Dr. Victor Manuel Nava's extensive training and surgical career have taken him across the country and back again. After an internship in Baja, California, he completed his general-surgery residency in Wilmington, North Carolina. After 14 years in the Tar Heel State, he came back to California in 2002 and opened his own private practice, where he puts his extensive training and artistic touch to good use performing a full slate of cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, breast augmentations, and liposuction. Not all of his services are surgical, though; he also offers laser hair removal and acne treatments, as well as dermal fillers that diminish wrinkles and render skin smoother than a newborn bowling ball.
Upon entering the 25,000-square-foot Club Fit USA facility, guests are greeted by a sea of cardio equipment whirring beneath the glow of TV screens. Past the ellipticals, treadmills, and StairMasters lie Hammer and Icarian strength-training machines alongside Olympic bars and more than 6,000 additional weight plates to help guests carve out chiseled physiques. Within the combat ring, instructors lead boxing, MMA, and professional-style wrestling classes throughout the week, as well as cardio-intensive Civil War reenactments. The instructors also lead groups in myriad exercise classes, and for more personalized fat-burning routines, they work with clients in one-on-one personal-training sessions to draft custom fitness plans. Beyond the gym’s walls, the trainers strive to keep clients healthy with online nutrition tips and articles.
Eastport Aesthetics pampers patrons with a full menu of spa services in a luxurious, relaxing environment. During a fotofacial, a licensed nurse practitioner will use a nourishing combination of intense pulsed light and radiofrequency energy to erase sunspots, age spots, freckle spots, and the other discolorations and spots that life stencils onto your skin while you're sleeping. Afterward, clients can wrap up in a soft and fuzzy robe while ogling Charleston Harbor, then slip back into real-world clothing before steering their freshly tended flesh toward the outdoors.
In addition to skin-care treatments such as Botox and services with the Obagi Skin product line, Calvine Urgent Care is open 365 days a year to usher in a flurry of ailing patients so that the board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners can work their medical magic on non-life-threatening symptoms, from fevers to broken arms. Neutral-toned chairs and a flat-screen TV distract patients before Calvine's friendly team fixes them up with medical equipment, including x-rays, ultrasounds, and a full range of diagnostic tests for drugs, pregnancy, or hemoglobin. In case patients cross into more serious medical territory, the clinic's fully loaded procedure rooms come filled with intubation kits, EKGs, crash carts, and defibrillators for restarting hearts and toasting marshmallows. The office's staff helps urgent medical patients by taking them within 30 minutes of their arrival, as well as offering ZipPass, an online appointment scheduler.
Surrounded by a lush curtain of foliage, the Briggs Mansion evokes an unshakable sense of luxury to those who step inside the shadow of its beige fa?ade. The mansion?s exterior, however, pales in comparison to what goes on inside. As the certified massage therapist behind Energy is Life Heal Thy Self Massage, Pamela Allen outdoes her luxurious surroundings with treatments that nurture sinews weakened by injury, stress, and toxins. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and chair massages, she offers specialty modalities such as lymphatic massage, which supports the immune system by removing toxic blockages. Pamela's aromatherapy treatments also relieve stress by matching specific smells to emotions and memories: rosemary for contentment, lavender for motherhood, and peppermint for the time you walked in on Santa Claus doing his laundry at your house.