The state in 2014 ordered a man facing a Palm Beach County charge of giving cosmetic injections without a medical license to shut down an unlicensed practice he was operating in Central Florida, records show.
Alexander Elliot Gonzalez was given a cease-and-desist order after the Florida Department of Health received a complaint that he had examined and advised a patient who was seeking plastic surgery. The department said the order was issued to Gonzalez at a location in Kissimmee.
Gonzalez received another cease-and-desist order Dec. 19 following his Dec. 8 arrest on the Palm Beach County charges. Those charges stemmed from his actions at a clinic that authorities say Gonzalez was trying to open at North Flagler Drive and Eighth Street in West Palm Beach, just south of Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Gonzalez, 50, “has no current or past medical licenses in the state of Florida permitting him to practice medicine,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said its report on Gonzalez’s arrest.
Florida Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton said the state did not pursue further action against Gonzalez in 2014 due to a lack of evidence. Dalton confirmed that the men who received the orders share the same full names and birth dates. State corporate records show that Gonzalez created a business in Kissimmee with the same root name — Dermalife USA – that he was using at the clinic in West Palm Beach.
Multiple efforts by The Post to reach Gonzalez for comment since his Palm Beach County arrest have been unsuccessful. A woman who answered the door at the suburban West Palm Beach home whose address is listed on his arrest report said she had never heard of him. A new address that Gonzalez filed Dec. 21 with Palm Beach County court officials turned out to be a box at a UPS Store in West Palm Beach. Gonzalez did not reply to a message that The Post left there for him.
Gonzalez is out on $3,000 bond after his arrest on one count of practicing medicine without a license in Palm Beach County, and the state is expected to file charges against him formally on Jan. 11. In Palm Beach County, he is accused of injecting a woman’s face with hyaluronic acid this past spring and Botox this past summer, and the woman told investigators that she saw “adverse effects” of both injections, such as “clumping.”
Court records show that Gonzalez is facing eviction from the Dermalife USA clinic on North Flagler Drive where he did the injections, according to the sheriff’s arrest report.
According to a search warrant carried out the same day as Gonzalez’s arrest, deputies found two large bags containing multiple foreign injectable medications and foreign surgical supplies, as well as shipping documents, at the Flagler Drive office.
Investigators say Gonzalez told the West Palm Beach patient that he had been working in the aesthetic-cosmetic field for about 20 years, some of it with a plastic surgeon in the Miami-Dade area.
According to Sunbiz, a database of state businesses records, two inactive corporations and one active corporation all titled Dermalife USA list Alexander E. Gonzalez or Alexander Gonzalez as their principal officer. All of the corporations were listed as having the same email address, info@dermalifeusa. This email address was also listed on the West Palm Beach practice’s website.
The full names of the inactive corporations are Dermalife USA LLC and Dermalife USA Inc. and they have addresses listed in the Central Florida communities of Kissimmee, Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs. Dermalife USA LLC operated under the name Vizia Aesthetic Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Associates LLC. Dermalife USA Inc. was originally registered as Dermalife Enterprises Inc.
The active corporation, Dermalife USA Enterprises, was registered in the corporation-friendly state of Delaware but has an Orlando P.O. box, and its address is listed in Tampa on an annual report from April.
Multiple efforts this month to reach co-workers of Gonzalez listed on the records listed on the Sunbiz website were unsuccessful.