What began in a spare bedroom on the banks of the Severn River is now the only clinic in Anne Arundel County to offer physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy for children and adults. "I always had a vision of developing a therapy clinic that could service the entire community," says co-owner Brian Gallagher in Advance magazine, a publication that recently named Cypress Creek Therapy as its 2011 Practice of the Year. With his wife Lisa, Brian has seen that vision to fruition, augmenting the clinic's diverse therapeutic services with cutting-edge equipment and personal training sessions led by Louben Repke, an ACE-certified fitness trainer.
From that spare bedroom, the pair quickly grew their business into two separate locations, with the main building recently adding 1,000 square feet of new treatment areas, according to Advance's profile, which also touts the fresh coffee and pastries in the lobby. The clinic's devotion to customer service is evidenced by its patient-care advocate, a full-time employee committed to offering convenience, availability, and high-fives to every client.
Each season creates different complications for skin, from from the brisk fall winds to the waning summer sun. But in the heart of Saverna Park resides a quaint skincare studio with an array of seasonally inspired treatments that are designed to rejuvenate clients. During all seasons, Aesthetics by Eva Renee celebrates services and products that incorporate elements such as an aromatic fruit enzyme peel, chocolate mousse masques, and muscle-melting massages.
Inside an unassuming brick building, Ridgely Retreat takes its name seriously. The multifaceted spa, wellness center, and yoga studio offers mental escapes in the form of hot-stone massages and meditation classes as well as physical relief in the form of acupuncture and chiropractic services. The eclectic yoga offerings range from gentle and Vinyasa classes to yoga dance, wine-and-cheese yoga, children’s yoga, and the newly added aerial yoga. On the spa side, services such as glycolic peels and Fraxel laser resurfacing flaunt a modern edge, though the cherry-blossom facial, detox body wrap, and warm bamboo treatment let clients experience the kind of classic relaxation enjoyed by hedonistic pandas the world over.
Joan Elias began her career as a shampoo girl at the age of 15 and quickly accomplished her goal of becoming a stylist. Today, she owns Annapolis Boutique Spa and oversees a staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Drawing upon her more than 30 years of experience, Joan helps her team cater to their clients’ aesthetic concerns while attempting to promote their physical well-being. Skincare treatments revitalize dermal layers with potent blends of essential oils instead of buzzword-heavy pep talks, and bodywork sessions promote the body's natural healing process with therapeutic massage modalities and holistic energy-balancing treatments. The treatment menu also includes a variety of hair and nail services and spa packages.
At Back to Nature Health and Wellness Center, leading practitioner Argo Duenas's deep belief in the benefits of holistic healing took her off the path of traditional medical nursing two decades ago and redirected her journey toward certification in colonic hygiene, reflexology, and energy adjustment. Inside her clean, homey, brick-fronted clinic, Duenas relies on drug-free methods such as reiki, colon hydrotherapy, and ear candling to purge the body of toxins and attempt to alleviate ailments ranging from digestive disorgers to chronic fatigue. Argo also teaches body awareness, and preventative wellness through lectures and seminars.