Known for its history as a pioneer town and home to former president Harry S. Truman, Independence welcomes visitors to its storied sites, making them more accessible with free trolley rides. Tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and Museum to glimpse a dwelling for law breakers next to a dwelling for a law keeper, and the clandestine tryst between the abodes that resulted in a museum. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate preserves many of the original art and furnishings of the famed Bingham and Waggoner families, while the National Frontier Trails Museum hails the starting point of the westbound pioneers with bronzed pieces of nuts, raisins, and chocolate bits tracing a path westward.
Steven M. Silverstein, MD FACS wears many hats. As a board-certified ophthalmologist at Silverstein Eye Centers, he hones vision with refractive surgeries, cataract treatments, and lens implants. As a clinical professor, he educates aspiring Hippocratic oath takers in ocular health at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
There seems to be support waiting around every corner of North Kansas City Hospital’s 69-acre campus. Whether through their acute care facility, their accredited chest-pain center, a children’s learning center, or a pavilion dedicated to an array of inpatient and outpatient services, the healing center dispenses cures for ailments both big and small. In addition to fixing physical problems, such as a broken bone or a bad haircut, the hospital also offers support in the form of counseling and group fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and kickboxing.
Featuring an upscale yet warm and comfortable atmosphere, Sanctuary offers you a complimentary beverage of your choice before your face-beautifying session. The microdermabrasion treatment removes layers of sun damage, sluggish and stressed-out skin, and ambiguous, unidentified dark spots ($60). After an initial face cleaning, the oxy trio facial treatment ($85) will provide three-step antioxidant therapy designed to avoid and rectify damage caused by free radicals—a leading contributor to the aging process and melty legs. Even after a semester spent crab fishing in the Everglades, the treatment is able to rejuvenate stressed skin and stimulate circulation and respiration. The trio is then followed up by the Ultra II treatment, which promotes cell turnover and production of elastin and collagen for a soft, vibrant appearance that can be seen in mirrors.
The Rejuvenate Mind Body Wellness Center team members of psychologists, chiropractors, dietitians, massage therapists, and fitness instructors combine their areas of expertise to holistically heal minds and bodies. Their core philosophy states that health is tied not only to diet and exercise, but to emotion as well. By marrying therapeutic treatments such as acupuncture with fitness classes and psychology sessions, patients approach their well being with the correct state of mind while unlocking repressed dreams of drowning in a sea of Twinkie cream.
Keri Eichhorn, the licensed aesthetician at Summit Plastic Surgery & Med Spa with more than 1,500 training hours, deep cleans and rejuvenates complexions with enhanced medical microdermabrasions. Keri begins by swabbing away dirt and oils, then coaxing open the pores with hot towels, steam, and unsubtle bribery. A pre-exfoliation mask loosens dull skin cells before a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand buffs them away. Next, a low-grade glycolic or salicylic chemical peel soaks deep into skin to promote collagen production and strip away remaining impurities. An oxygen treatment chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids hydrates and replenishes the newly purged skin, and an application of sunblock defends against sunburns and the unrelenting chatter of the sun god, Ra.
A cadre of physicians oversees three divisions that form a greater healthcare network. Primary Care Plus is a comprehensive center for family wellness and aesthetics. Emergent Care Plus provides urgent care and lab work seven days a week, an alternative to rushing to the ER or suffering quietly. Sports Med Plus, the hotshot fighter pilot of the group, focuses on injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Its doctors work with advanced diagnostic equipment such as ImPACT, a computerized test that determine whether a concussed athlete can return to play.