Rick Manzano and Suzanne Quardt
Rick and Suzanne strike a pose!

LGBT allies, the hunky Rick Manzano and his ever-glamorous and talented wife, Dr. Suzanne Quardt, moved to the desert in 2006 to open a plastic surgery practice.  They are both huge supporters of the community: she, one of three current co-chairs of Desert AIDS Project’s annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, and he, a contestant in the upcoming Dancing with the Desert Stars competition, also benefiting D.A.P.

Rick Manzano and Dr. Suzanne Quardt

Before opening his other business, CreativeTake Medical, “a one-stop marketing agency for all areas of the healthcare industry,” Rick worked for one of the largest medical marketing firms for many years.  He thrives on working with other medical professionals who share his passion and vision.

Rick, pictured above in a recent competitive photo, explains..

#ILoveGayPalmSprings Because….

  1. There is no traffic.  After fighting traffic in L.A. for over 10 years, it’s nice to get where you want to go.
  2. Unlike other cities here in the desert, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from in Palm Springs.
  3. There is a nice bit of cultural feel in Palm Springs that you do not get anywhere else in the valley.
  4. For the sense of community it offers.  I have lived in many places in the US and it never ceases to amaze me how this community and its leaders come together for special causes.
  5. It reminds me of being home in San Francisco—it’s a very open and liberal city but with a small-town feel.

Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and three dogs at the beach, cooking, entertaining friends, and strength training.  Rick and Suzanne are expecting their 1st child this May 2017.

Congratulations, Rick and Suzanne, and thanks for all the love!  You two are #Fabulous allies!


Nicholas Snow

By the way, Rick is also our pick for #MancrushMonday!

Anyone who has at least five reasons they proclaim “#ILoveGayPalmSprings” is invited to submit their short bio, three to five photos, and five completions to the statement, “#ILoveGayPalmSprings Because…” directly to Nicholas Snow, PromoHomoTV@gmail.com, for possible inclusion in this column!  One of the columns is even published in our print edition in the pages of Coachella Valley Independent!