No one should be concerned that Lila Day, MD, is resting on her laurels. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. She worked on some of the first studies of HIV at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and her research was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. She embarked on a medical mission in Africa, and has resided in Mexico, the West Indies, and England. But today, the fruits of her medical globetrotting are ripe for the picking by the citizens of Lake Tapps, where her family practice promotes well-being with a barrage of health services. Alongside full physicals and massage therapy, Dr. Day and her team take particular care of women with gynecological exams and children with pediatric care. They can also help patients shed pounds in time for spandex season with nutrition counseling, Ideal Protein diets, and cold-laser Zerona contouring treatments. Whether one is afflicted with a tummy ache or unshakable stress, Dr. Day is bound to have a remedy and an attendant anecdote from a faraway land.
It may seem strange for an aesthetician to lead seminars that teach attendees how to properly wax their legs or give a soothing massage, but Edie McCue of E.M. Aesthetics makes them a central part of her practice. She believes everyone should have access to spa treatments and relaxation, even at home. As an aesthetician for more than 20 years, though, McCue still lends an expert hand for clients who want to leave the treatments to a professional. She quenches dry skin with shea-butter wraps, exfoliates dull facial cells with microdermabrasion, fights muscular tension with therapeutic massages, and performs head-to-toe hair-removal sessions.
Licensed massage therapist Phoenix Alexander understands that massages are about more than pampering. With more than 20 years of experience giving clinical massages to help clients overcome injuries, even her luxurious spa massages help unwind muscle knots, release tension, and remove stuck-on stethoscopes. Her specialty modalities include reflexology and craniosacral therapy—two styles that help reinvigorate the body’s natural healing abilities. But massage isn’t all that Phoenix offers; she also enhances outer well-being with noninvasive massage face-lifts, herbal body wraps, and glacial-marine-mud masks.
Dr. Kevin Adolf has an impressive educational background that includes a surgical residency and specialized training in creating customized orthotic inserts. During one-on-one consultations at Ankle & Foot Institute of the South Sound, Dr. Adolf talks to his patients about their conditions in a clear way and encourages them to collaborate on a treatment plan that best suits their needs and hours at the bubble-wrap-stomping factory. He specializes in non-invasive care for foot and ankle conditions, but is also trained to perform surgical repairs and reconstruction. As a small private practice, the Ankle & Institute of the South Sound offers a warm, welcoming environment, but also has the diagnostic technology found in larger hospital settings.
During sessions, clients meet with a chiropractor for a consultation, where they can discuss their medical history, treatment questions, and favorite vertebrae. After a wellness exam charts current bodily health, a treatment plan is crafted to address any specific maladies. Finally, a massage therapist banishes aches and tension with massage strokes that weed out knots found deep within tissues. Since each clinic runs its own practice, processes can vary depending on location.