M.
By: marilyn_rosa_50
CG Cosmetic Surgery
I love my results from this small price, the staff has been very nice. I thank Dr. Friedman for the understanding he has in women like myself. and the staff has a total understanding of who I have become. I am very very happy with the process, and most of all everything. My Surgery was on March 25th, 2013 and I did not worry about anything because if I waited to have my procedure done now and not many years ago, a few more mins is nothing to worry about. every one treated me as I wanted and deserved to be treated. Fantastic. The staff has been very excited to see me and are very understanding and haelpfull to my persona. I have been reborn "so to say" Tatiana thanks for all. Mike my Nurse thanks again. still going to my followups. Looking forward for my final results. I had nothing to start with and now with 800cc HP Silicone Implants. I asked my P.S. that I feel like a full B cup or even a Cup, but to my preliminary results with I love, are full C maybe even D Cups. I love them Thank you Dr. Friedman, Will keep you posted.
By: Alex D.
Christopher Hodgkins MD
My experience with Dr. Hodgkins & his staff are excellent!! I was supposed to do a 70.3 at the end of the month of Sept in Augusta Georgia and 3 week prior my race broke my ankle while training on my cycling bike on 9/3/2016 had surgery on 9/6/16. I was devastated and I couldn't believe it that this was happening to me so I left it in god hand. Since I did already sign up for a full Ironman 140.6 in Nov-2016 and the race is for Nov 2017, I was scare to death that was going to able to compete on this race, I did ask the Dr. if I was able to run again, and he told me I would be back to normal within the six month is only been 5 month and one week and I been swimming, cycling and running on the treadmill 3 to 5 miles twice a week and today he gave me the news that I wanted to hear that I could run in the pavement, I thank god everyday how lucky I am to have this Dr. come thru my path and perform surgery and his staff for taking care of me.From the bottom of my Heart THANK YOU!!!! Dr. Hodgkins and your staff!! Alex D.
By: cherrystick24
CG Cosmetic Surgery
Gelen, Mayo 28,2013Quiero comenzar por darte las gracias . Siempre fuistes y eres muy amable, desde el primer dia que llamamos a Coral Gables nos atendistes con mucho profecionalismo. Cuando hable contigo me hicistes sentir segura . Tenias toda la razon, el Doctor Marcelo Ghersi era el correcto para lo que yo necesitaba. El fue muy paciente , y realizo un trabajo excelente. Ahora cuando me miro al espejo veo a otra persona, me siento mas comoda quitandome la ropa y simplemente todo ahora me luce bien.! Gracias , por tu paciencia y dedicacion. Definitivamente te gusta lo que haces, pues senti que no eras cualquier persona detras de un counter , si no una amiga. Gracias al Doctor Marcelo Ghersi por practicamente cambiar mi vida, y tu por ser parte de ese cambio. Tomastes excelente decision , y no me arrepiento de haber confiado en ti. Gracias Marcelo, gracia Gelen, Gracias Coral Gables….Sinceramente, Esther Hernandez
By: margarett549
CG Cosmetic Surgery
I too read the reviews on this board before my consultation at Coral Gables Cosmetic in Miami. I have to admit some of them scared me almost to the point of cancelling the surgery, but I am writing this review to say I am so glad I didn't! For all of you, especially those who are travelling from abroad as I was, coming from Canada, I have this to note; I would certainly recommend this clinic to anyone wanting work done! The clinic was very clean & professional. My surgeon Dr. Jacob Freiman was fabulous, not to mention young & funny ;) But one of the most impressionable persons on me was my coordinator Yadira Salina. She made the entire process a breeze and made me feel so loved & comfortable but kept a level of professionalism that exceeded expectations! She almost always answered the phone for my many questions and if I left a message she would call back within the hour, in addition to giving me hotel recommendations since I wasn't familiar with the area. Cudos to her!
By: odalys.g.gomez
CG Cosmetic Surgery
Hola chicas!!!!!!!!!! soy una paciente de aca Coral Gables Cosmetic Center.queria compartir con ustedes mi alegria.llegue esta clinica hace dos anos como toda mujer en busca de un aumento de senos y hasta el 6 de agsto del 2012 no logre mi objetivo..este dia me hicieron una reconstruccion ya que yo tenia una cirugia anterior la cual estaba muy fea con queloides y tenia los senos con caida y exceso de piel.aqui me hicieron un levantamiento de los senos y me puse un implante pequeno para dar fortaleza y un poco de volumen.no saben lo feliz que estoy de lo bellos que quedaron mis senos y de el servicio que me han dado aca en la clinica especialmente yuly ,ha sido muy paciente conmigo ayudandome a saciar mis dudas y a darme consejos de como recuperarme.les recomiendo esta clinica como un lugar donde hacer sus suenos realidad,como yo que estoy tan feliz que me siento la reina del mundo..luchen por sus suenos y veran los resultados como los estoy viviendo yo...suerte..
By: maria.c.diaz.7
CG Cosmetic Surgery
My experience with Coral Gables Cosmetic Center was great! I did a lot of research with other cosmetic centers and based on the information I obtain I decided to come here. My coordinator Tatiana was wonderful, she assisted me through the whole process. Unfortunately I had a complication with my health before the scheduled date and they worked with me through the whole process of obtaining every check up and clearance I need it. They did not move forward with the surgery until my health was well and that meant a lot for me and made me feel more secure that I was with the right place. The girls at the office are very nice and helpful, no matter how many times I called with questions they were always very nice and answered all my questions. The outcome is wonderful and if I decide I want more cosmetic procedures I will come here again. Thanks to the whole office for all their assistance and making feel comfortable the whole time.
By: Anto G.
Pazmino, Byron, MD
I was very nervous about a facelift because of so many horror stories I've heard & seen but my daughter n law had a tummy tuck with Dr. Pazmino so when I saw how great he was with her I knew I had found my surgeon . His hands are blessed !! I'm a few days out & the staff has really gone above & beyond for me . I feel so comfortable . When I first got there I met Cathy who really made the financial part of this surgery possible . Then , I met Jesenia who I had spoken to on the phone before & really made me feel confident about what I was about to do going over some details about the procedure. Finally I had my visit before my surgery I met Malena who went over what to expect & how I can best get ready for the surgery . I have truly had a smooth experience . I'm 3 days out and I'm barely bruised & feel great but if I feel & look great now , then I can only imagine in a few weeks ! So excited to get some of my youth back .
Tips & Advices
This depends on the center. Some may allow brief visits by family members. Patients should ask about visiting rules before inviting people to stop by.
No. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home and stay with them for 24 hours following the procedure.
This depends on the procedure. Most centers ask that patients arrive one to two  hours before the procedure begins. Following the procedure, the patient will stay at the center until fully recovered from being sedated. This may take between one and three  hours. After that, if the patient isn't experiencing abnormal pain, he or she may leave.
Different states have different rules regarding requirements for surgery centers. However, ASCs are required to be certified as a Medicare and/or Medicaid Ambulatory Surgery Center supplier before they enter into an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The most common types of procedures conducted at surgery centers are:
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management
Some of the most common procedures include:
  • Cataract surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Pain injections

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