Complexion Perfection’s licensed aesthetician Brianne Whitley keeps it simple. Her skincare treatments fall into two categories: facials and chemical peels. A selection of four facials is designed to combat specific complexion issues, while nine different chemical peels employ more aggressive blemish-fighting formulas still gentle enough for use on patients with rosacea, dry skin, or melodramatic noses.
Dr. Stephanie V. Oberhelman at Kansas Surgical Arts is both a Doctor of Osteopathy and a board-certified general surgeon. Armed with a laproscopic camera, she removes appendixes and diseased sections of colons with minimal incisions and stitches. She also uses cameras to peer into the GI tract, screening for cancers, snatching biopsies, and oohing over kaleidoscopic formations. To improve patients’ exteriors, her team of vascular experts maps out varicose veins with ultrasound technology before using noninvasive methods—such as sclerotherapy or lasers—to diminish their appearance.
Brianna Williams flexes her 15 years of experience in the beauty industry at ABLS, an industrial-chic Paul Mitchell salon. Inside the space, which favors exposed brick walls and shelves with the entire Paul Mitchell product line, she works alongside her comrade stylists, matching clients' visions with sleek cuts. In addition to cut and color services, the staff also transforms young girls into glitzy glamour stars during rock star parties, and primps brides-to-be from head to well-polished toe with bridal packages.
When not proving their expertise on the salon floor, the stylists are sharpening their skills through monthly lessons from Paul Mitchell national educators. Brianna further demonstrates Paul Mitchell's commitment to "making our world a more beautiful place" by working alongside Carpenter Place, a local girls home assisting children in crisis.
At Health & Healing Therapeutic Massage—the U.S. Commerce Association's 2011 Best of Wichita in the massage therapy category—studious therapists dedicated hundreds of hours to the study and practice of massage before treating clients in their serene space. These graduates of Heritage College's School of Massage and members of the ABMP and AMTA completed 720 training hours and 120 internship hours to deeply understand several types of massage, including trigger-point therapy, reflexology, and lymphatic. They tailor all services to address individual needs, even for training athletes and expectant moms. The therapists also deliver onsite chair massages to relax office employees or lure customers to garage sales.
The therapists at Great Escape Therapeutic Massage, LLC work to relieve discomfort from muscular pain, anxiety disorders, and sports injuries. The team specializes in five relaxation modalities, including deep-tissue massage, which delves deep into the layers of muscle tissue, and prenatal massage, which helps relieve muscular discomfort in mothers-to-be. The staff will also show new parents how to impart massage to their newborn child, which helps improve the symptoms of gas and constipation, increases sensory awareness, and fosters sleep so that the baby doesn’t stay up for late-night Law & Order marathons.
It's said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in your field. Hudson Optical's staff of professional eye-care specialists graph and bolster their patients' vision health inside a facility that hit its 10,000-hour mark more than 52,000 hours ago. Though more than 30 years have passed since Hudson Optical first opened its doors, its trained associates continue to practice their craft, as well as learn new technologies to ensure patients get optimal care. Doctors David P. Parupsky and Se Cecelia Xiong brandish skills gleaned from conquering their own hour cap to diagnose eye disease, address eyes' refraction needs, and perfect their own language of Morse-code blinks.