After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing?therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.
Dr. David Chiu and his team of smile renovators at Anchor Dental keep mouths neat and tidy with a suite of dental procedures. In the comprehensive exam, hygienists give pearly whites a once-over, sleuthing for plaque-ridden molars, camouflaged cavities, and any signs of oral cancer. Next, a cleaning attacks tartar and squatting bands of Sour Patch Kids. A full-mouth x-ray searches for hidden decay and mislaid wisdom teeth and a periodontal health screening checks teeth’s gummy garden beds for signs of gingivitis. Groupon patients with gum problems also receive a 50% discount on a full periodontal cleaning, including scaling and root planing.
The Healing Center embraces the Six Steps to Wellness program, using it to create custom treatments that help patients achieve total physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Doctor of Chiropractic John A. Morrow first consults with patients to determine which wellness area needs work. He corrects spinal misalignments with the Adjustor system to improve structural issues, evaluates diet deficiencies to optimize nutrition, and uses biofeedback to identify and eliminate allergies and sensitivities.
For outer wellness, The Healing Center offers noninvasive body sculpting with the Zerona laser and teeth whitening. All treatments are performed inside the cozy 8,000-square-foot facility, which feels more like a spa than a traditional wellness clinic, with its infrared sauna, exercise machines, detoxification room, and peaceful kazoo background music.
Selah Medi Spa?s skilled aestheticians address skin concerns, making epidermises glow from head to toe in a soothing spa setting. Personalized facials inundate skin with a radiance usually only achievable through hours of strenuous ant-farm labor, and injections of Botox or Juvederm revive youthful looks. Patrons can also purchase Gl?minerals makeup, which enhances natural beauty with UV protection and light reflectors. Licensed massage therapists also work through each tense barricade of ligaments and tendons, varying pressure to ease stress and alleviate pain.
Since completing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology more than 20 years ago, Dr. James Kern has helped women maintain their inner well-being. Now, with the addition of medical aesthetics, Kern helps men and women alike showcase their outer beauty through both surgical and noninvasive procedures, from Botox to weight loss. Transformations can take place under the doctor-directed HCG diet, which deploys the HCG pregnancy hormone to speedily release unwanted fat cells in both men and women. Through the Body-Jet liposuction system, water flushes out fat to help sculpt and contour the body more effectively than a slip ‘n’ slide souped up with a pressure washer.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.