What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
Licensed massage therapist Kimberly M. Johnson employs seven different styles of kneads to release her clients’ physical and emotional tensions. An annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kimberly knows firsthand that athletic movements—as well as day-to-day activities—can put a strain on the body’s muscles. She combines her knowledge of anatomy with a compassionate approach during 60- to 90-minute Swedish massages that unwind knotted muscle fibers with alternating pressures. Aside from this popular modality and its deep-tissue sibling, Kimberly targets athletic ailments with specialized sports massages and prepares muscles for mashing with warm, smooth stones placed along the back or hurled at spots of tension.
After years working at impersonal chains, the owners founded No Limits Hair & Style Salon in 1981 to stake out a space for their own creative expression. Today, their experienced staff of stylists work with all hair types, customizing coiffures to each client’s personal style and size of umbrella hat. Male and female patrons can update locks with a new cut, or opt to tint locks as part of a complete styling package. Deep conditioning and shine treatments fortify manes and boost sheen, leaving hair is as shiny as the armor of the losing knight in a butterstick joust.
Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
Though she had never experienced a massage of her own, Janice Amyson knew that she had found her calling as soon as she entered massage school. She carried this initial passion through her courses and into her career at The Amazing Hands Therapeutic Massage, where today she strives to empathize with her aching clients. To make sure that she understands and addresses their individual aches, Amyson never begins treatment without a brief consultation. This all-important sit-down, during which she inquires about areas of particular soreness, allows her to customize sessions that may incorporate modalities such as deep-tissue massage, TMJ treatment, repetitive-use therapy, and medical massage.
The treatment room’s low lighting, aromatherapy candles, and lush green plants join together to soothe frazzled nerves. Arbonne lotions and a heated table aid Amyson’s nimble fingers as she unkinks knotted musculature and rewires cybernetic limbs. Other therapeutic elements include Mentholatum, which opens sinuses to allow for easier breathing, and foot warmers to comfort cold toes. In this same room, Amyson also treats bodies with soothing spa treatments such as mud-mask facials and paraffin dips.
At Homewood Family Medicine, promoting patients' health and well-being truly is a family affair. Board-certified family physician Scott Weisberg follows in the footsteps of his father—who also practiced medicine—and is assisted in his mission to engage and empower patients by his wife and office manager, Sari Weisberg. Dr. Weisberg is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is licensed to practice in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. He attends and teaches at least 50 hours of continuing medical education each year.
Dr. Weisberg uses his diversified background—including training in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry—to perform a wide variety of primary-care services. He also offers specialized treatments for shedding excess weight, diminishing varicose veins, and relieving rigid thumbs injured during intense Street Fighter tournaments.