In 1954, Dr. Rocky Stroud opened his first eyecare practice in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Though he might not have known at the time, decades later, his venture would transform into Eye Care Center—an ocular health system that, today, serves its patients at 50 clinics spread throughout North and South Carolina.
At each location, teams of skilled optometrists and opticians check vision during routine eye exams for children and adults, perform Optomap retinal examinations, and push eyes that have just seen a really great deal on sandals back into place. The doctors also treat ocular diseases ranging from glaucoma and diabetes-related issues to general infections.
Plus, Eye Care Center outfits clients with designer frames from brands such as Burberry, DKNY, and Ray-Ban, soft and gas-permeable contact lenses by Acuvue and FreshLook, and prescription transitional and polarized sunglasses.
At Vitality Medical Wellness Institute, doctors Jeffrey Galvin and William J. Burchfield call upon their own personal experiences to help patients achieve long-term improvements in body composition and health. Both former members of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Burchfield is an avid athlete and former marathon runner, and Dr. Galvin has struggled through his own wellness issues while working as an emergency-room physician and raising three kids. Their programs stress the importance of nutrition, but may include fitness protocols for patients who are able to exercise. They also specialize in anti-aging medicine and hormone therapy.
At NorthEast Ear, Nose, and Throat Center, adult and pediatric otolaryngologists address virtually every malady that can affect a person’s facial structures. Doctors James Dziadziola and Jamie Scaglione treat allergies, sinusitis, and sore throats, as well as provide hearing tests and hearing aids. Additionally, the clinic administers skincare services including facials, peels, and masks made with natural ingredients such as papaya puree and pumpkin enzymes. These facial treatments can improve a variety of skin problems including acne, sun damage, and wrinkles.
Doctors of Chiropractic Kristi Mauldin and Shenoa Rondeau helm Lexington Family Chiropractic Center, P.A. and Brentwood Chiropractic. Dr. Mauldin treats patients by combining physiotherapy procedures with natural vitamins and supplements. Dr. Rondeau, meanwhile, has a strong interest in helping pregnant woman work toward an easy labor with ongoing chiropractic care. She’s also knowledgeable about radiology and specializes in CBP, a chiropractic method that improves posture to help patients finally be able to carry their briefcases on their heads.
With their combined skills, Dr. Mauldin and Dr. Rondeau treat an extensive list of illnesses and aches, including carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and allergies. Their treatment plans often include such techniques as adjustments to realign the spine, rehabilitative therapies and exercises, and spinal decompression. Both chiropractic offices also work in conjunction with a weight-loss facility to help patients slim down through a doctor-supervised program.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.
Garo Megherian—owner of Balance By Touch Massage & Rehabilitation—along with eight other massage therapists, assesses posture and pain before beginning any treatment. The knowledge gleaned from their analysis allows them to craft custom massages that address each client's unique ailments and goals. White molding and pictures of various muscle groups accent the basil-green walls of the private and couples' massage rooms, which conceal their simple massage tables with blue blankets. As therapists kneads tense muscles, they employ modalities such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki. The treatments can curb anxiety and improve sleep, unlike portraits of clowns with eyes that follow one around the room.