A pair of local emergency medicine doctors is smoothing out a new cosmetic treatment spa in Temecula by also offering basic medical care.
Big Apple Physicians Health & Wellness Center opened Nov. 27 at 31685 Temecula Parkway following an investment of $600,000 to $700,000.
The venture offers wrinkle-smoothing Botox and Restylane treatments, skin resurfacing, acne treatment, cellulite reduction and other aesthetic treatments. The center also accepts patients suffering from minor injuries, viruses or other non-emergency ailments for a $100 fee. The center will not conduct surgical procedures.
“If you can’t get in to the see the doctor and you have the flu, or you have a scrape that needs minor suturing, you can come here,” said Gary L’Archeveque, sales and marketing manager. The center may also offer home doctor visits for simple medical and cosmetic treatments for fees ranging from $250 and up, he said. The price will factor in the physician’s travel time.
Ownership of Big Apple is shared equally between Gary’s wife Dee Maria L’Archeveque, and Jaroslaw Sasanka.
Dee Maria L’Archeveque is director of emergency medicine at Community Hospital of San Bernardino. Sasanka is an emergency room physician at Barstow Community Hospital. Both physicians plan to maintain their hospital jobs while operating the center.
The company leases space in a 3,800-square-foot facility.
Over the past year, the doctors gained certification from the Aesthetic Enhancement Institute on use of aesthetic lasers, Botox, Restylane, Juviderm and lipodissolves, injections that dissolve fat, Gary L’Archeveque said.
Dee Maria L’Archeveque became interested in cosmetic procedures about five years ago after meeting with a representative from a company that makes cosmetic lasers, Gary L’Archeveque said. Over time she gained experience working in aesthetic practices, he said.
The business currently employs six people, including the two physicians. It plans to hire an additional staff member next year, Gary L’Archeveque said. Big Apple Physicians Health & Wellness Center hopes to treat 100 to 200 patients a month, he said.
L’Archeveque received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Gary and Dee Maria L’Archeveque moved to Temecula about a month ago from La Crescenta. They had boarded thoroughbred race horses in Temecula before moving to the area.
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