At Birmingham Vein Center, surgeons specialize in services designed to treat varicose and spider veins. Noninvasive treatments include cosmetic laser-treatments, whose gentle rays attempt to shrink the appearance of unsightly veins. Meanwhile, phlebectomy treatments remove varicose veins closer to the surface of the skin with small incisions, while sclerotherapy treatments involve injecting a chemical solution directly into the veins, causing inflammation and eventual closing.
Alabama Vision Center doesn’t have one single sight specialist on staff. They have six. The team of ODs, MDs, and an Au.D. draws upon varying skill sets and a staff of 32 technicians and office professionals to provide services ranging from LASIK vision correction to bifocal implants recommended for those with presbyopia or very tiny books. The technology on hand is unparalleled as well, with lasers that help with everything from blade-free corneal surgery to cataract removal to treatment for wet macular degeneration.
Of course, keeping eyesight healthy and strong from the get-go is the staff's number-one priority, and so they offer comprehensive exams that begin with an external inspection of the eyes and surrounding tissue, and end with a tonometry test to identify signs of glaucoma. In between, doctors take note of tracking abilities, visual field, refractive abilities, and colorblindness, and also perform an ophthalmoscopy test, where they inspect the retina to check for any detachment or sudden changes in its mood. A free hearing screening is also included with each patient's first visit, keeping jealous ears from feeling like eyes get all the attention.
Inside this Culver Road beauty haven, Loretta Wendel and her team of professionals provide full-service pampering for the mind, body, and follicle. On the salon side of things, stylists hailing from Aveda and Paul Mitchell academies design new hairdos and reshade strands using silk-infused Baco color from Italy. Five private treatment rooms host aestheticians who blend Parisian Darphin products into skincare treatments that include anti-aging facials for men and women, as well as chemical and enzyme peels from glo therapeutics. Custom massage therapy yields to tension’s demands in an effort to free muscles from aches and stress, and sanitary pedicures include a new tub liner for each client to keep strangers’ footprints from adhering to his or her feet.
Linda Dobbins Dance owner and artistic director Linda Dobbins knows more than a thing or two about dancing—she has studied, taught, and performed in an array of dance styles over the past 30 years. During that time, her students have won a slew of awards, earned more than $85,000 in scholarship money, and gone on to nab successful dance gigs in the film and TV industry.
Linda is backed up by a team of talented instructors who teach both recreational and competitive dance classes. They are trained in a wide spectrum of dance disciplines including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, modern, clogging, and cheerleading. Their lessons are supplemented by tri-annual visits from master choreographers who lead workshops to refresh students with a shower of knowledge and inspiration.
Pilates on Highland's dedicated instructors pool their collective experience from backgrounds in dance, fitness, and gymnastics to help students firm their physiques in dynamic Pilates mat classes. In the well-equipped, spearmint-hued studio, natural light washes over lush, nonsentient plants as students flex and bend during 60-minute mat Pilates sessions. Using their own body weight for resistance, students work through a series of floor exercises to help tone legs and arms and strengthen cores through precise isometric exercises. Breathing exercises help to focus attention, and the fluid poses work to lengthen limbs and improve posture more gracefully than balancing the sheet music for Swan Lake on your head. To ensure attentive instruction, each of Pilates on Highland's mat classes, like the national census, is capped at 12 participants.