Since she was a young girl, Berni Massari has been aware of her instinctive ability to sense illness in other people. She used her gift to assist medical doctors during exploratory surgery, and, after struggling to find a satisfying career path, decided to apply her talents in the field of natural medicine. Massari went on to earn her PhD and become a fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy. After working in nursing homes, where traditional Western medicine was not meeting all of the residents' needs, she opened her own group of elderly care homes, and witnessed the restorative powers of homeopathy combined with a healthy dose of compassion.
The natural healthcare specialist, author, and weekly radio-show hostess now shares her passion for healing at Integrative Health Associates. Her wellness philosophy incorporates both classical homeopathy—which uses one remedy at a time to treat disease—and time-sensitive preventative methods to diminish conditions such as chronic pain, allergies, anemia, and psoriasis. The caring practitioner even treats pets, including ferrets suffering from diabetes or parrots who develop laryngitis after living with opera singers.
As a trained medical engineer, Dr. Michael Carlton knows how to use technology to ease the body's pain, help a person overcome addiction, or even just shed a few pounds. But his passion for medicine didn't spring from a fascination with technology; rather, it was his work with the poor and under-served in cultures around the world that shaped a socially conscious approach to healing.
In his efforts to promote healthy living, Dr. Carlton founded Phoenix Cool Body. The clinic uses Zeitiq's CoolSculpting system, a non-invasive technique designed by a Harvard scientist to help isolate and destroy fat and cellulite that's otherwise resistant to exercise and stern finger-wagging. Targeted areas such as the stomach, buttocks, and thighs are chilled to 38 degrees Fahrenheit—the trigger point for apoptosis, or cell death. As the body repairs itself, the damaged cells are expelled over the course of two-to-four months. Despite the drawn-out process, treatments require no downtime. In addition to CoolSculpting, the center treats other aesthetic concerns with Venus Freeze and Vasershape treatments.
Pain can come in many forms, and Simple Cure Massage Therapy's single remedy works to address them all. The massage clinic's skilled therapists help adults, seniors, and even children to find relief from pain due to physical injury, overworked muscles, or stress from feuding with imaginary best friends. The massage therapists customize each treatment to accommodate clients' rehabilitation goals and problem areas, and they use massage techniques including lava stones, trigger-point therapy, and deep, targeted kneads. The clinic's staff also holds sessions where clients can learn relaxation techniques that they can self-administer, including stretching, hot and cold therapy, and self-hugging.
Along with a wide variety of massage techniques, Simple Cure Massage Therapy offers many customized skincare treatments. Technicians carefully analyze clients' skin in order to create an effective skin treatment, customized to a client's individual needs. Facials address a multitude of issues including acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. After skin has been pampered, technicians can also remove unwanted hair from the face.
Fuchsia lives up to its incandescent name: its hot-pink walls vibrate under shimmering chandeliers. The pink ceiling curves and cuts away to expose industrial chrome pipes reflecting the script of a neon fuchsia Fuchsia sign. Profiled by ABC's The Revolution, Good Morning Arizona, and magazines such as Everyday with Rachael Ray, the spa pampers its guests so thoroughly, it's earned a spot on Gayot's list of Top 10 Value Spas in the world.
Visitors call in or make online appointments to be bundled in body wraps, receive custom facials, or spruce up their nails. Massages take place in private suites where customers can tune into their own iPods, and hair-removal services prep parties for windstorms in velcro factories. The spa also contains a blow-dry bar, a makeup-artistry station, and shelves and racks of boutique apparel, accessories, and skincare products.
Though she started her career in a traditional medical practice, Dr. Christine Brass-Jones believes that health is about more than prescriptions and pills. Her current practice at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine takes into account holistic remedies that factor in the health of the patient's body and mind no matter what ailment is being treated. An experienced staff of doctors and massage therapists offers services to promote a lifetime of wellness, such as women's health, family medicine, and massages. As they treat maladies, perform checkups, and test trivia retention, Dr. Brass-Jones and her associates offer naturopathic remedies for ailments when possible. The variety of treatments the clinic offers includes traditional Western massages as well as Eastern approaches such as reiki, pain-relieving cupping, and facials with Rhonda Allison products.
Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute medical director Dr. Gregory Allen is a skin specialist who has contributed to FDA research and the FDA approval process. He now shares his epidermal expertise with licensed aestheticians and laser technicians as they apply permanent makeup and perform peels and facials. High-tech equipment abounds at the center, from a VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System for eliminating spider veins to a CO2 laser for reducing wrinkles. Aestheticians rely on skincare products from Derma MD and Obagi, which soothe skin so that clients don't have to cut eyeholes in a receiving blanket and wear it as a mask. An elegant vibe radiates from the spa’s cream-and-black motif, which clients first encounter in a waiting room lined with cushy suede chairs.