Lake Lansing Family Practice’s medical experts attend to patient needs ranging from family medicine to personalized skincare. Dr. A. J. Ronan takes on wrinkle reduction as a certified-physician injector of Botox and Dysport, which can forestall frown lines for up to three months. The family practice's onsite skincare specialist oversees a barrage of other aesthetic services, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Antifuzz specialists vaporize unwanted hair with Syneron Comet laser technology, which combines diode-laser and bipolar radio-frequency energies to target and disable follicles—a successful pairing that rivals the time Fred and Ginger tap-danced on a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.
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.
Like a successful quarterback who got his start tossing a football on the back lawn, owner Kian Edmonds unknowingly began his career by giving massages to family members. Emboldened by the positive feedback, he decided to embark on formal training and soon found work in hospitals administering massages to exhausted EKG machines. Now the head of Heaven's Door, Kian mollifies aches and relaxes tense bodies with deft aromatherapeutic massage.
Solace Therapeutic Massage's experienced massage therapists soothe patrons with an arsenal of relaxing and clinical modalities. Like chemists at a soda fountain, clients can mix and match their own modalities or allow the therapist to tailor the treatment as they see fit with techniques such as polarity therapy or positional release. Swedish techniques apply gentle pressure and massage muscles in the same direction as blood returning to the heart from its circulatory sojourn, attempting to coax toxins out of their homes while better oxygenating the body. Clinical techniques delve into the musculature in search of the causes behind such persistent discomforts as back pain, tennis elbow, and chess wrist. Reflexology treatments target the feet with a specialized therapy that spends approximately 30 minutes attempting to rebalance the corporeal systems before finishing the hour with a full-body massage. The staff also prevents the need to rub the back on a telephone pole by performing prenatal and sports massages.
Handworks’ owner and certified massage therapist Scott Stearns administers purposeful bodywork customized to help assuage physical and emotional stress or accelerate injury recovery. His 90-minute massages may incorporate multiple modalities to coax knotted muscles and bunched connective tissues into being more flexible and resuming their at-ease positions. During the treatment, interactive discussion gives clients insight into Scott’s holistic techniques and efforts to ease the body-wide taxation from activities such as sports training, professional labor, and giving a piggyback ride to an adorable 5-year-old SUV. Sessions forgo the scented candles and heavy oil bastings of traditional spas in favor of an athletically inspired space with massagee-chosen tunes, sparing applications of organic jojoba oil, and a table topped with an ergonomic bodyCushion for cloud-like comfort.
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.