Dr. Damon Thornton has called central Florida home for more than 43 years. After graduating with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic, he opened this clinic with the hopes of assuaging pain and boosting health in his own backyard. His office specializes in chiropractic care, which differentiates itself from other branches of medicine by seeking to treat the whole body rather than simply squashing symptoms as they arise. A variety of services, including physical therapy and spinal decompression, aims to realign the body’s operating system to alleviate chronic pain and uninstall unwanted Sudoku apps. Dr. Thornton also hopes to fend off health issues before they start through nutritional counseling. In addition to overseeing a lineup of facial and body rejuvenation services, he supervises a team of licensed massage therapists, who treat soft muscle tissues to the revitalizing touch of massage and bodywork.
Under the steady guidance of medical director Dr. John van Wert, Cascades MedSpa carves a path toward beauty with the sharpest, most advanced techniques, earning it a feature in Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. Dr. van Wert and his team chisel bodies and smooth complexions with more than a dozen treatments designed to restore confidence to patients so that they can show off their swimsuit at the beach or the next board meeting. The med spa's services range from noninvasive microdermabrasion and massage therapy to LipoSelection treatments, which break up and remove excess fat from the love handles and thighs.
Kari Stoppenbach spent 16 years honing her craft as an aesthetic technician, working alongside cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists while developing her own organic skincare line. These experiences inspired her to open her own spa, where she performs cutting-edge medical-grade procedures, including ultrasound therapy and custom chemical peels designed to remove acne scars or sun spots and leave skin with a firm, more youthful look.
After years of witnessing and performing countless cosmetic procedures, Kari noticed that the limited number of postoperative concealers frustrated her patients. She kept these frustrations in mind when she designed her Skin-Kari line of skincare products made from organic ingredients. The products help skin heal after a med-spa treatment by shielding it against UV rays from the sun and exposed lightsabers, hiding any signs of redness while employing zinc to promote natural healing.
A visit to the Maitland makeup studio ensures you'll be glowing like that smug neighborhood glowworm for your next date or meeting with the Minister of Defense. Opt for a full makeup application ($65–$85) and experience the beauty-boosting effects of the KROMA product line, created by owner and celebrity makeup artist Lee Tillett from all-natural ingredients and featured at swanky soirees such as the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2009 Emmys. Or, if wild and woolly brows are obstructing your view of downtown high-rises and low-flying helicopters, opt for an expert brow shaping ($45–$55) to make your best features pop. The friendly brow wranglers rein in unruly and rebellious eye awnings and shape arches to complement your specific eye and bone structure.
Master stylist and colorist Michael brings more than five years of experience to Hair Studio Salon, where he cuts and colors hair to bolster the beauty of his clients. A transplant from New York City, Michael uses Schwarzkopf products during his hair cutting, coloring, and conditioning services.
Even as a little girl, Arlene Gray knew she wanted to be a hairstylist, and she has spent the last 27 years fulfilling that dream. After training in New York City, she moved south, eventually opening A's Hair Salon. Not only does she continue to treat hair to her expert styling services—including colorings, cuts, keratin treatments, relaxers, and extensions—but she also shares her knowledge with others as a cosmetology instructor and volunteer stylist for cancer-related charities.