Dr. Damon Thornton has called central Florida home for more than 46 years. After graduating with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic, he opened this clinic with the hopes of assuaging pain and boosting health in his own backyard. His office specializes in chiropractic care, which differentiates itself from other branches of medicine by seeking to treat the whole body rather than simply squashing symptoms as they arise. A variety of services, including physical therapy and spinal decompression, aims to realign the body?s operating system to alleviate chronic pain and uninstall unwanted Sudoku apps. Dr. Thornton also hopes to fend off health issues before they start through nutritional counseling. In addition to overseeing a lineup of facial and body rejuvenation services, he supervises a team of licensed massage therapists, who treat soft muscle tissues to the revitalizing touch of massage and bodywork.
The staff at Sun Central Skincare boasts dozens of certificates, each one proclaiming employees authorities in one of more than 10 skincare product lines and a number of skin therapies. Instead of displaying proof of their experience on the wall, the aestheticians reveal their knowledge through exactingly high standards, which are evident in the skincare products they choose, such as the all-natural 100% Pure product line and ?minence Organic Skin Care?a completely organic line that uses no preservatives. Inside the studio, aestheticians perform attentive facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, all designed to diminish blemishes and recall the youthful glow that was stolen by a band of desperate fireflies. Body waxing and body wraps also leverage the staff's expertise to beautify the areas below the neckline.
Kari Stoppenbach spent 16 years honing her craft as an aesthetic technician, working alongside cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists while developing her own organic skincare line. These experiences inspired her to open her own spa, where she performs cutting-edge medical-grade procedures, including ultrasound therapy, microdermabrasion, and custom chemical peels designed to remove acne scars or sun spots and leave skin with a firm, more youthful look.
Using her knowledge and experience with cosmetic procedures, Kari designed her Skin-Kari line of products made from organic ingredients. A range of lotions and creams moisturize, exfoliate, and renew skin. Kari also conducts training seminars on aesthetic treatments ranging from chemical peels to LED light treatments.
As a medical aesthetician and owner of Studio Skin Deep, Yasmin Beeck understands the role one's skin condition plays in the grand scheme of their overall health. She takes skincare seriously, as she believes that a troubled complexion can signal underlying internal imbalances in need of professional treatment. To combat these effects, Yasmin rejuvenates skin with customized facials, peels, and microdermabrasion sessions. She also strips away unwanted hair with waxing, and pumps up lashes with eyelash extensions, which make twinkling noises any time you flutter them at a prospective beau. Throughout all her treatments, she emphasizes educating her clients, keeping them informed on the best way to maintain their beauty inside and out.
Under the medical direction of board-certified physicians Dr. Carson Bauder and Dr. Loakhnauth Ramkishun, the team at Wymore Laser & Anti-Aging Medicine combines cutting-edge equipment with a holistic approach to beauty. Anthony Filardo, DC, follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were natural-healing practitioners in Calabria, Italy. In addition to completing advanced training in anti-aging nutriceuticals and preventive medicine, Dr. Filardo is certified in medical acupuncture and is a fellow on the Acupuncture Society of America, Inc.
While Dr. Filardo employs ancient techniques to promote wellness, he and his staff also specialize in the latest nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. With a license in facial aesthetics, he expertly wields Palomar lasers to target wrinkles with resurfacing sessions and spider veins with intense pulsed light. Dr. Filardo also sculpts bodies with weight-loss programs and VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments that leave skin as smooth as a valentine written in syrup.
Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.