The original artwork adorning the walls of Deaf Dog Ink isn't a sample of the studio’s stock design options. In fact, Deaf Dog’s licensed tattoo artists, Jason and Mumbles, don’t produce any tattoo flashes—every piece they design is entirely customized for each client. Intricate inkings run the gamut from elaborate family crests to realistically rendered eagles and celebrity portraits. To show their appreciation of selfless service, Jason and Mumbles offer 20% discounts to members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs.
The licensed nurses, laser technicians, and aestheticians at Metropolitan Cosmetic Laser Center are certainly skilled on their own, but they still work with a safety net in the form of the physician who owns the practice. Together, they administer laser-based procedures, including skin rejuvenation and vein, hair, and tattoo removal. They also perform Restylane and Dysport injections that help soften facial wrinkles, leaving skin smoother than a newborn beach ball.
The artists behind Art Monster set their sights on all sorts of blank canvases—from hoodies to sports cars to biceps—and transform them into eye-catching pieces of artwork. Owner Chris Sabatino keeps the modern studio in pristine condition all week long for his staff to decorate bodies with intricate tattoos. They also infuse wardrobes with a bit of attitude by custom airbrushing illustrations of their clients' favorite sports teams, animals, or Pantone swatches.
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."
St. Louis native Dr. Darren Cartwright and his staff keep cavities in check with preventative services such as exams and cleanings, as well as perform more complicated oral surgeries such as wisdom-tooth extraction. Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, they take every step to make sure patients feel nothing, using sedatives and anesthesia to alleviate any pain and nitrous oxide to nullify anxieties related to dentist visits. They also boost patient confidence with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and Invisalign braces, and they offer both morning and evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules.
Dr. Pete Pagano is following in the family footsteps: after practicing dentistry with his father for 15 years, during which he augmented his formal education with the knowledge gleaned from his dad’s real-world experience, he left the nest and set up his own practice. Today, at Artistic Dentistry, Dr. Pagano still treats patients whose teeth were inspected by his father, as well as those of their children and grandchildren. With the aid of a skilled staff, Dr. Pagano delves into patients’ facial caverns to seek out tooth decay, oral cancer, and gummy bears wanted for arson. Then, he treats mouths with any necessary procedures such as fillings, implants, and crowns or brightens smiles with teeth whitening. Whether performing a root canal or polishing teeth until they shine more than Zeus’s trophy for Best Deity, the dental professionals at Artistic Dentistry make sure to treat their patients as whole people and not just mouths by thoroughly discussing procedures and answering any questions.