Stressed-out hands and feet succumb to thorough pampering during a one-hour signature manicure and pedicure at GG Salon and Spa. Licensed aestheticians first scrub appendages to remove dirt, grime, and outdated wood paneling before gently massaging away tension from fingers and toes. Then, they’ll brush nails with a colorful coat of paint to update looks with jewel-like shine.
While working a cruise ship, holistic doctor and acupuncturist Ahuva Gamliel treated a passenger complaining of digestive issues. Impressed by how fast she found relief, the patient said she would send her husband so that Gamliel could treat his shoulder pain. But the woman added, "My husband is not going to tell you this, but he has erectile dysfunction and I want you to treat him for it." Noticing the man didn't mention erectile dysfunction on his intake form, Gamliel proceeded to treat him for it anyway, along with tending to his shoulder. A few days later, the woman stopped by and said, "What did you do to him? I feel like we are on our second honeymoon." Dr. Gamliel thrives on hearing such patient testimonials. Knowing since she was 5 years old that she would become a doctor, Gamliel began working as a phlebotomist in high school. But her first experiences with conventional medicine—which she recalls as "cold, callous, and impersonal"—left her disenchanted. After completing undergraduate study in psychobiology, Gamliel discovered the field of natural medicine and went on to earn a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from Bastyr University. Today, Gamliel pursues her vision of bringing natural healthcare to the masses through MiBaSo, an acronym for mind, body, and soul. Gamliel hopes to turn MiBaSo into a franchised, membership-based practice that increases the visibility, accessibility, and affordability of natural medicine.
Though Dr. Patricia Ares-Romero has extensive training in functional, anti-aging medicine, she still maintains a passion for holistic treatment. As the chief medical director of SmartBody MD, she combines the two disciplines to create a wellness buffet, directing a medical staff and personally helping patients design custom programs to address their concerns and work around their nighttime superhero responsibilities. These programs can incorporate medically supervised weight-loss regimens or basic nutritional guidance, but they all have the same goals: promoting whole-body well-being and developing healthful habits. To this end, knowledge is the most powerful tool that Dr. Ares-Romero and her staff share with patients, but they occasionally use lipotropic injections, dietary supplements, Botox, or bio-identical hormone treatments to aid them in their efforts.
The experienced stylists at Extension Dreams Salon & Spa specialize in enhancing natural hair with extensions. They use a number of methods to affix faux strands, including sewing, taping, clipping, ultrasonic waves, tiny copper micro-rings, and motivational speeches. The team also offers cuts, color services, makeup application, and nailcare with products such as Essie and CND Shellac polish.
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Dr. Maria Patricia Restrepo began the journey toward founding MPR Institute when she was diagnosed with diabetes at 14. The diagnosis brought on bouts of obesity and depression, but Dr. Restrepo didn’t give up—instead, she began to research. “What I understood when I started reading was that if I lost weight, my body [would] cope much better with [diabetes],” she says. But losing weight was just the beginning in her quest toward holistic health. She ended up studying medicine, and through her research she learned about the impact of certain foods on health.
Now, Dr. Restrepo and a team of doctors and therapists customize detoxification plans, facials, and ayurvedic healing services according to each patient’s needs. “The solution for one person is not the solution for everybody,” she says. Staff members take lab tests and hold in-depth consultations with their clients to determine appropriate detoxification or dieting programs. Common treatment targets include hormonal changes, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing.