In the comfort of serene, private rooms, massage therapist Tracie Nichols treats clients with a medley of kneading styles to address their individual ailments. During her more then seven years of experience, Tracie has specialized her skills around massage styles that assist in pain management, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point-therapy, and fibromyalgia massage. As a frequent student in the field as well as a practitioner, Tracie has added an array of other muscle-soothing styles to her repertoire, including hot-stone massage, cold-stone therapy for migraine sufferers, and cupping methods believed to infuse the skin with a more youthful, saucer-esque appearance. Clients may choose to add aromatherapy elements into their sessions, infusing the regular oil with calming scents, or culminate their service by dipping hands and feet into softening paraffin wax.
The eye experts at Dr. Wagner’s Southridge Optical remedy blurry vision with prescription lenses fitted into more than 1,000 styles of brand-name frames. During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Wagner runs peepers through the gamut, assessing eye health and calibrating prescriptions with high-tech equipment, multiple stages of testing, and retinal photographs. Afterward, the optometrist guides visitors through lens options that can solve near- and-farsightedness and help wearers to differentiate between their mailboxes and the family dog. Clients then select face-flattering frames by such designers as Coach ($179.95– $319.95), Versace ($199.95– $529.95), and Harley Davidson ($159.95– $199.95). Prescription eyeglasses are typically ready for pickup in about a week, so in the meantime, clients should string together temporary glasses using Coke bottles, superglue, and glitter.
Two decades in podiatry have prepared Drs. Rosanne B. Clement and Jeff Osbourne to treat an array of hoof-related symptoms at their private practice. The pair specializes in laser treatments and traditional surgery to remove bunions, toenail fungus, and ingrown toenails, and nestles feet into diabetic shoes. Their clinic is also one of the few in the Midwest certified in casting for Sole Supports orthotics, custom foot inserts preferred by many college and professional athletes. When they're not busy treating patients in the office, the doctors dedicate their time to unique pursuits; Dr. Clement gives back to her fields as a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and Dr. Osbourne makes house calls to treat less mobile patients.
A licensed doctor of chiropractic, Eliesha Evans uses a “whole person approach” to wellness, which means she first looks for the underlying causes of pain and then suggests interventions and lifestyle adjustments to address them. This method is what distinguishes the approach at Evans Chiropractic Health Clinic from that of conventional medicine: instead of focusing on treating disease after it occurs, the clinic emphasizes improving health to reduce the risk of illness or pain before it happens. The resulting treatment regimen may consist of spinal adjustments and massage therapy, lifestyle advice and nutrition counseling, or even laser therapy. Often, patients learn exercises they can use to correct their problems from the comfort of their home or the lobby of an ex’s apartment building.
Beauty professional Dawn Widenski wears a lot of hats—she’s a stylist, electrologist, makeup artist, and massage therapist. And, with her 15 years in the industry and her continuing-education classes and seminars, she has the expertise to back it all up.
Inside Escape Hair & Body Salon, Dawn pampers clients with therapeutic massages, detoxifying body wraps, and hair services that use high-quality products from Retro and Brazilian Blow Out. She also specializes in hair removal through waxing, electrolysis, or simply coaxing the hair out of its follicle with the promise that it will be used to make a movie star’s wig.
Inside the private treatment rooms at Natural Therapeutics, Rachel Warnock spends her days energizing clients with holistic ayurvedic services. As a trained ayurvedic wellness consultant with a master's in vedic science, she is well equipped to design personalized treatment plans to address a variety of health concerns, from easing digestive pains to revving up metabolisms so they run faster than a G4 jet fueled by espresso. Depending on each client's issues, these treatment plans can include diet suggestions, cleansing detox teas, and herbal remedies, which Rachel retails at the center.