Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Drs. Michael Peters and Jason Price of Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. The vision specialists help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they’re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers’ Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
Southern Pines' staff of trained medical professionals and suite of cutting-edge procedures quickly and effectively smooth the body's terrain. In the SmoothShapes cellulite-reduction treatment, a rolling tool employs a vacuum and two different laser wavelengths to shrink fat cells, smooth lumpy fat deposits, and stimulate collagen production. Treatments result in firmer, smoother skin ideal for slithering between the couch and the wall to retrieve lost TV remotes. While eight SmoothShapes sessions are recommended for maximum results, many patients experience a noticeable difference after four.
Massage Express’s founder, Alicia Tolliver, recognized a need for what she calls “me” time, especially for those too busy to make it into the spa. She now brings the spa to the comfort of her clients’ homes or the silence of their favorite library aisles as part of her business’s traveling branch. The recently renovated Fayetteville studio also welcomes clients into a private treatment room, where Alicia employs pain-relieving deep-tissue strokes or the relaxation of her signature massage, which unites stress-busting Swedish kneading with the rhythm of lomilomi massage.
Bobbie Salang has explored the science of bodywork from several anatomical angles. As a licensed massage therapist, nationally certified personal trainer, and holistic health coach, she channels 20 years of fitness experience into services at Sevenlakes Massage & Body Therapies. However, she and her accomplice Chrissy Excell—both members of the American Massage Therapy Association—aren't satisfied with stagnant resumés. They continue to augment their knowledge by attending courses whose credits exceed their licensing requirements, all for the sake of their business's professional and peaceful ambiance.
Bobbie and Chrissy hope to spark sustainable change in their clients' lifestyles, whether they are customizing a massage to thwart pain or offering dietary guidance to thwart rival coworkers from deep-frying your lunch while your back is turned. Bobbie's passion for Pilates fuels group classes and personal-training sessions, whose core-strengthening effects can complement her kneading treatments and benefit physiques from top to bottom.
While images of whirring laser beams still conjure thoughts of technophilic futures, the technology is already hard at work at Fayetteville Laser. There, technicians wield noninvasive medical lasers that renovate bods with treatments ranging from body contouring to cellulite reduction. Their Contoura super-pulsed laser works to blast inches off of abdomens, thighs, and buttocks, and their Irradia laser reduces pain and inflammation associated with chronic illness or thinking too hard about how gravity works.
Owner and stylist Tami Cote manages a staff of stylists and nail technicians who begin each beauty session with a consultation, tailoring techniques to individual face shape and desired outcome. Products from Goldwell Color and Redken coat tresses in protective formulas and rich hues inside an elegant setting decorated with textured gold walls, tiled floors, and sleek bronze columns. Prior to pampering, high-top café tables host waiting clients as they sip hot coffee and figure out a way to let their split ends down gently.