Welcome to the Mr. Hollywood magazine family.
1. We would like to welcome you to the Mr. Hollywood Magazine Family, but before we get started with our interview can you tell the readers something about yourself that they may or may not know about you?
I’m a triple Board Certified Physician practicing Cosmetic Medicine in Beverly Hills. I grew up in Detroit and finished my medical training in La Jolla, California at Scripps Clinic. I love old American muscle cars. I worked in Hollywood in the late ’90s. I’m very fit physically and currently practice martial arts.
2. Why did you choose Cosmetic & Aesthetic “Artistic” Medicine as a career?
I’ve always been drawn to the art of beauty all my life. I’m a very visual person and perceive my world in a very artistic and geometric way. I used to paint on canvas in my younger years, take numerous photos of nature and gravitate towards all things that are beautiful especially the human face. So, it was natural for me to further subspecialize in Cosmetic & Aesthetic Medicine.
3. Who inspires you in this line of work and why?
My patients. You know when a patient comes in a bit nervous about her or his needs and tells you “I look & feel older, make me look good.” You know that it’s a new patient that may have never gotten procedures done. The simplest procedure you do for them makes them happy. Now that’s my daily drive and inspiration.
4. In your opinion and through your experience, what’s the most challenging aspect in your line of work?
Certain unrealistic expectations and difficulties in correcting a cosmetic defect make your day a bit challenging sometimes. But the lesson from it makes it worthwhile.
5. If you weren’t making people look amazing for a living, what would you be doing as a career instead?
I would get back into the movie-making business. I was a Stand-in & an Extra in the late ’90s and have Certificates in Production & Directorship.
6. What has been the highest point of your career so far?
There were many high points in my career but establishing a Medical Practice in the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills on the iconic Rodeo Drive is at the top.
7. I’ve seen that you’ve been on several TV shows like The Doctors, Hooked on the Look, how did those experiences affect your career?
The appearances on shows have been a blessing for me. They’ve given me a chance to shine nationally and internationally. The spotlight gave me a stage presence in the field of Cosmetic Medicine and solidified my confidence in front of a large audience. It also expanded my credentials in the eyes of my patients.
8. What type of advice would you give a newcomer pursuing a career in your line of work?
Don’t skip corners. Don’t take shortcuts. Be diligent and stick with it because we all know that hard work pays off. But the innovators and the ones who never use the words “can’t” or “no” in their daily vocabulary will shine above the rest.
9. If you could have a sit-down conversation with any celebrity dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a conversation with Keanu Reeves because of his fascinating life choices, his inspiring humanitarian approach to people, his unparalleled selfless donations, and his general philosophy on life. Also, I’ve been told numerous times that I look like the younger Keanu since the Matrix came out. We both have a similar scar in the left eyebrow, we were both born in the same hospital, and we both practice martial arts.
10. We spoke briefly off the record about being in love with the cinematic arts. What draws you to that industry?
To me, a movie is an “artistic life story” told through the talents of the creative writer and is brought to life by the actors under the watchful eyes and lens of the director. Watching a movie from the point of a director/producer makes you appreciate the enormous creativity needed to bring it to the big screens.
11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years as a director, producer & actor?
Although I love what I do as a creative physician, a part of me is still hungry for that possible breakout role in the film and perhaps gets a chance to produce a script that I’ve edited in 2012 still sitting on the shelf in the Writers Guild of America.
12. We would like to thank you for your time and congratulations on becoming the Mr. Hollywood cover model on this month’s edition, but before we let you go is there anything that you would like to tell your fans?
First of all, thank you so much for this honor for choosing me to be your cover model. And to the fans, no matter what drives you, no matter what field you’re in, be the expert on what you do. Always expand your horizon of knowledge and be that beacon of light amongst the stars in your life.
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