A passion for healing others runs in Dr. Liwen "Lily" Heh's veins. She's the third generation in her family to study the art of acupuncture, a calling she has been practicing for more than 20 years. Before coming to the United States more than 15 years ago, Lily studied her family's craft in China, where she earned a degree from Beijing China Medical University.
Today, as a board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, she eliminates her clients' mental and bodily woes with both acupuncture and alternative medicine. Her cupping sessions help banish discomfort by alleviating pressure in achy spots, and her herbal teas help boost energy levels and reduce the need for midday smelling salts.
The clairvoyant at Superior Psychic has been tapping into the psychic realm for more than 18 years. Clients seeking advice and guidance on any number of issues, ranging from romantic guidance to career advice and help overcoming all matters, can choose from psychic, palm, and tarot-card readings in order to find answers to their problems. Superior Psychic also offers aura cleansing and chakra balancing to help clients overcome obstacles and find balance and happiness.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Marc S. Schneider, MD, helms Schneider Centre for Plastic Surgery, where he and his staff offer surgical and nonsurgical procedures for patients' aesthetic goals. They offer services such as skin resurfacing, liposuction, body lifts, and laser hair removal.
At Cypress Beauty & Co., trained technicians wield files, clippers, and brushes in the pursuit of polished nails and peace of mind. During the 60- to 90-minute experience, a nail guru takes guardianship of hands and feet at a super-sanitized station, clipping and filing nails into perfect crescents and curtailing cuticles to expand keratin canvases. A coat of OPI polish in the desired color leaves nails as strong and sparkling as 10 diamond-encrusted box turtles. Both locations usher prettifiers in with sunny hues and glitzy displays of the 50 brands of beauty products they stock. Patrons can upgrade to french polish ($5 for mani; $10 for pedi) and add a sea extract marine-cooling mask ($10) or a complimentary round of applause.
Dr. Ralph Garramone, recipient of Castle Connolly Medical's Top Doctors award in Gulfshore Life magazine in 2010, oversees a staff of medical technicians who thwart hostile hair takeovers with ultramodern laser technology. During each approximately 15-minute laser hair-removal session, the guest lies on a treatment bed as concentrated light beams hone in on unwanted follicles, using heat to stunt hair growth. After the lasers zap away overstaying stubble, the technician applies a soothing gel to cool and comfort skin. For optimal results, Ralph Garramone Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa suggests six treatments five weeks apart from each other to render the epidermis as smooth and hair-free as a freshly shorn bowling ball.
Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Rob Watkins, the skilled team at SWFL Spinal Care tends to patients' muscular and skeletal systems with chiropractic treatments, massage, ultrasound and stimulation therapies, and heat and ice treatments. Therapeutic or medical massage treatments help to ease tension while potentially bolstering the immune system or helping to control blood pressure, and electrical-stimulation therapies prompt the body to send endorphins via its internal system of keys tied to kites tied to Ben Franklins. A protein-based weight-loss program also assists clients in achieving more svelte silhouettes, helping to suppress the appetite while maintaining muscle mass.