Since graduating summa cum laude from the University of Palermo School of Medicine in 1981, Dr. Lucia McNabb has gone on to study many aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. She completed ob-gyn residencies in both Italy and America before eventually becoming a clinical instructor at Vanderbilt University. She later focused on becoming part of a private gynecology practice, where she developed an interest in cosmetic surgery. Dr. McNabb went on to complete a fellowship in cosmeto-gynecology and now performs everything from vaginal rejuvenation to labiaplasty at Sorgente Center for Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery. Surgical techniques are not her only specialty, though. She also performs med spa treatments such as Botox, Pellev?, Dysport, Juvederm, and laser skin tightening.
"I literally lie awake in bed at night dreaming up my next theme service, or solving a skin care problem for a client. I know I am nuts, but I really love my job," Painted Red Nails owner Jessica Mahler says on her online bio. Mahler has been taking nail care very seriously since the age of 10, when she set up an informal manicure shop in her family home. She soon began competing in advanced nail-care competitions, taking home a national championship six years later. After graduating high school, she became a licensed instructor of cosmetology, and even went on to train under German podiatrist Katherine Vongavel. The certified master pedicurist also opened two Painted Red Nails locations to further fuel her all-consuming passion for nails and beauty. Her intensity has paid off—the flagship Osterville site was the winner of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award.
One service that may have been a product of Mahler's late-night musings is the waterless manicure. Since she believes that warm, soapy water is not beneficial for the skin around the nail, she opts instead for a blend of moisturizing, natural oils that allow for longer-lasting polish applications. During pedicures, she makes sure to use non-greasy moisturizers that are absorbed into the skin, instead of sticking around to block sweat glands and sabotage attempts to pirouette barefoot across polished wood floors.
Mahler and her team also offer waxing, massages, makeup, and facials at the Mashpee location. Many of them are certified to perform Dr. Hauschka skincare treatments, which use lymph stimulation to create radiant, refreshed skin.
Like the staff-designed folk art and jewelry displayed in its boutique, the spa services at Studio 137 Salon are informed by a unique artistic vision. During each beauty treatment, staffers channel their aesthetic savvy through each client's personal style to craft an image that befits its wearer. Hairstylists' sensibilities overflow into everything from simple haircuts to full cut, style, color, and retexturizing overhauls. Aestheticians brush away blemishes and skin imperfections with the help of pharmaceutical-grade Pharmagel products, and mani-pedis complete head-to-toe beauty transformations with OPI polish. In addition, full-body massages soothe sore muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques that untie knots quicker than shouting "Fire!" during a game of Twister.
The beauticians at Miss Mary Cosmetics & Day Spa perform facials, waxes, nail treatments, and lash-extension applications. The spa's brazilian manicures infuse nails with keratin to help moisturize hands and strengthen nails. During brazilian pedicures, clients slip on booties lined with a blend of six revitalizing moisturizers. Sundry waxing treatments for the face and body remove unwanted hair, a great way to prep for the beach or develop empathy for eggs.