Nora Elkin noticed that those around her were settling for stress—shrugging it off as normal. So in becoming a licensed massage therapist, she made it her mission to show clients how truly relaxing stasis can be with a dynamic menu of healing massages. In her cozy McCrory building studio, Nora and her fellow therapist, David Williams, pair flowing Swedish strokes with luxurious add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy to improve circulation and alleviate long-held tension.
A dental office that emphasizes health and prevention alongside treatment, Palmetto Dental Services has been helping chompers stay healthy and strong for more than 40 years. Licensed dental hygienists perform teeth cleanings, removing tartar buildup and plaque, which can lead to dental disease and embarrassing singing fish mounted on the incisors. Dental exams test oral health with screenings for cancerous growths, tooth decay, and gum disease, and they also include a checkup on existing restorations such as crowns and fillings. Like a palm reading for mandibles, the full x-ray treatment reveals any unseen problems inside teeth or under the gum line.
Dr. Joanna Silver Dover inherited her passion for dentistry from her mother, Susan, a dental hygienist. Joanna knew from an early age that she was called to care for patients and their teeth, enrolling right out of high school in an early-acceptance dental program at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry, where she graduated among the top eight in her class. While completing her residency at Palmetto Health Richland, the good doctor met her future husband, Michael, and decided to set down metaphorical roots in Columbia while caring for the very real and tangible roots and crowns of her patients' teeth. Today, she and her team of experienced dental professionals protect and beautify teeth with a vast arsenal of treatments, from routine exams and digital x-rays, to TMJ treatments, implants, and Boost whitening. Dr. Dover expands her repertoire of services by regularly attending seminars and courses, as well as mastering simple in-office cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Juvéderm.
Dentistry should be conservative. That's the view espoused by Dr. Michael Wayne Sturkie Jr. and his team, who only perform the bare minimum of necessary treatment. Not only does this approach foster oral health, but it also benefits guests by limiting their trips to the often-intimidating, eerily comfortable dental chair. To keep visits at a minimum, the staff's thoughtful philosophy places an emphasis on preventive maintenance, such as fluoride treatments, and patient education, including proper brushing and flossing techniques that could prevent future problems.
When treatment is necessary, Dr. Sturkie and his staff tend to mouths with a variety of services. Besides regular checkups, they can perform root canals or fill in gaps with custom-made bridges. Wisdom-teeth removals ensure that patients refrain from continually shouting out trivia answers. The doctor visits with each patient to devise custom treatment plans and carefully explain options before proceeding with treatment.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $6,800); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. R. Todd Johnson and his team of tooth wizards work hard to boost chomper health and appearance. During dental exams, Dr. Johnson interviews teeth, gums, and tissue about any discomfort or signs of disease, then creates a comprehensive dental plan if warranted. Bitewing digital x-rays detect unwanted cavities squatting in the enamel, and a thorough cleaning scrubs away sundae-sauce graffiti, tartar, and plaque build-up before polishing ivories with flavored toothpaste. During the cosmetic smile analysis, Dr. Johnson scrutinizes tooth proportions and coloring, dispensing advice on how to spruce up smiley faces without having to download novelty emoticons.