A full-service healthcare and wellness practice formerly known as InterFit, RediClinic pairs licensed nurse practitioners and physician assistants with patients seeking services ranging from physicals and vaccinations to cosmetic consultations and diabetes testing. Typically found inside retail stores, RediClinics don't require any appointments, making walk-in service as seamless as the plot of most Newhart fan fiction. In addition to preventive services, RediClinic has also expanded its services into the realms of proactive health, promoting wellness with weight-loss counseling and programs to help patients stop smoking.
Trained as a general surgeon, Dr. Kristi Sumpter, founder of Winds Of Change Cosmetic Surgery, discovered her passion for cosmetic surgery while working with breast cancer patients. It was then that she came to understand the emotional impact physical changes can have on a person. Drawing upon this experience, she takes a caring approach to her work, and has been recognized multiple times by H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's top doctors. Her treatments include liposuction and face-lifts in addition to IPL photofacials and chemical peels, which can restore youthful glows better than swirlies in the Fountain of Youth.
Medically Shaped, LLC brings weight loss into the doctor's office—NW Cypress Pediatrics and Family Medicine's office, to be exact. There, physicians supervise and construct custom diet plans that slim down entire bodies with the help of lab work, natural supplements, and diet medications. For spot treatments, the medically trained staff uses noninvasive Vaser Shape body contouring to reduce fat and cellulite on the abs, thighs, or arms without invasive surgery or shrink rays.
For more than 20 years, locally owned LabXpress' Scott Farrell has been expanding his health-focused chain across the Southwest with the aim of providing readily accessible and affordable medical tests. Trained lab technicians at each location provide same day and 24-hour turnaround for a wide range of tests on bodily topics including drugs, DNA, STDs, and allergies. All results are kept confidential. Their wellness panels for men and women, meanwhile, offer insight into organ function and hormone levels to screen for signs of disease or superpowers.
Physician and Balanced Health and Wellness founder Dr. Mary Alavi may not be a mapmaker, but she does understand that knowing where you are is the first step toward getting to where you want to be. She created the center after years of watching her patients suffer from premature aging and degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, knowing full well that many cases could have been preventable had her patients merely stopped to examine the signs. Her whole-person approach to health care includes a detailed exploration of each patient's history, lifestyle, genetic factors, and favorite episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which allows her to outline a custom treatment plan. This road map to wellness might include medical screening or lab testing, nutrition plans or fitness protocols led by a certified personal trainer, or even visits with a life coach. Dr. Alavi's balanced approach to wellness also inspired her to make changes in her own life—since 2003, she's lost and kept off an inspirational 60 pounds, and she continues to share her own personal successes and failures to encourage her patients to stay on track.
The patient-centered philosophy at Balanced Health and Wellness is evident in the lobby, where guests relax in antique-style chairs and make small talk with a grandfatherly hardwood clock. Staffers present clients with tea or flavored water before directing them to sessions with a massage therapist or an aesthetician, or to a consultation with the office's certified laser technician, who sets his smoothing sights on hair, spider veins, fine lines, and age spots.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
Looking beautiful shouldn't take all day, which is why Apple Lash Studio offers a menu of services that helps clients cut down on their primping time. Mascara can be nixed from one's makeup routine after synthetic-fiber extensions—available in black and glitter-coated styles—add immediate length and volume to lash lines. The naturally curved, semipermanent lashes never interfere with one's other daily activities, including swimming, showering, and sweating, and only take a trained lash specialist up to two hours to apply, one lash at a time, using sterilized equipment. While at the intimate shop, clients can also have unwanted hair quickly removed from their brows, lower legs, and bikini lines.