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For his 50th birthday, Michael Paravicini gave himself an extraordinary hotel. Or, rather, gave himself permission to act on his longtime dream. And so in 2011, the Swiss-born Paravicini, who spent his first career racking up millions of frequent-flier miles in global IT for Commerzbank and Zurich Insurance, set about shopping for a swath of land in a beautiful and remote part of the world.
Vira Vira's 56 acres are subtly gorgeous, with snow-covered volcanoes dotting the horizon and lush trees in the foreground. A short hike uphill takes you into primeval forests of 1,000-year-old monkey-puzzle trees draped in feathery lichen. Because of the lakes nearby and the steep mountains, there's an enormous range of all-season land- and water-based activities. Vira Vira's guides are well-seasoned, and their offsite partner for horseback riding, Rodolfo Coombs, a former trainer to the Spanish Olympic equestrian team, is a charming spitfire worth visiting even if you don't think you want to ride.
Perhaps because he is Swiss, Paravicini has also taken a particular interest in cheese. "It's a huge lossmaking engagement," he confides over dinner. "But I don't care. People like tasting three-year-aged Parmesan." His own herd of Holsteins provides milk for cream, butter and yogurt, along with the cheese. On a tour through the cheese dairy, we arrive at a modest-size room full of aging Parmesan. "I could sell this for $80 a kilo," he says, though he doesn't, and instead reserves all products of the farm for guests. "There's about $40,000 worth of cheese in here."
After a long journey and several nights spent living in temporary shelters, the family found a temporary house for displaced people in Lviv. There is not much space, but finally they have the opportunity to rest a little and take care of the children's health.
My approach is to focus on the patient's personal needs and to provide personalized care for that individual. This ensures that each patient understands his or her condition and achieves the best possible outcome.
After splitting the early years of his life in Georgia and India, Dr. Vira attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with honors with a degree in Computer Science. Staying close to his roots, he earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Vira then moved to the Chicago area to complete a competitive internship at Evanston Northwestern Hospital. Subsequently, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. During his residency, he developed a keen interest with studies in corneal transplantation, presented his data at national meetings, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. His hard work was recognized with the Chicago Ophthalmological Society's prestigious Beem Fisher Research Award. He also volunteered his time during residency to both medical and surgical care for underprivileged patients in Guatemala.
After spending a year in private practice and as a teaching-attending physician at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago, he returned to Georgia for fellowship training in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery with Drs. J. Bradley Randleman and John Kim at the Emory Eye Center. During his fellowship, he also supervised resident clinics and surgeries at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. Since fellowship, his primary focus is to provide personalized patient care in customized cataract surgery, corneal disease and surgery, and refractive surgery. 781b155fdc