Donnelle Gaston is a woman with many titles and talents. Currently a massage therapist, Donnelle has also been a nutritional-science grad, Peace Corps health educator in Haiti, and, more recently, a mom. At Moonflower Massage, her past experiences inspire a holistic approach to massage and healing. Well versed in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, movement therapy, and reflexology, to name a few, Donnelle customizes massages to fulfill individual needs and relax her clients without spiking their water with a hearty amount of horse tranquilizers. She also specializes in prenatal massage and oncology massage. Tailored specifically to cancer patients, oncology therapy can ease pain, nausea, and anxiety, and even soften scar tissue after surgery.
Classic and modern style are in perfect harmony at Spa South Salon. Pale-blue walls in the reception area stand quietly by as the oversized zebra-print rug and minimalist black-and-silver chairs nestle atop the gleaming hardwood floor. The stylists accomplish the same combination of classic and modern in their work, sculpting bobs with blunt bangs, weaving golden highlights into lackluster tresses, and snipping tight faux hawks to attract wandering falconers.
The HC Wellness Center offers both traditional and alternative therapies to assist clients in achieving optimal health, wellness and balance. Featuring as its principle service Colon Hydrotherapy, formerly seen only at fine spas and destination resorts,
Licensed aesthetician Rokeya M. Thomas has what she calls a "passion to pamper," and as owner of The Royal Day Spa, Thomas is ideally positioned to fulfill that calling. Using professional-grade products from the likes of Dermalogica and Bioelements, Thomas treats clients to indulgent, head-to-toe services ranging from botanically infused chemical peels and deep-cleansing facials to therapeutic massages and body treatments. Thomas's dedication to comfort also comes through in the spa's cozy décor, which incorporates soft ivory couches and overstuffed pillows filled with cumulus clouds.
Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner was once told she would never walk again without spinal surgery. After being thrown from a horse, she suffered a herniated disc and decided to visit a chiropractor before agreeing to an invasive procedure. It took months of intense chiropractic care, but she soon recovered her ability to walk without surgery and eventually get back in the saddle. Despite her positive outcome, it wasn't until she witnessed a horse recover from a serious injury through chiropractic care that she realized she wanted to devote herself to this branch of medicine, which helped not only her, but also the animals she loves so much.
Thus it's no surprise that today at Omni Wellness Center, Dr. Walraven Ladner and her team of certified and trained professionals focus on bettering the lives of both humans and animals. For two-legged patients, their services cover everything from spinal adjustments to corrective exercises. And for animals––specifically horses, dogs, and cats––they offer an array of holistic options to treat joints and improve competitive performance.
Certified and licensed on both the state and national levels, owner Anthony Dixon found his calling as a massage therapist after personal circumstances drove him to seek out a bodywork practitioner. The success of his own treatments spurred him to pay it forward, which he does at Heaven’s Touch Massage Therapy. Driven by a desire to help clients overcome emotional and physical struggles, Anthony offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. By underlining massage techniques with a belief in their ability to foster health and wellness, Anthony sets out to relieve stress, chronic pain, and shoulder tension from iron-cast epaulets.
A strong believer that laughter and spirited conversation play as important a role in its guests’ salon experience as the skills of its stylists, Classic Salon’s talented staff goes out of its way to make each patron feel welcome. Sporting their signature smiles, the coiffeur experts deploy high-quality styling products from brands including Redken, Keune, and Joico as they transform lackluster strands into radiant 'dos. Amid the rhythmic clips of scissors and the soothing hum of hairdryers, stylists perform chic feats of coiffing via services that include everything from colorful foils to bang trims that keep hair and overgrown thought bubbles from obstructing sightlines.