The aestheticians at Chen Skincare & Spa fight blemishes and signs of aging with skincare services backed by products from brands such as Dermalogica, and PCA Skin. Chen's signature facial follows a brief skin analysis and freckle Rorschach test with an organic mask that supplements the results of an exfoliation, extraction, and detoxifying massage. Anti-inflammatory gel and an oatmeal mask sing hymns of hydration to delicate epidermises during the sensitive-skin facial, and male clients neutralize razor burn with the deep pore cleansing of the gentlemen's facial. A full-body aromatherapy massage combines natural herb and flower scents with head-to-toe strokes in order to rebalance the body and mind more effectively than log rolling on an abacus does.
Warmly stained hardwood blankets the floor at Chen Skincare & Spa, where neutral-toned walls shut out such noisy outside distractions as ringing cell phones and road rage delivered by Morse code. Whimsical sets of bubble-shaped mirrors reflect the graceful shapes of vases sprouting tall grasses and branches.
Thirty years ago, Concerned Dental Care was founded with the philosophy that dentists should concern themselves with people first and foremost. The staff's dedication to their patients fueled the practice's growth, and today a team of dentists and hygienists adheres to that original vision as they set about their work tending to teeth at six different offices.
Friendly advice about oral hygiene accompanies each tooth cleaning. Low-radiation digital x-rays help the staff take a closer look at patients' dental health without shrinking themselves down and taking a hike through clients' molars. Then, the doctors work with their patients to address any problems by poring over the practice's sizable array of treatment options to find the right course of action. In addition to regular dental upkeep, the staff can shine up smiles with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Dentists Elizabeth Sandoval and Irma Torres work with their staff of trained tooth techs to shine up clients’ chompers. The 45-minute appointment kicks off as a dental guru pokes, prods, and administers a polygraph test to each tooth to search out signs of hidden disease or decay. Patients then relax as a thorough prophy jet cleaning washes away plaque and tartar buildup, leaving mouth pearls smooth and shiny. Digital x-rays further inspects cuspids for cavities and contraband lollipops.
As head pro at Riverdale Tennis Center, Arthur Bobko has ample opportunity to share his athletic prowess, amassed throughout more than 20 years as an instructor and backed by PTR and USTA certifications. Home to low-impact clay courts⎯which keep muscles healthy and sneak-attack hugs effective by cushioning steps⎯the shady center overlooks a majestic stretch of the Hudson River. The water's babble underscores thwacking at private or semiprivate lessons, adapted to accommodate all ages and skill levels. At demanding Drills & Strategy classes, coaches cultivate genial competition among groups that range in ability. During summer camp, teachers balance tennis and other sports with supervised dips in the onsite swimming pool and anti-rain dances. Athletes can rent courts and square off against a partner or host a birthday luncheon atop one of several outdoor patios. With racket-stringing service and free parking at the center, competitors have everything they need to practice backhand strokes until midnight strikes and the tennis balls turn back into pumpkins.
At Bronx Community Dental Care, Dr. Oleg wields an array of dental technology such as thin porcelain lumineers and safe BriteSmile whitening gel that activates under low-intensity light. The doctor maintains a dual emphasis on treatment and prevention through a menu of general and cosmetic dentistry and surgical procedures.
To detect tooth and gum issues, Dr. Oleg’s team uses an intraoral camera, which facilitates views of mouth recesses that mirrors or open-mouth screams cannot, and digital x-rays, which reveal invisible structures for examination on a computer. They also repel impending decay with pediatric sealants, and skillfully maneuver mouths to extract wisdom teeth, graft bones, or perform surgery on gums. Upon spotting flaws in individual teeth, the team also springs to action with the CEREC machine, which rapidly sculpts or restores compressed porcelain crowns and inlays during one visit.
Dr. Elliot Sabbagh, DDS, wanted to be a dentist as soon as he graduated from high school, so he took the fastest route to get there: New York University’s accelerated dental program. He has put that extensive training to good use for the past 18 years at iSmile Dental Centers, a group practice he started and has expanded to include eight practices across New York City’s five boroughs. He and his fellow dentists provide a comprehensive slate of dental services—exams, crowns, fillings, digital x-rays, wisdom-tooth extraction, veneers, and power whitening—that cover patients’ preventive, surgical, and cosmetic needs.