"We don't want to be your dental office—we want to develop a lifelong friendship," says the staff at Skees Family Dentistry, where Dr. Dawn Skees leads a team in caring for patients during all stages of life. Her practice's mission statement prizes patient comfort, fostering anxiety-free dentistry through an unhurried pace and step-by-step communication—whether cleaning chompers, straightening smiles with ClearCorrect aligners, or performing oral surgery. Dr. Skees believes in educating patients to take better care of their teeth, even sharing her expertise over the airwaves as the exclusive dentist on the Body Talk radio show on 970 AM WGTK.
Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
Chef Sandy Pike acquired lots of free time when she sold her dessert business, Queen of Tarts, in 2005. Soon afterward, a close family member needed a diet overhaul following some stern words from the doctor. Drawing upon more than 20 years of culinary experience and a love affair with local, seasonal ingredients, Sandy began preparing healthy, flavorful meals ideal for diabetics. Before long, non-diabetic friends and neighbors began clamoring for her creations as well. In response, she launched Home Cuisine, a kitchen where she and fellow chefs create complete, nutritious meals that can be picked up or delivered, then heated and enjoyed at home.
Filled with fresh produce and lean meats—not trans fats or chunks of deep-fried Spam—her dishes showcase healthy eating's tasty side and illustrate the concept of portion control. Her staffers follow the American Heart Association's dietary guidelines and consult dietitians and food scientists from two local universities to ensure that each meal is as balanced as possible.
Sandy and her daughter Mae, a seasoned event planner, share their recipes regularly in the Voice-Tribune and the Courier-Journal, and also support a variety of area charities, including Boys & Girls Haven, Dare to Care Food Bank, and Blessings in a Backpack.
Dr. Brad Cummins leads his team of clinicians with more than 17 years of clinical experience. In addition to laser skin treatments that remove hair and smoothen skin, the staff also fits bodies to slimmer iterations with customized weight-loss plans, as well as body sculpting and cellulite treatments. Dr. Cummins demonstrates his care and responsibility for patients by personally performing or overseeing each treatment.
Slim silhouettes are a common sight against City Chic’s contemporary black and white decor, thanks to a team of technicians who aid in weight loss with Medi-Lift contouring treatments and body wraps. Among the studio’s most popular options, CelluSleek treatments invented by Elizabeth Harris for cellulite and loose skin, which massage the body or face, harness the various powers of cupping, vibration, and deep-tissue therapy to encourage collagen and elastin production, thereby helping to firm and smooth out the skin.
When it isn't shrinking waistlines, City Chic’s team promotes youthful appearances with nine facials—each of which relies on Alleia Skin by Elizabeth Harris products blended from botanical extracts and Italian mineral water—and five types of therapeutic massage. Airbrush tans mist skin with a safe, sunless solution that bronzes without the risks of sitting in the sun or lowering oneself in a deep fryer.
With its mint-colored walls, plush lounge area, and dark-wood curio cabinets, Azure Skin & Wellness immerses visitors into luxury the second they walk through the door. Beyond that initial introduction, the spa's team of veteran aestheticians takes over, combining expertise with the industry's latest technologies to deliver effective, non-invasive cosmetic treatments. They keep skin looking young with facials, chemical peels, and skincare remedies such as Botox and vitamin injections, and help clients maintain ache-free muscles with massages from a therapist with more than a thousand hours of training.