Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports?both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and Giants, football's BC Lions, soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and baseball's Vancouver Canadians?four sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
With more than 20 years of experience, Doctors Barbara and Daniel Yip share a demeanour that their patients call "kind, personable, and empathetic" during a broad range of aesthetic services. Together, the two combat the external signs of aging while also infusing clients with internal energy and vitality. In order to reveal their clients' natural beauty, the doctors employ rigorously tested techniques proven to tighten aging skin, treat acne, or remove unwanted hairs that beg to be shaved off so they can explore the world.
The float tanks at Cloud 9 Float Spa offer a chance to escape the external stimuli that causes stress and distracts the mind from accessing its deeper functions. This holistic spa features four different tanks?including a couples unit, an open unit, and two closed units?filled with 11 inches of epson-salt-infused water, which causes the body to literally float on its surface, similar to replicating a zero-gravity experience.
Inside the tanks, clients are completely removed from sound and light; therefore, the mind can tap into a deeper place of concentration, meditation, and creativity. The zero-gravity experience removes stress and pressure from the body, and a 75-minutes session can help relieve back, neck, and joint pain. Each tank is located in a private suite complete with a changing area, towels, toiletries, and access to a shower.
Using her 25 years of experience, expert stylist Susanne works with each guests' face shape and fashion sensibilities to customize a flattering hairstyle. She specializes in both haircuts and colouring services, and she often shares wisdom about hair care techniques as she snips away split ends or conditions hair with hot oil.
Calming background music and a warm cup of tea greet arriving clients in the lounge at Sonah Medspa, where the crackling fireplace and elegant plush furniture inspire a mindset for calm. In the quiet, cell-phone-free spa, the staff offers traditional relaxing services alongside state-of-the-art technology. Guests descend into infrared saunas to sweat out toxins and memories of outdated locker combinations, or relax on a massage table under a therapist’s skilled hands. Skin treatments rejuvenate visages during facials supplemented with vitamins and muds, and wraps exfoliate the entire body. High-tech procedures such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and noninvasive body contouring are also available, allowing clients to experience the treatments of tomorrow without peeking ahead in the page-a-day calendar.
Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.