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leffel_clinic_010State-of-the-Art Cosmetic Surgery Center Unveiled on Bend’s West Side

The Leffel Center for cosmetic surgery has a fresh home after the finishing touches were put to the group’s new state-of-the art offices on Bend’s popular west side.

Dr Linda Leffel’s medical practice – which specializes in cosmetic, breast and laser surgery – is now operating out of a little more than half of the 5,894 square foot building at 1715 SW Chandler Avenue, off Century Drive. The balance of the space, spanning around 2,146 square feet is available for lease to a compatible user.

Dr. Leffel, who works alongside husband and business partner, Physician Assistant Richard Lindsay, acquired the site several years ago before moving ahead with the construction project for the new headquarters, after previously operating out of space on Neff Road, close to St Charles Medical Center.
Project Architect Gary Johansen said the Leffels’ wanted an efficient medical building that reflected a west side character and blended with other commercial designs in the Century Washington Center development area, and that the finished product was something akin to “craftsman style with a contemporary twist”.

The building is wood frame construction, with HardiPlank siding and split-face block masonry and painted in earth tones. Gables and pop-outs are also employed to boost architectural appeal.

The main entry leads into a reception area and inviting vaulted waiting room featuring nooks and a stone-surround fireplace.

Once through secure access entry points, angled corners and sconces help soften the look of hallways leading to consulting, exam rooms and a procedure room. Floors predominantly feature vinyl planking, with slate used in the bathroom facilities.

Other sections include a nurses’ station, staff support area and break room, as well as business offices and a family room for use by employees.

Johansen said the project team originally contemplated a mixed-use project, potentially with residential above, but ended up determining that a more traditional, highly-efficient type of medical building layout was highest and best use for a building on the 37,000 square feet parcel, and careful deliberations went in to optimizing that goal.

A value engineered heating set-up and under floor venting boosts Energy Trust-sanctioned conservation features for the mechanical system in an “insulated envelope”, while an expansive crawl space underneath offers ease of facilities maintenance access.

Johansen added, “Native materials were used extensively and the building has a great North West lodge type feel, with a welcoming ambience, visual appeal and urban undertones. We also were careful to try to design for maximum efficiency and function for a busy, cutting-edge medical practice.”

One challenge from a site standpoint was that the parcel is long and shallow, with a rock wall behind and embankment of trees and classic Central Oregon rock composition including old lava flow, pumice, basalt and general “tuff” (a type of rock consisting of consolidated volcanic ash ejected from vents during a volcanic eruption).

Partly because of this backdrop, Johansen said, “We decided to move the building from the original conceived location on the site, and went through a variance process with the City to allow us to create a driveway access on each side.

“It actually worked out well, as it created the opportunity to provide separate public and private parking areas.”

Dave Rink, of general contractor D.E. Rink Construction Inc., said another relative challenge of the project was the timeline of construction through the wintertime. He said, “The location is also on the north-facing side, so it certainly got chilly at times, but the whole team, including a quality group of subcontractors, worked extremely well together in coordinating materials and professionally executing the project.

“We finished in the springtime, which was great for the final frontage landscaping and asphalt paving touches, and actually the natural environment of the embankment behind left mostly intact acts as a great complement to the whole look.”

The Leffel Center offers a comprehensive range of services covering face, breast, body, skin care, Botox cosmetics and laser treatments, including the “Leffel Lift” – a new laser treatment for fine lines, deep wrinkles, pore size, dark circles, and overall skin texturing.

According to the practice website, this innovative procedure combines two non-invasive lasers, which allows for the stimulation of collagen production from different parts of the skin, which can provide a more youthful look and results lasting up to three years.

It can be used under the eye, upper lip, and around the mouth as an alternative to plastic surgery. The neck area can also be tightened; all with no downtime.

To receive maximum results six treatments are recommended over the course of several months with the wrinkles set to continually improve over the next year. Maintenance treatments may be performed to reduce wrinkles even further.

A native Oregonian, Dr. Leffel earned her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, and then completed her general surgery residency in 1991 and her plastic surgery training in 1993.

She is somewhat unique as a plastic surgeon in Central Oregon who completed a full general surgery residency, including a chief resident year, and successfully completed and earned Board Certification by The American Board of Surgery.

Her professional memberships include: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS); American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS); Oregon Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons.

She is also a contributing author to a popular book – A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Be Your Best, published in 2007, and acknowledged as a useful contemporary resource for anyone considering cosmetic surgery.

Lindsay is a board-certified physician assistant and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, specializing in primary care and surgery.

www.leffelcenter.com or 541- 388-3006. For information on available leasable space at the building, contact Fratzke Commercial: www.fratzkecommercial.com; 541- 306-4948.

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