By Holy Gambrell Martinez By Holy Gambrell Martinez | June 16, 2022 | People
Reza Golesorkhi, Esquire
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A
For over 50 years, clients facing complex and high-stakes legal issues have turned to Joseph, Greenwald & Laake for sophisticated counsel with a personal touch.
One of the most trusted law firms in the DC area, JGL Law has received widespread recognition, most recently by U.S. News & World Report, which named it a “Best Law Firm” in 2021. This ranking is thanks in part to Reza Golesorkhi and his colleagues’ commitment to guiding clients throughout the legal process with expert advice at every step of the way.
As a partner at the firm, Golesorkhi is an advocate for his clients both inside and outside the courtroom, and is known to be one of the top divorce lawyers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is an accomplished trial lawyer and the divorce lawyer you want in court.
“I’m not afraid to go toe-to-toe with another top-ranked attorney,” Golesorkhi says. “In my experience, when you are ready to go to trial and the other side knows that, they usually end up settling the case, and that is a win-win for my clients.”
When not helping clients, Golesorkhi volunteers in the community, serving on boards of various community nonprofits and coaching children’s sports. He is the commissioner of his local youth tackle football and basketball leagues.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 975, Rockville, MD 20850
240.399.7892, [email protected], jgllaw.com
Honey Skincare Studio
Founder, Woman Entrepreneur and Aesthetic Beauty Mentor
The founder of Honey Skincare Studio, Murissa Wallace has created one of DC’s go-to skin care boutiques and uses her power to leave everyone in a better place than when she first connected with them, be it a patient or colleague.
“Becoming an entrepreneur myself was nothing but hard work,” Wallace says. “There are no words for when you mentor individuals and see them flourish. Empowering others is what I really enjoy doing.”
With Honey Skincare Studio, Wallace is doing exactly that, offering medical-grade facials, laser treatments, injectables and IV treatments to boost client’s confidence while educating her team members along the way.
“I give back by supporting women building their aesthetic careers,” Wallace says. “I have created specific training programs that help those with limited resources reach their goals. I always felt that if I have struggled through my career, then it is my duty to help others avoid those situations.”
To Wallace, the skin care industry is about genuinely caring and being part of the journey for both patients and staff. She continues to grow the community and bridge as many gaps as she can by fostering mentorships for young, aspiring women while tailoring unique, skin-corrective plans for her patients.
“It is such a blessing to see how Honey Skincare Studio has changed thousands of lives,” she says. “I am so grateful for every patient who has and is willing to invest in themselves through us. It is truly an honor to be part of their skin care journey.”
3110 10th Street N., Ste. 106, Arlington, VA 22201
703.589.9665, honeyskincarestudio.com, @honeyskincarestudio
Sunnyfields Cabinetry CEO and Partner
Sunnyfields Cabinetry is revolutionizing the way people engage in the design and building process. CEO and Partner Brandon Jones leads the team through the company’s signature design-build process, aimed at crafting inspiring spaces that elevate the lives of their clients through innovative design. Along with their design work, Sunnyfields Cabinetry also has an impressive showroom featuring a large selection of custom cabinetry, unique millwork and high-end giftware.
“We approach every day intending to bring joy to the community of our team, the community of our clients and the communities of the cities and towns we serve,” Jones says. “Our clients trust us with some of the most intimate spaces in their homes, believing that we will not only craft a functional solution, but also a truly inspiring space. In our day-to-day work, we seek joy through enlightenment, education, inspiration and the creation of beauty.”
Jones, who came to the industry from the fine art world, has over two decades of experience in the field and challenges the status quo with his ingenuity and innovation in every project. He believes the construction and design industry is on the cusp of a dramatic shift and is intent on Sunnyfields Cabinetry being a pioneer in this evolution.
“The most exciting thing I can think of is to be a leader in breaking our industry loose from the constraints of convention and engage in collaboration with our clients, architectural, design and builder partners through innovative channels as our body of work continues to expand up and down the East Coast,” he says.
6305 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209
Markham Law Firm Attorney at Law
A successful advocate for clients, Leah Ramirez is a positive force in family law throughout the Greater Washington area. With an enormous amount of emotional intelligence, Ramirez is able to be a stabilizing factor for her clients facing challenging situations.
“I will always strive to make an impact in the legal profession,” Ramirez says. “I aspire to become an elite attorney in my field and to help other attorneys be successful. I am fortunate to be part of an amazing team of women attorneys who encourage me to build a name for myself, to be a great example and to mentor young and aspiring lawyers.”
One of Ramirez’s greatest successes has been helping reunite children with parents left behind in another country.
“One aspect of my international family law practice is child abduction cases brought under a treaty,” she says. “I vividly remember how each client looks when they are reunited with their children, either from me being there in person or receiving photographs of the reunion. It is such a rewarding experience.”
Ramirez’s desire to help others is a big part of the passion and drive she showcases in her daily work. For those in need, she provides pro bono assistance.
“If I’m speaking to a potential client who cannot afford my services, I will spend extra time with them to provide direction,” Ramirez says. “I find that even a relatively small amount of time to me has a huge impact on someone else.”
7960 Old Georgetown Road, Ste. 3B, Bethesda, MD 20814
Zhia L. Shepardson,
Donna K. Rismiller,
Mary C. Lombardo
Andrew R. Italia
Gloria L. Lee
Maura L. Lynch (absent in photo)
An accomplished litigator and collaborative resolution professional, Donna Rismiller, Esq. is the founder of RLG Law, a law firm focusing on complex divorce and custody disputes, estate and trust planning, criminal defense law, employment disputes and civil litigation.
“What makes RLG Law a Power Player is our ability to let our process be tailored to each client’s specific goals,” says Rismiller, who has over two decades of law experience. “We are always goal driven and we are in partnership with our clients. We listen to truly understand each client’s story. We map out each client’s goals, and then together we determine the process that is most apt to achieve those goals. It makes the work that much more effective.”
The RLG team is also adept at being there for their clients emotionally, guiding them through tough transitions.
“Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a long process, it’s hard to see there will be an end,” Rismiller says. “But we assure our clients we will get there and that there are better days ahead. Being a part of trying to help them navigate it all in a healthy and successful way is what drives us to keep doing this.”
Recently, the Montgomery County Bar Foundation recognized RLG Law for being a firm devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Being commit ted to justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity is a really important part of who we are,” Rismiller says. “We feel proud we’ve achieved that at our firm for our clients.”
51 Monroe Place, Ste. 1401,
Rockville, MD 20850
Javan Wellness Co-Founder and Practice Director
Anita Abdeshahian founded Javan Wellness in Washington, DC in 2018 and has since led the team to successfully expand to three locations across the region with a fourth opening in Dallas, Texas this July. With a background in training Marines fighting ISIS and the war on terror, Abdeshahian has laser-focused dedication.
“I’ve lived in two very different professional worlds,” she says. “One centered on my entrepreneurial spirit in aesthetics and the other supporting America’s bravest deployed in the most hostile environments abroad. Ultimately, each affords me a different way of helping people fight an enemy, whether it’s the aging process or militia.”
Abdeshahian launched Javan alongside her brother, Dr. Ehsan Abdeshahian, after being a patient herself for over 20 years with both good and bad experiences.
“It drove me to try to create something different,” she says. “My brother and I teamed up to create an environment that harmonizes medicine and luxury.”
Services offered at Javan include face and skin treatments, like dermal fillers, microneedling and Botox; wellness treatments such as IV hydration and hormone replacement therapy; body contouring, including Kybella for fat loss and muscle sculpting; and other services such as hair restoration, skin tightening and laser hair removal.
Current and new patients alike should stay tuned for the Javan Ballston block party this summer, as well as the relaunch of Javan West End during the fall.
“It’s not that we have grown fast as a business,” Abdeshahian says. “It’s how we grow: by word of mouth and hard work.”
4000 Wilson Blvd., Ste. D, Arlington, VA 22203
1626 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
2075 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Ashley Carmen, FNP-C
Founder, Nurse Practitioner and Aesthetic Injector
After her first Botox appointment, Ashley Carmen, became fascinated by the treatment’s synergy between art and science. After several training sessions, she fully leaned into her aesthetic medicine journey starting in a private plastic surgery setting. With several years of experience in various settings, Aiyana Atelier was born.
Carmen craved an intimate space and experience that gives patients throughout the Washington, DC area everything they need to look and feel their best, including neurotoxin treatments, fillers, Sculptra, skin care, microneedling and more.
“One of my biggest successes so far has been building an amazingly loyal patient base who keep me very booked and busy,” Carmen says. “They have so many options for providers and I am so honored they choose me.”
Carmen launched her brand in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and has maintained steady growth ever since by curating a unique patient experience. She is now sought after throughout the nation to train others on the art of aesthetics.
“I love educating my patients and fellow peer providers,” she says. “Taking the time to make sure they understand the science and the art is crucial in the development of a thorough treatment plan. It’s rewarding to see the transformation in patients, mentally and physically, and the boost in confidence as they start seeing their results.”
Aiyana Atelier’s growth isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In the months ahead, Carmen is working on ways to scale the brand smartly while cultivating the same experience patients yearn for.
112 S. Fayette St., Alexandria VA 22314
571.312.5658, aiyanaatelier.com, @botoxandbourbon
Zeal Capital Partners
Founder and Managing Partner
Zeal Capital Partners, led by Founder and Managing Partner Nasir Qadree, is one of the newest investment firms in the region and it is championing a new discipline coined Inclusive Investing. This unique, market backed strategy allows Zeal to partner with exceptional, diverse management teams who are reimagining the building blocks of wealth—from education to employment and financial health—to turbocharge economic mobility. Zeal’s focus is to improve the lives of millions, while also delivering top-tier financial returns for its investors.
“Less than a year ago, Zeal closed on its first fund,” Qadree says. “We conducted the necessary due diligence of understanding the market, cultivated relationships with founders and investors, saw fundraising to the finish line and executed our strategy. As a new investment firm, we exceeded the fundraising goal we had initially set. We are thrilled with our results and look forward to building on top of the seeds we have planted.”
In the months ahead, Qadree and his team will continue to back exceptional entrepreneurs who are focused on building the next generation of financial technology and future-of-work companies, and will also expand their investments to innovative businesses across the health equity sector.
“I enjoy mobilizing stakeholders across the entrepreneurial and investor ecosystems to explore alternative ways of investing capital in the best interest of the most vulnerable communities, while also recognizing a market opportunity,” Qadree says.
When not hard at work, Qadree can be found running marathons or slipping away to Union Market on Saturdays to spin vinyls.
1301 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Jamie Merida Interiors | Bountiful Home
Founder and Interior Designer
Jamie Merida has been a leader in the interior design field for over 20 years. As the founder of Jamie Merida Interiors, he serves residential and commercial clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond, offering renovation services and new construction, as well as kitchen design, redecorating, home staging, custom design textiles, window treatments and holiday and event decorating.
“I give the client the best version of what they want,” Merida says. “The fun part is getting into their head and figuring out how to give them a really gorgeous version of what their taste is. We have five designers on staff, so we do a variety of work, from contemporary to traditional.”
Merida, who has a background in antique dealing, is also the owner of Bountiful Home, a one-stop shop in Easton, Maryland featuring home furnishings, gifts, custom framing, upholstery, flooring, tiles, window treatments and more. Whether it’s through his store or a project with a client, Merida’s success lies in his positive attitude and dedication.
“I get up every day and do the best I can to keep our customers happy,” he says. “There are plenty of people with talent but it’s really about showing up and doing the work with humility. That is the reason our business has grown so much throughout the Washington area, in Florida, in New York, all over the place.”
When not designing beautiful spaces or picking out great merchandise, Merida can be found planning fundraisers for nonprofits like Chase Brexton and Hospice of Eastern Shore.
803 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601
Daniel Huertas & Giselle Bonzi
Washington Capital Partners
Washington Capital Partners is taking the “hard” out of hard money lending. As the largest private lender in the DMV area, WCP has been awarded numerous accolades by the Financial Times, Washington Business Journal, Inc. magazine and Great Places to Work, among others. What’s their secret? Improving the customer’s experience.
Led by CEO Daniel Huertas and President Giselle Bonzi, WCP is giving clients an elevated experience by taking a true interest in their success.
“We never want to let our clients fail,” says Bonzi. “Our borrowers end up trusting that if they work with us, we will do everything in our power to help them succeed.”
The duo understands the importance of a client’s positive experience and the clear communication of each step in the lending process because it builds trust.
“Real estate financing involves a lot of high trust,” says Huertas. “We’ve developed a highly relational experience with our clients through innovative products, practices and standards. What sets us apart from other lenders is our unwavering commitment to the highest ethical practices in the industry, which historically have been very informal.”
WCP’s care for the community expands beyond their daily work to The WCP Foundation. The team makes regular contributions to the foundation to address social and economic inequalities, such as immigration reform, racial inequality, economic empowerment , housing sustainability and environmental causes.
2815 Hartland Road, Ste. 200, Falls Church, VA 22043
703.348.0549, washingtoncapitalpartners.com, [email protected], @wcphardmoney
Kevin M. Bullock
A people person who thrives on creating opportunities for his clients, realtor Kevin M. Bullock is helping homebuyers across the region realize their dream of financial freedom through homeownership.
“Real estate has afforded me the opportunity to interact and engage with underserved communities in the most rewarding way,” Bullock says. “I impact multiple lives through educating clients and guiding them through their first home purchase. I am helping people realize their dreams.”
Earlier this year, Bullock launched Kevin M. Bullock, one of the few minority-owned real estate groups in the DC area.
“My next chapter will include developing a team of agents dedicated to guide, help and provide resources through the umbrella of economic development for the communities I serve,” he says. “I am diligent about educating the African American community on homeownership, which many falsely believe is unattainable.”
Outside of real estate, Bullock uses his network to continue developing positive change in the community by helping others through charitable opportunities, such as garnering support from business leaders to give back to those in need, including providing food for families and holiday gifts for children.
In his free time, Bullock can be found spending time with his family. “My daughter is the joy of my life and family is important to me,” Bullock says. “I bring that into the real estate equation as part of the support I offer clients. Often there are families involved and various needs to be considered. It brings me great satisfaction when the final deal meets all of their needs.”
4910 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. 119, Washington, DC 20016
The Leo Anzoleaga Group
Senior Vice President of Residential Lending at Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
Mortgages have been Leo Anzoleaga’s area of expertise for the past two decades. Fully committed to providing clients with sound advice and great service, Anzoleaga helps families reach their goal of homeownership.
“A mortgage is a vehicle to build generational wealth and being able to offer that to families in the DC area motivates me every day,” he says. “Thousands of lenders can give you your mortgage interest rate and monthly payment, but I believe people deserve the best price and advice. With each qualified client, my team provides tailored mortgage plans and fully underwritten loans to make their residential offers as good as cash.”
Anzoleaga also dedicates his time to working with hundreds of talented real estate agents through his How2 classes and through Leo’s Circle, a community of elite DC-area leaders who have grown their businesses with integrity, perseverance and exceptional service.
“If I can help real estate agents, financial advisors and human resource managers improve their mortgage and real estate strategy, then I can help thousands of families,” Anzoleaga says.
In the months ahead, Anzoleaga will continue to educate real estate agents, buyers and homeowners through How2 Collective classes, events and digital content.
“Being recognized as a Power Player means so much because it recognizes all of the work we have put into building a business and community that helps families achieve their dream of homeownership,” Anzoleaga says. “None of this would be possible without my family, especially my wife, and my team at The Leo Anzoleaga Group.”
12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Ste. 410, Reston, VA 20191
NMLS: 251882 | Company NMLS: 2551
Shivani Maharaja, DDS
Vienna Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
General and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Shivani Maharaja believes in the power of kindness and care. Connecting with patients on a personal level and treating them like family is the pillar to her dental practice, Vienna Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
“I truly have fun at work,” Dr. Maharaja says. “I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my patients. There is definitely a connection between having fun at work and being a Power Player in my field.”
Inspired by her patients to always be at her best, Dr. Maharaja offers a range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services, including routine cleanings, pinhole gum grafting, Invisalign, extractions, implants, whitening and so much more. No matter what treatment they receive, Dr. Maharaja’s patients know they will be taken care of.
“My patients are the best part of my job,” she says. “I absolutely love them and the connection I have with them. I feel like they are family, which makes it natural for me to treat them as such.”
Dr. Maharaja also serves as a mentor to interns who are interested in the dental and medical field. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her children, who serve as her biggest inspirations.
“I want to show my daughters I’m able to be a Power Player in my business without sacrificing a minute of being their mom,” Dr. Maharaja says. “I want them to see it is possible to balance the roles of being a mother and an entrepreneur.”
2563 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA 22181
George Bitar, MD, FACS
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. George Bitar is the founder of the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and has grown to include a luxurious medspa, a state-of-the-art surgery center and an advanced aesthetic surgery fellowship training program all under one roof. It is the only one of its kind in the DC area, featuring Dr. Bitar’s proprietary skin care line, Model Skin.
“My father, who is a pediatrician, played a major influence on me,” says Dr. Bitar. “So did my uncle, who was an ar tist. I love combining my artistic skills and my surgery skills to give my patients the most beautiful and natural results, whether it is a rhinoplasty, a face-lift or a mommy makeover.”
Dr. Bitar is a leader in plastic surgery and has treated patients from 114 countries, including high-level politicians, celebrities and Instagram Influencers. He has also trained many successful plastic surgeons, nurse injectors and aestheticians.
“This year has been very exciting for us,” Dr. Bitar says. “We have built a beautiful new surgery center, so now we are able to provide ‘The Bitar Experience’ at every step of a patient’s experience.”
The Bitar Experience is first class all the way, and the institute’s online reviews tell the story. The new surgery center was thanks to Dr. Bitar’s wife, Dr. Rima Bitar. With her background in electrical engineering, her vision and expertise has created an institute of the future.
“She makes us all look good and is constantly improving on our patient experience,” Dr. Bitar says.
3023 Hamaker Court, Suite 109 and 114, Fairfax, VA 22031
703.206.0506, bitarinstitute.com, @thebitarinstitute
Robert L. Jenkins, Jr.
Bynum & Jenkins Law Attorney At Law
Over the last 25 years, Robert L. Jenkins, Jr., Esq. of Bynum & Jenkins Law has successfully defended clients accused of embezzlement, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy, theft of government property, aggravated identity theft, narcotics offenses and tax-related violations.
“I have tried over 100 jury trials in federal and local courts,” Jenkins says. “I use my voice in the community to educate citizens about their legal rights and help to ensure our Constitution functions as intended for all.”
The esteemed lawyer represents corporate entities as well as individuals. His practice is international in scope as many of his clients reside in Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to appearing in court on behalf of his clients Mr. Jenkins also assists clients in connection with congressional and federal agency investigations.
Jenkins’ dedication to the community has been recognized with several accolades. In 2020, he was named to the top 10 list of defense attorneys in Northern Virginia by Attorney And Practice Magazine and has also been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian magazine.
Jenkins is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia and District of Columbia. He also has special permission to appear in matters before the United States District Courts for several other states, and holds professional memberships in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
1010 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Soheila Rostami MD, FAAO, FAACS, CEO
Sanctuary Cosmetic Center
A state-of-the-art body and face aesthetic center with locations in McLean, Dulles and Reston, Sanctuary Cosmetic Center is a premiere practice led by board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon Soheila Rostami. Catering to both female and male patients, she and her team deliver natural-looking results, achieving youthful appearances and personalized aesthetics.
“Making my clients happy and hearing that I was able to restore their self-esteem is my ultimate goal and gratification,” Dr. Rostami says. “I’ve learned I am a skilled surgeon and I have the confidence in myself to be able to deliver excellent service to my patients. Knowing this gives me the power to compete in any aspect of my field. I have the years of experience and the results to prove it.”
A mom, surgeon and CEO, Dr. Rostami is a pioneer in the field, offering clients the best in eyelid surgery, face-lifts, neck-lifts, injectables, CoolSculpting, skin tightening, medical-grade skin care and more. She also leads a fellowship center, training physicians to become top-tier facial cosmetic surgeons.
“Humility has taught me to care for my community and care for the underserved parts of our society,” Dr. Rostami shares. “I always look for ways to participate and suppor t those underprivileged through different charities. I also take in interns who are exploring the medical field as students and I am proud to train fellows in my field. I take my teaching very seriously to make sure the individual is well trained to be able to provide excellent service wherever she or he will be.”
1650 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 100, McLean, VA 22102
1860 Town Center Drive, Ste. 250, Reston, VA 20190
24430 Stone Springs Blvd., Ste. 240, Dulles, VA 20166
Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
John Ferrell III, MD; Imran Siddiqui, MD; David Wang, DO; and Nathan Yokel, MD
Power Players in the field of regenerative reparative medicine, industry-leading doctors John Ferrell III, Imran Siddiqui, David Wang and Nathan Yokel work together to heal patients’ injuries through a full spectrum of orthopedic treatments at Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (ROSM).
“Most of the doctors in my practice and I have similar paths where we are specialists in nonoperative sports medicine or musculoskeletal medicine,” Dr. Yokel says. “Any kind of ache, pain or injury, we have methods to diagnose and treat it. We improve injuries rather than prescribe medication to cover the pain.”
ROSM physicians are highly trained in a multitude of conditions like acute and chronic injuries to joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons, and the team works hard to evolve alongside the latest technologies rooted in peer-reviewed research and scientific evidence.
Treatments include nerve entrapment release, musculoskeletal ultrasound, prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, plasma rich in growth factors, advanced cellular treatments using fat and bone marrow, state-of-the-art neck and back treatments and many more regimens that use the best technology to help the body heal itself without surgery.
“The best part of our jobs is helping people who come in and can’t do something— they’re not able to walk or ride a bike— and in time, as we do treatments, they get back to doing the activities that bring them joy,” Dr. Yokel says. “Being able to change the landscape of or thopedic medicine for our patients and seeking out the best treatments for them … that’s really powerful. At ROSM, we’re redefining what healing looks like.”
1145 19th Street NW, Ste. 410,
Washington, DC 20036
202.681.7671Additional locations MD and VA
Erika Barry, NP-C
Owner, BotoxBunny Patreon
Co-Owner, Moksha Aesthetics & Aesthetic University
Long-lasting results and unmatched care is what keeps patients coming back to see Erika Barry, NP-C, at Moksha Aesthetics. Known for forming close bonds with her patients, Barry successfully guides them on their anti-aging journey.
“Watching their confidence grow is fulfilling,” Barry says. “I’ve always loved the procedural aspect of aesthetics and the different techniques that go into administering antiaging treatments. Being able to see the immediate effects we’re able to achieve with these procedures is extremely rewarding for both me and the patient.”
Barry and the Moksha Aesthetics team offer patients injectable neurotoxins to reduce wrinkles, dermal fillers, body contouring, PDO thread lifts and other popular beautification treatments in a state-of-the-art facility. Alongside Hania Khorshidi, NP-C, MSN, Barry also teaches the art of her trade through Aesthetic University, training others to become master injectors within the industry.
In addition to co-owning Moksha Aesthetics and Aesthetic University, Barry has built a virtual community of injectors through Patreon, with subscribers from around the world tuning in to learn all things aesthetics. Through her page, Barry demonstrates injection techniques, showcases how to consult with patients, discusses business development and growth, makes product suggestions and lectures on anatomy. Launching her page in 2018, Barry was the first internationally recognized injector to start a virtual-learning platform for fellow injectors and medical providers looking to get into the industry, making aesthetics education easily accessible and affordable.
Outside of work, Barry can be found spending time with her son, Jackson, who she says is her biggest success in life.
10220 River Road, Ste. 3, Potomac, MD 20854
240.907.5009, mokshaaesthetics.com, aestheticuniversity.com
The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts
Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, “Dr. V,”
MD, Founder and Director
Erin Clark, RN, BSN, Aesthetic Director
Kathy Taherkhah, Master Aesthetician
Yearning for the opportunity to lead in facial plastic and aesthetic procedures, Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, MD, known by patients as Dr. V, founded The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts to celebrate the individuality of each patient, creating natural-looking and enduring results.
“The confluence of expertise, compassion and dedication allows us to define and innovate the industry,” Dr. V says. “Collaborating colleagues respect us as leaders in facial plastic surgery and facial aesthetic procedures. The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts has become the definitive source of facial aesthetic guidance for the community.”
Patients enjoy Dr. V and the facial aesthetic team’s “bespoke artistry” at the practice, which includes facial plastic surgery, volumizing and corrective injections, laser skin rejuvenation and rejuvenating skin journeys.
“The luminosity and glow that comes from our patients who have enjoyed the results of their treatments grant me a daily reward that recognizes our efforts and passion,” Dr. V says.
This summer, Dr. V and the team are excited to introduce new patients to the practice’s whole face approach through the “Virginia Institute Special Events Journeys,” which begin with unique surgical procedures to lift and refresh; hyaluronic acid fillers and neuromodulators to volumize and erase folds and dynamic wrinkles; fractional laser resurfacing to address skin pigmentation and texture concerns; and highly customized facials to affirm skin radiance.
“We encourage each patient to exude confidence through dedicated attention to achieving unique aesthetic goals,” Dr. V says. “We showcase our honed experience and refined brilliance by developing customized treatments to deliver beautiful and sublimely natural results.”
25055 Riding Plaza, Ste. 140, Chantilly, VA 20152
James T. Kim
James T. Kim is a native to the Washington Metropolitan area and has since lived in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria City, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Logan Circle and now calls Shaw home. So it’s only fitting that he is known as a leading agent in the area. Before returning to his hometown, James worked in commercial real estate in Paris. During that time, he learned how important it is to listen and communicate well with his clients—skills that have not only helped his business, but have helped his clients find the homes of their dreams.
James now heads jamesyDC, affiliated with McEnearney Associates, the preeminent real estate firm known for their community-driven efforts. They are a full-service brokerage offering Seller and Buyer Representation, Landlord and Tenant Representation, Proper ty Management , Commercial Representation and Relocation Services throughout the Washington metro region.
When it comes to his clients, James works hard to understand the why behind their home search. For him, his job is all about helping people with one of the largest moments in their life. “The best part of the job is helping people find their own luxury,” he says. “Homeownership is a luxury, whether it’s a studio condo or a mansion on acreage.” He strives to keep the home buying process as fun as possible, and as jamesyDC continues to grow across the DMV area, he yearns to make buying and selling a great experience for all those involved.
1803 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
George Gavrila, MD
The founder of ProMD Health, George Gavrila, MD, strives to improve patients’ confidence, appearance and mental health through his cosmetic dermatology services.
“As the son of an immigrant mother fleeing communism for a better life, I saw firsthand how important the freedom of self-expression is,” Dr. Gavrila says. “My mother’s commitment to the free and open expression of health and beauty became indoctrinated within me. She herself was the daughter of a renowned cardiologist who passed on the importance of integrity, gratefulness and taking care of others, which she instilled in me.”
Dr. Gavrila and his team offer patients multiple services to “Look Younger and Feel Younger,” including facial rejuvenation, hormone optimization therapy, aesthetic laser treatments and specific treatments for men.
“ The intersection between patient care, artistic expression and medicine captured my interest and continues to excite me to this day,” he says.
ProMD is slated to open three new offices this year, and Dr. Gavrila is also developing succession plans for all employees, as well as an online training curriculum to educate existing and future providers on how to be first in class.
Outside of the office, Dr. Gavrila can be found fostering the philanthropic arm of his practice, ProMD Helps, which donates to numerous charities and offers pro-bono services to those in need.
“Philanthropy and community involvement is a huge part of ProMD, my ethos and why I started ProMD Helps,” Dr. Gavrila says. “Large or small, human or animal, we look to improve our community as best we can.”
1005 N. Glebe Road, Ste. 120, Arlington, VA 22201
410.449.2060, promdhealth.com, @Dr.GeorgeMD, @ProMDHealth
David Anthony Chenault
David Anthony Chenault (DAC)
Founder and Interior Designer
Known for blurring the lines between fashion, music and design, David Anthony Chenault has been designing elevated spaces since 1989. A true Taurus in every way, Chenault’s work is full of personality and his creative approach is unmatched in the field.
“I am a Power Player in interior design because I have been sought after to create stunning public spaces for the hospitality industry while still designing dream homes for individual households and families,” Chenault says. “There aren’t many in my industry who can do both.”
Chenault’s talent in design has been intuitively felt ever since he was a child building and creating spaces inside cardboard boxes.
“I have always known this was my passion,” he says. “Interior design leaves a lasting impact. We design spaces that give clients an atmospheric environment they can genuinely enjoy, whether it be the feeling of being at a theater as they are dining out or the personal flair of a home as they entertain. We create a stage for these experiences to happen.”
Looking ahead, Chenault is focused on three unique projects slated to be completed over the next year and a half, as well as growing his brand with a new studio location.
“We are also excited about a global design awards show for our nominated restaurant project, Nara-Ya, being held in Capri, Italy this summer,” Chenault says. “We have been shortlisted in three categories for our work. It is an exhilarating time of growth for us, and we are ready for it.”
Ballard + Mensua Architecture AIA, NCARB, Principal
Founded in 2005, Ballard + Mensua is a fullservice architecture firm with a specialty in custom homes and renovations, helping clients with projects of all sizes. Seth Ballard, who has 28 years of experience in the field, has helped build the business one project at a time, ensuring every client is happy.
“We have a team of top contractors, vendors and consultants who enable us to deliver projects that stand out in neighborhoods,” Ballard says. “Our unbending work ethic and standard for quality has our boards full of projects for clients who are top in their field and trust us with their money and homes.”
A process-driven firm, Ballard + Mensua deliver turnkey project management for clients, handling architecture, interiors, landscape design and all aspects of a project. The firm is regularly recognized for its work in the region, including by Houzz’s, Arlington Magazine’s and Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Best of ” lists, as well as Build Magazine’s Best Custom Residential Home award.
“The best part of my job is the fruit of our hard labor,” Ballard says. “While some people don’t have anything concrete to show for their work, we walk through our work when it is complete. I love returning to projects to see how families have settled into their homes and how the architecture and interior design have improved the family’s lives. The relationships we form with our clients are special. The clients love following what we are doing and we have built a large fan base over time.”
5185 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Ste. 370, Washington, DC 20016
202.810.6555, ballardmensua.com, [email protected]
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
A committed and creative strategist, Theo Adamstein’s level of service goes above and beyond. As an experienced realtor and VP at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, Adamstein represents clients throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia, listing their spectacular properties and finding them beautiful homes created by top architects and designers.
He and his team members’ diverse knowledge in both real estate and the creative arts ensures clients experience a comprehensive approach to property evaluation for buyers and proper ty preparation for sellers.
“Using my knowledge of design, construction and architectural history complements a real estate skill set,” says Adamstein, who has a career background in architecture, the arts and business. “This creative difference is an added value appreciated by my clients.”
Truly passionate, Adamstein stands apart with his process of preparing and presenting one-of-a-kind listings for his clients. He also has a knack for finding off market properties that suit clients’ needs perfectly. Smooth closings are ensured with Adamstein by his clients’ sides.
“I love the close interaction with my clients and discovering new properties for buyers in a low-inventory market,” he says. “It’s always thrilling to find a hidden gem. My team, Theo and Partners, continues to thrive—we have exciting listings on the horizon, but these are always private in the months before launching.”
Adamstein is also a well-known supporter of DC’s museums and arts organizations. He has given back to the arts and museum communities for over 30 years through upper-level memberships and by serving pro bono on their boards.
1206 30th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.285.1177, theoandpartners.com, [email protected]
Art of Lash Founder, CEO, Licensed Master Esthetician
Instructor and Licensed Cosmetic Tattoo Artist
Swedish-born Malin Singleton is the founder of Art of Lash, a creative concept known for its expertise in eyelash, brow, skin, and cosmetic tattoo services. With an extensive background in business, Singleton has quickly built Art of Lash to become one of the best esthetic studios in DC.
“We are big on enhancing and not fixing,” Singleton says. “We want to highlight the parts a person loves about themselves. Each individual has unique features that make them special. By creating a more positive body image and allowing for enhancements of areas they want to highlight, we are able to create a more self-confident client.”
While growing up and seeing historic beauty icons, Singleton knew classic beauty could never be replicated and there is great power in owning your individualistic beauty. She therefore decided to create Art of Lash. Every day since, the studio has stayed true to Singleton’s mission and focuses on customizing services for each client.
Singleton has created a business that reflects timeless aesthetics. This approach allows Art of Lash clients’ natural beauty to shine through, resulting in Singleton placing third in a worldwide competition for volume lash extensions and Art of Lash being voted Best Eyelash Extensions by DC Magazine in 2021.
“Being a Power Player doesn’t just mean you are successful at what you do,” Malin says. “We take great pride in being able to help strengthen and shape our community by allowing people to look, feel and be the best version of themselves.”
1522 U Street NW, Upper Level, Washington, DC 20009
202.850.0350, artoflash.com, @artoflashdc
Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria
Senior Client Advisor
Richard Eidman recalls from childhood, “There was an innate connection between seeing the mesmerizing ’55 Mercedes with gullwing doors and my personal aspiration to be part of that world.”
Now, as senior client advisor at Mercedes- Benz of Alexandria, Eidman says, “It’s very satisfying being par t of that innovative design world and assisting clients from all walks of life to purchase the Mercedes- Benz of their dreams. My clients and I share stories of overcoming challenges and succeeding in our chosen fields. We also share our acknowledgement that, utilitarian and safety features aside, driving a Mercedes-Benz is a well-earned, sustained indulgence.”
Dedicated to his craft, clients can trust that Eidman researches every aspect of the luxury car industry and stays abreast of the automotive market climate to be able to provide clients with superior, real-world advice throughout the purchase process.
“My success remains rooted in future builds,” he says. “The brand-new C Class has just arrived. Coming this summer, the all-new, groundbreaking, AMG-design SL may be the next automotive icon of our time. Over the next few months and years, Mercedes-Benz will deliver numerous fullelectric models including SUVs and even an all-electric G Wagon. I encourage clients to call me for timelines and anticipated price points.”
Outside of work, Eidman and his wife, Kobi, support local nonprofit organizations and spend time in the region’s celebrated art community, including Georgetown’s Halcyon Ar ts Lab, where the couple recently collected two of Jordann Wine’s colorful, sacred geometry paintings for their home.
200 S. Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
Washington Fine Properties
Luxury Real Estate Advisor and Entrepreneur
Chris Itteilag loves his clients, city and profession. A native Washingtonian, Chris grew up between Potomac and Georgetown and is a top-ranked luxury real estate advisor licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Chris has represented first families, CEOs, VIPs, diplomats and generations of notable Washingtonian families. His experience, network and professionalism are unparalleled and make him a definitive Power Player in DC.
“I have over 15 years of experience and more than $500 million in successful transactions,”Chris says. “My network spans around the beltway and across the globe.”
This year alone, Chris has helped many buyers successfully navigate a competitive market to secure their dream homes, worked with top designer Taylor Deering to set a $3.35 million price record in Georgetown and had his $2 million transaction in Potomac’s Avenel neighborhood featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section, right next to Britney Spears and David Bowie.
“The best part of my job is working with my clients and making a positive impact on their lives,” Chris says. “I practice a win-win business philosophy and work intimately with clients to achieve their unique personal goals.”
The Itteilag Team has several exciting new listings, and is preparing to launch more. Some are privately listed off market and will not be advertised publicly.
“Reach out directly to inquire and follow me on Instagram to stay in touch,” Chris says. “We work with clients in all neighborhoods and price points throughout the region and would love to do the same for you.”
3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Ste. 220, Washington, DC 20016
301.633.8182, chrisitteilag.com, @chrisitteilag
No one can turn back time, but Kavian Milani, MD, a board-cer tified family medicine physician, has found the secrets to slowing down signs of aging. As the founder and medical director of Milani MedSpa, Dr. Milani minimizes the impact of time on the body through both surgical and noninvasive methods.
“We developed a system to restore wellness, beauty, youthfulness and attractiveness using the best technology available,” Dr. Milani says. “That was our original inspiration behind launching Milani MedSpa six years ago, and remains our inspiration today.”
Alongside Dr. Milani is Mahsa Nowbahar, RN, the director of Milani MedSpa. A master injector and painter, she takes an artistic and personal interest in her clients and works diligently to restore youthfulness, energy, vibrancy and wellness in them.
The injector team; Mahtab Mollajafar, Mahsa Nowbahar, Elham Taheri and Sara Torres treat thousands of patients annually, working with each patient to develop an individualized plan to help them feel and look better. Treatments range from injections and laser treatments to skin care, body contouring, skin tightening and much more. Experience along with knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy is critical when it comes to choosing your cosmetic injector.
“Our ability to take care of a large volume of patients and being able to provide them with the resources we have is what makes us Power Players in the field,” Dr. Milani says. “We know which techniques and technologies work and continue to develop them over time.”
In their free time, Dr. Milani and Nurse Mahsa are both avidly involved in working with children, youth and adults in the Greater Washington region to make a positive impact on local, underserved communities.
2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 150,
Vienna, VA 22182
President and CEO
Focusing on aviation sales, acquisition, appraisal and consulting services, Adax Aviation, a woman-owned business, is led by President and CEO Ashley King. With decades of aviation consulting expertise, King and her team have the vision and experience to offer the highest-quality aviation and aircraft brokerage services to their clients.
“Our team is made up of the very best in the business,” King says. “We offer a unique, white-glove service that makes the complex acquisition process as smooth as possible.”
The dedication Adax Aviation shows to its buyers is unparalleled in the industry. The trusted sales consultants are available 24/7 for clients, whether that be in the DC region or in Miami and Palm Beach, where the company recently expanded.
“At ADAX we create a brilliant marketing plan and share the story of our client’s aircraft. We don’t throw up mediocre photos and wait for calls to come in. We make sure our clients get maximum value when selling or buying. No one sells jets like ADAX AVIATION!” King says.
The Adax Aviation team counts community and philanthropy as top company values and currently supports Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic and Children’s National Hospital. At its core, Adax is all about lifting up others.
This mentality, spearheaded by King, is gaining the attention of top players in the industry. World Aerobatic Champion and airshow pilot Rob Holland recently teamed up with Adax Aviation for an upcoming project (King is excited to share what they have in the works together with the public soon).
Another exciting collaboration includes a stylish airshow-edition button-down dress shirt for the aviation community, created in partnership with veteran-owned Pattern Ops, which is available online now.
1011 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
443.333.9030, adaxaviation.com, @adaxaviation
Gerrard Street Kitchen DC Executive Chef
Step inside The Darcy’s Gerrard Street Kitchen and you’ll find a curated menu of global cuisines from Japan, Korea and India. New at the helm of the hotel’s primary restaurant is Executive Chef Bader Ali, who has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years.
Born in Lebanon, Chef Ali brings an international flare to Ger rard Street Kitchen’s menu with creative dishes like salmon bibimbap, chicken tagine and vegan entrees, all which can be served with craft cocktails, mocktails and a robust beer and wine selection.
“My interest in the food industry was first sparked growing up when we would have our family events and my mom would cook great food for everyone,” Chef Ali says. “My ability to cook many different foods and fusions of different culinary cuisines makes me a Power Player in my field, alongside my ability to run large hotel properties with many outlets, as well as large banquets.”
Chef Ali has worked with several hotel corporations throughout the United States and the world, including in China and nations in the Middle East. His creativity with dishes and presentation, as well as his warm personality, sets him apart from other chefs in the area.
Eating at a restaurant run by Chef Ali feels like you’re on a world tour of cuisine, and this month, Gerrard Street Kitchen’s menu will get another global expansion with the relaunch of the restaurant’s sushi and raw bar. It is set to open to the public on June 9.
1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005 202.521.7171,
Heidi Ellenberger Jones
ModernJones, LLC CEO
In October 2018, Heidi Ellenberger Jones launched one of the most successful woman-owned brokerages in the DC region. An entrepreneur at heart, she has always enjoyed the feeling of starting something of her own volition.
“My greatest achievement thus far has to be starting my own real estate brokerage,” Jones says. “In a sea of male-owned brokerages, we are one of the few female, independently owned real estate companies. I saw an opportunity to do real estate differently and I seized it.”
For Jones and her team, truly caring about people is at the heart of what they do and they focus more on clients’ goals and needs than on transactions alone.
“I am eager to help and consider myself to be a lifelong learner,” Jones says. “I genuinely care about my clients and want what is best for them, not just another deal. I see how real estate can change people’s lives and I am proud to be a part of that transformation.”
Jones is an active suppor ter of Sibley Hospital, Arlington Free Clinic, St. John’s High School, Women’s History Museum, N Street Village, Northern Virginia Alliance League and other local community organizations. In addition, she also gives back by mentoring interns from a local high school.
“I am hopeful that by being a female CEO and founder, I can inspire other women to become leaders in their prospective field,” she says. “If we support and lift each other up within our community, we all can succeed.”
4730 36th St. N., Arlington, VA 22207703.915.6038, modernjones.com
Jack Howard Color L’Oréal Professionnel U.S. and U.K. Ambassador
Known as the king of balayage, Jack Howard is an international hair colorist and expert in the field. When not in DC coloring clients at Izzy Salon, Howard can be found jet setting around the world for his new role as a L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador in the United States and the United Kingdom. As an ambassador, Howard stays at the forefront of product launches and projects, particularly around hair inclusivity
“Being able to navigate the U.S. and European markets gives me better insights into what people are looking for and what’s going on in the world of hair color,” Howard says. “But, my digital success is something quite different in a market that is saturated by young people. It sets me apart and I love the community that has been built around it.”
Howard’s digital presence includes all social media platforms, from Instagram to TikTok, as well as his podcast, “Jack Howard Color,” available on all streaming services. It is his digital brand, as well as his ability to connect with his clients, that make him a Power Player in the field.
“In a digital age when you can communicate on a large scale, it’s my digital voice and all the opportunities it brings that keeps me fresh and relevant,” Howard says. “But the most important thing is when you meet a client for the first time and they actually feel seen rather than just feel like the next head in a chair. Those small moments are very powerful.”
2903 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.342.2675, izzydc.com, Social Media & Podcast:@jackhowardcolor
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Executive Vice President
When it comes to upper-bracket real estate sales, Daniel Heider’s prowess is undeniable. As the No. 1 producer company wide at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty for 2020 and 2021, and the youngest EVP in the firm’s history, Heider continues to be the pacesetter for luxury real estate in the Capital Region market.
“No two days are the same and I like that it keeps things interesting,” says Heider, who has been a realtor for almost a decade. “We get to shepherd our clients through importa,nt transitional phases of their lives.”
Heider’s practice group is all about the details and they pride themselves on not only stellar sales but superior service, consistently ranking as one of the highest producing agents in DC, Maryland and Virginia. With Daniel’s leadership, the HEIDER practice at TTR Sotheby’s has already sold over $165 million year to date in 2022, which is on pace to double last year’s numbers.
Heider ’s team also controls the No. 1-followed real estate channels on social media in the region and the No. 1 real estate account on TikTok globally (with a growing audience of over 3.3 million followers). Heider’s reach doesn’t stop there. He is also deeply invested in the local community.
“In June, we are raising awareness on our social media platforms for SMYAL, a local LGBTQ nonprofit that helps gay youth experiencing homelessness,” Heider says. “HEIDER has garnered a lot of attention on social media and we’re excited to use that spotlight for organizations that do such good in our community.”
2531 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Dolci Gelati, Founder and CEO
WCOIN, Founder; and Core Scientific,
Director of Public Policy
Local power couple Gianluigi Dellaccio and Anastasia Dellaccio are at the top of their game. Gianluigi is the founder and CEO of beloved ice cream shop, Dolci Gelati, which has locations in Shaw, Old Town Alexandria and Takoma Park, and Anastasia is the founder of WCOIN (Women’s Crypto Organizing and Investment Network) and the director of public policy at Core Scientific, a carbon net neutral bitcoin mining company.
“As I became interested in crypto, Web3 and its potential, I also began to realize that uneducated regulation and a lack of women investing were some of the biggest threats facing the industry,” says Anastasia. “I felt it was my mission to jump in and do something about it to ensure an innovative, inclusive and sustainable Web3 future.”
Gianluigi’s passion of helping others is at the core of his career, too.
“I love to develop new flavors that are inspired by my travels as much as by what a bride may request for her upcoming wedding,” he says. “The best part of my job is what I do directly makes people happy.”
Whether it’s by educating others on cryptocurrency or making lives sweeter with gelato, the Dellaccios have a big year ahead of them and are focused on growing their respective brands.
“We’re Power Players because we have the desire to work hard and leverage what we have and know to try and impact our community in positive ways,” says Anastasia. “We want to educate and inspire people to drive responsible innovation toward a better, more inclusive future.”'
Dolci Gelati: Multiple locations202.257.5323, dolcigelati.net, wcoinetwork.org, corescientific.com
Marcella & Will Oakley
The Oakley Group
RLAH Real Estate
Team Leaders and Realtors®
Marcella Oakley and Will Oakley are not only a powerhouse couple—they’re the top realtors in Alexandria. With backgrounds as detectives and a hostage negotiator, The Oakley Group has the negotiating edge clients can’t find anywhere else.
“Our ability to listen to a client’s wishes and navigate tough situations smoothly is derived from our foundation in public service,” they say. “Our drive to be of service to others took us to the natural progression to real estate and assisting our clients with one of the biggest decisions: where to live.”
The Oakleys believe real estate is rooted in negotiation through communication and problem-solving. Their team is unrivaled in these skills, making them an unstoppable force in real estate.
“We love having the opportunity to help others in big-life moments,” they say. “This is hands down the best part of our profession. Real estate is dynamic, and has many ups and downs, just like a career in public service. Our successes are measured by the referrals we receive from satisfied clients and friends. We love our past clients and they keep our machine running by referring us to others. They have made our business what it is today.”
Helping others is at the core of what The Oakley Group does, and that expands to their philanthropic efforts as well, including sponsoring events for police officers during National Police Week and the holidays in Alexandria City, as well as being active board members with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
218 N. Lee Street, Ste. 324 and 325, Alexandria, VA 22314703.801.6141, homewithoakley.com
Sandra Oulmas, LME
Sandra Oulmas Medical Aesthetics
Pushing the boundaries of laser aesthetics to deliver unparalleled results, Sandra Oulmas has become the authority on skin in the DC area. Her reputation and results have won Oulmas countless devotees, including some of the most visible faces in influential circles.
“Creating skin transformations for my patients is the driving force behind my career,” Oulmas says. “Seeing their newfound freedom of going makeup free and ditching filters for bare-skin selfies is incredibly rewarding.”
Oulmas, who first became interested in aesthetics working in a compounding pharmacy in her native Paris, has also created her own eponymous skin care brand, which she says is one of her biggest successes.
“To be able to formulate products in a way that mirrors my skin philosophy, see and feel their efficacy, and for them to now have a cult following still feels surreal,” she says. “It has come full circle from my early days in the laboratory.”
Oulmas is also dedicated to making the local aesthetic industry more inclusive by curating technologies that are safe and effective for all skin tones.
Although new patients usually have to wait two to three months to get an appointment with Oulmas, she recently launched a virtual consultation platform to be able to meet and assess new patients within just weeks.
“Any new patient can book a free visit and get 15 minutes with me to discuss their skin goals and create a treatment plan,” Oulmas says. “You can find the link on my Instagram, @sandraoulmasparis.”
3040 Williams Drive, Ste. 105, Fairfax, VA 22031
Sarah Marcella Creative: The Boudie Bus
Positivity Enthusiast and Empowerment Connoisseur
Boudoir photography highlights and embraces the intimate, natural beauty of one’s self. It empowers vulnerability, liberates limitations and loves all bodies. Sarah Marcella, the photographer behind Sarah Marcella Creative: The Boudie Bus, says boudoir goes beyond the photograph.
“It’s healing,” she says. “It’s spiritual. It’s life changing. The Boudie Bus offers pay-what-you- can adventure boudoir experiences because every woman deserves to feel beautiful, no matter their income. This style of photography has always been known as a more elite or premium type of service with prices that are not affordable to all. For me, the sessions are more about the entire experience rather than just the images.”
Focused on making boudoir available to all women, Marcella’s power lies in the fact that she is able to help clients feel amazing in their own skin.
With the help of her two rescue pitbulls, Rosie and Junior, Marcella drives her 30- foot school bus across the nation, living on the road fearlessly to make her business dreams come true. In the months ahead, she will travel to cities all over the U.S., including Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland and more, to empower women through her liberating photography.
“Boudoir can help you fall in love with yourself on a deeper level,” she says. “The reaction of my clients to their photos when they finally realize how incredibly beautiful they are with no makeup or fancy lighting is the best part of my job. It’s incredibly rewarding to see them just being who they are and loving themselves.”
703.785.2686, theboudiebus.com, @bigboudiebus
EXIT Realty Corp. International
Broker and Owner
EXIT Realty Corp. International Manager, Developer and Recruiter
Disrupting the industry since 1996, EXIT Realty Corp. International realtors are dedicated to putting clients first. At the Washington DC franchise, Januari Coates leads the team of agents as the broker and owner.
“I am a legacy real estate kid,” Coates says. “My father is an appraiser and tax assessor, and my mother is an agent. I have bought three EXIT real estate franchises and opened my own real estate school.”
Alongside Coates is colleague Christian Anderson, who is based in EXIT’s Bethesda location. An award-winning realtor, he has over a decade of experience serving a myriad of clients and properties throughout the Washington, DC area.
“Real estate can enhance lives,” Anderson says. “Every day, this industry offers the opportunity to learn new things and help others.”
In addition to leading clients as they buy and sell their homes, Coates and Anderson also focus on expanding others’ real estate knowledge throughout the region.
“I believe I am one of the top 10 people contacted by those interested in real estate, looking to learn more about becoming a realtor or buying, selling and renting,” Anderson says. “I’m humbled by this because it means I get to share my education and experience with people.”
Coates, too, remains committed to training agents and investors on current market trends.
“We will open real estate schools in DC and Maryland soon, offering an array of classes for agents and investors,” Coates says. “Helping agents to achieve their goals and further their education is my greatest success.”
CA: 7200 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 500, Bethesda, MD, 20814
202.489.6110JC: 1301 K St., NW, Washington, DC, 20005202.802.1559exitrealty.com
Photography by: Reza Golesorkhi Photo by Moshe Zusman; Brandon Jones Photo by Whitney Wasson; Rlg Law Photo by Mario Mineros Photography; Anita Abdeshahian Photo by Andrew Knowles; Soheila Rostami Photo Courtesy of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center; Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Photo by George Fiume, Rosm; James T. Kim Photo by Moshe Zusman; Seth Ballard Photo by Tony J Photography; Chris Itteilag Photo by Dan Chung; Milani Medspa Photo by Moshe Zusman; Ashley King Photo by Costola Photography; Marcella & Will Oakley Photo by Mario Mineros Photography; Sandra Oulmas Photo by Moshe Zusman; All Other Photos by Sarah Marcella Creative