Germann Physical Therapy rehabilitates achy patients at its outpatient orthopedic clinic. The physical therapists on staff use treatment tables, free weights, exercise balls, stepping blocks, and resistance bands to gently bring muscles back into tip-top shape. They also provide functional dry needling, which works to relieve chronic pain or heal injuries, such as twisted knees or thumbs overworked from thumb-wrestling matches.
Inside the welcoming confines of Medical Aesthetics’ cheery red brick clinic, a team of specialists works to foster glowing skin from head to toe. The aestheticians customize facials to individual complexions, and administer FDA-approved Botox or Juvederm XR injections during private appointments or group parties. Laser hair removal treatments help free bodies of unwanted fuzz or clinging bunny slippers. And in keeping with their mission to provide rejuvenating care, the staff also schedules yoga classes before aesthetic treatments and throughout the week.
At Metro Life Medspa, a boutique med-spa, onsite doctors meet with clients for detailed consultations before tailoring beauty and skincare services to each individual. A board-certified physician banishes spider veins with a sclerosing agent injected into the vessels. These treatments cause the vein to collapse and, like the need for a mother-in-law’s approval, eventually fade away. Aestheticians working under the supervision of the medical director administer mesoestetic peels to slough off dead skin cells, and a physician further smoothes faces with Pixel skin resurfacing, which stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
MRI Pathways helps patients prevent chronic medical conditions such as stroke, back pain, and arthritis through a combination of advanced screening technology and lifestyle changes. Using MRI technology, the facility screens for carotid-artery narrowing, potentially malignant growths, and even brain aneurysms.
The clinic’s founder and physician-scientist, Dr. Chang-Jiang (CJ) Zheng, is board certified in preventative medicine and has a PhD in epidemiology. He has worked at St. Paul's Regions Hospital and the University of Minnesota and is the author of many peer-reviewed articles. The health expert is also at work on a book about lower-back pain.
Dr. Lisa Ohman Erhard believes in the interconnectedness of health, beauty, and intimacy. As the medical director of Minnesota Gynecology & Aesthetics, LLC, she heads up a team that specializes in the synthesis of women’s wellness and beauty issues. Together, they tend to everything from uterine ailments and reproductive health concerns to med spa skin treatments and liposuction. No matter the treatment at hand, Dr. Erhard always offers a caring and compassionate ear to her patients, making it easier for them to come to her with deeply personal body concerns or songs they are considering for open mic night.
Dr. Allen Van Beek, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has more than three decades of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic-surgery procedures. The medical director of Plastic Surgery Specialists understands that the quest for beauty is an ongoing one and works closely with each patient to correct physical flaws. His right-hand woman—Kristina Whitlock—is a certified medical licensed aesthetician. She assists in performing non-medical procedures like microdermabrasion and chemical treatments plus a selection of IPL laser treatments that help reduce unwanted hair and diminish the appearance of sun damage.