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Dr. Carl A. Powell Helps San Diegans Improve Their Self-esteem

Feb 03, 2015 08:49AM

Some people have told Dr. Carl A. Powell, DO, FACS, General and Cosmetic Surgeon, anti-aging physician and owner of The Cardiff Medical Spa that he should specialize in one area of medicine/surgery rather than offer a variety of services. This approach, however, is not in Powell’s nature. His general medical and general surgery residency and fellowship training required him to learn a variety of treatments and procedures in order to take care of military families in remote and, in some instances, dangerous areas of the world.

In 2004, Powell retired from the United States Navy after serving 31 years, the last seven at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. He joined another Navy surgeon who had opened a general and cosmetic surgery practice in San Diego. The transition to cosmetic surgery was fairly easy because of the plastic and cosmetic training he had received during his general surgery residency training. Powell eventually branched out on his own founding The Cardiff Medical Spa and this year celebrates 10 years in business.

With his military medical-surgical background, Powell comes from a world where saving lives and limbs inspired him to continue to practice his surgical trade. He still feels the same inspiration when his cosmetic surgery patients fall in love with their lives again. “Whether my patients are seeking help with weight loss, skin (esthetic) care, massage, laser treatments or hormone replacement therapy or they want a cosmetic-plastic surgery procedure, my goal is to change their lives by improving their self-image and making them feel younger and healthier,”  he explains. “The inspiration comes from improving patients’ quality of life.”

The Cardiff Medical Spa offers a variety of medical and surgical treatments, including relaxation, lymphatic drainage and pregnancy massage; weight loss services like skinny shots and hormone balancing; skin care including facials, acne treatment, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and needling; laser hair removal, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and resurfacing; Botox, Dysport and Restylane; hair transplantation; and cosmetic-plastic surgery.

All of this is accomplished in a mindfully created, soothing, family-like atmosphere where patient can truly feel cared for. The staff includes Sima Shakiba, MD; Andrea Riggs, office manager, esthetician and medical assistant; Chelsea Papin, assistant manager and esthetician; and Jennifer Kelly, massage therapist. “My team is exceptional at what they do and instrumental in helping to create the ideal atmosphere for our patients,” says Powell.

Powell and his team pride themselves on offering unmatched patient care with a strong work ethic. “I’ve always cared about helping others,” he explains. “At The Cardiff Medical Spa it’s all about our patients. We build strong relationships with them and emphasize getting and staying healthy. For our cosmetic-plastic surgery patients, we’ll do whatever we can to help make a speedy recovery with faster healing and less pain.”

The Cardiff Medical Spa is located at 2187 Newcastle Ave., Ste. 102, in Cardiff. For more information, call 760-635-7507 or visit

When Dr. Powell is not working or traveling, this California native and life-long athlete enjoys adventure sports like skydiving, scuba diving, snow skiing, mountain climbing and flying airplanes. He and his wife—both animal lovers—have three dogs, two cats and two horses. Powell and his Holsteiner-Dutch Warmblood, Anneka, compete at showjumper events held in Southern California.
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