Gary Knighton, D.O.
Hi, I’m Dr. Gary Knighton. On a daily basis, I see patients that are frustrated with their bodies or their skin, often feeling powerless and painfully aware of their appearance and insecurities. Whether we choose to admit it or not, we all have them. Sadly, our society feeds and negatively validates dangerous eating habits, fad diets (such as hCG, starvation or both). Our patients come in loaded with concerns and leave with a smile on their face, feeling better about themselves and looking great! Our patients are why we do what we do as we help them take control over their life and future.
I am a skilled physician and am known around the valley and state as a Bariatric and Aesthetic Skin Physician. We focus on non-invasive cosmetic treatments (Botox®, Dysport®, Juvederm®, Volbella®, Voluma®) helping to change each patient’s appearance and life. As a Weight Loss Physician (Bariatrician) and long-standing member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, I believe in using a multi-faceted approach combining a balance of nutrition, activity, proper vitamin supplementation, and medications to help my patients shed the the extra weight. Let’s face it, we no longer live in a primarily agrarian society doing hard labor in the fields from sunrise to sundown. Based on genetics alone, if diet and exercise were sufficient enough for most people to lose weight and keep it off, we would all look like movie stars or professional athletes. There are plenty of circumstances which we have little or no control over such as sedentary work environment, stress, genetics, hormones (menopause, previous hysterectomy, PCOS, low thyroid, and low testosterone in men and women). Interestingly enough, over 2/3 of the population in the United States is considered over-weight or obese. As a matter of fact, obesity and its related co-morbidities, have become the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. I believe that more than half of those that are overweight are so because of genetics, stress and a low metabolism and not because of diet alone. Each person is different and needs to be treated individually for true success to occur long-term. Our Weight Loss Program has helped thousands achieve dramatic results and, chances are, I helped someone you know! I am committed to going stride for stride with you as you achieve a happier, healthier and more confident you!
Who comes to see Dr. Knighton?
The ages vary widely from late teens to the aged, new moms to men at midlife, former professional athletes to former models, etc. All of them realize the affects of age, genetics and a changing metabolism, life situations and changes in physical activity. The reality is that we ALL need help sometimes in our life. Getting help is not a weakness; it is smart, and if it helps to accomplish our own life goals, then it is a welcome advantage!
We’re here for you.
If you desire a younger, more radiant looking you without the risks or stigma associated with Plastic Surgery, then you’ve come to the right place! Dr. Knighton’s suite of weight loss, anti-aging, corrective and regenerative skin procedures can give you confidence in your appearance and the ability to turn your life around.
Nicolle Skarmas, PA-C
Nicolle Skarmas, PA-C
She loves hiking, exercising, reading, crafts, sunshine, dogs, and, of course...cookies! Nicolle is originally from Oregon, and came to Arizona to complete her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been here ever since.
Nicolle is very skilled at cosmetic injections in addition to her knowledge of bariatric medicine. It is a rare find to find someone as compassionate and talented as Nicolle. She is a valley favorite, and I (Dr. Knighton) am amazed by her abilities. She is able to greet the apprehensive patient, put them at ease and they leave with a smile every time! I get that people have apprehensions getting Botox or dermal filler, and no one wants to look fake like so many do on TV. Nicolle provides a natural, younger look while enhancing those features that have faded over time or features you may not have been blessed with. Whether you are a man or a woman, we have something for you. We all look in the mirror and wish we could improve something, or just want to look younger. I remember the first time my daughter told me how good I looked, and meant it….priceless!!
Mother of two beautiful girls ages 18 & 23. What I enjoy most about my career is the patient interaction. I like to exercise and go on weekend motorcycle rides with my boyfriend and friends.
Boys, boys, boys! Can’t get enough of them… I have three amazing boys…my husband, and my two sons. They’re smart, talented, beautiful, and life’s most precious gift. Even though I have all boys at heart I’m still a girlie girl. I like my purses, the color pink, and I’m that girl who loves those moments when life sweeps me off my feet!
Golf, travel, Kauai, dancing, the smell of rain, and all of the things that make me laugh are my personal passions! I have 3 bull mastiffs that protect me daily for a meal. My other half thinks he is the better half. I am surrounded at work by good people, and it makes me happy to help make so many people smile each and every day.