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6 at 77th St.
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Halina Kalinowska was a gynecologist in Poland before relocating to New York where she trained and worked as a registered nurse and, later, a licensed esthetician. After stints at some of the city’s major spas, including Dr. Mauro Romita’s über-luxe Ajune, Kalinowska found her way in 2004 to Dr. Robert Guida, one of Manhattan’s top cosmetic surgeons. Ever since, she has dominated the downstairs of Guida’s swank Upper East Side townhouse, where a plush couch and orchid-topped coffee table make a doctor’s visit feel more like a social call. Here, the esthetician does customized facials, meticulously going after even the most stubborn pimples; à la carte chemical peels like the mild, pore-reducing Vitalize Peel; and assists with pre- and post-op surgery and laser patients. Treatments mainly use the doctor’s own specially-formulated products, but Kalinowska is extremely well-versed in the plethora of dermatological lines that are out there; she’s happy to explain, in the most clinical terms, what the differences are, and why some products are, as she says, “passé.” In addition to seeing clients at Dr. Guida’s, the skincare expert still does some work for Dr. Romita, and for laser-blasting cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Howard Sobel.