Dr. Sarah Sawyer gets her drive to help others from her father, a small town dentist who was never shy about providing weekend calls and home visits. This same level of commitment distinguishes Dr. Sawyer's work at Dermatology & Laser of Alabama—the skincare center she founded—and that has led Daytime Alabama and CBS42 to seek her opinions on Botox, tattoo removal, and other topics. Along with her team of highly trained technicians, including dermatologist Dr. Katherine Flanagan and master aesthetician Michelle Alvis, she helps clients obtain clear complexions using a three-step process: resurface, revolumize, and protect. Though the skincare regimens designed by the team based on these guidelines, often vary— like the weather conditions inside an automatic car wash—they frequently include treatments such as micropeels, dermaplaning, and facials.
Visiting the clinic doesn't feel like a chore, though. Before treatments, clients relax in a reception area where they can read a magazine, watch television, or use the center's free WiFi as they nosh on complimentary snacks and beverages.
Sleek silver accents decorate the clean, professional space of Smart Skin Med Spa, where dermal experts help keep skin looking youthful and radiant. The skilled technicians master a variety of facial treatments customized to smooth wrinkles, soothe irritation, and ameliorate dry skin. Smart Skin products pair with hot towels, facial massages, and microdermabrasion treatments to open clogged pores and simultaneously stimulate collagen for speedier cell turnover. SmoothShapes XV and Viora Reaction body treatments spot-slim hips, tummies, and thighs with noninvasive lasers that leave surrounding tissue undamaged. Due to this combination of service and expertise, Smart Skin Med Spa has been awarded Talk of the Town's Customer Satisfaction Award and voted Birmingham Magazine's for multiple consecutive years.
More than 12,000 different plants line the meandering paths of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spread across its 67.5 acres and more than 25 gardens are 30+ works of outdoor sculptures on display, making it one of the largest collections of public horticulture in the US. Between walks in the gardens, guests can relax in a Japanese garden with a traditional teahouse, and kids can opt into one of the educational programs to understand the science behind botany.
The botanical gardens also host events year round, such as antique shows, plant sales, and cocktail parties, so that the plants don't get bored and fall asleep. Additionally, the lecture series brings in big names and novelists to discuss their trade and put on shows for the garden's visitors.
Featured on Fox 6, La Vie MD specializes in making people feel better from the inside out, offering medical and aesthetic services in a physician-overseen facility that feels more like a spa than a doctor's office. Hormone-replacement therapy is one of the shop's specialties, bringing bodies back into a youthful state balance, which can help increase energy, improve memory and concentration, and curb any desire to ask the file cabinet on a date. Aesthetic treatments such as Botox and IPL photo rejuvenation diminish visual signs of aging without surgery, and the center's medical weight-loss programs combine dietary limitations with a regimen of injections or pills containing a naturally occurring protein that abates the hunger and fatigue often associated with dieting.
Horizons’ crack squad of bug squashers examines residential and commercial locations for infestations. After evicting roaches, ants, and couch-crashing college buddies from a home’s inside, technicians move outside to combat mosquitoes and snakes. They also treat the building’s perimeter, keeping future menaces at bay and identifying potential nooks and crannies that creepy crawlers can sneak through.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.