Massage Therapy's licensed therapist, Michael Manning, convinces snarled muscles to let loose under the supervision of his dexterous digits, which are fluent in three main modalities. The slow strokes of Swedish massage soothe muscles into a state of relaxation normally experienced only by cooked pasta. Limbs that have been injured or overworked during athletic encounters unclench with sports massages, and therapeutic sessions return mobility to stiff appendages without surgically implanting extra elbows.
The licensed aestheticians at Vitality Wellness and Aesthetics extract the healing power of seaweed to whip up a facial formula tailored to each client. To start the 60-minute session, a deep cleansing expunges grease from pore recesses and erases lines from games of connect-the-freckles. Next, the aesthetician analyzes the client's skin before blending a seaweed base cream tailored to the pigmentation, elasticity, and moisture level of each unique complexion. As the mask labors away—deposing dead skin cells and restoring the face to healthy hydration levels—a hand and décolletage massage glides across tension fault lines. The mask then lifts from the face to reveal the glowing features beneath, sealed in with moisturizer and SPF that protects against the damaging effects of UV rays or cuddle sessions with sun lamps.
Emulating the spreading branches of the mulberry tree, this clinic takes an approach to holistic health care that's broader than most. Here, a doctor of oriental medicine and an orthopedic surgeon partner to give patients the benefit of an integrative diagnosis. Resident acupuncturist Dr. Christopher Cheshire deftly identifies sources of pain, and works to alleviate aches with filiform needles administered to strategic points and secret stress cellars along the body's nerve network. Dr. Hubert Vesser, meanwhile, draws on experience earned during his orthopedic surgery tenure at the Mayo Clinic in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal issues.
For Katie Hohman, a desk job was always out of the question. "I love interacting with such a variety of personalities, ages, and conditions," she explains. "Everyone has a different story, and being able to help people gain their independence is rewarding. I can’t imagine choosing any other career." As a licensed physical therapist, Katie offers a diverse array of rehabilitative care services––into all of which she gives her all. Clients may solicit her expertise for physical or spinal stabilization therapy, or requisition one of her licensed massage therapists for a healing bodywork session.
Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
A jack of all medical trades, Dr. Jose A. Lopez carries out a wide scope of comprehensive health services, encompassing everything from regular physicals to neurological examinations. His other specialties including geriatrics, orthopedics, neurology, urology, pain management, dermatology, and gynecology. To address an eclectic range of patient needs, Lopez draws from his training in internal medicine at MCP Hahnemann in Philadelphia and Case Western Reserve University, his several years as an ER physician in Venezuela, and his volunteer work at the Leesburg Free Clinic. The highly seasoned doctor welcomes walk-ins, as well as after-hours patients who need urgent care.