Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location?s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.
Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.
Back in 1991, Kevin McKinley was in the middle of his last day as a banker, his future career path uncertain. Just before punching out, he found himself in conversation with a customer sporting an array of piercings. The man told Kevin about each of his piercings, where he got them, and what they meant to him. An admirer of free-spirited creativity, Kevin was immediately intrigued by the piercing philosophy.
"It's all about feel," he explains. "With change, there's pain. With pain, there's clarity."
More than three decades after piercing his first client, Kevin helms a team of 30 tattoo artists, piercers, and laser technicians at Body Piercing Unlimited. He calls the team a collective “jack of all trades,” with the ability to craft or alter virtually any tattoo or remove unwanted ink altogether. His studios combine modern inks, needles, and lasers with a vintage atmosphere that displays antique bicycles and wall panels bearing artistic works. The black-and-white checkered floors reflect Kevin's reverence for tradition, harking back, he says, to the East Coast tattoo parlors of the 1970s and their legendary face-offs between Garry Kasparov and a computer.
Drs. Lauren Evans, Jacob Frank, and Kara Reynolds protect the power of sight at Wolf Eye Center. The trio of talented optometrists—who studied ocular disease during their residencies—cares for eyes with everything from standard eye exams to glaucoma treatments. In addition to caring for adult patients, the team of eye professionals also treats little ones, helping correct lazy eyes and outfitting budding athletes with sports goggles.
While the doctors detect disease and calibrate prescriptions, the center’s knowledgeable staff helps clients peruse a selection of frames from the likes of Gucci, Coach, and Vera Wang. Frames are filled with thin, high-index lenses or Transitions lenses, which shift from clear to tinted when exposed to sun or a pageant queen’s sequined evening gown.
Advanced-practice nurse Leeanne Mercier specializes in keeping women healthy, but she also focuses on their personal comfort. After 20 years of providing preventative healthcare to the indigenous women of the arctic, Mercier opened her own clinic for women's health in 2004. She now owns All About You Medical Spa, where she takes an individualized approach to beauty and wellness. Aestheticians put patients at ease with advanced training in services such as cosmetic injectables, skin-tightening derma-roller treatments, and nonsurgical liposuction sessions.
In the turquoise-walled Thai room, Asian-inspired art and lush tapestries create a cozy, welcoming backdrop for women's wellness exams. The reception area is no less comforting—a cushy red sofa sprawls beside a wood-framed fireplace, whose flame-fed light mingles with rays from the sparkling chandelier overhead. The massage room also features a fireplace, along with a painting depicting a window-like view into an exotic landscape.
The licensed, board-certified doctors and sclerotherapy-certified nurse at Alaska Vein Care vanquish spider veins and enlarged, bulging varicose veins with FDA-approved treatments. Injections of a sclerosing agent seal the interior lining of spider veins, diminishing their appearance by blocking blood flow. Treatments for varicose veins include EVLT treatments to restore normal circulation, micro-phlebectomy procedures to remove looped veins, and sclerotherapy, which closes vein walls.
The medical staff at Alaska Premier Health carries on a 19-year tradition of helping clients achieve weight-management goals with personalized weight-loss programs. The team begins with an in-depth consultation, analyzing each patient's social and family history and current health before embarking on a body-fat analysis that helps determine the caloric intake and chip-aisle circumventions needed for healthy weight loss. Non-Herculean exercise and diet recommendations add balance to programs and facilitate sustainable results, while meal-replacement products from OptiFast curb calorie deficits. Medical professionals are available through extended office hours and a "no-waiting" appointment policy and also give patients a calorie-counting book for recording daily food intake and svelte, cake-free dreams.