After having her eyebrows irrevocably etched at the age of 18, Kelly Hemmerich became a believer in permanent cosmetics and its ability to shorten morning routines. Since 1998, she has honed her own skills as a certified permanent makeup artist. She offers two modes of application when enhancing features: SoftTap, which reduces discomfort, and a digital rotary machine that’s able to simulate eyebrow hairs and lessen touch-up times.
Dr. Pat Calcagno and his team of physicians, therapists, and trainers at Olympia Chiropractic marshal clients toward good health at four Chicago-area locations. Through chiropractic services, athletic training, and physical and massage therapy, they treat conditions extending from lower back pain and headaches to stress and injuries related to sports. They also employ some of the industry's latest technologies, including the Alter-G antigravity treadmill and the Pro-Adjuster, a computerized instrument that scans the spine for problem spots.
Believing the human body can be rejuvenated through more methods than medicine alone, the staff at Brinka Health and Wellness Center utilize various holistic techniques to bolster patients' well-being. Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Brinka, who became a strong believer in the profession in college after a chiropractor eliminated the pain resulting from a childhood neck injury, eases discomfort by adjusting the body's spinal column. The staff further shoos away pain with oriental medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Life coach Brenda Brinka keeps patients in shape during her 12-week weight-loss program by tailoring exercise regimes, recommending dietary supplements, and blasting a bullhorn whenever clients pick up a donut.
More than 10 years ago, Transformation Bodywork owner Kathleen Fanning eschewed her corporate career for a more wholesome, fulfilling path. After earning her massage therapist certification in 2004, she traveled to an Indian orphanage where provided massage therapy to children with polio. She now works with two other licensed massage therapists at Transformation Bodywork, where they strive to impart tranquility on clientele through a variety of Eastern healing practices. Along with massage therapy services that range from hot stone to cranio-sacral, Transformation Bodywork also offers reflexology, health counseling, and personal training. Each service adopts a holistic approach, and the health counseling sessions cover all aspects of nourishment, including relationships and physical activity. Personal trainers travel to home gyms and health clubs to work within client schedules. Kathleen also shares deeksha—a spiritual practice through which she aims to impart clear mindedness, inner tranquility, and joyfulness to her clients, among other benefits.
ThinFast MD's team of weight-loss specialists—including physicians, nurses, and dietitians—works together to design custom programs for patients of all sizes and ages. With focuses ranging from appetite suppressants to diabetes and nutrition counseling, they help regulate the body's intake of food and spotlight the healthiest choices for each patient's body. They also work with the Optifast meal-replacement program, which kick-starts weight loss with 16 weeks of nutritious meals, custom transition diets, and regular labs and monitoring as needed. Every patient receives a complimentary initial consultation so that the doctors can divine realistic goals. At the root of those goals is the recognition that the best reason to adopt a healthy diet and start exercising is not simply to lose weight or make a lazy pet jealous, but because it feels good and develops a sense of overall well-being.
Helmed by a trio of doctors—Dr. Greenspan, Dr. Haeffele, and Dr. Laima—Wheaton Medical Center keeps a well-trained eye on patient health with services that range from vaccines and physicals to minor surgical procedures and blood tests. The center's staff of massage therapists draw on their medical training in neuromuscular re-education to tailor each massage to target clients' specific problem areas and sore spots with a combination of Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques. Designed to help heal soft-tissue injuries, neuromuscular re-education helps reteach proper balance and range of motion to muscles led astray by chronically truant fascia.