"I've always followed in her footsteps," says Shawna Nichols of her mother, Shawnee Goettig. Both women worked in medical care, Nichols with Alzheimer’s patients and Goettig in hospice care. Then, when Nichols joined her mother at Basic Wellness Center, she initially took on the administrative side of the business. But seeing each client walk out the door with a serene smile prodded her toward her mother's path again, and she soon became a massage therapist herself.
The mother-daughter team specializes in medical massage to treat chronic pain, customizing sessions to each client's needs or wingspan. Their hands glide over musculature aided by hypoallergenic lotions with an olive-oil base. Their private treatment rooms promote relaxation with dim lighting and a New Age soundtrack. Aromatherapy augments all treatments, including reflexology sessions and detoxifying footbaths, which relax pores while using an ionic charge to allow the body to release toxins back into the wild.
Since treating his first bioidentical hormone patient 12 years ago, Dr. Gregory Zengo has been helping hormones fall back into balance using bioidentical-hormone therapy. When stress invades a person's emotions, the body may alter a number of hormones, including adrenal, thyroid, and sexual hormones, causing an imbalance that can lead to depression, insomnia, and other unwanted states. Through precise salivary testing and therapy, Dr. Zengo restores balance to these hormones and stimulates natural energy and mental wellness.
His hands-on dedication to health and beauty has also been the guiding force for his physicians’ training program, through which he has been sharing his aesthetic skills since 2006. Dr. Zengo has trained more than 600 physicians since the program's inception, giving others the benefit of his skills at spider-vein injections, natural hormone balancing, and remembering the GPS coordinates of the fountain of youth.
Mia Kytle has a deep love of nature, and her passion for natural healing methods led her to Georgia Massage Institute. Upon receiving her license and national certification, she honed her skills at a local spa before founding Spa Revolution. When Mia kneads sinews, she combines aromatherapy and handmade bodycare products with organic and vegan ingredients. Her toolbox of techniques includes Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage. To loosen stubborn knots, she integrates neuromuscular techniques with myofascial-release and trigger-point therapy. When Mia isn't cosseting her clients, she avoids using caustic chemicals by scouring her facilities with all-natural cleaning products, instead of supernatural cleaning products, which are just full of ectoplasmic goo.
Dr. Richard Blue of Blue Laser Group has been in his patients' shoes. A specialist in refractive surgery, he underwent a procedure himself in 1991, and so can personally relate to the trials his patients go through and talk to the leaps in technology that have been made since then. He performs Lasik services with a Wavelight EX 500 laser, with many patients able to return the next day to regular activities. Besides Lasik, Dr. Blue and his team perform routine eye exams and treat eye diseases.
Dr. Leonard R. Achiron graduated from the New England College of Optometry with honors, but he’s not just book smart—he’s also laser smart. Dr. Achiron has co-managed more than 50,000 Lasik procedures as former professor of the Emory Eye Center and clinical director of Lasik Vision Institute. Like him, each of his colleagues on the center’s team of ophthalmologists has performed tens of thousands of eye surgeries, alleviating ailments ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to cataracts. At their clinic, they also pool their talents to treat eyes with nonsurgical services, such as exams, contact-lens fittings, and glasses for those who never took to their lessons on how to squint harder.
Woolfson Eye Institute’s founder and medical director Dr. Jonathan Woolfson is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has performed more than 70,000 laser vision-correction procedures. Such clinical experience has helped him earn the trust of other medical professionals; he has performed more than 300 surgeries on his fellow eye doctors and trained and certified more than 100 North American LASIK surgeons. He has also fine-tuned the eyesight of professional athletes, including Ovie Mughelli, Curtis Lofton, and Kroy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons.
Dr. Woolfson draws upon this extensive experience each time he customizes a laser procedure to his patients’ needs. He and his staff of doctors begin every treatment with in-depth consultations, where they determine the lasers, instruments, and novelty sound effects needed to successfully enhance eyesight. Once they’ve completed their procedures, they also offer eligible patients a Lifetime Assurance Plan, granting them free lifetime access to any fine-tuning surgeries.