ThinFast MD's team of weight-loss specialists—including physicians, nurses, and dietitians—works together to design custom programs for patients of all sizes and ages. With focuses ranging from appetite suppressants to diabetes and nutrition counseling, they help regulate the body's intake of food and spotlight the healthiest choices for each patient's body. They also work with the Optifast meal-replacement program, which kick-starts weight loss with 16 weeks of nutritious meals, custom transition diets, and regular labs and monitoring as needed. Every patient receives a complimentary initial consultation so that the doctors can divine realistic goals. At the root of those goals is the recognition that the best reason to adopt a healthy diet and start exercising is not simply to lose weight or make a lazy pet jealous, but because it feels good and develops a sense of overall well-being.
When teeth in northern Illinois need a little tender loving care, there's no shortage of expert dental practices willing to help them out. In North Aurora, Drs. Melissa Ledwidge and Ingy Nessim at North Aurora Dental Associates emphasize lifetime preventive care through services ranging from general cleanings and Invisalign regimens to oral cancer screenings and root canal therapy. Much like her colleagues in North Aurora, Dr. April Kennedy at Rockford's Affordable Dentistry Today combines comprehensive treatments with same-day emergency services, alleviating the pain associated with infections and abscesses with speed and precision. At Sycamore's Family Dental Care, Drs. Long Pham and Julie Galloway pair their extensive professional experience with a dedication to patient comfort, allaying anxieties through calm, sure-handed handling of treatments large and small.
Backed by a team of medical staffers with a minimum of eight years of experience each, Intelligent Lipo of Rockford’s Doctor of Chiropractic William B. Erickson treats chiropractic ailments and revamps aesthetic appearances. As a former football player, Erickson is familiar with injuries and bodily aches. He treats sore backs with chiropractic techniques such as stimulating muscles with electricity or commanding spines to straighten with drill-sergeant impressions.
Patients with aesthetic concerns can sculpt physiques with the i-Lipo laser fat-reduction system, which won Best Slimming Treatment at France’s Victoire De La Beauté. The system's laser beams break down fat cells into components small enough to exit the cell walls and pass out of the body through the lymphatic system before they reconstitute themselves into a double cheeseburger.
The nationally certified personal trainers at Summit Fitness motivate clients to reach wellness goals with the gym's cardio, circuit, and weight-lifting equipment. Punctuated by the metallic sounds of weights settling into racks and RoboCop crying after his first loss at arm wrestling, the instructors sculpt fitter frames in one-on-one personal-training sessions. In group fitness classes, which include Pilates, cardio cross training, and interval workouts, they tap into energy reserves with up-tempo music, and on-site baby-sitting is available to occupy tykes. After leaving elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and treadmills, students walk past tanning booths to locker rooms. Electronic locks admit guests at all hours to the 24-hour gym.
The doctors at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute carry on the mission originally set forth by the husband-wife founders, Dr. Lynn Hauser and Dr. Neil Ross, more than 30 years ago. Though they draw on a range of technology that was unavailable three decades ago, they still work to treat all manner medical and aesthetic ocular issues. In their surgical center, they work over precise beams, performing LASIK procedures. Wielding products such as Latisse and Botox, they perform eyelid lifts, medical-grade facials, and other cosmetic treatments. The team works to stay on top of the latest advances and technology to beautify eyes and make them good for something other than winking at trial juries.