After Kim Russom graduated from the Capri College of Massage Therapy and received her state licensure and national certification in 2007, she began working professionally as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), ultimately establishing her own practice inside the quaint brick walls of The Chiropractic Well Being Center in 2011. Now, she and her team focuses on problematic pain areas inside a pacific blue treatment room reminiscent of a soothing night sky. Kim and fellow LMT Sheela Hart specialize in deep-tissue massage, and often target specific ailments—such as headaches and chronic pain—with a customized mixture of deep pressure, trigger-point therapy, scalp massages, and stretches. They'll soon be joined by a third LMT, whose own expertise and extra pair of hands will help them heal as many clients as possible. In addition to delivering massages, the team also provides clients with helpful information on how to best treat muscles, including assigning specific stretching exercises and posture-creating routines that can enhance the power of a massage.
Handworks’ owner and certified massage therapist Scott Stearns administers purposeful bodywork customized to help assuage physical and emotional stress or accelerate injury recovery. His 90-minute massages may incorporate multiple modalities to coax knotted muscles and bunched connective tissues into being more flexible and resuming their at-ease positions. During the treatment, interactive discussion gives clients insight into Scott’s holistic techniques and efforts to ease the body-wide taxation from activities such as sports training, professional labor, and giving a piggyback ride to an adorable 5-year-old SUV. Sessions forgo the scented candles and heavy oil bastings of traditional spas in favor of an athletically inspired space with massagee-chosen tunes, sparing applications of organic jojoba oil, and a table topped with an ergonomic bodyCushion for cloud-like comfort.
Like a successful quarterback who got his start tossing a football on the back lawn, owner Kian Edmonds unknowingly began his career by giving massages to family members. Emboldened by the positive feedback, he decided to embark on formal training and soon found work in hospitals administering massages to exhausted EKG machines. Now the head of Heaven's Door, Kian mollifies aches and relaxes tense bodies with deft aromatherapeutic massage.
Even if PGPA Pharmacy’s name doesn’t ring a bell with local residents, its owners hope its community-minded focus does. As one of the few remaining independent, nonchain pharmacies in the area, it offers a selection that blends the prescriptions that customers need with organic and alternative products that further improve their sense of well-being. Elsewhere on the shelves are over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, dietary supplements, skincare products, and snacks. The pharmacy also administers shingles, pneumonia, Tdap, and flu vaccines—the latter not to be confused with the popular flue vaccine used to rid chimneys of imposter Santas. All of the staff’s products, services, and support pursue PGPA’s mission to promote health by providing the proper education to clients.
Lake Lansing Family Practice’s medical experts attend to patient needs ranging from family medicine to personalized skincare. Dr. A. J. Ronan takes on wrinkle reduction as a certified-physician injector of Botox and Dysport, which can forestall frown lines for up to three months. The family practice's onsite skincare specialist oversees a barrage of other aesthetic services, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Antifuzz specialists vaporize unwanted hair with Syneron Comet laser technology, which combines diode-laser and bipolar radio-frequency energies to target and disable follicles—a successful pairing that rivals the time Fred and Ginger tap-danced on a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.