Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
Cypress Wellness & Spa's team—made up of massage therapists, acupuncturists, and aestheticians—help renew clients using a diverse palette of services. They reduce circumferences using FDA-approved VelaShape technology, and smooth out dermal expanses with waxing sessions and body scrubs. Nail technicians harness the power of Shellac to give digits up to two weeks of chip-free color. The spa's slate of relaxing services, including acupuncture, ultrasound, and massage therapy, help enhance circulation and unwind tense muscles more effectively than a universal remote.
Clients don't need an appointment at Granite Diagnostic Laboratories. At 10 locations across the west coast of Florida, lab technicians administer dozens of in-house and reference tests for walk-in visitors. From a single drawing of blood, they can screen for diseases or check levels of cholesterol, growth hormones, and most everything else that powers the body's internal combustion engines. The technicians work thoroughly and efficiently, and hand over results within a few days.
While working at notable establishments such as Saddlebrook Resort and the Hard Rock Casino, licensed massage therapist Jen Allen sharpened her knowledge of diverse styles over the course of countless massages. On top of her massage offerings, Jen also ensconces clients within body wraps, which aim help detoxify bodies that have eaten too much fast food or too many wall-sized posters of the periodic table of elements.
Bellus' team of physicians and aestheticians work to restore health and self-confidence through medically supervised weight-loss plans and an array of beautifying skin treatments. The staff approaches weight loss metabolically, seeking to kick-start the body's internal calorie ovens with hormone therapy and B-12 and lipotropic shots. At the same time, hunger suppressants shrink caloric influxes, allowing the body to naturally switch over and run off existing fat stores and internal AA batteries. An array of rejuvenating laser treatments can lighten up sunspots or tighten skin, and laser hair removal can precisely sharpen beard lines or clear away entire areas for comprehensive, razor-free smoothness.
Orozco Medical Center wants to bring harmony to the mind, body, and spirit. The center offers both medical and cosmetic treatments—sessions that help patients to satisfy aesthetic aspirations and lead healthier lives. Similarly, the facility’s traditional Chinese medicine practices harness the power of Qi—or the body's natural flow of energy—and include specialized treatments such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal therapies. And to provide additional relief, the center’s chiropractic care helps patients find the balance required to conquer pain, stand up tall, and quit that cushy tightrope-walker job.