Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone MedSpa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala—a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians—has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone MedSpa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
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For Glo On The Go owner Gail Ward, tan skin seemed like an impossible dream. With a strong history of skin cancer in her family, she knew tanning beds and booths were off-limits and turned instead to bottled tanning lotions and creams, trying nearly every one she could find with less than ideal results. So when Gail’s sister Esther told her about airbrush tanning, she decided to give it a shot—and was amazed to discover she had finally found a method of self-tanning that worked for her skin type and, best of all, looked natural. She was so impressed, in fact, that she decided to open her own tanning salon in order to share airbrush tanning with melanoma survivors and other clients concerned about the adverse health effects of traditional tanning.
Eight years—and 30 spray-tan-solution tests—later, Gail took her commitment to counteracting paleness one step further by developing her own line of custom spray-tan solutions. The custom formulas allow Gail and her staff of skincare experts to match clients’ skin types to the solution best suited to their needs. The Clearly Tan Light solution, for example, is ideal for skin that burns easily, whereas the salon's go-to formula, Beautifully Bronzed, is fortified with anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredients such as amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E, making it an ideal option for nearly anyone, but especially those looking to avoid scurvy.
Bill and Amy Zemaitis, the co-owners and creators of Elevation 138, oversee a team of impeccably trained stylists and technicians specializing in hair, nail, and facial-waxing services. With help from high-end Redken and Pureology products, salon artists grant hairdos renewed reasons to frolic in the breeze, shimmer in the sun, and stick to freshly applied lip gloss. Chocolate-brown walls enclose pedicure-seeking patrons as they sink into cushioned massage chairs for Shellac or traditional polish applications. The salon's earth-toned walls, architectural columns, and mouldings contribute to an upscale, yet serene, atmosphere. Like a mother's advice or a neighbor's Sunday paper, consultations are always free.
When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
Jessica McKean, owner of H.I. Salon & Spa, creates feature-flattering styles while plunging the depths of Paul Mitchell's knowledge of beauty lore. With great skill, she crafts haircuts, concocts colors, and applies makeup. The salon and spa also offers an array of other services, with relaxing massages, detoxing body wraps, paraffin facial treatments, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup among them. Jessica also encourages her staff to hone their skills at seminars, private classes, trade shows, and by watching Edward Scissorhands with the director commentary.