When Maureen Schantz founded Alternative Health Associates more than two decades ago, she did so with a simple concept in mind: bring together professionals who can tend to customers’ every aesthetic need. She and her staff do just that with a wide range of cosmetic services, ranging from Maureen’s specialty, electrolysis, to Botox and waxing. But their services also extend into aspects of health. Swedish and deep-tissue massages disperse aches, and a protein-oriented weight-loss program builds muscle and gets rid of fat faster than a firm handshake from a really muscular cousin.
Berry loves to make her clients feel beautiful. A licensed stylist at Drake's Place, she works with textured, relaxed, and natural hair, offering everything from braids and locs to relaxers, twists, and sew-in weaves. Known for her friendly personality and intricately detailed braids and locs, she makes sure her clients are as happy in the styling chair as they are when they walk out the door.
Dr. Ahmad Ellini, MD, received aesthetic training under the esteemed Dr. Zein E. Obagi and Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr., the founding fathers of the Obagi Skin Health Institute and the photofacial, respectively. Relying on his expertise, Dr. Ellini and his team carefully examine each patient’s pores so that they can recommend the most suitable facial, peel, laser treatment, or dose of injectables. The aestheticians on staff are well-versed in exfoliation and hair-removal techniques, as well as mineral-makeup application.
Harnessing the tempered pulses of laser technology, Gente Spa Laser Center?s technicians have removed fine and coarse hairs from skin surfaces for more than 15 years. The GentleMax laser removes follicles with minimal discomfort due to its small size and cooling system. During each treatment, a medical professional runs a handheld wand over patches of hair, applying therapeutic heat to raise each strand. A laser pulse then dislodges the hair and a pulse of cooling cryogen spray coats the area just like an unbalanced basketball coach covers the floor in maple syrup before practice.
The house laser also powers other services as well. The targeted beams can get to the root of toenail fungus problems to leave feet sandal-ready. And during skin-tightening and facial services, lasers revitalize the skin to leave it looking more youthful and minimize the appearance of age spots or birth marks.
A regal lobby welcomes guests into Georgetown Electrolysis Skin Care, with swirled wallpaper accenting a corner fireplace, around which a chaise, an ottoman, and plush couches are situated. As they pass under a crystal-dripped chandelier and into private treatment rooms, guests will discover that the staff members who perform each service mirror the coziness of their confines. The spa’s specialties include deep-cleansing facials, massage, and body wraps that battle cellulite and unwanted inches. Staff members also use electrolysis and laser hair removal to permanently oust unwanted fuzz from the body, as well as from sheep who plan to retire to the Caribbean.