Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Drs. Michael Peters and Jason Price of Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. The vision specialists help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they’re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers’ Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
Dr. Wendy M. Robbins knows that spinal health can affect the entire body—causing everything from back pain to different-length legs. At Robbins Chiropractic Center, she works to keep spines on the straight and narrow, helping her patients lead happier and healthier lives. One technique she uses, the Thompson Method, requires the patient to turn his or her head, while the chiropractor notes how the movement affects leg length. The results help Dr. Robbins pinpoint vertebral subluxations without using invasive procedures or the power of ESP. However, she also draws upon advanced technologies, examining spines with x-rays before making manual adjustments or using a spring-loaded tool that gently and precisely realigns vertebrae. These adjustments can help relieve ailments including lower-back pain, migraines, and arthritis.
Licensed massage therapists Elizabeth Watkins and Yolanda Parrish tend to clients with a variety of massage modalities, calling upon their training, experience, and specializations to create customized treatments. The long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage unearth tiny lingonberries blocking the flow of blood vessels, and a hot-stone massage loosens knotted muscles with concentrated warmth. Prenatal, oncology, injury, and other styles of medical massage treat specific health issues and help patrons recover from physical traumas.
The staff at Creekside Women's Center—board-certified ob-gyn Henry N. Pleasant MD, Certified Nurse Midwife Wesley Tyler, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Erin Wright—combine their medical expertise to provide women of all ages with comprehensive care. As each appointment begins, the boutique-style office welcomes clientele with its cozy foyer and cups of coffee and tea. Once inside private patient rooms, visitors slip into cotton gowns rather than ones made of paper or chain mail. Then the staff conducts health services such as annual checkups, primary care, family planning, menopausal treatments, and medical massages. Pleasant and his team also assist patients in achieving weight-loss goals through medically supervised programs and nutritional counseling.
North Raleigh Chiropractic's first defense against recurring pain is its no-wait policy. Rather than having patients endure their aches in a lobby, they immediately invite them into the exam room—often on the same day as their scheduling call. Dr. Joseph Harris then discusses their symptoms, inspecting their spines for misalignment and injury. He aims to both reduce and prevent discomfort with a variety of tools: a spinal decompression table facilitates treatments for pinched nerves and ailing discs, whereas a vibrational platform can reinforce skeletal strength and soothe muscle spasms.