With the aim of becoming the Ritz-Carlton of dental offices, Dr. Jean Woods and her staff lavish patients with individualized attention and luxurious amenities during aesthetic and general dentistry services. The staff soothes dentist's-office-related anxieties by blocking out sounds with a Bose headphones system or by painlessly warding off discomfort with a computer-operated local anesthetic. To remove plaque, they use a technique called air abrasion, which eschews harsh drills for compressed air. Whether boosting patients' self-confidence with root-canal therapy or performing general check-ups, the staff uses advanced technology, including intraoral cameras and rotary instruments. Dr. Woods keeps her tools sharp by participating in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. She also plays an active role within the community by sponsoring the shadowing program, which welcomes future dentists to explore the field and partake in its after-work foosball tournaments.
Displayed on the screen of a 52-inch flat-screen TV, a baby sucks her thumb as her parents watch adoringly. Her due date, however, is months away. A couple decades ago, this technology would have been the province of science fiction, but today ultrasound machines routinely collect 3-D images and 4-D videos. At My Womb with a View, Dr. T. J. Eckleburg employs a GE Voluson 730 Pro to give parents the earliest glimpses of their growing child. The machine hooks up to a high-definition TV, where parents and visitors can gaze upon the crystal-clear images together.
Although soothing, massages aren’t just for relaxation—their benefits range from increased circulation to injury prevention. Licensed therapist Shannon Hester understands this, tailoring his services to fit the individual needs of his clients. Relying on an arsenal of modalities and techniques, he painstakingly expunges knots and alien probes cleverly disguised as knots. At Wellness Associates of Chapel Hill, Hester works alongside colleagues Duncan McChesney and Kristine Pita, who tap into their massage-therapy backgrounds to rejuvenate clients.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Lucas Kruse, chiropractic care is a family tradition. He's a second-generation chiropractor and is proud to be one of five Kruse family members delivering chiropractic care throughout the United States. After serving for eight years as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kruse attended New York Chiropractic College and completed additional training for pediatric patients. Today, family continues to play a vital role at Kruse Chiropractic, as patients often spot Dr. Kruse's wife, Julie helping at the front desk, assisting with patient care or reminding one of their four children that teddy bears don't benefit from time on the intersegmental traction device. Though his time in the military is behind him, Dr. Kruse remains passionate about getting veterans the care they need. As a member of the American Legion, Purple Heart Association, and the veterans committee of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association, he is working to add chiropractic options to the North Carolina Veterans Affairs hospital system. An avid golfer in his spare time, Dr. Kruse is also certified in the treatment of golf-related injuries and performance enhancement, and can perform a golf-swing analysis to determine areas of restriction, weakness, or imbalance.
At Renewal Body Contouring, Dr. Jason Miller works to banish both cellulite and excess fat with an arsenal of advanced, FDA-approved technology. With Smartlipo TriPlex technology, the doctor can effectively diminish fat or even sculpt tissue into chiseled-looking muscles during a procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Unlike traditional liposuction, the Smartlipo system requires only a small incision and liquefies, rather than tears apart, fat tissues, resulting in less downtime and fewer complications. Similarly, the minimally invasive Cellulaze treatment requires just a small incision to sneak a hollow tube beneath the skin and transmit thermal energy, which can help smooth dimpled areas of skin. Patients can also turn to one of the office’s noninvasive procedures for incision-free slimming. CoolSculpting, for instance, freezes and eliminates fat without the use of scalpels or suction, and SmoothShapes cellulite treatments harness the powers of both laser light and relaxing massage.