The Fresh Vitality Team of St. Petersburg Florida
Fresh Vitality was founded by
Eddie A. Ariss, M.D. with the vision of creating a medical
practice that treats every patient with dignity and first-rate
care. The office staff at Fresh Vitality are highly trained
and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many people,
visiting a doctor can be a stressful experience. Our
comfortable surroundings and compassionate medical
professionals will ease your fears.
A. Ariss, M.D.
Founder & Medical Director
Dr. Eddie Ariss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology
from California State Polytechnic University in 1993. He
worked full time during his schooling at University of
California Irvine Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Ariss attended Michigan State University College of Human
Medicine and earned his Medical Doctorate Degree in 1997. He
graduated with honors in Medical Histology, Human Physiology,
Medical Neuroscience, Integrative Clinical Correlations,
Medical Pathology, and Internal Medicine Clerkship.
Dr. Ariss relocated to Florida in 1997. He successfully
completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Bayfront
Medical Center Family Practice Residency in 2000. He was
elected to serve as Chief Resident by his peers and attending
physicians his last year there. Dr. Ariss is board certified by the
American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ariss has practiced as an Emergency Department Physician
since 2000 until current at the Bay Pines Medical Center. He
has also covered other area Emergency Departments from 2001 to
2009, such as St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, St.
Joseph's Hospital and the James A. Haley VA Hospital, both in
Dr. Ariss found his passion in Anti-Aging and Preventive
Medicine while working at a location in Seminole, Florida. He
transitioned away from his moonlighting jobs at the other
hospitals and focused his extra time with the Anti-Aging and
Preventive Medicine practice.
Dr. Ariss is a proud member of the American Academy of Family
Physicians, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He has received
extensive training in cosmetic and medical procedures
including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Sclerotherapy, and IV
Eddie has received praise from fellow physicians for his work
with treating patients struggling with hormone imbalances and
his natural talent for administering dermal fillers and Botox.
In fact, he has many clients who are physicians, nurses, or
are in the medical field.
Eddie enjoys boating, fishing, skiing and spending time with
his wife and two children.
F. Graham, M.D.
Dr. Graham is originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, just
outside of Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan
and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then
graduated first in his class from Chicago Medical School in
2001. He relocated to St. Petersburg where he joined
Bayfront Medical Center for his internship and residency. He
successfully completed his Family Medicine Residency in
2004. During his final year of residency, Dr. Graham was
elected to serve as Chief Resident by his peers and
attending physicians. Dr. Graham then obtained his Board
Certification from the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Graham and his wife Carla decided to make St. Petersburg
their home and established his own private family medicine
practice. His practice style or motto has been
“old-fashioned medicine with high-tech efficiency.” Dr.
Graham created a fully computerized and paperless practice
from the ground up. His focus was on family and preventive
medicine. Eighteen months after opening his private
practice, he and another Bayfront graduate founded Embrace
Medical Spa and Wellness Center. Here they promoted
preventative medicine and age management by incorporating
anti-aging medicine and performing a number of non-surgical
Dr. Graham has a calm, reassuring bedside manner and has
always been very passionate about teaching. This has earned
him praise from both his patients and peers alike. After
five years of running a successful practice, Dr. Graham was
able to couple his passion for education with his clinical
work when he was presented with the opportunity to teach the
Family Medicine Residents at Bayfront Medical Center. He
joined the faculty and now holds the Assistant Director
position at Bayfront Medical Center and is an affiliate
faculty for USF.
His interests in the medical field include nutrition,
women’s health, preventative and integrative medicine,
computers and technology in the health care field,
allergies, immunology, psychiatry and sleep medicine. He
currently is the residency's Director of Medical
While Dr. Graham has a much smaller private practice due to
his teaching commitments, he continues to see patients for
aesthetic medicine here at Fresh Vitality. His commitment to
providing quality patient care is unwavering.
Dr. Graham’s hobbies include spending time with his wife,
his two boys, and friends. He is an avid sailor and once
lived aboard his sailboat for 2 years. He also enjoys
reading, going to concerts, and traveling.
Practice Manager & Client Consultant
Grace Ariss has extensive training in business management
within small business and corporate settings. As a highly
successful Vice President in Banking for over 6 years, Grace's
focus is always on developing her client and team
relationships. Her philosophy is to do the right thing for the
client, build strong relationships, practice with ethical
values, and the bottom line will always be met.
In addition to her integral role with the business functions,
Grace has excelled as a medical assistant and client
consultant, serving as an important liaison for Dr. Ariss and
the patients. She strives to provide a superior level of care
to each and every patient.
Grace is committed to developing the communities in which we
live and practice. She regularly volunteers within the
schools and community organizations.
Grace enjoys cooking, boating, and spending time with her
family and friends.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Medical Assistant & Weight
Whitney is a Florida resident who loves her family, her 2
dogs, the beach, yoga, sushi, traveling, and just life in
general. One thing that Whitney believes is crucial to
maintaining balance in one's life is a positive attitude.
She tries to instill this positivity in every person she
encounters, by sharing her favorite saying with them, ”It’s important to make the most of
every day!” Clients describe Whitney as personable,
professional, reliable, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be
Helping people is Whitney’s true passion. She decided to
become a Massage Therapist after experiencing the amazing
power of touch while she was providing support to ailing
family members. She desperately wanted to provide relief and
support during their illness and asked doctors what she
could do to help. She quickly learned that she was able to
provide something that brought noticeable relief, and that
was Massage Therapy and other Holistic Therapies.
Whitney found that she had the ability to relax, soothe and
dramatically improve discomfort, pain, swelling, and stress
with Holistic Therapy and Massage. Whitney felt that she had
a gift and a purpose, so she continued her education in
Massage Therapy and other Holistic Therapies and has now
dealt with all kinds of cases, including (but not limited
to): Fibromyalgia, Back Injuries, Pre/Post Natal (Pregnancy)
Massage, Palliative Care, Soft Tissue Injuries, Surgical
Recovery and more.
While working with Dr. Ariss at
Fresh Vitality, Whitney discovered that she really enjoyed
assisting him with his patients. The patients thoroughly
enjoyed their interactions with Whitney and she’s quickly
become involved in multiple areas of the practice. She now
coaches our patients with Hormone Replacement Therapy and
our Physician Assisted Weight Loss Program. Please contact
Whitney if she can be of assistance to you and yours!
License # MA53457
Licensed Medical Esthetician
Certified Medical Electrologist
Janet serves as our Lead Medical Esthetician with over twenty years
of experience in the field of Esthetics. She is a Licensed
Medical Esthetician, Board Certified Medical Electrologist,
Master Makeup Artist and a Certified Lavish Lash Stylist.. Over the years she has been a
trainer, a consultant and a liaison for Estheticians and
Medical Spas. Many have called her an Esthetics Coach.
Janet provides a wide range of advanced skincare services.
She has developed a loyal following with her techniques and
compassion for her clients. In a word, you can describe
Janet Martin as a “friend.” She becomes a friend to every
client she meets. With an esthetic career spanning twenty
years, she brings her professional knowledge and help to her
clients with a smile.
She feels blessed to have been around to actually experience
two worlds colliding, Esthetics and Medicine. She had the
honor of being trained by some of the best in the industry—Dr.
Murad, Jan Marini and many others as they came on the scene.
She has worked in every area of Esthetics and loved them
all. She ran one of the first day spas in Bellaire and has
started skincare programs within cosmetic surgeons' offices.
She continues to expand her knowledge with skincare.
Janet has taught advanced esthetics to other estheticians in
procedures and protocols from high-end French product lines
to cutting edge medical esthetic procedures. When asked what
sets her apart in this field her first response is always
“relationships and results.” Building relationships with her
clients is the most important key to her success. Clients
become friends, not a number or percentage. She looks
forward to seeing her clients and they trust her experienced
suggestions. In-depth Skincare Consultation is a cornerstone
of that relationship; it all begins there. To truly listen
to her clients and help them to achieve results is the most
rewarding part of her job.
When you first meet Janet she will greet you with a smile,
give you the best results-driven treatment and always say
goodbye with a hug. Janet takes great pride in delivering
friendly, personalized and professional service. We are glad
to have her as part of our team!
License # FS4073
License # EOT2402
Licensed Medical Esthetician
Board Certified Medical Electrologist
Renee is a true skin care professional with her advanced
training in skincare and the use of lasers for hair removal,
vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, and non-ablative skin
therapy. She had the pleasure of working alongside a plastic
surgeon as she obtained her formal training. Her dedication
to her training is reflected with her current certifications
as a Licensed Esthetician and Board Certified Medical Electrologist. In order to bring her clients the most
advanced skin care treatments; Renee participates in
additional continued medical education regularly and follows
the lead of our senior esthetician Janet Martin.
Her primary goal is to deliver the highest quality skin care
and hair removal techniques to her clients, in order to
improve the skin’s health/appearance and, as a result, the
client’s outlook on how they look and feel. After
identifying a suspicious skin lesion on a client’s forehead
and getting her immediate medical attention, Renee felt the
gratification of her professional career choice when she
discovered the outcome was a serious skin cancer that was
caught in time for treatment. She said there was no looking
back at that point, as she knew she was doing exactly what
Renee is a Pinellas County, Florida native. She is married
and has a beautiful little girl. When she is not working,
she enjoys spending time with all her family.
License # E02323
License # FB9731732
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Certified Micropigmentation Artist
Karen is a recent Florida
transplant. She moved here to the wonderful sunshine state
from Maryland. We had the pleasure of working with her as a
customer of Fresh Vitality and we thoroughly enjoyed her
fun-loving personality and energy. She quickly joined the
Fresh Vitality Team!
As a Certified Permanent Cosmetic
Professional, Karen has undergone rigorous written, practical
and oral examinations by qualified experts in the field of
Micropigmentation. She utilizes a 3 dimensional approach for
Medical Tattooing and Permanent Cosmetics to recreate shape,
define dimension, develop symmetry, camouflage scars, optimize
pigment and create the appearance of hair to attain a more
realistic, natural look that is customized for each client.
Karen says she appreciates working with Dr. Ariss in the
Medical Spa/Clinic environment because it allows her to
provide a higher level of service and a more comfortable
experience for her patients. Karen and Dr. Ariss’ skills and
bed-side manners complement one another well. She enjoys the
opportunity to address medical corrections for patients and
beauty enhancements for others, all within the same
environment. She works side-by-side with Dr. Ariss to help
address any additional health or aesthetic concerns the
patient may have.
Karen says she loves what she does
for a living. She is truly a people person and enjoys helping
people. The most rewarding part of her job is to see the
direct impact of her work on her patients’ lives. She says
it’s always gratifying to see the excitement on her patients’
face when they are reviewing their final result. It’s the
satisfaction of positively impacting their life, whether it’s
helping her patient who is unable to apply eyeliner because of
her arthritis; or giving her patient hair-stroke eyebrows
because she lost her eyebrows following chemotherapy; or
recreating areolas for her patient post-breast reconstructive
surgery. She says for many of her patients it is a life
A conservative approach is how
Karen would describe her technique. She prefers to take a
multi-layer approach and start conservatively. She will add
additional pigment as needed rather than being too aggressive
on the initial treatment. She feels this is important, as it
is easier to add more color and dimension then to remove
pigment. For this reason, Karen finds herself doing corrective
procedures for patients that have had less than satisfactory
Karen is always striving to stay on
top of the latest in treatment, equipment and training options
in order to deliver superior results to her patients. She is
an active Member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation
and Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. She enjoys
the Florida sunshine, spending time with friends and the
company of her dog. Please feel free to ask for a FREE
consultation with Karen - she would
love to meet you!
Karen Scheideman is a Certified and
Licensed Permanent Cosmetic Artist. She is an active Member of
the American Academy of Micropigmentation and Society of
Permanent Cosmetic Professionals.
License # 52441455277
Facility Permit # 52-BID-2182039