Last Friday my wife, Staci, graduated from Loma Linda University with her Doctor of Public Health degree in Nutrition. Loma Linda is a very special area for health and wellness as it is considered one of the “Blue Zones” in the world. It was an honor for her to be able to study health and nutrition at this university as it’s focused especially on educating on plant-based diets and making man whole: spirit, mind and body.
I first met Dr. Ekstrom 38 years ago, when she was only 32 years old (in 1983 or 1984). While teaching at the University of California San Francisco, I was invited to U Mass as a visiting professor, and met Dr. Ekstrom, a resident at the time. At that time, I was led a yearly medical mission to Guatemala to operate on patients with birth defects and other medical issues.
This past week found us in the most amazing country of Azerbaijan. First, we would like to thank the Honorable Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the Dean of our Consular Corps, and his staff, for putting together this most amazing and intellectually stimulating trip for us. Azerbaijan is an oil rich country and has the architecture and infrastructure to prove it. We stayed at the amazing Fairmont Flaming Towers, pictured above, in Baku. We received a few “be careful” admonitions before leaving but found Baku safer than any Western city we have ever visited.
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Compoginis (Dr C) to Orange County Plastic Surgery. He has been educated at some of the finest U.S. institutions including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California. He also is a double board certified surgeon who has successfully completed a general surgery residency and a second residency in plastic & reconstructive surgery.
Like many New Englanders, I probably waited longer than I should to have my facelift. I did not have the time, I reasoned. Mostly I did not know who to pick to do the procedure. That all changed, of course, when I started dating Dr. Bunkis, one of the most prominent, facelift plastic surgeons in Newport Beach, California.