More than just a tasteful decoration, the yin and yang emblazoned on Salon 253’s floor speaks to the sense of balance visitors can expect to achieve within the salon’s relaxing confines. Salon 253 offers up four massage modalities as well as aromatherapy raindrop therapy treatment and detoxifying body wraps to help chase away tension, and Dana focuses on catering to each customer's individual needs to keep muscles as relaxed as the joints in the salon's rotating chairs.
"We don't want to be your dental office—we want to develop a lifelong friendship," says the staff at Skees Family Dentistry, where Dr. Dawn Skees leads a team in caring for patients during all stages of life. Her practice's mission statement prizes patient comfort, fostering anxiety-free dentistry through an unhurried pace and step-by-step communication—whether cleaning chompers, straightening smiles with ClearCorrect aligners, or performing oral surgery. Dr. Skees believes in educating patients to take better care of their teeth, even sharing her expertise over the airwaves as the exclusive dentist on the Body Talk radio show on 970 AM WGTK.
Dr. Michael Samuel and Dr. Steve Samuel at Body Allure refine the human form with a three-pronged approach. Their diet programs help reduce cravings and chase away pounds, and their wellness programs recalibrate unbalanced hormone levels and address the needs of the adrenal glands. Among their beauty treatments, fat-fighting injections help patients fit into their most revealing lederhosen, and SmoothShapes lasers diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
LeBliss Salon & Spa preens and waxes the hair of unkempt customers with a selection of expertly administered and personalized hair-care services and waxing options. Highly trained hair masters speedily snip scalp strands ($30 and up for women, $20 and up for men), and excel at touching up beards and bangs ($10) to disguise the results of using hedge trimmers at home. A shampoo and style (starting at $25) will leave follicles fresh and sprightly, and coloring ($45 and up), highlights ($55 and up), or glosses ($25 and up) throw a cherry on top of the head sundae. If face parts have become overrun by wild fur, LeBliss can wax brows, lips, and chins ($12 each). Give your body a break and surrender to an hour of deliberate strokes and direct muscle pressure with a signature full-body massage ($69 for 60 minutes) or let LeBliss pamper your phalanges with a spa manicure ($32) or pedicure ($62).
Beneath the glow of Abeille Salon & Spa's elegant chandeliers, clients can indulge in services for face, hair, and body. On the salon floor, they can have a seat as stylists smooth and strengthen manes with L'Anza haircare products and Coppola keratin treatments. Alternately, patrons can follow the leopard-print carpeted staircase up into the tranquil, chocolate-colored manicure room where technicians carefully shape and trim nails, apply Brisa gel enhancements, and paint on vibrant Shellac polishes. In the spa's private treatment rooms, guests can lie down on comfortable massage tables and let massage therapists purge stress with four modalities, including prenatal massage. Aestheticians can tackle blemishes and signs of aging with four types of facials, including one that features a skin-soothing poetry reading.
Chef Sandy Pike acquired lots of free time when she sold her dessert business, Queen of Tarts, in 2005. Soon afterward, a close family member needed a diet overhaul following some stern words from the doctor. Drawing upon more than 20 years of culinary experience and a love affair with local, seasonal ingredients, Sandy began preparing healthy, flavorful meals ideal for diabetics. Before long, non-diabetic friends and neighbors began clamoring for her creations as well. In response, she launched Home Cuisine, a kitchen where she and fellow chefs create complete, nutritious meals that can be picked up or delivered, then heated and enjoyed at home.
Filled with fresh produce and lean meats—not trans fats or chunks of deep-fried Spam—her dishes showcase healthy eating's tasty side and illustrate the concept of portion control. Her staffers follow the American Heart Association's dietary guidelines and consult dietitians and food scientists from two local universities to ensure that each meal is as balanced as possible.
Sandy and her daughter Mae, a seasoned event planner, share their recipes regularly in the Voice-Tribune and the Courier-Journal, and also support a variety of area charities, including Boys & Girls Haven, Dare to Care Food Bank, and Blessings in a Backpack.