As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
At Vanguard Dental, dentists Jackie Shayani and Camilo Achury each harness more than 22 years of experience to protect and enhance area grins. Dedicated to patient comfort, the staff takes mouths by the hand, and walks them step-by-step through treatments, whether they seek the smile-aligning services of Invisalign or the shine-boosting power of a routine cleaning or Zoom teeth whitening. The friendly office also helps perfect each burrito-trap with implants, veneers, and crowns, as well as tooth-colored fillings that hide evidence of cavities without attracting unwanted attention from metal detectors or lonely Geiger-counter enthusiasts.
As founder and managing director, Dr. Shayani practices dentistry part time in order to pursue philanthropy projects that include working with community and charity organizations by day and fighting the crime-laden cotton-candy industry by night. The office's clinical director, Camilo Achury, uses his continuing education to ensure the most advanced care for his patients, and remains an active force inside the dental community by serving on the Queens County Dental Society's board of directors.
With hundreds of participating locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals that delivers a variety of dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists has the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a tooth-stack. Since Right Dental Group encompasses a wide range of offices and dentists, customers can schedule appointments online for any dental service—from routine cleanings and x-rays, to restorative crowns, Invisalign treatments, or cosmetic Zoom whitening—at the neighborhood location they prefer.
Island Dental Associates' experienced tooth doctors whiten smiles with in-office Zoom! and Venus treatments. Like an 81-square tic-tac-toe match, whitening takes one to two hours, letting patients spiff up their smiles over a lunch break. The dentist paints the mouth’s picket fence with a safe, peroxide-based gel that gently penetrates the enamel, tickling stains into submission with microscopic bubbles. The Zoom! gel partners with a specially designed light to work its magic, brightening ivories an average of eight shades. Meanwhile, the Venus solution can do it alone, stoically scrubbing coffee and soda graffiti from tooth walls. Chompers emerge with an alabaster glow, eliciting grins and attracting helper fireflies for months—even years—to come.
Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, aka Dr. Jacquie, enjoys being ahead of the curve. She was the first female director of Boston University Dental School?s Orthodontic Department for 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year students, and later held the title of national spokesperson for Invisalign?s hygiene campaign. Dr. Jacquie remains one of the top 10 Invisalign doctors worldwide, and has performed the procedure on more than 2,000 patients, including teens and self-conscious pugilists.
Dr. Jacquie and her team of dentists prioritize patient comfort inside their spa-like office. During whitening treatments or Invisalign procedures, patients sit back and watch personal TVs, surf the web, or stay occupied by playing video games. Neck rolls and blankets are also available upon request or two lines of a barbershop quartet. The staff further eases discomfort with their technology: they replace bulky x-rays and physical impressions with no-fuss digital systems.