Dr. Christian Ford is running out of wall space. His CV boasts academic credentials aplenty?after graduating from Boston University Magnum Cum Laude, he became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society at Boston University School of Medicine. During that time, he investigated a method for speeding recovering from wounds using vacuum-assisted devices, and his research was published in Annals of Plastic Surgery. And that was just the beginning?after graduating he completed a six-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Stanford University Medical Center. But his education extends beyond the diplomas, mortarboards, and ceremonial Pink Floyd posters he earned in college. In 2008, Dr. Ford took up a position at Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala, where he performed pediatric cleft lip and palate repairs, burn surgery, and hand surgery. Since returning to the States, he's made his business in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and operates out of a combination clinic and med spa where face, breast, and body procedures can be supplemented with Botox and dermal filler treatments.
For over a decade, Linda Crisafulli has honed her skills as an aesthetician, nail technician, and makeup artist?a roster of talents that inspired her to open Royal Beauty. A professional Smashbox makeup artist, Linda leads a skilled staff through indulgent, relaxing services such as organic body treatments, customized facials, and waxes.
Laura Whyte, an aesthetician and trained massage therapist with 18 years of experience in the salon business and seven years of experience working for MAC cosmetics, pampers clients from head to toe with indulgent salon services. She performs her beautifying treatments in Salon Tres Chic, which boasts rich, dark wood furniture, plants, and hardwood floors, as well as a red-and-white checkered floor that is ideal for games of human chess. She can usually be found in one of the salon's private rooms, which are equipped with such amenities as a plush, heated table and soft lamp light.
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
At Adamo Day Spa, the eclectic team of aestheticians, technicians, therapists, and counselors helps clients live more confidently by catering to their aesthetic and holistic concerns. Every single facial uses botanically derived Eminence Organics skincare products, and pack a slew of add-ons such as soothing, heated basalt stones or anti-aging LED therapy. To strip away unwanted stubble, the staff uses gentle waxes made with antibacterial essential oils, which they import from Italy via giant slingshot. Even the nail technicians demonstrate their commitment to quality products by stocking organic and vegan nail lacquers. For a more introspective approach, the therapists also offer ayurvedic massages and body wraps, private yoga instruction, and personalized nutritional consultations.
From inside a charming sidewalk storefront, Hernan Salon teleports stress through indulgent cuticle-pampering services. During the one-hour spa manicure, experienced nail technicians wean worry, stress, and temporary tattoos of Jane Austen book covers from hands and arms by lobbing smooth, flowing strokes over muscles, tissue, and tendons. Next, as eyes wander to the autumnal colors fluttering outside the paned glass, the tech preps cuticles with an exfoliating scrub that scours dead skin from fingertips. Nails are then gently trimmed and delicately shaped into clients' favorite Disney on Ice character. After nail connoisseurs buff and soak the nail canvass, it is ready for polish and color, which can be as adventurous as an alluring scarlet hue or as conventional as a crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. To accommodate a rainbow of preferences, the salon owner will order an out-of-stock polish shade at the clients' request when they schedule their appointment. If guests long for an extra smidgeon of indulgence, they may add a paraffin treatment for $10.