Although most centuries-old healing practices have lost their popularity, acupuncture has withstood the test of time. The traditional Chinese art of inserting ultra-fine needles under the skin to ease energy flow throughout the body remains a legitimate method for combating all sorts of ailments, from arthritis to menopause. At her health and wellness central, licensed acupuncturist Ingrid Gicherman tailors each of her sessions to individual consultations on her clients’ medical histories. Gicherman catalyzes wellness with strategies beyond standard acupuncture, however; her acupressure-based Shiatsu massages foster full-body wellbeing, and her Bach flower remedies help her patients manage their stress and emotions without smashing every glass of water they drink on the ground and shouting “L’Chaim!”
Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Ariel Soffer, a graduate of the prestigious Cedars Sinai/UCLA residency program, former chief of medicine of the Hollywood Medical Center, former doctor for the Florida Panthers, clinical assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, and chief medical expert for WPLG ABC Local 10 News leads Soffer Health, which offers multiple practices and specialized departments. One such department is the Soffer Vein Institute, where a diverse menu of vein treatments helps female and male patients to achieve comely legs. Dr. Soffer is so proficient in laser treatments for varicose veins that he has trained dozens of physicians to use his endovenous laser-ablation techniques to heat varicose veins directly and cause them to seal and disappear more quickly than rabbits at a magicians’ convention. A supporting team of dedicated vein experts complements Dr. Soffer's expertise. Dr. Oz even dubbed him as a world expert in veins during a recent interview. Additionally, Dr. Soffer uses traditional, ultrasound-guided, and foam-sclerotherapy treatments to eliminate unwanted varicose and spider veins.
Established in 1978, Olympia Gym is more than just a fitness facility with cutting-edge equipment and classes—it's a family-oriented private club that caters to members who want the most out of their workout. Owners Delia and Peter Cicale as well as the trainers and staff provide a fun and safe way to achieve your desired weight.
Amenities at the gym include Hoist Roc-It machines that adjust to users' movements, a free weight room, a steam and sauna room, kids' karate classes, and TRX and Power Plate vibration training that enhances the ability to gain muscle. Their training services are performed by industry experts with decades of knowledge and experience.
But beyond the gym's compassionate, motivating people is an impressive list of credentials – they have been dubbed the Best Gym and Best Trainers by the Miami Sun Post. Their trainers specialize in injury recovery and services for pre- and post-natal women, but whatever your fitness needs and goals are, the gym's down-to-earth crew is there to help you achieve them.
The aestheticians at Fresh Faces bolster their facials with products from Skin Fitness Therapy, professional-grade potions that meld natural ingredients with scientific formulas. This is part of the progressive approach they take regarding skincare treatments, which are customized to address each individual’s particular skincare needs. Along with facials, the staff performs microdermabrasion and skin-exfoliation treatments to eliminate dull, lifeless skin cells on the face. Airbrush tanning services quench skin with a customized, nourishing bronze glaze while organic peels packed with fruit enzymes reveal younger, smoother-looking surfaces. Those looking to contour unsightly curves can try the Venus Freeze system, which tightens skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Downy robes and complimentary beverages help clients relax and wind down during their treatment of choice.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Barry Resnik has a number of outlets for his talents: he serves as the team dermatologist for the Florida Marlins; he volunteers at the Open Door Health Center, which offers affordable healthcare; and, at the Resnik Skin Institute, he practices dermatology and dermatologic surgery for adults, kids, and snakes who can't shed because they slithered through crazy glue.
Dr. Resnik's skincare ambitions are vast, covering everything from medical concerns such as psoriasis and alopecia to cosmetic desires and skin conditions such as scar management and moles. Ever tech-savvy, the doctor's staff mans lasers to nix unwanted stretch marks and sun spots, and they also summon a Naturalipo liposuction machine, a skin-lightening system, and a stock of dermal fillers to do their bidding.
Nails on one side, hair on the other. So it goes at 770 Salon Miami, where the full-service salon's dual storefront allows the hushed quietude of mani-pedi services to coexist with the jubilant salon soundtrack of blow-dryers and conversation. Cushy red couches give way to polished hardwood floors in the salon area, in which owner Gayle Nelson—a veteran in the hair industry—oversees her staff of stylists. Their adept hands clip, trim, and shape hairdos before enhancing them with colors or keratin smoothing treatments.
In the tranquil nail salon, patrons sink into reclining pedicure chairs, dipping their feet into sparkling foot baths to smooth calluses and soothe nagging hop-scotch injuries. Here, away from the snipping of scissors and buzz of clippers, nail technicians scrub sore feet, massage hands, and buff and file nails before dressing them in polish from OPI, CND, and Essie.