Voted No. 1 from 2209-2013 by the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal, Novus Clinic was born 20 years prior from board-certified ophthalmologist Todd L. Beyer and optometrist Jerry Sude’s vision for a one-stop eye-care facility. To bring this idea to fruition, they first recruited a neuro-ophthalmologist and a second optometrist to their team and eventually constructed a 3,800-square-foot surgery center in 1998. The state-of-the-art center was built in response to the voices they heard asking for laser vision-correction procedures such as LASIK and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Beyer, also a certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, began performing face-lifts along with noninvasive skin treatments after he found himself fielding queries from more and more patients about dermal fillers, peels, and laser hair removal.
With the expanding list of offered services, the clinic shed its original title, System Optics, and was reknighted Novus Clinic in 2003. The word novus, which translates to “fresh and exciting” in Latin, more accurately encompasses the clinic’s multifaceted approach to ocular and anti-aging treatments. The doctors never forget the primordial soup from which they sprang, though, and still conduct eye exams and keep a venerable inventory of designer frames.
During his three decades of dental experience, which included a six-year stint as a general dental officer for the United States Air Force, Dr. John N. Santin has seen a lot of smiles. And from both of his Akron Area Oral, Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center offices, Dr. Santin continues to gaze at pearly whites, keeping teeth healthy and bright with surgical and cosmetic dentistry services including corrective jaw surgery, wisdom-teeth extractions, and bone grafting. But teeth aren’t the only thing on Dr. Santin’s mind. He also provides his patients with a range of cosmetic treatments, from rhinoplasty and facial implants to Botox injections and chemical peels. The offices even come equipped with advanced ActiveFX and DeepFX fractional lasers, which are designed to blast away layers of sun damage, dead skin cells, and temporary tattoos that seeped down into the dermal layer.
At Beauty Oasis, clients are guaranteed to be the center of attention. That's because the cozy salon is designed to service just one guest at a time. So there's no crowded salon to worry about or magazines to pretend to read. When clients arrive, stylist Kathy Alali is ready to pamper them with haircare and skincare services. Nonetheless, the salon still offers complimentary WiFi, coffee, and tea.
The air inside at Beau 'A Ravir Salon & Spa doesn't have the artificial smell that characterizes some salons. That's because the stylists use professional beauty products by Pravana and Enjoy that are loaded with botanicals—a pleasant alternative to noxious chemicals and flowers that refuse to wear deodorant. The staff take their time with clients, whether consulting with them before a designer cut, color service, or keratin treatment or descending on tense muscles with soothing strokes during a massage.
Christina Freeman and her resident aesthetician have more than 30 years of collective experience in the art of making skin glow. In their pursuit of youthful radiance, the skin specialists tailor spa treatments to each client’s skin type. The organic passionfruit peel offers a lighter rejuvenation, and chemical peels and Dermaglow microdermabrasion treatments delve deeper to combat blemishes and signs of aging such as wrinkles or comb-over noses.
Spa-goers can relax during full-body massages and enjoy the aromatherapy of nine essential oils during raindrop-therapy sessions designed to boost immune systems and soothe stress. Rounding out their services, Christina and her team can enhance features with Jane Iredale mineral makeup and wax away mustaches or eyebrows that need braiding each morning.
A pebbled driveway cuts through vast greenery leading up to a historical church, which was originally built in 1890 and currently sits nestled in the shade of neighboring trees. Inside the quiet, secluded house is Canterbury Spa, where owner and licensed aesthetician Laura Lewis curates a suite of beauty-boosting services that span from waxing and facials to massage. Canterbury’s lineup of massages lifts tension from hardworking backs and shoulders, and its manual tans allow beneficiaries to convince coworkers of a recent vacation without wearing a coconut bra around the office.