As she plunked accounting formulas into a calculator during another long night of studying, college student Lisa Browning found herself drifting into daydreams about the day she changed someone's life. At the dental practice where she worked part-time, a woman in her mid forties had recently arrived with a mouth filled with dentures. Having worked her way up from receptionist to de facto dental assistant, Browning helped install implants and restore both dental arches with fixed bridgework. At the post op appointment, Browning saw a complete change in the patient—hair done, makeup on, fashionably dressed, and radiating with confidence—all thanks to a new smile. Browning tried, and failed, to derive a similar sense of satisfaction from the dry formulas before her on the textbook page. Browning soon scrapped accounting, telling her calculator "it's not you, it's me," and enrolling at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Today, her expertise in general and restorative dentistry—as well as cosmetic treatments—has earned her recurring appearances in the Guide to America's Top Dentists. She is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, whose members undergo continual education each year beyond the requirements mandated by state dental boards or federal anti-frowning regulations.
At Yelena Skin Care Salon, the only things that shine brighter than the lobby's gilded picture frames and golden wall accents are the glowing complexions that flow forth from candle-lit treatment rooms. There, technicians customize facials to minimize redness or diminish signs of aging, incorporating products by Murad or blemish-targeting light therapy, and doling out relaxing upper-body massage and warm mitts and booties for hands and feet. Body-care treatments range from soothing Swedish massages to sea-salt scrubs that leave skin soft and hydrated, while Yelena's staff can also wax away unwanted hairs, leaving legs and brows as smooth as a dolphin's silk pajamas.
Inside the U.S. Bank Building sits Europa by Sasha Salon & Spa, bedecked in marble fixtures and vivid paintings that glow under soothing spa lighting. Aestheticians help faces slough off dead skin cells through exfoliation and imbue cheeks with moisture and the motivation to finally finish their novels. Massage therapists knead sore tissues, and expert colorists enhance mop tops with color treatments, allowing hair tones to match a new outfit or freshly reupholstered couches. Other services include manicures, formal updos, makeup applications, and sauna sessions.
The staff at Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy strive to deliver the most pampering massage possible, corralling comforting indulgences such as soft-topped, heated massage tables or a warmed neck roll. The décor of this one-room oasis located in Beachwood is inspired by Georgia's picturesque Tybee Island, with sky-blue walls and sand-colored curtains that call to mind the relaxing seascape. Beside bowls overflowing with colorful seashells lie smooth stones that massage therapists often heats and incorporates into treatments to help loosen tension or keep suddenly stress-less bodies from floating away.
Morada Mueller followed a few different career paths before ending up at her true vocation: massage therapy. After stints in the worlds of business and higher education, she felt a need to help people on a deeper, more personal level. Massage presented itself as the answer, and Morada has never looked back.
Her clients are certainly grateful for this. They flock to Morada’s private Beachwood studio, where she soothes their aching bodies with gentle Swedish strokes. Light music sets the mood as Morada customizes her pressures to individual preferences, using warm oil or steamy chicken soup to aid her bodywork when necessary.
Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Rossio, a board-certified plastic surgeon, Aesthetic Lasers & Cosmetic Rejuvenation Center is a comprehensive stop for non-invasive laser and skincare treatments. Beam-wielder Dr. Rossio will direct the light of the future (intense pulse light) to minimize age spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and overly enthusiastic or hyper pigmentations ($500 for three treatments), as well as to eradicate unwanted hair and lamentable tattoos. Though the number of tattoo-removal treatments (four sessions for $500) depends on the size and ferocity of the image, no image is too big or scary for the undaunted RevLite photons.