While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren’t Shelly’s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients’ complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.
Medi Spa Pros.’ aestheticians wield lasers and professional skincare products to beautify skin during facials and hair-removal treatments. Clients recline upon a plush bed in a private room decked in shades of burgundy, cream, and periwinkle as experienced techs tackle unwanted hair or smooth away minor wrinkles with CoolTouch laser equipment. The laser closes down follicular hair factories with intense pulses of electromagnetic energy, removing superfluous strands like a person preparing for a Mr. Clean convention. When they aren’t pointing their low-heat lasers at acne and other blemishes, the spa’s aestheticians polish complexions with Priori skincare products and rejuvenating steam.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. A. Miller Alonso brings more than 25 years of experience to his practice, two decades of which was spent as chief of plastic surgery at St. Agnes Hospital and Harbor Hospital. He specializes in cosmetic treatments such as face lifts, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts, in which he deftly hones curves, tightens sagging skin, and transforms dimpled surfaces into smooth laminate countertops. When he's not whittling figures at Creative, Dr. Alonso is traversing the globe organizing surgical missions and teaching surgeons how to perform techniques of his own invention.
Dr. Sheri Rowen has staked out a solid position at the forefront of her field. She was among the first in the nation to offer "instant vision" cataract surgery and served on a 10-person team investigating the use of implantable contact lenses. Persistent study and adoption of new technologies has been a hallmark of her ophthalmologic practice, which nowadays employs the 3-D eye mapping in custom LASIK surgery, a wide range of lens implants, and treatments that make it possible to read people’s auras. Beyond her expertise in eye care, Dr. Rowen extends her services to the rest of the face and body with cosmetic skincare, such as laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and scelrotherapy for spider veins.
Aestheticians Melissa Jacobson and Stephanie Casey employ only organic ingredients within their candlelit beauty studio. Jacobson and Casey, a certified aromatherapist, believe in treating the whole body and all of its manifestations in alternate universes. They excel at cultivating a sense of total peace, whether they're performing facials, body wraps, deep-tissue massages, airbrush tanning, and showcasing their custom blended product lab.