Health and Wellness in Miami

Courtesy of Soho Beach House

A list of the best dermatologists, personal trainers, plastic surgeons—and green juices—that the city has to offer.


Tony Carrillo, at the Cowshed spa in the Soho Beach House, has a fervently loyal unisex following that books treatments up to two weeks in advance. His style is all about customization, tailoring each massage to address specific muscular needs. 786-507-7904;

Hassel Daniel works mostly with Miami influencers, many of whom have relied on his mix of shiatsu, deep tissue and reflexology for years. He will come to you, accepting new clients almost entirely on referral. Past clients include everyone from Diane von Furstenberg to Muhammad Ali. 305-349-3394;

Klodi Lemoine, at The Standard Spa, is a martial-arts teacher as well as a masseuse, so his treatments have a spiritual feel, incorporating Eastern techniques like Tui Na to improve the flow of chi. Many clients’ top choice: Soul Temple, which includes a mint salt wash. 305-704-3945;


Pearl Armenta at Gee Beauty in the Bal Harbour Shops has a frequent wait list for her personalized anti-aging facials, done in a discreet room at the back of the store. 305-868-3533;

Stenya Foster’s clientele includes Miami’s fashionable set, like The Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil, as well as execs who stop by en route to getting on private jets. Working out of a space tucked into a nondescript office building on Bay Harbor Islands, Foster is refreshingly unpretentious—just as quick to recommend a humble drugstore cleanser as her own swankier line of products. 305-542-8662;

Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Julio F. Gallo is medical director of the MIAMI Institute for Age Management and Intervention, conveniently located, particularly for his many out-of-town patients, at the Four Seasons Hotel & Tower. Gallo specializes in facial surgery but also offers hair restoration and other procedures. 305-547-8778;

Dr. Lenny Roudner’s specialty is particularly popular in Miami: breast augmentation, although his focus on that region also includes reduction treatments. 305-444-8585;

Cosmetic Dermatologists

Dr. Leslie Baumann, whose clientele is 80 percent local, specializes in injectables like Botox and Juvederm—both of which she helped test, along with other youth enhancers, at her office’s research arm located in the same building near the Design District. 305-532-5552;

Dr. Fredric Brandt is one of Miami’s best-known skin doctors, commuting between here and New York to tend to his high-profile patients, like Madonna and Miami’s own single-monikered stylish personality, Oribe, the celebrity hairstylist. 305-443-6606;

Dr. Amaryllis Pascual is the derm of choice for many of this city’s high-rolling set, as well as out-of-town clients. Her practice handles a range of services, including laser treatments, fillers and cellulite reduction. 305-901-0901;

Personal Trainers

Brian Kreis at Sky Fitness has built his loyal following for over two decades, consisting mostly of entrepreneurs and executives. Two culinary devotees, for example, are restaurateur Michael Schwartz and Ginny Simon of GinnyBakes. His other key focus: working with clients who are pregnant or have medical issues. 305-527-7735.

Tracie Wright Vlaun and Chris Vlaun are literally the power couple, having developed their V Art of Wellness programs that include intense workouts like Tracie’s signature Aeroga, a cardio-fueled yoga class, and Chris’s beach boot camps offered to St. Regis Bal Harbour guests. The pair is also working on a fitness program at Miami’s soon-to-open Edition hotel. 786-423-7590;

Alternative Therapists

Acupuncturist Lori Bell can help ease a myriad of issues—back pain, headaches, fertility problems—and is an astrologer to boot. Her main base is at The Standard Spa, but she sees private clients as well. 305-674-1188;

Dr. Ettis Wellness Center has many of the city’s A-listers detoxing with her juice cleanses (or, as she calls it, “Sexi juicing”), which are all her own formula. A holistic nutritionist, dancer and former member of the Israeli army, she has people Skyping her from all over the world for nutritional counseling. 855-955-8423;

Life Coach Catherine Patrick is a British expat who offers services that sound ethereal (she uses crystals, hypnosis and “energy healing”), but are actually quite accessible, thanks to her down-to-earth nature. Patrick’s patients come to her for everything from weight loss to confidence building. 786-277-9835;

Juice Bars

Jugofresh - The Wynwood outpost of the five-branch chain, with free yoga classes and regulars like designer Naeem Khan, is arguably the coolest.

The Juice Spot - Juice is the main attraction, but the fact that it was cofounded by LeBron James’s wife, Savannah, (when he was still with the Heat) doesn’t hurt.

Athens Juice Bar - Fabulously old-school—juices are made to order—is much of the draw to this low-key Collins Avenue bar. 305-861-2143.