Licensed Massage Therapist Karen Thomas is no stranger to beach life. After leaving her native home of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen found herself in New York City before settling back into the sands of Sarasota, Fla. Here, she helps rid clients of aches while unfurling tension and helping them boost their overall wellness. Stress, she says, can tangle the body, both physically and mentally. Through her practice, she not only provides pain relief, but also guides her clients on best-practice lifestyles, including diet and exercise tips.
While Karen often enjoys lazy afternoons reading a book on the beaches of Siesta Key, the LMT always remembers the education that brought her here. She graduated from the Swedish Institute ? A College of Medical Science in New York City, with a degree in occupational studies. She remains an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Located inside Alchemy Day Spa, SOS Nails is the spot to beautify nails and relax, all the way up to its baby-blue ceiling covered with fluffy clouds. The nail technicians there provide manicures and pedicures, and all pedicures include a soothing foot and leg massage with hot stones. After unwinding with nailcare services, guests can retreat to Alchemy Day Spa, where the staff offers haircare, facials, and massages.
Founder of MD Skin Effects, Dr. Mona Mangat, saves the skin of her clients with the help of her teammate Karen Larson, a licensed skincare specialist of more than 20 years. The team's advanced medical aesthetic services can address beauty needs ranging from removing unwanted hair by laser to unclogging pores with peels and mini plungers. Beauty injections fight aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines using FDA-approved prescription serums, and microdermabrasion employs aluminum-oxide crystals to shed the skin’s top layer and spur the creation of more collagen.
When the stylists at Natural Vanity say "natural," they mean it. Each master-level stylist on the team has trained at the Aveda Institute, learning how to beautify tresses all-natural products that are derived from plant sources and manufactured with wind energy generated by the Jolly Green Giant's snoring.
In addition to making clients look their best, the team also keeps them comfortable. While patrons receive a foot scrub, they relax in massaging chairs. After they've been pampered, they can browse the wares in the onsite vintage boutique.
Overseen by a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University Medical School and owned by a former model cum medical aesthetician, LivingYoung Center represents the apex of medicine and beauty. Since board-certified plastic surgeon Karen Singer earned her MD at Harvard, the doctor has spent more than 30 years developing a deft, artistic approach to whittling the contours and lifting the slack skin of patients while sculpting her own body through competitive ballroom dancing and innovative use of shoulder pads. She acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to any treatment, and so attends closely to her patients' aspirations to create slim, youthful exteriors or rejuvenate them from within with bio-identical hormone therapy.
During her decade as a model, owner Katie Kaffai discovered a scientific interest in beauty and evaluated industry methods for making faces glow, such as surprising tween mannequins with teddy bears. She sought clinical training in aesthetics and laser technology to formalize this experience, developing a program of high-tech, noninvasive treatments to develop camera-ready skin at the cellular level. Kaffai and Singer both belong to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine to stay current with innovations in the field, and command an elite team that includes a doctor
who specializes in facial anatomy in order to safely administer rejuvenating injections.