Gregory M. Dowbak, M.D. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Naples, FL. After receiving his undergraduate education with the highest honors at Indiana University, he went on to attend SUNY Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn and later received specialized training in orthopedic surgery at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. After completing a rotating internship at the University of Oregon, he returned to Downstate where he completed his general surgery, vascular surgery, and plastic surgery training. After eleven years of solo practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery in California, Dr. Dowbak completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, followed up by advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Dowbak is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He participated in the 1992 Presidential Initiative Operation "Provide Hope" in Russia and Central Asia. In 1994, he served in Sarajevo for reconstruction of the war-wounded with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Dr. Dowbak is active in the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, having served on the Hand and Upper Extremity Subcommittee since 1993 for the Plastic Surgery In-Service Examination, (a teaching curriculum of plastic surgery programs in the US and overseas). His interests span across all cosmetic surgery, especially body sculpting and breast surgery. He has published numerous articles and lectured worldwide. He is currently a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, assigned to the Fourth Marine Division as Battalion Surgeon.
Dr. Dowbak and his wife Helga have been trained in laser treatment of spider and varicose veins, and are co-directors of the Laser Institute for Vein and Skin Care, which uses the latest technology. They are both estheticians licensed in Florida, trained by the prestigious Penmark Institute for permanent makeup and reconstructive pigmentation.
Helga Dowbak, B.S. is a chemist, certified laser technician and licensed esthetician in Bonita Springs, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree at the prestigious Ann Frank College in Mainz, Germany, after which she received specialized training in chemistry and microbiology at the Universal Institute of Chemistry in Mainz and at the University of Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon completion of her training, she accepted a position at Bristol Myers Squibb (Venezuela) as Director of Quality Control, specializing in childrens' medicines.
Upon leaving Venezuela for the United States, she started her own company GIREX, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Girex flourished under her leadership, focusing on imports and exports of pigments and polymers, competing with such larger companies as Total Fina and Exxon. After over a successful decade as CEO of Girex, she moved to Naples, Florida and became a licensed esthetician and additionally was certified in the use of the Dornier 940 Diode laser for the treatment of spider and varicose veins, the Aurora FOTO-FACIAL RF which used the new ELOS (Electrical-Optical Synergy of energy, intense pulsed light and radio-frequency energy) for "Cleansing" the face of sun-damaged skin, red/brown spots, fine wrinkles, rosacea and peach fuzz, POLARIS Deep Wrinkle Treatment (The "No Surgery Face Lift"), laser treatment of acne with systems from Radiance® and Syneron and Hair Removed using ELOS technology. She additionally was certified in permanent make up by Kathy Jones and the Permark Corporation and received advanced training in the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® for fine Facial Rhytids at Spa Medica in Toronto under Dr. Steve Muholland. Recently, she was trained in the use of Sculptra for patients with advanced facial lipodystrophy.
Helga Dowbak, B.S. speaks three languages fluently: English, German and Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese and French. She is an advanced tennis player rated as high as 4.5 and the winner of numerous trophies. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses Association and presented a paper before this association's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in October 2004 entitled: "Medical Spas 2004: The Coming Obsolescence of Face Lifts, Chemical Peels and Liposuction?" Together with her husband Dr. Greg Dowbak, she co-authored a book entitled "Beauty is Power!" which was published in November 2004. She has made numerous TV appearances featuring the use of the Radiance® Laser for the Treatment of Acne and the use of the new ELOS technology for the treatment Deep Facial Rhytids ("The No Surgery Face Lift"). Helga Dowbak, B.S. lives with here husband Dr. Greg Dowbak in Naples, Florida and have two sons, Sven and Daniel.