After receiving her first colonic to ease a bout of chronic intestinal distress, Angela Brake was hooked. Impressed by the efficacy of the treatment, to which she also attributes her relief from lower-back pain and a boost in overall energy, Angela earned an I-ACT hydrotherapy certification so that she could share the holistic healing method with others. In 2008, Angela opened Natural Wellness, with a gravity-fed and double-filtered hydrotherapy system as the clinic's centerpiece. With Angela's guidance, her patients undergo the same cleansing process that helped her overcome her ailments and benefit from common posttreatment feelings of lightness and increased energy.
Professional lab technicians utilize modern chemistry equations and scientific tests to scrutinize patients' health. But Any Lab Test Now isn't a doctor's office. It’s a place people can go to get comprehensive lab tests that doesn't require them to make an appointment, have insurance, or memorize the Hippocratic oath. The lab can test anything from current blood pressure and physical fitness to potential blood disorders, triglyceride levels, and even liver function—all handy pieces of info to have before starting a workout regime or preparing to fly overseas. In lieu of waiting to receive a bill, patients know about and pay for the day's services upfront, giving the mailman more time to deliver care packages to astronauts.
The practitioners at InShapeMD, under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Walton Romeo, guide wellness-seekers through the paces of medically supervised diet and anti-aging programs. Their four-week weight-loss plan takes data harvested during an initial exam, lab tests, and games of Guess Who and uses it to build a nutrition plan and personal-training regimen. Weekly B12 and lipotropic shots enhance dieting efforts by boosting energy levels or encouraging the breakdown of fat cells, and weekly weigh-ins and vitals checks track slimming progress and provide support to participants.
Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic enhances face façades using modern techniques and personalized spa facials. The skilled aestheticians help clients choose one of four treatment types, based on skin type and tissue temperament, to cheer up sullen skin. The European facial employs customized masks and massage techniques to exfoliate and refresh the epidermis. The anti-aging facial can restore radiance using vitamin-enriched serums discovered during explorative dives into the Fountain of Youth. Evict bacteria from put-upon pores with a purifying deep-cleanse facial designed to revitalize complexions, or calm overactive imaginations with a relaxation facial that combines aromatherapy, massage, and warm towels.
Dr. Sarah Sawyer gets her drive to help others from her father, a small town dentist who was never shy about providing weekend calls and home visits. This same level of commitment distinguishes Dr. Sawyer's work at Dermatology & Laser of Alabama—the skincare center she founded—and that has led Daytime Alabama and CBS42 to seek her opinions on Botox, tattoo removal, and other topics. Along with her team of highly trained technicians, including dermatologist Dr. Katherine Flanagan and master aesthetician Michelle Alvis, she helps clients obtain clear complexions using a three-step process: resurface, revolumize, and protect. Though the skincare regimens designed by the team based on these guidelines, often vary— like the weather conditions inside an automatic car wash—they frequently include treatments such as micropeels, dermaplaning, and facials.
Visiting the clinic doesn't feel like a chore, though. Before treatments, clients relax in a reception area where they can read a magazine, watch television, or use the center's free WiFi as they nosh on complimentary snacks and beverages.
In an interview with Daytime Alabama, Drs. John Kingsley and Melanie Petro espoused the importance of feeling good about how your face and legs look. Certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, they help the process along at Alabama Vascular and Vein Center by clearing skin of spider and varicose veins with modern treatments, including CoolTouch lasers, sclerotherapy, and the Veinwave’s short pulses of thermal energy, allowing clients to wear shorts, skirts, or dresses without worrying about unsightly spider veins.
Knowing that cosmetic procedures can sometimes feel daunting, Dr. Melanie L. Petro makes it her first priority to put her guests at ease. This welcoming environment is established with fresh flowers, a wellspring of empathy, and a friendly team of registered nurses, skincare specialists, and support staff.
After thoroughly explaining the treatments, which range from lifts of all types to a host of non-surgical palliatives, Dr. Petro puts to work the same medical acumen that earned her a position as a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Aging, cellulite, and spider veins run for the hills under the withering gaze of various medical-grade lasers, and long-beleaguered complexions spring back to life like a phoenix on a trampoline after med-spa treatments, such as chemical peels or IPL photofacials.