Drs. Anita Saluja and Rebecca Nova have a professional and clinical synergy that few medical partnerships enjoy. Saluja, one of the most respected and innovative dermatologists in the region, and Nova, a celebrated plastic and reconstructive surgeon, combine their talents to bring a wide range of services and products to their ever-growing ensemble of patients.
With a practice that focuses on head-to-toe anti-aging, along with skin cancer detection and treatment, they attract patients from the beaches to Viera and Melbourne. As their practice expanded, they searched for a centralized location and found it in Brevard Medical City. The new location, on Wickham Road in Suntree, provides proximity to major crossroads, such as Pineda Causeway and Interstate 95, along with added visibility.
In addition, since many visits may involve medical procedures, the location has convenient entrances at the back of their facility, allowing for privacy.
“We listened to our patients; their experience and results are our primary focus,” said Saluja. “We were seeking increased privacy, less time spent in a busy waiting room and a beautiful, fresh, modern, state- of-the-art space.”
Creating A Perfect Setting
If designing a place where patients would feel confident and comfortable in making transformational decisions was the goal, Saluja and Nova hit the target. The design is modern, but warm and visually engaging.
To provide privacy for patients who are getting consultations and services that are often personal and elective, For Your Best Self gave special attention to those sensitivities, especially through the check- in and check-out process, while simultaneously optimizing work flow and appropriate space for team members to have quiet, focused work time.
“We also try to keep things as simple as possible,” Nova commented, adding, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” quoting Renaissance master artist, Leonardo da Vinci.
By making exam rooms mirror images of each other, they can each be multi-functional, therefore optimizing efficiency. The over 2,000-square-foot space contains four exam rooms and one large aesthetician/procedure suite, a retail space, reception area, a staff break room and improved storage.
From Concept to Reality
Saluja and Nova had previously worked together on a building project, which allowed for this experience to run smoothly. “We knew things that worked well and what we could improve upon,” Saluja said.
They also found the time spent at the construction site, along with the receptivity and flexibility they received from general contractor W + J, helped the project evolve.
“W+J had consistent onsite supervision that was wonderful,” Nova said, specifically mentioning Travis Lorenzen, project manager, and Jim Ferguson, the superintendent. “We were able to develop a relationship that involved open communication, and the onsite team could then execute.”
Of the project, Erik Costin, W + J vice president and operations manager said, “We have completed over 1,500 projects and some really large — from the Apollo/Saturn V Center at KSC to the the Morton Salt facility at Port Canaveral. But every project is large to the client; it isn’t just a building, it is their money, their future and their dream.”