Board-certified pedorthist, accomplished four-event skier, hiker, and avid foot user Jeff Jacobs knows how important a perfectly fitting shoe can be. That's why he and his staff treat clients to an extensive regimen of tests and measurements, including gait analyses, weight-bearing impression casting, and custom-orthotics shoe fabrication. Armed with detailed knowledge of how they walk and what their feet need, customers can comfort and protect their precious locomotors with custom-fit ski and hiking boots from Dodge and DaleBoot, supportive running shoes from New Balance and Altra, and cycling shoes from Bont.
Headed by Rob D. Christensen, OD, Envision Optical's optometrists and ocular decorators engineer flattering, vision-correcting eyewear and lenses that are made in local labs to support the economy. During a 30- to 45-minute eye exam, vision experts test patrons for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or the ability to see through walls. Afterward, fit unseeing eyes with vision-clearing contacts ($30+/box) or lenses ($78+) set into designer frames by Nautica ($150+), Ted Baker ($175+), or Vera Wang ($185+). Sunglasses maintain stylish depth of field at the beach or within a desert fortress made out of magnifying glasses by hosting tinted lenses ($128+) in frames from designers by Nike ($79+) and Smith ($99+). All glasses come with a full warranty.
The staff at Myofascial Release Center refer to myofascial release massage as an “end of the road therapy”. That's because so many of their clients wish they would have discovered myofascial release much sooner in their journey toward wellness. During treatments, the practice's massage therapists apply slow pressure to the fascia, a network of subdermal tissues that cover the skeleton and muscles. The pressure relaxes fascia fibers, allowing long-term relief from stiffness and pain.
Gem State Dermatology’s certified epidermal artisan, Dr. Mings, restores frontispieces to grin-inducing glory with a noninvasive microdermabrasion skin-resurfacing treatment. After a free, yet optional, 45-minute cosmetic consultation with amicable aesthetician Caitlin Hutchinson expunges facial filth and burrowing skin gophers during a preprocedure cleansing. Then, the Diamond Tome system gingerly sloughs away sullied epidermal layers and dead skin cells with a diamond-tipped wand, paving the way for new cell growth and rubber-band-grade elasticity. By reducing tegument thickness, the procedure helps to unclog pores brimming with blackheads and loose change, and may also shoo away mild acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. A slathering of moisturizer and sun block completes the treatment, leaving faces hydrated and protected against UV rays.
Doctors of Chiropractic Timothy Dudley and Ryan Weed employ a low-level cold laser to help their patients find relief from pain and reduce their recovery time. They also offer manual spinal adjustments and corrective exercises. It isn’t just back pain that pulls people into the office, however. Clients also seek help for migraines, achy necks, and overworked wings.
Radio-frequency probes sound like something used to discover new stars, but they’re actually one of the many technologies used by Dr. Frank Fazzio to improve his patients’ lives. Dr. Fazzio has been practicing medicine since 1978, and his surgical attention has been focused solely on vein disorders since 2004. The medical veteran wields some of the most modern tools available to his specialty, including endoscopic cameras, advanced lasers, and the da Vinci Surgical System, which uses robotic technology to perform complicated operations. It’s not just the technology that makes Dr. Fazzio an authority in his field, though—he has performed an astounding 15,000 surgical procedures during his career, only 6 shy of Babe Ruth’s record.
Like millions of corn stalks, Dr. Fazzio has roots in Illinois and found his way in the dining halls of a Wisconsin college—Marquette University. After studying medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Fazzio completed a residency in general and peripheral vascular surgery at the University of Utah. But he’s now firmly planted in Idaho, and during his career he has even been the president of the medical staff at Treasure Valley Hospital.