With more than 20 years of experience in cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery, Advanced Laser Vision & Surgical Institute's board-certified medical director, ophthalmologist Dr. William Lipsky, and his team of eye specialists sharpen sight with help from the advanced iLASIK procedure. An initial consultation and test ensure eye orbs are ideal candidates for the treatment, which uses blade-free IntraLase technology and the VISX Star S4 excimer laser to reshape the cornea, effectively treating most types of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and chronic smoky eye. The procedure itself typically takes around 10 minutes per eye, and numbing eye drops and a mild oral sedative are available to minimize discomfort. Patients return for a follow-up visit the day after surgery and can typically resume normal activities such as driving, working, and hypnotizing the cat the day after that. Click here to consult a list of frequently asked questions and for more information about the iLASIK process.
The chiropractic doctors at Clear Lake Chiropractic strive to treat the sources of pain and discomfort, not just the symptoms. X-rays help reveal potential issues, which the staff solves with adjustments and massage therapy. They also work to treat individuals who’ve been involved in motor-vehicle accidents or caught between hugging Robocops.
Dr. Chris Doyle once had a patient come into Planet Health with an aching neck that would not quit. Everyday pain treatments, such as heat pads and ibuprofen, didn't make a difference, and a series of chiropractic adjustments with the doctor brought little relief. Realizing the true problem at hand, Dr. Doyle ordered custom orthotics to correct her flat feet, and within a week, the neck pain was gone.
Dr. Doyle acknowledges that most people see each part of the body in isolation, but people should instead see the body as an interconnected unit. An imbalance in one part affects another seemingly disparate part of the body. The spine is what connects the nervous system to the rest of the body, and when it is misaligned, it can affect the nerve impulses sent from that area, which in turn can affect the function of faraway organs and muscles. The general tenet of chiropractic care, he says, is that the body is fully capable of healing itself. His work just helps speed it along.
To this end, Planet Health’s services all focus on healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Cold-laser therapy works to ameliorate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During chiropractic massages, muscles shed tension and toxins to increase circulation and flexibility. Acupuncture sessions reroute bodily energy without the need to implant traffic signals below the skin’s surface.
Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center's specialists demonstrate a skill and efficacy that earned their work a nod from Goldline Research which named the center one of the country's leading LASIK providers for three years in a row. People and cyclopes from all across the nation come for treatment from proficient doctors and certified surgeons, who use FDA-approved Allegretto Wave Eye-Q lasers to correct vision. Before the procedure, patients must undergo a complimentary consultation to determine their candidacy and favorite tunes to blast on the stereo during the procedure. During the blade-free procedure, a certified surgeon spends 30–60 seconds reshaping the cornea to match the patient's specific prescription. Patients can expect to return to their normal tasks the day after the procedure and swing by the center a week later for a brief post-op checkup and eye-strengthening Magic Eye book. Click here for additional FAQs, medical disclosures, and candid photographs of Cyclops at the laundromat.
While most of his peers were entering bars with fake IDs, 19-year-old Patrick McNamara was entering medical school. A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine and board certified in internal medicine, Dr. McNamara takes a whole-body approach to wellness during his medical-spa services at The Skin Renewal Center. His staff gently abrades skin surfaces with microdermabrasion to remove damaged layers and reduce the appearance of fine lines on faces. Vaser liposuction removes fat using ultrasound technology that liquefies fat without disturbing surrounding tissues. Meanwhile, Thermage tightens skin with radio frequencies that stimulate collagen production using the theme to All Things Considered.
Double-board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon Dr. Raul Rodriguez has garnered a fair share of press for his pioneering work in fat reduction, including numerous articles in Modern Luxury, features on local news networks, and a 2003 appearance on 20/20. In his more than two decades of experience, he has helped thousands of patients extricate unwanted fat stores with mesotherapy, an injection of special nutrients to decrease fat cells; and LipoLaser, which targets adipose tissue under the skin with cold lasers and icy stares. Dr. Rodriguez's office tends to faces as well as bodies by relaxing wrinkles with Botox treatments.
Element 5 Om’s owner and licensed acupuncturist Sheri Davidson focuses on making disparate parts work together as a whole. Sheri began her traditional Chinese medical studies in 2000, cultivating a passion for Japanese architecture and martial-arts along the way. Through her studies, Davidson has learned extensively in the fields of Acupuncture, moxibustion training, Chinese herbology, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Eastern medicine emphasizes a theory of interconnectedness. For example, the lungs affect the kidneys, which in turn affect the heart. To this end, the clinic’s range of services works to bring clients’ bodies into balance, without standard medications or excessive seesaws. Acupuncture guides the body’s energy flow into more healthful patterns by inserting fine needles into certain meridian points on the body. This is believed to stimulate the flow of energy and can treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, along with decreasing chronic pain. During cupping treatments, gentle suction coaxes tight muscles into releasing tension and toxins, whereas one-on-one health-coaching sessions help clients learn to live a life that fosters wellness.