Aesthetician Joanne Duval has seen her share of skin problems. Her 17 years of experience has taken her through the cosmetic-plastic-surgery and corrective-makeup fields to Sims Premier Fitness Spa, where she smoothes complexions with a range of skin treatments. Her signature service, body wraps, nurtures bodies by sloughing off dead skin cells and infusing the skin with moisture-rich ingredients designed to slow the aging process.
Nancy Fournier—a licensed massage therapist, member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy—uses her education and intuition to guide her hands during treatments. She specializes in Swedish and therapeutic deep massage, but Nancy recently added warm-bamboo massage to her repertoire. She also doles out pregnancy massages. These specially designed treatments alleviate the aches expectant mothers feel while carrying around a baby that might either become an elite field-goal kicker or that guy in HR who stubs his toe most days.
The licensed therapists and technicians at Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks excavate stress and instill beauty with a wide spectrum of salon and spa services. During massages, muscle manipulators call upon therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to untie knotted muscles in shoulders, backs, and vestigial dorsal fins. Unwanted hairs succumb to swathes of warm wax, and exfoliating microdermabrasion facials leave skin as smooth as Casanova’s answering-machine greeting.
Board-certified physicians Paul Willis, MD and Richard Freniere, DO specialize in lasers, using light to melt fat cells and tighten skin by up to 70%. In addition to lipo-laser treatments, the doctors also perform minimally invasive procedures that contour and sculpt the body with lasers. Known as the Madonna Lift, CO2 laser skin rejuvenation removes dark rings and wrinkles from around the eyes, which draws attention to the eyes without forcing them to wear cone-shaped bifocals. Meanwhile, botulinum toxin and other dermal fillers reduce the appearance of fine lines between the brows and around the mouth or nose.
With today's Groupon, $50 gets you $100 at Patrick Evan Salon & Spa—the Best Thermal Reconditioning Specialists in San Francisco according to Allure and 7x7 magazines—located on the fourth floor of 55 Grant Ave. There's a reason Patrick Evan has a perfect five-star average on both Citysearch and Yelp: the staff is incredibly talented at making you look and feel gorgeous.