Decorated in muted earth tones and accented by lush plants and vivid floral arrangements, Bridgeport Laser & Wellness Center's serene lobby helps patients unwind as soon as they arrive. Clients can further set their minds at ease with the knowledge that the physician-owned wellness center is helmed by a quartet of medical professionals, each of whom excels at one or more aesthetic areas. Owner and medical director Dr. Derek Norcom offers aesthetic treatments, including vein treatments and mole removal.
Dr. Janice Buenafe helps patients find relief from hormonal imbalances via bio-identical hormone-replacement therapy. Experienced aesthetic nurse practitioner Yan Duan specializes in cosmetic injections, including Sculptra, and is also certified in hormone replacement. And Patricia Gravenites, a clinical aesthetician and medical assistant, has more than 16 years of experience as a cosmetic injector and skincare specialist.
Dr. Cynthia Gulick received her board certification for family practice medicine in 1990. But since then, her focus has grown from primary care to also include medical bariatrics, which was one of the inspirations behind opening of Oregon Medical Weight Loss & Wellness. There, she and her staff give each patient an alternative to weight-loss surgery or turning their home into a multi-room sauna. That program includes body-composition analyses, gym access, nutritional counseling, vitamin B12 injections, and weigh-ins with the center's support team. Equally important as those services is the mentality that Dr. Gulick and her team bring to the table. Instead of obsessing over inch loss, they focus on finding the reasons their patients are gaining and retaining weight to help them keep it off in the long run.
At Pil-oga-robic, flat stomachs are at the end of a carefully formulated exercise equation. Instructors draw from Pilates, yoga, and cardio techniques to compile their signature one-hour workouts, demonstrating the techniques in their loft-like studio for small student groups. They place special emphasis on customization: each class has three levels of difficulty and modifiable actions for any fitness level. They also schedule monthly meetings with their clients to discuss wellness goals, advising on topics from weight loss to enhanced athletic performance. Regardless of their aspirations, guests stand to gain lean muscle, balance, and bendiness from the adjustable routines, which helped earn the venue a Best of Citysearch award for yoga in 2009.
In addition to these classes, Pil-oga-robic hosts more specialized yoga and Pilates sessions. Inversion and aerial seminars allow yogis to flout gravity as they stretch, and summer-time outdoor boot-camp drills test endurance amid the elements. Alternatively, workshops might cover tips for safer trail running, such as monitoring your stride and refusing to stop at Gatorade stations run by bears. Private rehabilitation sessions that incorporate massage and active movement are also available, as well as private customized training sessions to help clients meet specific goals like weight loss or cross training.
The team at A Better You takes a holistic approach to wellness, offering services designed to detoxify the body and promote overall health. Their technicians are certified in the Madame Et Monsieur Electro-Slim system, an electrotherapy technology that may help reduce fat and strengthen muscles with pulses from strategically placed electrodes. Staffers aim to rid tissues of impurities with soothing infrared-sauna sessions or ionic foot baths, and counteract everyday stress with relaxing massages.
The center also seeks to enhance well-being with natural products such as certified-pure-therapeutic-grade essential oils and vitamin-rich or pure herbal nutritional supplements. Visitors are greeted by soft music, the fragrances of aromatherapy, and soft armchairs next to antique-style end tables that are ideal for writing Dear John letters to newly roomy pants.
Acupuncturist Siamak Shirazi has a secret that he’s dying to share—acupuncture isn’t just for aches and pains anymore. Guided by his learned hands, the therapeutic needles of the ancient Chinese treatment can also erase the fine lines associated with aging, boosting circulation and collagen production and leaving faces looking younger. So, when he’s not busy sharing his cosmetic acupuncture skills on television, he's treating clients at 2bwell Clinic, a holistic healing studio dedicated to easing clients’ needs through preventive care, community wellness. Practitioners including massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, dieticians, and a breath-work specialist work together to devise integrative healthcare solutions and bust vitamin smuggling rings.
At City Of Roses Hypnosis, Kimball Ralphs CHt, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and a member of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, has the transformative power of suggestion on his side. Before hypnosis sessions take place, the certified hypnotherapist takes time to answer any questions his clients might have. Once clients feel comfortable, he coaxes them into a relaxing, hypnotic state before intoning a series of positive suggestions during their sessions, throughout which clients retain a sense of control. Ideally, the suggestions burrow into the subconscious mind, where they reinforce clients? personal goals?which could include losing weight, curbing addictive habits, or landing a job as the manager of a boy band.