W. Ross Ryan and his staff undergo continuing education in order to perform the preventive treatments they believe can steer patients clear of future dental disease. In the clinic, they preemptively perform exams, x-rays, and routine cleanings and also apply coats of sealant and fluoride. Dr. Ryan can also send patrons home with custom whitening trays. He regularly attends dental conventions to stay up to date on these services or to hang out with somebody who doesn’t think the word mandibular is hilarious.
For some salons, nail treatments are an also-ran on the service menu. Not so at BC Nails. The staff dedicates all of their attention to glamorizing hands, feet, and that one nail that covers belly buttons. When they're not busy performing basic mani-pedis, BC Nails' techs pour their expertise into attaching acrylics, creating nail art, and pampering hands and feet with a host of spa-like add-ons, including their Zenspa mint mask and paraffin treatments. They back each of these services with polishes from reputable brands including OPI, CND, and China Glaze.
Designer Erin Edwards started tinkering with jewelry using tips she picked up from Googling or reading books. She used her research to found The Vintage Pearl, where?along with her team of hammer-wielding artisans?she now oversees a vast collection of custom sterling silver jewelry adorned with pearls and birthstone crystals. Featured on the pages of Glamour, each piece comes hand-stamped with personalized messages, including names, dates, or locker combinations available in a wide range of fonts and designs.
Weight-loss regimens get a boost at Lipo Laser of Oklahoma. During the center's signature treatment, a low-level laser safely penetrates the skin to target adipose cells. The laser prompts fat cells to release their contents—water, glycerol, and free fatty acids—which can then be naturally flushed out through the lymphatic system. To hasten this process, clients stand atop a vibrating platform that helps strengthen core muscles while improving lymphatic drainage and shimmying abilities. On average, two treatment sessions can whittle one–three inches from bodies.
Sometimes a setback becomes a catalyst for change. When Jessica Chase lost her hearing, then regained it following a risky surgery, she decided it was time to quit her day job and fulfill her dream of going back to school to become an aesthetician. Today, Chase administers expert beauty services ranging from basic waxing to advanced skincare at her rented space at Bodies in Balance. Her specialties include eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting, and light-therapy facials. These treatments are administered in a soothing atmosphere congenial to relaxation and the composition of muzak operettas.
Stress can make it difficult to perform even the most mundane tasks, such as walking, sleeping, and hanging from ceiling fan blades. Thanks goodness for licensed massage therapist Justus Bosquez. In the comfort of his cozy studio, he blends light to medium pressure with firmer techniques to ease chronic tension and promote deep relaxation. Justus is also been a charitable supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which provides support to injured military vets.