Health­care Pros

A Mod­ern Re­nais­sance Man

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY RENEE NO VELLE

At first glance, Dr. J. Bert Davis and his wife Karen have the pres­ence of rock stars. With his blond hair that hangs loosely just be­low his shoul­ders, and her strik­ing poise from a pre­vi­ous bal­let ca­reer, this power cou­ple oozes cool con­fi­dence.

But as we sit down to chat in the well- ap­pointed re­cep­tion area of their of­fice, I’m struck by a South­ern drawl that’s just as easy and down- to- earth as his friendly na­ture. Un­like many in his field, Davis projects hum­ble­ness when dis­cussing his achieve­ments, both in­side the of­fice and out of it. And though the two clearly en­joy mak­ing the most of their lives, there’s no doubt­ing the se­ri­ous­ness with which Davis ap­proaches his pro­fes­sion.

Or that he is one of the most qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als in the area of fa­cial cos­metic surgery.

Google his ex­pe­ri­ence and you’ll quickly find that he’s worked closely along­side names such as Richard Far­rior and Alas­tair and Jean Car­ruthers– people who were pi­o­neers in their fields; pro­fes­sion­als who sig­nif­i­cantly shaped the way things are done to­day. In fact, Davis was the first per­son in Florida to in­ject Bo­tox for wrin­kle treat­ment.

“I’ve been in­ject­ing Bo­tox and fillers since 1992,” he says, not­ing that it didn’t gain pop­u­lar­ity for cos­metic pur­poses un­til the early 2000s. “They were just kind of my baby. I knew a lot about them from the get- go.”

And this from a man who al­most didn’t get ac­cepted into med­i­cal school, but not be­cause of his grades or abil­i­ties. It was his sig­na­ture long hair that kept him out ini­tially. Af­ter sev­eral in­ter­views with the dean, he fi­nally agreed to cut it, and he got his ac­cep­tance let­ter.

“I started let­ting it grow from that day for­ward,’’ he says. “But I showed up with pierced ears. They were very hor­ri­fied; they said I wouldn’t fin­ish.” Clearly, they were mis­taken. Since then, Davis has en­joyed a flour­ish­ing ca­reer that even­tu­ally led him to part­ner with Life­style Lift, in ad­di­tion to run­ning his own pri­vate prac­tice, Is­land Fa­cial Plas­tic & ENT.

I’VE BEEN IN­JECT­ING BO­TOX AND FILLERS SINCE 1992. THEY WERE JUST KIND OF MY BABY. I KNEW A LOT ABOUT THEM FROM THE GET- GO.”

— DR. J. BERT DAVIS

Now, Davis gets to de­vote his time to those pro­ce­dures he en­joys most, which in­clude the mid face- lift he’s so well known for.

“I was so happy with my first re­sults, I wanted to see if he would work on me again,” says pa­tient Mar­guerite Kent, who’s par­tic­u­larly fond of the pri­vacy and hos­pi­tal­ity that the staff of­fers.

Part of de­liv­er­ing such sat­is­fy­ing re­sults is achieved by set­ting real­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions from the be­gin­ning.

“It’s like I tell ev­ery­one, with a face- lift es­pe­cially,’’ Davis says. “If you don’t like the way you look right now, and you don’t have any friends, and you’re not happy, when I’m done with you, you’re not go­ing to be happy, you’re not go­ing to have any friends, and you’re still not go­ing to like yourself.”

“It’s not magic. You’re just go­ing to get a lit­tle bet­ter ver­sion of you,” Karen Davis adds, who up un­til re­cently worked very closely with the pa­tients. “I think people ap­pre­ci­ate his straight­for­ward­ness and hon­esty.” The im­mense suc­cess of his of­fice would in­di­cate as much. The cou­ple is also busy in their lives out­side the of­fice by pro­duc­ing a se­ries of short films that they’ve been tour­ing at film fes­ti­vals around the coun­try.

LIVE TO­DAY LIKE IT’S YOUR LAST.

DON’T WAIT TO BE HAPPY.”

— DR. J. BERT DAVIS

They got the idea af­ter spend­ing years at the renowned Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val and tak­ing note on the “qual­ity” of films— or lack thereof— that were pre­sented.

“All of a sud­den we started think­ing, ‘ Well, these are ter­ri­ble!’ We can make ter­ri­ble films,” Davis laughs good- na­turedly. “We had about a four- week dead­line, and we said ‘ We can do it.’ And we wrote a ter­ri­ble film.”

They write, pro­duce, di­rect and even com­pose their own mu­sic for the films to­gether.

The short films, which are a se­ries that re­flect their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the seven deadly sins, first pre­miered at the lo­cal Fort My­ers Film Fes­ti­val and have branched out from there ac­cord­ing to where they like to va­ca­tion.

“We look to where we would like to visit, and then en­ter a short film there,” he says. Now they have a cult fol­low­ing that ea­gerly an­tic­i­pates the next re­lease. And what about Sun­dance? “I did talk to him ( Robert Red­ford) a lit­tle bit this past year,” he says, “and I said we’re do­ing some films. But we’re not go­ing to sub­mit them un­til maybe we have the whole seven done be­cause no one’s ever sub­mit­ted a group of films as a piece of art­work.”

Un­til that time comes, Davis in­tends to spend his time do­ing what he likes best: mak­ing people beau­ti­ful, and en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of his life. “Live to­day like it’s your last.” he in­sists. “Don’t wait to be happy.” That cer­tainly sounds like qual­ity ad­vice.

Dr. J . Bert Davis and his wife, Karen, run Is­land Fa­cial Plas­tic.

Dr. J. Bert Davis and his wife Karen, might not look like doc­tors, but they get the job done.

Dr. Davis works with tech­ni­cian Lori But­ler dur­ing a pro­ce­dure.

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