Garo Megherian—owner of Balance By Touch Massage & Rehabilitation—along with eight other massage therapists, assesses posture and pain before beginning any treatment. The knowledge gleaned from their analysis allows them to craft custom massages that address each client's unique ailments and goals. White molding and pictures of various muscle groups accent the basil-green walls of the private and couples' massage rooms, which conceal their simple massage tables with blue blankets. As therapists kneads tense muscles, they employ modalities such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki. The treatments can curb anxiety and improve sleep, unlike portraits of clowns with eyes that follow one around the room.
Rise Body Works' staff balance their serious fitness regimens with a laid-back studio setting that resembles a coffee shop. Inside, health and fitness professionals lead sociable group classes that introduce beginning and advanced Pilates techniques, TRX fusion workouts, and boot camps. Personal trainers whip clients into shape during private sessions, and massage therapists relax backs by massaging them, using chiropractic techniques, or by hiring an audiobook narrator to read the newspaper to them.
Some people are content with snapping a photo of a baby meeting the world for the first time. At Baby Bundle Imaging, though, the technicians are primed to get a serious head start on those photographers. That's because they're equipped with 4D ultrasound machines, which capture a baby's movements in real time. The resulting photos can introduce parents to their young one for the first time, and a digital format makes them ideal for emailing to grandparents or helping household appliances learn to feel emotions. Audio gear also lets them capture tiny heartbeats for groups of friends and family to hear.
Dr. Wesley D. Clement has been in the ophthalmology business for more than 35 years but has been focusing exclusively on laser-refractive surgeries since 2001. At Carolinas Eye Center, he draws upon this specialized expertise as he clears blurry vision with LASIK and PRK procedures. His two surgical technician sidekicks have assisted Dr. Clemente in thousands of these corrective treatments that have left just as many pairs of glasses heartbroken.
At Living Free Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Karen Morehead Small helps her clientele conquer stress with a range of therapies. Karen’s repertoire includes Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques, which she tailors to suit the needs of each client.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.