Dara Van Deusen has been in the massage-therapy game for 10 years—plenty of time to master seven different massage styles. Her specialties range from gentle Swedish massage to intense deep-tissue massage, and they even include pregnancy massage, a style which soothes the aches of carrying a baby or a prairie dog shaved to look like a baby all day long.
At Triangle Vein Clinic, fellowship trained vascular surgeon Dr. Victor A. Medina merges technology with beauty. He saves on skin trauma by closing them with minimally invasive radiofrequency waves, offering improved cosmetic and therapeutic results and allowing patients to return to normal activity within 24 hours. Vein specialists treat spider veins with similar minimally invasive treatments, such as the VeinGogh treatment, which collapses vessel walls with hair-thin points of heat.
At Carolina Center of Massage Therapy, a fleet of licensed massage therapists caters to a variety of needs with Swedish, sports-therapy, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and lymphatic massage modalities. Each therapist has eight or more years of experience to draw upon and is nationally certified in massage and bodywork. With their boundless prowess with human physiology, the staff thoroughly assuages muscles—never rushing through sessions or using baking pins to knead out knots—within the comforts of a simple, tranquil studio that emanates a homey ambiance.
As a youngster, a debilitating football injury left Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Milham unable to walk without severe back and leg pain. Rather than traveling down the surgery and medication path, Dr. Milham went to a chiropractor. That visit not only cured him of his daily pain, but also inspired him to follow in the doctor's footsteps.
Today, at Milham Family Chiropractic, he employs manual adjustments, corrective exercises, and massage therapy to relieve pain. He also dispenses nutritional counseling to his patients, enhancing wellness with vitamins and supplements and explaining how to remove all the calories from an ice cream sandwich.
The staff at Creekside Women's Center—board-certified ob-gyn Henry N. Pleasant MD, Certified Nurse Midwife Wesley Tyler, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Erin Wright—combine their medical expertise to provide women of all ages with comprehensive care. As each appointment begins, the boutique-style office welcomes clientele with its cozy foyer and cups of coffee and tea. Once inside private patient rooms, visitors slip into cotton gowns rather than ones made of paper or chain mail. Then the staff conducts health services such as annual checkups, primary care, family planning, menopausal treatments, and medical massages. Pleasant and his team also assist patients in achieving weight-loss goals through medically supervised programs and nutritional counseling.
Led by Darlene Holloway, a board-certified naturopath with more than 30 years' experience, the Alternative Health Center of Cary employs a variety of alternative therapies to help patients to lead fuller, healthier lives. As an active instructor in, and advocate for, educational standards in colon hydrotherapy, in 2008 Darlene became the president of the North Carolina Colon Hydrotherapy Safety Association, which upholds the standards for the practice in the state.