Since her days as a high-school basketball and track star, Dr. Benita Stephens has understood the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and weight. But it wasn't until she was a trained obstetrician and gynecologist with her own practice that she saw the damaging effects excess weight has on the body. Feeling inclined to help her overweight and obese patients, Dr. Stephens sprung into action, calling upon her extensive training in bariatric medicine to establish Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa. And it was this determination and passion for helping others that gained Dr. Stephens praise from MadameNoire and earned her the 2012 Business Superstar Award and inaugural cover from PYNTK magazine.
From within Ciao Bella's office, Dr. Stephens and her friendly staff help clients shed pounds and gain confidence through customized weight-loss programs, which can include tailored exercise plans; B12, HCG, and lipotropic injections; appetite suppressants; and meal replacements. But before programs are constructed, an initial consultation reviews patients' health history, determines their current state of health with a physical exam, and analyzes their body composition. Ciao Bella's staff also tighten and tone the skin on the face with facials, microdermabrasion, and Botox treatments.
A fleet of dentists and oral surgeons at various dental offices have banded together with one aim: to keep Georgians' smiles as bright and healthy as possible. Managed by the same business, each Dental Practice Group of Atlanta office has its own name and staff. Patients at each location recline in comfy chairs as licensed dentists and experienced technicians remove excess plaque, inspect gums for signs of disease, and x-ray chompers for cavities. Available at every office, Venus White teeth-whitening treatments improve upon pearly whites' luminescence and ability to serve as a projection surface for miniature film festivals.
With 19 locations conveniently sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, Solar Dimensions helps clients get beach-ready regardless of their proximity to the shore. Each location features a fleet of UV tanning beds of varying brightness, all waiting to sun-kiss skin in 10–20 minutes and comfort clients with a built-in cooling apparatus or complimentary snuggles from a nearby penguin. Custom airbrush-tanning treatments or automated VersaSpa and MyMyst sunless-tanning sessions forgo light exposure and instead tone complexions with tinted mists that materialize in four to eight hours and last for several days. Both tanning solutions quench skin with aloe vera before tinting it a natural shade ranging from light almond to lifeguard. The trained staff can also hone body shape with infrared body wraps and VacuStep treatments, and brighten smiles with teeth whitening, helping to boost confidence before bodies hit the pool.
Airbrush tanning performed by hand. Teeth whitening with hydrogen-peroxide gel. Stainless steel or titanium body piercing. Tattooing by an experienced artist who specializes in black-and-white realism. At Bella Bronze, the team's talents reach beyond typical salon offerings. They welcome patrons into their hygienic but comfortable environs, custom designing realistic-looking tattoos or outfitting bodies with natural tans that eschew the common streaking ingredient found in most spray tans—tears from an orange.
Dr. Anh Khieu-Absi and the team at Tyrone Family Dentistry hone their smile-smithing acumen through continuing education and an enthusiastic acceptance of new technologies. After patients are properly prepped, the in-office Lumabrite and Venus teeth-whitening ritual requires less than an hour to lift stains and discoloration left by habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, and the procedure doesn't rely on the use of harmful UV rays or sticky coats of glitter-glue. A special hydrogen-peroxide formula harnesses the power of tiny oxygen bubbles to oust stains from microscopic pores, leaving patients with gleaming grins until they mistake a permanent marker for a lollipop.