Roy Heron, MD, CEO & President
Upon completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at Howard University and studying nutrition, Dr. Heron created a moderate carbohydrate diet plan in 1981, 24 years ahead of the current trends in weight loss. His innovative approach to healthy eating was finally validated in 2001 when the US Department of Agriculture informed Dr. Heron that he was the “Father of The Moderate Carbohydrate Diet.” Four years later in May of 2005, the Department of Agriculture changed the food pyramid from Dr. Atkin’s low carbohydrate plan to a Moderate Carbohydrate similar to that of Dr. Heron’s. Since 1981, Dr. Heron has counselled, guided and motivated patients of all ages to successful and healthy weight loss. Dr. Heron’s weight loss program is based on a real food and holistic approach to weight loss. Through a maintenance program, he teaches patients how to enjoy the foods they love while maintaining long-lasting weight loss results. Throughout his career, Dr. Heron has helped over 75,000 people lose their undesired weight and keep it off at Doctor’s Weight Loss Centers. Despite his accomplishments, Dr. Heron feels there is no greater personal reward than seeing his patients’ joy as they reach their weight loss goals and achieve the figure that they have always desired
In 2005, Dr. Heron trained and became one of the first Bariatric Specialists in the country to master the laser procedure for the removal of cellulite utilizing a non-invasive laser. In 2008, he expanded his services in aesthetics and became the first physician certified in the City of Alexandria to perform Smart-Lipo laser-assisted liposuction.
In 2010, Bill Clinton asked Dr. Heron to look into developing the first Childhood obesity program in the country. Dr. Heron accepted this challenge and he will launch this program for children 5 to 10 years of age in the Spring of 2016. This will be the first comprehensive weight loss program for children in the country.
In 2012, he became a pioneer in laser lipolysis developing a procedure called “Lunch Time Lipo.” The following year, 2013, he became the first physician in the country to become known as the “No Downtime Doctor” as he continued to become a well-known expert with Smart-Lipo laser technology. In 2014, Cynosure, the largest laser company in the world and developer of the Smart-Lipo machine approached Dr. Heron and offered him a contract to partner with them and train doctors on his new most advanced body-sculpting techniques. Dr. Heron accepted this contract and now trains and advises doctors for Cynosure on the Smart-Lipo procedure and technique at his medical spa. Finally,
Dr. Heron purchased the latest and comprehensive laser platform in 2014, Palomars “ICON” and he became certified in the treatment of reducing or eliminating Stretch Marks and Scars and providing Photo-facials. Dr. Heron is a certified member of the Society of Aesthetics in Medicine in laser liposuction and has preformed over 2,500 Smart-Lipo procedures. .
Dr. Heron continues to expand his aesthetics business at ‘Heron Med Spa’ and now he and his associates are the most comprehensive medical spa in the Greater Washington DC area. Earlier this year (2015), Dr. Heron’s medical spa received a trophy for being the fastest growing aesthetics practice in the Eastern USA performing injectable facial rejuvenation (facial non-surgical facelifts).
Nichole Varga, R.N, B.S.N, is a highly experienced and skilled medical professional. Nichole has practiced nursing for more than seven years, with the uttermost distinction and dignity. She has earned numerous awards, accolades and recognitions over the years, for her contributions to the nursing and cosmetic field. Staying true to her core belief that being the best, requires deep devotion, passion and commitment having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, she is currently enrolled in a top Nurse Practitioner’s program.
Nichole has devoted most of her career to aesthetic nursing and has mastered multiple procedures.
Nurse Varga comes to Heron Med Spa after working in a successful Plastic Surgeon practice in Richmond, VA. She is also certified with non-ablative lasers and other non-surgical aesthetic procedures, such as IPL, Ultherapy, Thermiva, Clear + Brilliant, and Fraxel. Nichole finds it extremely rewarding to be able to enhance her patient’s natural features and enjoys tailoring treatments to each of their individual needs.
When Nichole is not at Heron Med Spa she enjoys spending time with her husband and two labs (Zoe and Remi). Nichole also enjoys traveling.
Edmee Ramos is a licensed Master Aesthetician and certified last technician.
She earned her Master in Aesthetics with a focus on chemicals and laser & light therapy.
She is trained in IPL (Intense Pulsed Lighting), LDM (Lymphatic Drainage Massage), LED (Light Emitting Diodes), Chemical peels, Ultrasonic, Micro needling, Micro current, Laser Hair Removal as well as Scars, Stretch Marks and removal of pigmented lesions.
To have your skin analyzed by a professional is essential. Edmee’s detailed and thorough analysis will allow her to make the proper recommendations for your skin.
“If the problem can’t be resolved on the first try, we’ll keep working until we get it right”.
Barbara Heron, Vice President, Shareholder
Barbara Heron became Vice President of Operations at Heron MedSpa, Inc. in 2008. She is responsible for efficient operations for HERON MEDSPA and its subsidiary companies, as well as holding the position of Patient Care Director, Laser Technician and Weight Loss Consultant.
Mrs. Heron is a decorated Veteran of the U.S Army after serving 20 years for her country. Her additional assignments included Weight Control Program Manager. Her assignments include: Fort Eustis, Virginia, Fort Davis, Panama and Fort Wainwright, Alaska and a deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Dessert Storm. Mrs. Heron serves as direct liaison with military patients and family members. Mrs. Heron holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management and a B.S. in Management and Economics. Mrs. Heron is the Vice President of the Alexandria Gateway Association and Secretary for A. Roy Heron Global Foundation for Community Wellness.