While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Bob Weir?a graduate of and former Anatomy & Physiology professor at the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy?guides a staff of eight therapists at LKN Massage. Myriad massage modalities are available, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, sports, couples, and prenatal massage. Neuromuscular therapy helps flush the body of toxins.
Kenneth McGrath DDS is an award-winning dentist practicing at Restorative Dental Solutions, a complete family and cosmetic dental practice. At this soothing office, patients can come in for maintenance?cleanings, exams, and x-rays?or have porcelain veneers, tooth implants, and crowns and bridges put into place. The dental professionals at Restorative Dental Solutions want their patients to feel the confidence that comes with having a healthy smile, and to relax, knowing that everything possible will be done to decrease anxiety about a dental visit.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $6,800); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Born and raised near Pompeii, Dr. Roberto Palmieri managed to gather eight years of denture-making experience by the time he was 20. Despite his tenure as a dental technician, Roberto had to start fresh upon moving to the states. After attending UCLA and graduating from dental school, Roberto became Dr. Palmieri—the head of Palmieri Dentistry.
Today, he and his staff help patients maintain their oral health in a sunlit space that offers accoutrements such as warm or chilled neck wraps, paraffin hand wraps, fleece blankets, and personalized music and movies. In this setting, which only feels unsterile, nervous minds can escape, all while the doctor examines digital x-rays, fits teeth for crowns or bridges, or reshapes smiles with ceramic veneers.
Since graduating in 1994 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, general dentist Dr. Chris Bowman has made his home in Charlotte, where his practice, Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte, continues to brighten smiles. In addition to regular cleanings and family visits, Dr. Bowman places special emphasis on in cosmetic dentistry and invisible orthodontics, restoring crooked smiles to a straight, immaculate state. His experience has earned him the status of Clinical Instructor and Mentor for Six Month Smiles while providing Invisalign treatment for more than 12 years as well.
Zoom teeth-whitening treatments whiten teeth by up to 8–10 shades in one session, and custom-made whitening trays allow patients to polish their own chompers at home within about two weeks. To ensure the latest in dental techniques and services, Dr. Bowman attends an average of 100 hours of continuing education a year—far surpassing the state-mandated 15 push-ups.