Dr. Augusto N. Pareja, who served as an emergency-room physician and was the medical director of urgent care centers, combines the clinical skills he's honed over the years with holistic techniques and Chinese medicine to heal bodies. He believes that traditional medicine alone doesn’t always work, which is why he combines it with nonconventional techniques and medications that have been proven effective through decades of research. His multifaceted approach to pain management includes acupuncture, massage, detoxification, and personalized weight-loss programs. He also treats bodies’ outsides and makes them more beautiful with rejuvenating facial peels and light therapy, laser hair removal, and glitter.
Reflecting its multi-disciplinary approach, MIMIT?Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Treatments?employs a team of board certified practitioners from diverse medical backgrounds. Four fellowship-trained interventional radiologists and two general surgeons helm the staff, which also includes three certified physician's assistants. Together, they approach healing with a focus on function, as well as aesthetics, and aim to empower their clients through treatment education. The team specializes in needle-aided sclerotherapy, endo-venous laser treatments, and radio frequency ablation treatments for venous disease, as well as pain-reduction kyphoplasty treatments for spinal compression. They also rely on a blend of non-invasive and surgical techniques to treat issues ranging from peripheral arterial disease to breast cancer.
As a specialist in emergency medicine, Dr. Bradley Hulten relies on evolved technology to rejuvenate his clients' skin with minimal impact. A team of certified technicians joins him at Chicago Skin Solutions, where clients can smooth skin texture with pulsed-light Photorejuvenation treatments and exfoliate faces with crystal-powered microdermabrasion. In addition to making razors obsolete, laser treatments preempt the need for makeup, stockings, and invisibility cloaks by promoting firm, youthful skin unmarred by veins and rosacea.
Inside their shared offices in Naperville, and Bronzeville, Flawless Cosmetic Medicine Center and Dr. Tinsley & Associates, Inc. team up to provide skincare procedures, products, and education. Since 1996, the practice has performed plastic and cosmetic surgery in Chicago and on Grand Cayman Island. During that time, Dr. Tinsley himself has managed to balance the full-time duties of parenthood with a number of different positions in medicine, including stints as a general surgeon, a trauma surgeon, and a plastic surgeon. He also founded the scarless mole-removal treatment—SMR—which rids skin of moles in a much more effective manner than simply yelling at them to leave.
Under the direction of Dr. George Tsatsos, Dr. Svetlana Zats, Dr. Mariano Rivera and Dr. Kevin Massard, the staff of Ankle N Foot Center performs podiatric and medical aesthetics services equally adeptly. Doctors can craft customized orthotics from patients' digital measurements, diagnose problems with in-house x-rays and ultrasounds, and help heal injuries with physical-therapy programs led by a penitent stiletto heel. Clients on already happy feet can waltz toward the medical salon, where aestheticians use medically sanitized instruments and safe, natural products to exfoliate feet and polish nails.
Lillian Howard, the proprietress of Lillian Dion Salon, draws upon her training from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London as she leads the shop's team of creative stylists. Within the ultra-chic salon decked out in modern artwork, hair artists cut and color hair of all textures and create glamorous updos for attending special occasions or beguiling onlookers as you sleep. They also add volume and length to sparse manes with an array of specialty extensions and laser hair-restoration treatments. Their selection of Italian haircare products from Davines nourish scalps and cleanse tresses.
What is your salon's most popular service or treatment?
Most people come to take advantage of our skill in keeping the hair healthy, strong, growing, and beautiful.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or training? What makes you and your team experts?
Everyone is a certified hair stylist. [We are] experts at creating innovative looks and meeting the customer's standards in beauty.
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
Not only do we focus on doing hair, but we [also] focus on doing make-up, facials, eye brows, and more to meet the customer's needs.
What keeps customers coming back?
Our customer experience, advanced hair knowledge, our innovative skills, and our location.
What's the vibe of your salon like?
We are [a] fun and outgoing team. No hassle, but a lot of relaxing and great personalities.
Why is Black History Month important to you?
It celebrates our achievements and honors our ancestors. It gives us an opportunity to reference our long struggle to achieve peace, overcome oppression, and become a stronger community.
What does being a black business owner mean to you?
It means that as a people we have come a long way in America. And there are a lot of hurdles to jump, [but] having jumped this one makes me glad.