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Jan 2001 I thought I had sprained my ankle it was a little swollen but being in sports for many years I didn't think much of it. A week or so later I ended up stepping forward and my foot didn't follow, I ended up tripping and felt much more pain but figured I had agitated my sprained ankle. A week later my shoes were not fitting on my right foot and the swelling was now close to purple. I went to Emergency room and was told I shattered my ankle and I needed surgery ASAP. I called my primary care doctor and he referred me to Dr. Wasylik. At my first visit he explained I need to have surgery immediately. My xrays showed my injury was in need of a plate and screws and crushed bone removal to repair the damage. I had small broken pieces of bone that had shattered in my right ankle. Dr. Wasylik showed me the parts he would use to repair my ankle. The plate was about 4 inches long about 3/8 thick and a little over an inch wide, both plate and screws made of titanium. I was scheduled at the hospital for surgery and was told, because of my injury I may never walk correctly or even run again. I was 34yrs old and in good health and was a personal fitness trainer at the time. My goal was to get my leg repaired first and worry about the recovery later. I was told Dr. Wasylik was one of the top Orthopaedic Surgeon's for my joint injury, that helped relieve my stress of having surgery. After I got out of surgery I was in the hospital for 2 more days then released with a cast up to my knee and was told to stay off the leg and use my crutches and come back in a week to take more xrays and see how things are healing. Over about the next 12 weeks I was in about every other week or so to get xrays & replace the cast and verify the plate and screws and bone were all healing without any negative reaction from my body or infection. Dr. Wasylik scheduled me to come in after he felt the cast needed to be removed and me to start my rehab. He told me I would need to use the crutches and not to expect much and be happy everything had healed and maybe by September I would be able to walk. I told him I would bring my tennis shoes to the appointment and walk out of his office without the crutches I went in for my cast removal and I did walk out with my tennis shoes on and carried my crutches out in my hand. (it was a little painful with a limp, but worth every step) By my next follow up appointment I was walking fairly normal, with a little limp from the pain and limited range of motion, but doing all my own rehab. By August of 2001 I had full range of motion and the equal strength of my left leg was able to sprint and walk as I had prior to my injury. It has been over 12 years since I had surgery and the only way anyone would know that I had been injured is the light scar on the outside of my right leg and the other scar on my inside of my ankle where Dr. Wasylik also sewed up my R inside ankle tendons that had stretched from my original injury. From the damage I had done to my ankle and the fear of me not being able to walk, run or have full range of motion was overwhelming to me at the time. I am happy to say, I am glad Dr. Wasylik was my surgeon and want to thank him for doing a great job on getting me literally back on my feet.
I went to Sono Bello about a month ago to do a body sculpt using laser assisted lipo. I have always had love handles ever since I was a child. I was a chubby little kid even though I played sports & lifted weights. I could never get rid of the love handles no matter how much I exercised or dieted so I decided to do something about it and went to Sono Bello in Tampa. They all were absolutely amazing from from the very beginning. Lana at the front desk was extremely friendly and helped me get checked in at the front desk for my consultation with Michelle who was very nice and cheerful and answered all my questions. I wanted to get the procedure done immediately but had to wait until I met with Dr. Azharian. I came back and met with Dr Azharian to go over any final questions then scheduled my procedure for the very next day. The procedure took a few hours and once it was completed I got a sneak peek at the results; I could not believe it but the love handles were actually gone!! I went home and slept it off, then the next day I pretty much didn't leave the bed. I was very sore from the procedure but they told me it was to be expected. That lasted for several days until I was able to take 1 of the 'binders' off me. After my 1 week follow up I was able to switch to less restrictive garments which was such a relief!! The original compression garments are not comfortable but they do keep the swelling down & help minimize the bruising. It has been a few weeks since then and I am still in the second faze garments and cannot wait until I have the body I had always dreamed of. I am currently on a low carb diet, shedding pounds and hope to get to my desired weight soon, which cannot come soon enough since summer & beach time is right around the corner. Maybe this year I will be able to take my wife & son to the beach & actually take my shirt OFF this time. I am so glad my wife helped convince me to change my the body I hated into one that I will love and I am forever indebted to Sono Bello for making that happen.Thank you Sono Bello for helping me look how I have always wanted to.
I consider myself a fit person; I regularly workout through cardio exercises (3-4 times a week) and am cautious about the foods I eat. I had dealt with a “problem area” on my lower abdomen for approximately two years. No matter how many additional minutes, miles, or crushes I performed, I never saw my lower stomach area shrink. I found out about SonoBello through various advertisements on Facebook and other means and decided to research them. Overall, I saw great results through pictures and read pretty convincing testimony from clients. I had an appointment on June 13, 2014 and it was the best decision I made for a body transformation. Firstly, the Tampa office, from initiation to completion, had been more than accommodating, friendly, and understanding with my needs. Everyone (Yahaira and Mike [front desk], Nicole [consult], Noelle and Tanya [nurses], and Dr. Azharian) is always in good spirits when I visit; plus they even know me by name. Nicole did a great job informing about the procedure, expectations (pre and post op), and pricing all in one consultation. I agreed to proceed with the procedure and requested a date that was convenient for me (June 30). On the day of my procedure, Noelle and Dr. Azharian again were extremely accommodating in ensuring that I was comfortable for the procedure. It was quick and painless. I don’t recall feeling any vertigo or pain at all. I had used vacation time that week for the procedure, but could’ve really returned to work on the third day. I had no issues or complications at any time post-procedure. My follow up appointment was the following week with Tanya; again, her personality and knowledge was consistent with the rest of the office. She inspected my stomach area and wanted to ensure I was healing properly – which it was. It has been three weeks since I had my SonoBello procedure and I’m so thrilled with my results. My stomach is flat and I feel great! Again, best decision I’ve made to date.
I had such a wonderful experience at Sono Bello in Tampa. I was reluctant to get this type of procedure, however, everyone at the office was extremely knowledgeable and were able to settle my apprehensions. I actually decided the day I went in for my initial consultation that I was going to get the procedure and was scheduled for the same week. I was given a discount because of my low BMI and because of the areas I was planning on getting done. The day of the procedure went extremely well, I was explained every detail of how I was going to feel during and after the procedure and what to look for. The nurses were attentive and listened to everything I was concerned about. Noelle, the surgical nurse was accommodating and paid close attention to me. I have nothing but great things to say about the surgeon. She was very detail oriented and has a eye for what she does. She was very realistic as to what I should expect and was just funny and kept it lighthearted during the procedure. After I went home the doctor called me to check up on me as well as one of the nurses, Jaime. I received calls from the nurses and the doctor the following day and a few days after the procedure. Even on Saturday I was able to get in touch with Yahaira who is super sweet and really does go above and beyond. I am now about 14 days post op with great results. I come from a family full of physicians and I highly recommend Dr. Azharian not only because of her skill at what she does but her wonderful bedside manner. Furthermore, Yahaira has made everyday after the procedure more comfortable just by listening to me when I called and asked questions. If you are thinking about getting rid of some fat here and there I will suggest Sono Bello in Tampa, I would definitely go there again.
As a former armed service member and a man I was totally unsure if this was something that I wanted to do. I've worked out my whole life and I am by no means out of shape. But I've always had a few areas of my body that no matter how hard I dieted or worked out never seemed to change. The few times they did change I needed to go totally caveman and drastic with my diet. After speaking with my wife and having her support I decided to go and have a visit at the Tampa Sono Bello office. The staff was top notch and answered all of my questions and filled me in on what to expect. They were helpful in every way and never once made me feel out of place or awkward. Dr. Azharian who preformed the procedure couldn't have been a more down to earth person and Doctor, answering a few more of my questions and filling me in more detail the procedure and after effects. I chose to stay awake during my procedure and think that was the best choice. There is some discomfort during the procedure but I was never in pain and if I had to rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10 it would be a 4. The post op pain was exactly as Dr. Azharian had explained....like I had just done 1000 crunches. Once that pain goes away (after about 3/4 days) the other annoying aspect was the itching. I'd say that was the most bothersome post op feeling i had...other than that everything went great! The results were better than I had expected and I am about 7 weeks out. I'd suggest Sono Bello and especially the staff and Dr. Azharian at the Tampa office to anyone wanting to get this procedure done.
Doctor who listens to the patient, is kind and considerate. I appreciate this doctor for educating me on my hormones as we proceeded to decrease and put me on bio-identical hormone cream. 4 years ago I was on premarin 1.25 and had been for 18 years. Doc had a basket case on his hands, when I ran into him. He sent me home with homework, so I could understand better. I got the book HRT: The Answers. He also started me on supplements. I am a work in progress, we had many issues 4 years ago, today my quality of life has increased tremendously. Between the supplements and diet change, most my stomach issues are resolved. Through his guidance we have learned all the foods I am intolerant too.. I now "Eat Clean", improving my health drastically within just a few weeks. My body is still full of toxins and it will take time since I pumped toxic foods in my body for many decades. I was a soda pumping, junk food eating, hefty person, with stomach pains, nausea and constantly tired. My blood work and saliva tests were so bad in the beginning, today I am right where I need to be. This took us many years and we have had other set backs, like dental, harming my food consumption. I also have skeletal and muscular problems and once a month, Dr. Heim's adjustment does the trick. I am blessed to have him and his sweet office there for me when I am sick, and that is more often than I prefer. Dr. Heim is the most remarkable doctor I have ever met. My entire family goes to him, he is worth a try, you will not be disappointed.
The reception at Sono Bello in Tampa was a great experience. The consultant, nursing staff, & Doctor were all excellent. I am a very reserve person and did not know what to expect when I first went in. Miss Yahaira was friendly and welcomed me in without hesitation. I was really unsure about requesting any type of procedure. She made me feel comfortable. I asked her a lot of questions. She was very patient with me, well spoken, confident, and very knowledgeable about procedures. I liked the fact that I didn't feel like she was trying to sell me something and didn't pressure me. Miss Yahaira was awesome. I felt she had genuine concern for what I was interested in as a patient. The care she demonstrated is what made me choose to get a procedure at Sono Bello. I shopped around to other clinics but the care and positive environment meant more to me than a better price at another place. She didn't change after I committed to getting the procedure. She was consistently like that for every visit to the clinic, every call, and through out my procedure. She was very professional and gave me advice at every avenue that I needed assistance. Miss Yahaira definitely is a beautiful young lady with a beautiful attitude to match. I would recommend Sono Bello to anyone especially first timers and those that are unsure. Other places have made me feel like I was less than them, not welcome, like they were trying to sell me something and pressure me. I'm glad I chose Sono Bello. It was a great experience.
I’ve always hated my hips and thighs. No matter how much exercise and dieting I’ve done, my hips and thighs wouldn’t go anywhere. One night after watching a commercial for Sonobello, I started doing my research. The procedure seems non invasive and the cost friendly than any other type of liposuction. After a week of research, I decided to call for a consultation. After that, I fell in love with the place and the people. Starting with my consultant, Nicole who was friendly and answered my questions honestly. She also helped me find a great deal with the pricing for my procedure. I was so happy and comfortable with my consultation that I scheduled my laser lipo for my hips, waist, outer thigh and banana roll right on the spot. Dr. Azharian and her staff were extremely friendly and made sure I was comfortable throughout the process. It’s only been 3 weeks since my procedure, even though I still have some swelling, I can see the results. I can’t wait until my 3 month appointment to compare my before and after photo. I’m now starting the Venus Freeze procedure and Yahaira and Jamie were extremely friendly and informative about the Venus Freeze, Venus Legacy, and Velashape. All the staff I encountered during my time there, were all friendly and helpful. I’d recommend the services Sonobello offers to anyone that wants to make a change forever. Thank you Sonobello!!!
I had my second liposuction procedure with Dr Gerzenshtein in the Tampa office. Everything about the procedure was great. Dr Gerzenshtein and the nurse Alex both were exteremely friendly and made sure I was comfortable throughout the process. The sunday after the procedure I had a question about a rash I was developing and he called me back within 15 minutes and provided me a solution to fix it. Overall I would highly recommend Dr Gerzenshtein if you are considering getting this done.I selected Venus Freeze as a supplement to a recent liposuction procedure. I am pleased with the results it has delivered so far. It definitely has helped decrease the time that it takes for the swelling /hardness to go down post procedure. In addition I can see tightening of the skin after just a couple of sessions. I have not experienced any pain or discomfort during the Venus treatment. To me it equates to a warm massage and only a little redness on my skin for about an hour after the treatment (abdomen). I would highly recommend the Tampa Sonobello office for this type of treatment. The treatments work and the staff is exceptionally friendly. Shianne, the aesthetician that performs the Venus treatments, is extremely nice and alleviates any concerns you may have about the procedure. She makes a good experience an exceptional one!
The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I didn't really shop around for this procedure, since I feel in love with this place at initial contact, I don't have a comparison. I have spent the last couple of years yo-yo dieting and regardless of my weight being up or down I have always hated my stomach and how it didn't really fit or blend in with the rest of my shape to make me look like a woman. I had the smartlipo with Dr Geizenstein and I could not be happier, it was the best decision I have made for myself in a long time. But it is just the amazing results and affordability that has me going back for more and more at Sono Bello it is how comfortable and at ease I am when I am there. From Yahaira always greeting me at the front desk with a smile and calling me by name to the amazing nurses (Tanya - who I love love love! Pavel - who calms any nerves I might have before a procedure. Noel - who I know is answering all my questions honestly and doesn't make me feel crazy for asking them.) that I have had the chance to encounter I always feel welcome and know that they care about me and how the success and results I am achieving from the procedure over any profit or sales #. I can not say enough good things about the Sono Bello staff and the procedures they offer... they have made a customer for life out of me.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.