All the clients who walk in the door leave with stylish dos that not only reflect their personality but complement their facial features, natural hair texture, and lifestyle. With their emphasis on customer service, stylists make sure to start appointments with a thorough consultation to determine each client’s desired look and daily maintenance routine. Then, the stylists get to work giving precision cuts, changing hues with hair dyes, and finishing styles with a selection of products.
The team can also perform more dramatic transformations with specialty services such as applying hair extensions, hair-smoothing treatments with thermal reconditioning, and vibrant highlights with a unique ombre technique.
Medical director Dr. Albert l. Rodriguez comes from a long line of scientists and doctors: his grandfather was a general practitioner, his father an orthopedic surgeon, and his mother a college professor who taught physics and math. At Forever U, Dr. Rodriguez has been carrying on the family tradition for more than 20 years, endeavoring to reverse the biological processes that give rise to wrinkles, veins, and other signs of aging. His age-defying services go beyond basics—one treatment, profiled in Palm Beach Woman, involves harvesting a woman's own adult adipose tissue and platelet-rich plasma and reintroducing the substances into different areas of the body.
Dr. Rodriguez is known for staying on the cutting edge of his field, which often involves no cutting at all. Board-certified in three specialties including aesthetic medicine and anesthesiology, he’s also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine with advanced training in sclerotherapy; laser, IPL, and radiofrequency systems; and, especially, noninvasive facial treatments. Alongside clinical nurse Mary Lou Welker Gordon, he and his staff create younger-looking skin with medical chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm, brow-smoothers such as Botox and Dysport, and finger paints.
To help patients stay as well-informed as he is, Dr. Rodriguez maintains a YouTube channel discussing new breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine, such as Neograft hair transplants. Both his commitment to education and his pursuit of beauty continue outside the center’s walls—he frequently appears in print and on TV, and exhibits his oil paintings in galleries throughout the area.
The certified medical aestheticians and laser technicians of Natural Beauty Laser break down beauty barriers with a slate of advanced aesthetic services. The specialists harness the power of lasers to help to diminish spider veins, treat acne, remove hair, and train spies, and traditional services such as eyebrow threading and microdermabrasion pamper and polish with classic techniques. With the help of ultrasonic waves, the spa's ultrasonic cavitation treatments seek and destroy fat cells to help clients to lose stubborn weight without surgery.
Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
Owner and experienced massage therapist Michael Church organizes his business around the belief that the difference between giving a good massage and a great massage is “asking the right questions and customizing [the massage] to the customer’s needs.” His therapists begin each new-client relationship with a review of the client’s grievances, lifestyle habits, and professional wrestling history, and then they check in with their patients throughout each treatment to better understand where to focus pressure.
Each massage style is priced the same, freeing people to mix and match modalities such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger point within single sessions. The therapists also add hot stones to massages, and the team plans to grow its repertoire of treatments that utilize healing laser and light therapies.
Upon arrival at the cozy studio, which resembles a living room with antique furniture and a painting that represents the four elements, patrons can snack on a complimentary chocolate or mints from the front desk. Soothing instrumental music is piped throughout the space, although patrons can control the volume from their individual rooms.
Dr. Thomas Balshi didn't just relax on the beach in his free time while earning a medical degree at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Instead, the doctor pulled on a scuba suit and served as a PADI underwater medical-rescue diver. The drive to challenge himself has remained with Dr. Balshi throughout his career, leading him to achieve board certification in both internal medicine and dermatology. His expertise in these contrasting fields has instilled the doctor with a value for full-body wellness, and his Dermatology & Liposculpture Center fulfills this passion by running the gamut from cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser hair and tattoo removal to treatment for various types of skin cancer.
As the director of aesthetics within Dr. Balshi's Dermatology & Liposculpture Center, licensed clinical aesthetician Lisa Michelle Nadeau devises skincare treatments that help heal existing wear on skin due to aging, sun damage, and sandpaper pillows, and prevent future damage from occurring. Her specialties include microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and medical-grade skin services.