Wellville Massage & Healing Arts founder Kim Dupre believes that only a calm mind and body can properly focus on healing and rejuvenation. To that end, she has designed her center around the principles of relaxation, helping clients slip into a stress-free state while the friendly staff works its holistic-healing magic. In addition to massage, which is Dupre's specialty, available therapies include couples massages with hot tub sessions, essential-oil-infused raindrop therapy, and steam treatments that help cleanse toxins and unwrinkle shirts smuggled in under skin-colored bodysuits.
Founder and medical director Jeffrey W. Scales, MD, not only treats a wide range of skin conditions in children and adults, but also specializes in issues common among people of color. Using his years of experience—which began after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Perelman School of Medicine—Dr. Scales works with his medical team to administer microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and other treatments designed to boost epidermal health. Clients also come in for complexion-smoothing injections of Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm, which help temporarily reduce facial lines developed from years of trying to appear wiser.
Laser Lean’s technicians specialize in two noninvasive contouring technologies: Zerona and Venus Freeze by VenusConcept. Designed to melt up to 9 inches off the midsection, Zerona treatments emulsify fat tissue with a cold laser that minimizes pain. Alternatively, the Venus Freeze machine combines multipolar radio frequency with magnetism to tighten and contour skin. This treatment specifically targets the face to leave cheeks and jawlines smoother than a baby dipped in chocolate.
Academy Eye Associates is a one-stop shop for patients in need of new glasses. Doctors perform visual exams, testing patients for signs of glaucoma, cataracts, and evil eye. With prescriptions in hand, patients can peruse the clinic’s selection of eyewear or opt for an order of contact lenses. For those who want to forego corrective lenses altogether, the doctors can schedule a laser vision correction surgery.
It takes a village to build a healthy lifestyle at the Chapel Hill–Carrboro YMCA. Fitness and friendship intertwine as positive staffers infuse the community with values such as generosity and perseverance. Teamwork fuels group sports such as soccer and baseball and more than 40 weekly exercise classes, which range from yoga to cycling to Zumba. Solo exercisers can flutter toward physical fitness in a 25-yard pool or chase it down on a host of cardio machines. In addition to building strong bodies, the facility fortifies spirits with fun-filled programs such as youth summer camps and parent retreats. Memberships come with several complimentary perks, including childcare, fitness orientations, and short-term access to other YMCA branches, and a free iPhone app shares updates about class schedules and flying-saucer landings.
Founded in Durham 30 years ago by fashion-forward frame specialist George Fagét, Specs stocks an abundance of international brand-name frames in a stylish boutique setting with hardwood floors. Patients can bring along an existing prescription or sit down for a comprehensive eye exam that graciously spares retinas from math-heavy word problems. Whether transparent or UV-blocking, lenses come outfitted in the latest frame styles from such brands as Prodesign and Lafont. Upscale frames, such as the Italian X-Ide and the Swedish Öga, lend eyeballs more international panache than a bedazzled travel guide. For those without an up-to-date prescription, onsite eye exams assess peepers for vision and staring-contest dexterity.