Serge and Ilona Barlam, graduates of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, run Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics, a full-service center with sophisticated diagnostics, diabetic care, and laser-therapy services. Their treatments emphasize preventive care, with routine care available for those without troubling injuries and physical therapy or surgery available for those who need major changes. Laser therapy relies on GenesisPro by Cutera, Q-Clear, or CoolTouch lasers to diminish the appearance of onychomycosis, a fungus that makes the toenails yellow, thicken, and unable to show off engagement toe rings.
At North Creek Medicine, Dr. Mark Swyer and his trained staff treat the body both inside and out with their range of health and beauty services. Laser technicians harness the dual power of the elôs system, which uses radio and light frequencies to gently, yet effectively, eliminate unwanted hair and diminish rosacea, spider veins, and other epidermal flaws. The team also welcomes the entire family into their care for gunnysack races and preventative medical screenings. Aside from physical wellbeing, the center cares for mental health with psychiatric counseling for adults and teens.
Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy's expertise in podiatry has earned him not one, not two, but three certifications from the American Board of Multiple Specialties—in primary care, in podiatric surgery, and in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot wounds and diabetic footwear. It is this expertise⎯along with his skills with laser systems, injections, and surgical tools to alleviate foot problems such as bunions, ankle pain, and toenail fungus⎯that has helped him become the footcare specialist of fellow doctors.
Dr. Burakovskiy has also been featured on King 5 News as a podiatrist who doesn't chide women for wearing high heels, instead offering foot-pillow injections that create extra padding in the ball of the foot to reduce pain more efficiently than wrapping feet in bubble wrap. He is joined by Dr. Jacqueline Buckley, a Seattle native who has trained in foot and ankle surgery, podiatric medicine, and wound care. She attended Clark Atlanta University and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and has researched cadaveric achilles tendon transplantation, tendon repair, and amnion.
At Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center, a full-service anti-aging emporium led by Medical Director Dr. Yann G. Lin, the staff uses treatments from beauty injections to spider-vein removal to take years off their clients' exteriors. The plush spa-like center is designed to keep clients' visits stress-free. First-time visitors begin with a complimentary, one-on-one consultation with a staff member well versed in the center's treatment methods before embarking on a treatment plan that can include advanced laser systems for acne, Botox injections for wrinkles, and fillers to increase volume in the lips or in fine lines around the mouth. In addition to more intensive med-spa services, Mill Creek offers a range of traditional spa treatments designed to make skin smooth without having to enroll it in a How to Flirt at Bars dating class.
Signature Service: 80-minute therapeutic massage session
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: Arrive early to get settled in the studio, so you receive your full session time
"[I like] helping clients feel better, so they can enjoy life with a few less aches and pains," says David Brown, owner of Elements Massage Alderwood. To that end, he often recommends clients sign up for an 80-minute session with one of the seven massage therapists in his employ. The sizeable chunk of time allows them to focus on particularly troubling areas of tension or pain, while still making sure to work on the rest of the body, as well. To David, the best compliment he or his therapists can receive come from clients noticing the benefits of their work: increased range of motion, reduced pain, and a diminished fear of how much hands look like spiders.