In medical school, Dr. Carolyn Mai's mentors wanted her to become a surgeon. They noticed her uncanny attention to detail and that she possessed the steady, certain hands and a keen eye—skills which she now uses to administer noninvasive treatments that correct blemishes and signs of aging.
In Dr. Mai's office, patients don’t bounce from specialist to specialist, nor does the doc bounce from patient to patient. She keeps every appointment one-on-one, delivering close, personal attention that not only maintains the continuity of treatments, but also helps put patients at ease. Dr. Mai sees herself as being an approachable doctor who seeks to see her patients feeling more confident on their way out of the office than they did upon entering.
In keeping with this down-to-earth caregiving philosophy, Dr. Mai designed her office to feel light and airy with light blue walls that wrap around white, contemporary furniture. Large leafy plants overlook patients sipping tea and coffee, creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Rock music and pizza. It’s an unlikely pairing as the inspiration for an Aveda salon, but in the hands of friends Jentry and Katy, it grew beyond that as the foundation of their local hair and makeup hub.
An Austin native, co-owner, and stylist, Jentry would sneak into his hometown’s Black Cat music venue while still underage to catch sight of acts such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Over the years, the hall came to represent Austin’s unique charm and live-music foundation, never succumbing to gimmickry or the status-quo throughout its lifespan. The venue’s ability to stick to its roots stayed with Jentry, remaining an inspiration when years later, he and a client, marketing whiz Katy, dreamed of opening their own salon. After months of late-night pizza-and-brainstorming sessions, the concept for their salon came full circle when a black kitten curled up on Jentry’s porch. In a unique move toward remembering a tenacious rock bar and what it stood for, the twosome founded their salon: The Black Cat.
Today, a fleet of stylists brandish their shears, color, and powder puffs amid decor that reflects The Black Cat’s grittier roots. Clients see the vintage script of the “Sorry, We’re Open” front sign before encountering the salon’s gray and blue walls accented with rustic wood furniture and panels. The result is a carefully curated contrast of sleek and scuffed, much like a hitchhiker’s diamond cufflinks.
At Windward Smiles, Dr. Russell P. Kim helms a friendly, professional staff dedicated to ensuring handsome smiles and long-term dental health with Invisalign treatments. During the treatment, which lasts 6–18 months on average, a series of form-fitted, clear plastic trays gently herds mouth bones into proper order for 22 hours each day, without unsightly and uncomfortable wires, brackets, or suspension bridges. Every two weeks, a new set of removable trays realigns enamel ridges until teeth are fully balanced and evenly adjusted. In addition to promoting beautiful smiles and unsullied grins, having a well-trained set of perfectly arranged teeth ensures the long-term health of the oral cavity, making it easier to remove plaque and spitballs hurled by unruly taste buds.
Balinese traditions fuse with European and Hawaiian techniques at Mandara Spa. Each Mandara Spa adopts its locations's culture into its extensive list of services, using indigenous ingredients and traditions. At its two Hawaiian locations, Mandara uses coconut, chocolate macadamia, papaya, vanilla, island coffee, Hawaiian sea salt, limu kala, and Pikake flowers to create massages, facials, conditioning scalp treatments, and mani-pedis. Mandara's aestheticians execute each service using such high-end beauty products as Elemis, Bliss, and the spa's signature line of bath products.
At Hawaii Plastic Surgery Associates' multiple locations, an affable staff of medical aestheticians, nurse aids, and massage therapists takes cues from board-certified plastic surgeons while administering beauty treatments and sigh-inducing spa services for the body and skin. Drs. Todd Mirzai and Bao Phan cushion surgical procedures with IV-based anesthesia and complimentary house calls at each office's private recovery bungalows. The team also specializes in a variety of noninvasive cosmetic procedures, such as Botox injections, microdermabrasion, oxygen facials, and prop-mustache removal. Staff members go to great lengths to ensure clients' comfort, offering airport pickup and drop-off, grocery-store runs, and medical sitters.
Dr. Michael A. McMann's colleagues trust his skills—so much so that they turn up in his surgical suite, ready for him to perform LASIK on their own eyes. It’s likely because Dr. McMann's surgical logbook lists more than 5,000 procedures and counting, with much of that patient pool consisting of other physicians, their spouses, and members of the military. It also might have something to do with his guarantee of 20/20 vision or your money or prized goat back.
Before assuming his role as founder and medical director of McMann Eye Institute, Dr. McMann obtained his degree from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and served for eight years in the US Army Medical Corps as a physician and eye doctor.