As a high-school student, Dennis Rattiner reached down to pick up a leaf blower and heard an ominous pop in his lower back. He was bedridden for days with pain. At the suggestion of a friend, he paid a visit to a chiropractor, which alleviated his discomfort without the use of drugs or surgery. From then on, he sought to help people in the same way.
Now the owner and head chiropractor at Progressive Healthcare of Gwinnett, Doctor of Chiropractic Rattiner treats patients for ailments including disk herniations, arthritis, and back and neck pain. His massage therapists and chiropractors rehabilitate patients through physical therapy, mollify aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and help clients shed pounds with weight-loss programs and donuts made of antimatter.
At Warrior Detox, a team of holistic health experts help patients rid their bodies of toxins with ionic footbaths and body wraps. Their body wraps use medical bandages soaked in herbal solution to leech toxins from, shed inches from the body, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite while imparting useful nutrients including vitamin K, caffeine, and collagen.
Lidia Mosquera, the medical aesthetician behind Med Therapeutic Skin Care Day Spa, believes that her education never stops. Though she's been in the industry for more than 25 years, she still commits herself to staying on top of the latest beauty practices and procedures, even traveling to learn about breakthroughs made outside of the U.S. or in the galley of a Boeing Dreamliner. At her day spa, she offers massages, body wraps, laser hair removal, facials, and other services that showcase her cutting edge expertise. Her microcurrent, endermologie, and cavitation treatments help contour cellulite in problem areas, and her staff also enhance massages with aromas of sage and tequila that impart the natural healing effects of the agave plant.
The expert aestheticians at Kim Phung Day Spa & Skin Care pamper guests with beautifying treatments including facials and microdermabrasions that turn back time, rendering skin radiant. Clients may also exhibit a youthful glow after an expert makeup application. Alternately, body wraps nourish skin and waxing treatments make it smooth to the touch. Spa staff can also remove dermatological irregularities, such as moles, veins, and horns that keep growing back.
Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.
Born on a Caribbean island, Natasha Lettman grew up in a culture in which common medicinal treatments involved herbs, fruits, and vegetables. When she moved away from home, she stopped eating natural foods and opted instead for processed munchies full of additives and preservatives. Failing health prompted Natasha to begin the long and difficult journey back to her dietary roots, picking up other holistic methods along the way.
Today, Natasha proves to be a triple threat as a board-certified holistic-health practitioner, certified reflexologist, and bio-energetic practitioner. She liberates her clients from environmental toxins through wellness evaluations and nutritional coaching as well as immune-system-boosting supplements.
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