At the Primary Health Care 2015 AIDS Walk/Run, the warmth of a May morning makes a perfect match for the warmth of compassion and camaraderie emanating from participants. Embarking at 9 a.m. from the Des Moines University campus, the event beckons friends, families, and even their pets to stretch and flex their limbs for the noble cause of Primary Health Care?an AIDS care and research center?and its HIV testing and treatment service known as The Project. Those who'd prefer a morning stroll to a morning sweat, can opt to walk instead of run the 5K.
Dr. Dennis Yossi approaches dentistry with an innovatively non-terrifying philosophy focused on minimizing pain and eliminating the onus of oral shame. After the initial exam for the Whitening for Life program, an incisor scourer will make a mold of your mashers and supply two weeks' worth of bicuspid bleach, which sparkles up mouth bones without the need for diamond-dust toothpaste. These oral artistes will provide fresh coats of bleach as long as their canine canvases return biannually (every six months). The office's guilt-free policy means that if patients are lectured or made to feel guilty about their use of floss for games of cat's cradle, the exam and x-rays are free. New patients may request their first appointment online.
Lifepoint Dental Partners is a dental practice that uses minimally invasive techniques, which include composite resin fillings that blend in with enamel. Invisalign braces keep metal out of mouths as they guide teeth into more aesthetically pleasing positions. And the team probes mouthscapes with digital x-rays that emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Dr. Joe Solinger doesn’t like to see his patients suffer. That’s why, as head of Jordan Creek Family Dentistry, PC, he focuses on setting them at ease with relaxation dentistry techniques. Using a combination of aromatherapy, nitrous oxide, and attention-diverting CDs and DVDs, he strives to make visits to the dentist as relaxing as tea time with one’s favorite stuffed animals. As patients relax in comfort, Dr. Solinger performs restorative and cosmetic procedures that range from filling cavities to whitening teeth stained by trying to eat still-life paintings of apples. Dr. Solinger also offers orthodontics and aligner orthodontics, including the orthodontic system Clear Correct.
When not tending to mouths at his practice, Dr. Solinger contributes to the community through organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic.
Even down to its decor, Sacred Stone Massage and Bodywork exudes comfort. The space’s airy feel and soothing color palette take guests in with slate-gray walls, soft lighting, and plush blankets and pillows that adorn the furniture. The spa’s licensed massage therapists embrace and complement the mellow ambiance with a host of massage services. They stretch and soothe aching muscles during relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue sessions and give expectant mothers a break from the tension that comes with carrying an infant and constantly fighting off flocks of storks with prenatal treatments. Hot stones and paraffin wax augment some sessions, whereas others include peppermint- and lavender-infused scrubs.
Helmed by Dr. McLaughlin, the staff at Dental Touch Associates 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 $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.