SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center's team, which is captained by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, enhances anatomical aesthetics with noninvasive treatments and surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts. Microdermabrasion wands zip over sun-hardened skin and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm work to firm up facial surfaces and fade fine lines. The med spa procedures address a range of concerns, from unwanted hair to achy muscles. Furthermore, consultations at the center are always complimentary.
The clinic?s leader, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Doug Cutler, draws on his training in environmental medicine to discover and treat not only the symptoms, but the root causes of illnesses, whether they be nutritionally, biochemically, genetically, or emotionally based. At the integrative clinic, he and his certified colon hydrotherapist team up to restore patients? equilibrium, offering services including homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and colon and constitutional hydrotherapy, and working to keep clients? bodies and minds as balanced as an unsuccessful seesaw.
At Family Footcare, four board certified foot specialists hold more than 80 years of clinical experience. Combined, they've treated all manner of foot and ankle ailments, from toenail fungus and ankle sprains to bunions and diabetic education. The team demonstrates its dedication to getting patients back on their feet with free consultations, during which patients can ask questions concerning ingrown toenails or the right way to punt a watermelon.
The word "massage" evokes an image of someone relaxing on a table as a therapist kneads their back and neck with aromatic oils. Although this describes many of the massages that Touch of Thai Massage and Wellness offers, it's not the studio's specialty. Instead, the therapists prefer to make their clients active participants in each therapy, most of which call on the techniques of Thai massage. During these treatments, clients remain fully clothed as therapists guide them in yoga-based stretches that work to restore flexibility and enhance healing. At the same time, practitioners press their feet, knees, and elbows along the body's energy lines to release blocked chi and leftover dreams about flying. The spa's decor underpins the practice's Eastern orientation with live orchids, gilded sculptures, and a broken compass.
Dr. Sandra Brown has won several awards for her groundbreaking research in the treatment of hair loss and acne scars, including Michiganian of the Year in 1998. Her work is based in Ayurvedic medicine, a natural approach to health believed to restore the body's equilibrium.
Using a patented gel that she developed herself, Dr. Brown stimulates hair follicles to grow thicker and faster, reversing hair loss caused by alopecia, genetic thinning, and stress. A proprietary chemical peel helps eliminate acne and acne scars, and a facial peel treats darks spots, uneven tone, and other signs of aging, such as frown lines caused by thinking about that no-goodnik General Custer.