Dr. Thomas W. Bender III and certified physician's assistants Darla Parker and Lindsey Beville apply their expertise to accomplish a wide variety of cosmetic procedures ranging from laser hair removal to Botox. Their Image Pro II technology takes 3-D spectral images to offer a comprehensive skin analysis, visually mapping out several layers of the epidermis. The in-depth images from the system, along with professional products from such brands as Latisse, EltaMD, and ZO Skin Health, help the staff perform everything from treating wrinkles and age spots with IPL phototherapy and facials to diagnosing the presence of skin cancer.
"You need to open a business and dress up other people's kids," said 13-year-old Aleigha Murphy, a daughter who'd outgrown playing dress-up with mom LaKisha. Aleigha's offhand comment took root in LaKisha's mind, and LaKisha founded Dazzle Me Kids Spa & More. Her princess- and spa-themed party packages often include age-appropriate manicures, makeup application, and temporary hair color and glitter, in addition to dress-up and fashion shows. Girls also can stop in for one of the kid-friendly spa services.
At Salon Masquerade, expert cosmetologists refresh and refine appearances with a cadre of salon and spa services. Hairstylists tend to tresses with professional coloring and styling products by Schwarzkopf and Kenra, and technicians beautify nails with mani-pedis, CND shellac, and OPI polish. Further inside the salon’s aqua-blue and white spaces, deep-tissue and Swedish massages unkink muscles and relieve tension, and deluxe and thermal facials clear skin of dirt and blemishes.
Licensed massage therapist Renee Pierce cultivates relaxation and recovery during each bodywork session. She specializes in the Swedish modality, gliding her hands across backs with the smooth, continuous movements of meatballs on a slippery plate. She also excels in deep-tissue and hot-stone massages, which break up tension in thick muscles. For expectant mothers, she offers prenatal massages; for athletes, she provides sports massages.
After graduating as one of Fortis College – Mobile's top massage therapy students, Jen Adams began combining her extensive knowledge of reiki and aromatherapy with massage therapy to help clients relieve stress and remedy health issues. As a licensed massage therapist with more than 1,000 hours of clinical experience, she expertly pampers clients with the strokes and kneads of various massage modalities, including Swedish, neuromuscular, craniosacral, and lymphatic drainage. Clients may customize their massage sessions with a number of add-ons such as a footbath, ear candling, or kinesio taping—designed to ease muscles fatigued from overexertion or overzealously directing people to the beach.
Beyond the business day, Jen Adams lends her superpowers to the community as a volunteer massage therapist for Hands for Heroes, an organization that provides therapeutic bodywork to military veterans.