Registered nurse Lisa Grissim opened Profiles Laser & Medical Aesthetics to improve the health and look of the body’s largest and most visible organ: the skin. She recruited Dr. Thomas Miller to supervise the staff, which includes fellow registered nurses and licensed aestheticians. The crew’s intense focus on skin treatments—which range from anti-aging laser treatments to Botox injections—grants them a degree of expertise they use to help customers understand their skincare options. Staffers unpack technical terms and lend personalized advice to steer clients toward ideal treatments. Lisa explains, “We want to form lasting relationships with clients and rejoice with them as they experience the changes they desire.”
Though it has the staff, state-of-the-art laser equipment, and immortality serums of an advanced med-spa, the office sets itself apart with an upscale, salon-like atmosphere. Sun floods the lobby, where bunches of flowers and potted plants add an organic element to the modern décor. Shelves line up some of the world’s premiere skincare lines, including Obagi, Avène, and SkinCeuticals.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Jones and his medical aesthetician, Christy, nip, tuck, and tighten bodies with surgical and blade-free procedures at Lakevue Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. They augment and reconstruct breasts, lift faces, and fine-tune noses, or sculpt new physiques with liposuction and Kemper tools. They also shoot down unwanted hairs or tighten slack skin with noninvasive lasers. To further enhance patient comfort, the clinic boasts a special, dimly lit private waiting area for cosmetic clients who may be feeling sensitive after a procedure, as well as a "lidocaine lounge" where patients practice magazine origami while waiting for their numbing solution to take effect.
Nutrishop's range of body-bolstering products includes supplements designed to bestow clients with increased strength, decreased weight, and a healthier lifestyle. Develop lean muscle and diminish fat with the aid of a container of Nu-Tek Pro5 protein powder ($29.95/2 lbs.), a sustained-release formula that infuses bodies with whey, potassium, and egg albumin to foster muscle growth in conjunction with pushups, pull-ups, and dead-lifting sleeping roommates. Katalyst Hypercor tablets ($79.95) can increase resting metabolic rates to stoke fat-burning fires, and NOW vitamin B12 ($7.95) fosters nervous system health. Nutrishop also offers free meal-plan consultations and guarantees to beat competitors' prices by using their finely toned biceps to bend quarters.
Under the supervision of a plastic surgeon at Indian Lake Medical Weight Loss & Wellness, a nurse practitioner and a fitness consultant combine their expertise to oust extra pounds from frames. Nurse Taylor Minchey brings an added dose of empathy to weight-loss programs, since she battled to lose 80 pounds after the birth of her first child. With her own experience in mind, she designs systems that blend nutrition, exercise, stress relief, and attention to hormonal imbalances and sleep patterns. The programs uses contemporary research and focuses on maintaining lifelong wellness by reshaping behaviors that negatively impact health, such as overeating when among friends or overeating when fire hydrants turn out to be full of chili.
To aid in the war on weight, the staff enlists fat-burning lipotropic injections of vitamin-B cocktails and FDA-approved appetite suppressants as needed. Male testosterone therapy replenishes dwindling supplies of the hormone in an effort to inhibit hair loss and promote muscle growth. A slew of health-oriented tests and thorough examinations at each visit chart the progress of diet plans.
Eleven years ago, fellow massage students Terrie and Bret Lonow watched the rising sun from the back of Bret's pick-up truck, sipping coffee and imagining a future together in business. Today, the friendship has blossomed into a marriage and the dream into a reality. The pair of therapists helm Massage Way, where they employ flowing strokes, targeted pressure, and hydrating oils or lotions to fend off the physical, mental, and spiritual manifestations of stress—such as soreness and the development of a third brain lobe to house surplus worries. Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and reflexology modalities ease pain and cultivate relaxation in a warm, serene room with quiet music.
More than a decade ago, Dawn M. Sears, LME, opened medical skincare and aesthetic laser center Skinsation, where a licensed physician oversees nonsurgical beauty procedures. In the hands of technicians, GentleMax and Vbeam Candela laser systems remove pesky stubble and unflattering vascular lesions. Alternatively, permanent makeup can simplify morning routines, rendering beauty basics such as eyeliner, lip liner, eyebrow filler, and war paint obsolete by imbuing the skin’s dermal layer with natural pigments. Five injectables, such as Botox and Restylane, smooth client’s brows with minimal downtime, and trained technicians coat physiques in sunless Airtan liquid, whose bronzing effects last 7–10 days. Clients can refer to the website for a complete list of services.