Physician and Balanced Health and Wellness founder Dr. Mary Alavi may not be a mapmaker, but she does understand that knowing where you are is the first step toward getting to where you want to be. She created the center after years of watching her patients suffer from premature aging and degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, knowing full well that many cases could have been preventable had her patients merely stopped to examine the signs. Her whole-person approach to health care includes a detailed exploration of each patient's history, lifestyle, genetic factors, and favorite episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which allows her to outline a custom treatment plan. This road map to wellness might include medical screening or lab testing, nutrition plans or fitness protocols led by a certified personal trainer, or even visits with a life coach. Dr. Alavi's balanced approach to wellness also inspired her to make changes in her own life—since 2003, she's lost and kept off an inspirational 60 pounds, and she continues to share her own personal successes and failures to encourage her patients to stay on track.
The patient-centered philosophy at Balanced Health and Wellness is evident in the lobby, where guests relax in antique-style chairs and make small talk with a grandfatherly hardwood clock. Staffers present clients with tea or flavored water before directing them to sessions with a massage therapist or an aesthetician, or to a consultation with the office's certified laser technician, who sets his smoothing sights on hair, spider veins, fine lines, and age spots.
Signature Service: Ultherapy noninvasive face lift
Brands Used: Ulthera, Allergan, glo therapeutics
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 3
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
I find [glo therapeutics] to be the best skin line. [It is an] affordable product that actually gives results. It has a clean feel and gives a natural glow for all skin types. The glo minerals makeup line is also a natural compliment to your skin [and it maintains] a natural feel and look.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I not only [take] pride in making my clients happy but also in giving them realistic results that [are] skillfully tailored to their own natural beauty.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
I have noticed almost everyone not using SPF sunscreen. It is extremely vital to our skin that we protect it from the sun's rays. Another mistake I've found is those who do put on SPF think it's protecting them all day. SPF needs to be reapplied every two hours, especially for those who [are] outside for work or pleasure and [those] who drive a lot. SPF should be applied to the face, neck, d?collet?, arms, and hands if [they are] exposed. Typically, our left side [of the] face, arms, and hands are the most exposed areas and tend to be more tanned as a result from driving. [They] also tend to [have] more unwanted skin conditions. Thus, I can't stress enough the importance of having your SPF. It also aids in [the] anti-aging of the skin.
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