Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center's team, which is captained by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, enhances anatomical aesthetics with noninvasive treatments and surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts. Microdermabrasion wands zip over sun-hardened skin and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm work to firm up facial surfaces and fade fine lines. The med spa procedures address a range of concerns, from unwanted hair to achy muscles. Furthermore, consultations at the center are always complimentary.
Dr. Balkany, a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in the treatment of varicose veins, helms an experienced team in the vanquishing of unhealthy veins during minimally invasive, in-office sclerotherapy treatments. Skilled hands guide a small-gauge needle that injects a sclerosing agent into small varicose and spider veins. During each 15- to 20-minute session, the specialized solution aims to seal off veins, forcing them to dissolve back into the body. Patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure and can typically return to normal daily activities immediately afterward.
Even if PGPA Pharmacy’s name doesn’t ring a bell with local residents, its owners hope its community-minded focus does. As one of the few remaining independent, nonchain pharmacies in the area, it offers a selection that blends the prescriptions that customers need with organic and alternative products that further improve their sense of well-being. Elsewhere on the shelves are over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, dietary supplements, skincare products, and snacks. The pharmacy also administers shingles, pneumonia, Tdap, and flu vaccines—the latter not to be confused with the popular flue vaccine used to rid chimneys of imposter Santas. All of the staff’s products, services, and support pursue PGPA’s mission to promote health by providing the proper education to clients.
The certified opticians at Lansing Ophthalmology fit visitors with a varied stock of prescription and nonprescription designer sunglasses. Encircle blinkers with stylish Oakley shades ($89+) or shield tear ducts while stomping onions for wine with a pair from Cole Haan ($115+). Single-vision sun lenses ($89+) let wearers speed-read sunsets with stunning accuracy, and cutting-edge lens designs from Seiko and Pentax rival the styles sported by Hollywood A-list talking dogs ($234+). Although this Groupon is not valid toward services, a staff of talented opticians—many of them certified by the American Board of Opticianry—is on hand to diagnose eyeball prescriptions. All sunglasses and lenses are insured by a yearlong workmanship guarantee, subject to an additional fee after 90 days.
The staff at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital knows the negative effect an unhealthy lifestyle can have on a person. They decided to fight back with a preventative strike by opening AL!VE: Your Community Well-Being Place. The 65,000-square-foot facility uses every inch of its space to promote healthy living. The sprawling site is nestled amid an 18-acre outdoor setting and houses countless fit-friendly amenities, including an exercise area and multi-purpose gym, walking paths, a women’s-only health center, and a space for physical, occupational, and speech outpatient rehabilitation.
With this much space comes a slew of programming and fitness classes for adults, teens, and kids that change with the seasons. Exercise isn’t the only component of the mission at AL!VE, however; the facility houses a demonstration teaching kitchen where guests can learn how to cook fresh meals. There's also a café where they can imagine how they’d look in a chef hat while a real chef prepares their meals.
After Kim Russom graduated from the Capri College of Massage Therapy and received her state licensure and national certification in 2007, she began working professionally as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), ultimately establishing her own practice inside the quaint brick walls of The Chiropractic Well Being Center in 2011. Now, she and her team focuses on problematic pain areas inside a pacific blue treatment room reminiscent of a soothing night sky. Kim and fellow LMT Sheela Hart specialize in deep-tissue massage, and often target specific ailments—such as headaches and chronic pain—with a customized mixture of deep pressure, trigger-point therapy, scalp massages, and stretches. They'll soon be joined by a third LMT, whose own expertise and extra pair of hands will help them heal as many clients as possible. In addition to delivering massages, the team also provides clients with helpful information on how to best treat muscles, including assigning specific stretching exercises and posture-creating routines that can enhance the power of a massage.