Dr. Moiz Tajkhanji?s medical career took him from Mumbai, India all the way to Boston and Virginia, where he completed his residency and earned the role of Chief Resident of Family Practice. Desiring to take a more patient-centered approach to healthcare, he started his own practice in San Antonio, where he now cares for families with services that range from annual health exams and sleep studies to laser hair removal and Botox injections.
Toepperwein Family Practice and Wellness Center?s 7,000-square-foot clinic features an onsite lab, bone density testing, and separate waiting rooms for adults and kids. The aesthetic treatment rooms boast the latest skincare equipment including an AccentXL laser and a digital skin analysis system, which uses advanced technology to uncover hidden sun damage, pigmentation, and ACT answers. Aestheticians also reach for Revision and SkinCeutical products as they perform customized facials or reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation with IPL sessions.
The silhouette professionals at Zespa enhance physiques with non-invasive, FDA-approved Zerona laser treatments, the Venus Freeze skin-rejuvenation system, and Lipo-Light technology. Comprehensive body-contouring plans encourage healthier habits and lasting inch loss by harnessing Zerona's cold-laser technology, which liquefies lipids at the cellular level, allowing the fat to run screaming from the body like a donut that mistakenly ends up in a health-food store. A series of treatments can shrink the circumference of the waist, hips, thighs, or other target areas. Venus Freeze, which Zespa compares to a hot-stone massage, works to tighten skin, reducing wrinkles and cellulite and making skin appear as youthful-looking as a puppy wearing pigtails. The non-invasive Lipo-Light uses LED technology to directly target fat cells in problem areas such as the abs, arms, and neck.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
Under the direction of Dr. Sanjiv R. Kumar, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School, Sonterra Laser Med Spa's licensed aestheticians and laser technicians efface signs of aging with attention to detail that garners the spa regular attention on KENS 5's Great Day SA. Advanced skin-analysis machines scan faces before services to give technicians a closer look at bacteria, sun damage, and wrinkles not visible to the naked or clothed eye. The results determine what skincare services best suit each client, including glo minerals chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal-filler injections. The Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser treatment utilizes a larger spot size to reach greater depths of penetration and destroys hair strands at the root.
The Laser Spa's Dr. Kamala Rao has been a board-certified anesthesiologist for more than 35 years. She and her team administer a wide variety of laser treatments, eliminating unwanted hair, spider veins, and facial blemishes with unerring rays that never fly wide and puncture the ozone layer. She also employs the highest grade of skincare products from Obagi and PCA, as well as professional mineral makeup from Jane Iredale.
Dr. Rao's belief that ?when you look good, you feel good? is a mantra that reverberates throughout the European-style spa. Beyond laser sessions, Botox treatments, and chemical peels, the doctor unfurrows souls by teaching yoga classes in her spare time.