While most of his peers were entering bars with fake IDs, 19-year-old Patrick McNamara was entering medical school. A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine and board certified in internal medicine, Dr. McNamara takes a whole-body approach to wellness during his medical-spa services at The Skin Renewal Center. His staff gently abrades skin surfaces with microdermabrasion to remove damaged layers and reduce the appearance of fine lines on faces. Vaser liposuction removes fat using ultrasound technology that liquefies fat without disturbing surrounding tissues. Meanwhile, Thermage tightens skin with radio frequencies that stimulate collagen production using the theme to All Things Considered.
Since beginning her career in the spa industry more than 30 years ago in Sydney, Australia, Jenifer has developed a distinct skincare approach: she combines natural ingredients and science-based techniques to produce age-defying results. Her team of aestheticians cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes the skin of women and men using products made from essential oils, plants, and sea-based extracts—such as moisturizers, hydrating ampules, and hydrating masks from Yon-Ka, anti-aging serums from Dr. Temt, and hummus stolen from Poseidon's fridge. The delicate scents of aromatherapy oils and melodies of soothing music fill the spa as staff members perform therapeutic massages such as neuromuscular and lymphatic massages, micro-current treatments, facials, microdermabrasions, and waxing services.
A young Nicole Sletten was attending Dickinson State University on a basketball scholarship when lower-back pain began to hamper her game. After continuously taking ibuprofen to combat the discomfort, she took the advice of a friend and went to a chiropractor. The chiropractor performed an exam and adjustment, bringing Sletten instant relief—and a new career prospect. She went on to become a doctor of chiropractic so that she could share the gift of living pain-free with other people.
Now "Dr. Nicci" can be found at Wellness Heights, where she and Doctor of Chiropractic Bret Buffalohead restore patients' health with treatments ranging from ultrasound therapy to electrical muscle stimulation. Amid the clinic’s softly lit, lime-green-accented surroundings, clients may even catch a glimpse of Dr. Nicci's twin boys Parker and Jaxon—who received their first chiropractic adjustments when they were only a few weeks old—as they practice spinal-decompression therapy on their action figures.
Connie Pearson of Permetika Cosmetic Specialties, a licensed permanent-makeup artist, draws on her 10 years of experience when lining eyes, shading in brows, and coloring lips. She specializes in filling wispy brows and redefining arches with soft fills, multidimensional brow strokes, and load-bearing keystones. In addition to cosmetics, she completes paramedical procedures for scar revision and areola restoration after mastectomies, citing this as a highlight of her job, "especially when I can help transform a broken woman's spirit and make her feel beautiful again," she says.
Acclaimed by Forbes as one of the United States' leading plastic-surgery providers in 2009, The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery enhances natural beauty by tweaking clients' existing features. Helping lift ACPS to its elite status is Dr Rolando Morales, who couples his expertise with technologies that minimize pain and optimize results. SkinMedica chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments both foster deep exfoliation and cell renewal, and laser hair removal lifts away body hair without harming or blinding the skin. To whittle bodies into shapelier forms, Dr. Morales performs tummy tucks and liposuction, or incision-free Zeltiq Coolsculpting treatments.