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Celebrating the Local Men in Town

Alex Volchonok

GL: What does leadership mean to you?

AV: To me, leadership is about inspiration and guidance of those around you to achieve a goal greater beyond what can be accomplished alone. Further, leadership should help bring out the best qualities of each team member. A strong leader must be able to ask the right questions and be willing to listen to others. It also means being willing to take calculated risks and adapting your course along the way to achieve success. In my opinion, Leadership must be earned by building up those around you to be successful (even more successful than themselves). I have found that effective leadership requires strong communication skills and a commitment to lead by example. Ultimately, I see it as an opportunity to foster a positive and productive environment where everyone can work together towards shared goals.

GL: Why did you decide to go into your profession or field of work?

AV: Growing up in a medical family, I spent my summer breaks assisting in my father’s medical office and volunteering in hospitals where I was exposed to the importance of healthcare. It inspired me to pursue a healthcare path of my own by becoming a dentist and periodontist. Over the last 10 years, I have pioneered a treatment philosophy combining the principles of biologic medicine, dentistry, and wellness, with the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures to create the concept of Regenerative BioHealth. Just as I saw in my father’s practice growing up, today I feel privileged to use my unique skills and knowledge to help my patients achieve greater health from their smile to their lifestyle. 

GL: What do you want to achieve next?

AV: I want to establish a first of its kind Regenerative Biohealth center in Fairfield County by bringing together the fields of medicine, dentistry, nutrition, and wellness under one roof and one philosophy. The state-of-the art facility will revolutionize the way people approach health and wellness, using the latest advancements in healthcare to help patients achieve optimal and lasting health. This vision would be a significant step forward in the field of healthcare, and I am proud to be spearheading this exciting new development am excited to empower patients to take charge of their health by focusing on prevention and integrative methods rather than just treating symptoms of disease. This is why I do what I do. I believe the mouth is a gateway to the body and an integral part of health and wellness. By combining a full body approach to health with minimally invasive and regenerative treatments and the best and safest biomaterials, I believe we can start to finally start getting to the root (pun intended) causes of the issues that make us sick, tired, and ailing. 

Dr. Michael A. Werner with Maze Men’s Sexual & Reproductive Health 

GL: As the founder of Maze Men’s Health, can you tell us more about your background?
MW: I’m a board-certified urologist and did a fellowship in male infertility and surgery, and male sexual dysfunction. I chose to specialize in these areas because I’m very passionate about helping couples have a child and restoring men to good sexual health. I continue to feel that these areas make a big difference in people’s lives and relationships.

GL: What conditions do you treat?
MW: We have a team of specialists, comprised of medical practitioners and therapists, that diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction, andropause (Low T), premature ejaculation, Peyronie’s Disease and male infertility. I also perform the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy exclusively in this area.

GL: What makes Maze Men’s Health unique?
MW: We treat the whole person. This means that in addition to treating your medical issues, we also treat the psychological aspects of your condition. When a patient visits Maze, he meets with a team consisting of an expert clinician and a sex educator. Together, we consider all facets of your general health and medical history and then develop the best treatment plan for you. This approach, which is clearly optimal, seems to be unique. As a result, we often succeed even in cases where patients have been unsuccessful elsewhere.

Hinoki has expanded again!

Hinoki is known as a tall slow-growing tree native to Japan, that has bright green leaves and yields valuable timber. It’s also the hottest restaurant in Greenwich and if you haven’t already experienced this epicurean delight you should GO now. Remember to let them know your friends at Greenwich Lifestyle sent you! The unassuming restaurant is set in a casual, fine dining atmosphere at 363 Greenwich Avenue just below the street level. 

This culinary masterpiece features relaxed tapas-style Asian cuisine known as Izakaya in Japan and Omakase. The menu features several types of Asian cuisines like dim sum and sushi along with hot or cold shareable appetizers and main dishes that are expertly executed using Asian techniques and flavors. Distinctive dishes like rainbow salmon trout, crispy Bronzino, prime ribeye steak, and assorted platters of sushi and sashimi are reimagined with whimsical twists by skilled chefs. Both in the actual kitchen and consulting from some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world. Top-quality ingredients are sourced from the best distributors, purveyors, and markets including Tsukiji in Japan. A custom-made dim sum cart doe weekend brunch could possibly be unveiled before this article goes to print.

What they have added for the expansion: 

- 10 new seats to the bar area and 50 seats to the dining room

- New bar area is now offering live DJ events, launched on Halloween

- The Omakase experience room is available for private events, the team is now offering monthly wine dinners in this space 

- The bar has 15 seats making it the largest bar area on Greenwich Avenue, plans to rebrand the bar to a speakeasy concept 

The owners of Hinoki are currently working on their third restaurant concept on Greenwich Avenue!

“At Maze, you can be yourself, tell your whole story and receive treatment uniquely attuned to your needs. Here, we treat the whole person.”

  • Photographer: Kim Vickers
  • Photographer: Kim Vickers
  • Dr. Michael A. Werner
  • Dr. Michael A. Werner