Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Kim Robbins has performed more than 8,000 LASIK procedures in her 10-year tenure as a refractive surgeon, and she was one of the first 200 doctors deemed worthy to perform LASIK by the FDA. As Medical Director of Robbins Eye Center, she alone helms the lasers during each LASIK treatment, ensuring every patient reaps the rewards of her experienced corneal sharpshooting. Additionally, Dr. Robbins has performed more than 12,000 cataract surgeries, helping clear up patients' cloudy vision so they may continue driving, reading, and spying on the neighbor's dog for years to come. She also boosts facial aesthetics with cosmetic injections.
Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.
Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.
At her holistic health clinic, White Oak Center, board-certified naturopathic physician Dr. Victoria Shikhman and her team take care of clients with services that focus not only on health, but also overall wellness. That’s why the wellness-care program includes anti-aging and facial-rejuvenation treatments such as microcurrent facials, which send gentle electric currents under the skin to tone muscles and boost collagen production. Dr. Shikhman believes that taking care of your appearance leads to better self-esteem and an improved outlook on life, which can have positive effects on your health.
The center’s more traditional health treatments include acupuncture for both the body and the face, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, clinical nutrition, and other techniques. Its blend of Western and alternative therapies can treat a vast array of ailments, such as asthma, migraines, or the dreaded combination of the two, which makes your brain wheeze.
Norwalk Hospital Integrative Medicine provides drug-free therapies such as acupuncture, reiki, and meditation classes to promote whole-body healing. Whether patients are coping with the side effects of chemotherapy or simply hoping to reduce stress in their lives, these alternative-medicine treatments help balance the body and mind. Eight-week tai chi classes promote wellness through slow, flowing exercises, and infant massage classes improve bonding, development, and baby road rage.
Black accents stylishly pop against the purple walls of Jules Salon, surrounding clients in chic elegance synonymous with the styling crew’s hair-snipping abilities. With 16 years of experience of her own, the eponymous stylist proudly works alongside her handpicked staff—Gina, Julia (“JJ”), and Lindsay—updating coifs with precision cuts, expert color treatments, and a few other tricks hidden up their sleeves. Masterfully executed products by Alfaparf Milano take standard color treatments, such as full or partial highlights and full-blown color swaps, to a whole new level, and potent Blue Rain conditioning serums repair broken and damaged strands better than wallowing in a pint of ice cream and listening to “All by Myself” on loop. The team retexturizes curly-cued mop tops with La Brasiliana keratin treatments and adds hair-flip worthy length with professional extensions.