For more than two decades, Concierge Wellness & Aesthetics Center founder Dr. Christopher Choi has been helping Las Vegans look and feel better.
S – The Magazine of Summerlin and Las Vegas Life recognized him as one of the valley’s top doctors. And he’s offered a host of nonsurgical aesthetics procedures to complement general primary care.
In a recent episode of Patranya Media’s “Entrepreneur Showcase Series,” he discussed his career and practice with former KLAS-TV reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan. Here is the video:
Choi, who is American Board of Internal Medicine-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, completed his residency and training in Los Angeles and briefly taught at the University of California – St, Mary. But he realized he wasn’t an academic and moved to Las Vegas to practice. He’s been in Southern Nevada for 22 years; his Concierge Wellness & Aesthetics Center is at 4035 S. El Capitan Way, Suite 100.
Concierge medicine — also called retainer-based medicine, direct primary care and boutique medicine — has patients pay an annual or monthly fixed fee to secure same-day appointments and 24/7 physician availability and other conveniences.
Choi said he switched from a regular general primary care practice to the concierge model in 2008 to survive.
“Because of the medical economics, I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep the clinic open (otherwise),” said Choi, who served several years on the Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center’s medical executive committee. “(The transition) was nerve-racking … physicians really don’t like changes. We’re good at what we do because we like to do things exactly the same way every day.”
Choi said some parts of the change required no adjusting; he’d already been delivering concierge-style care to patients, answering their wee-morning-hours phone calls. He added one physician. Dr. Elena Garcia, to the practice last year.
Choi said patient care is what he does best and Las Vegas let him open and establish a business and serve a fast-growing population.
In the past four years, he has added and expanded aesthetics medicine, and now offers several services, including tattoo removal, skin tightening and anti-aging procedures including Emface, a nonsurgical face-lift, and Emsculpt Neo, a procedure that builds muscle and reduces body fat.
Choi said he’s invested in top-flight machinery, which he calls “the Lamborghinis of medicine.” The Emsculpt machinery works so well, he said, one client shrunk her waist from 34 inches to 30 in just four sessions — the effect of 20,000 situps.
Choi said he expects his business to keep evolving and pleasing clients.
“As soon as our patients come in the door, we do our best to make sure their experience is top-notch,” he said.
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