One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
Conveniently located near the Kansas City medical center, A Sacred Place for Healing acts as an oasis for those in need of pain relief and relaxation. Helmed by Angela Reed, an experienced massage therapist who enjoys working one-on-one with clients, guests can treat themselves to a range of massage modalities. Angela dishes out Swedish treatments to pamper her patients and also administers energy-based reiki sessions. In order to treat chronic pain or soreness caused by sitting through a public reading of the entire dictionary, Angela uses deep-tissue techniques that dig down into musculature to tackle lingering back pain.
Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. David L. Lang of Optimal Women’s Health Care understands that women benefit most from a practice devoted specifically to their well-being and health concerns. He, along with a team of registered nurses and aestheticians, takes a comprehensive and preventative approach to women’s health issues, helping to assuage ailments related to fertility, obstetrics, and menopause. In addition to routine procedures and checkups, the team works to stave off unwanted body fat with routine Oreo burnings and weight-management programs, supporting, informing, and encouraging patients as they shed pounds.
Penny the Peacock is positively brimming with confidence. As the logo of Refresh Medical Day Spa and Hormonal Health, Penny epitomizes Dr. Angela Garner's goal for her clients: that each will leave the cozy confines of her med spa feeling as renewed as a peacock, whose beautiful feathers fall out and regrow over the course of a year.
Dr. Garner, a hospice director and an internist with more than 20 years of medical experience, facilitates the renewal process with traditional spa services, including facials and massage therapy, as well as specialized treatments such as BioTE hormone replacement therapy.
As a certified physical therapist and licensed massage therapist, Panacea founder Pam Dinges draws from a wealth of healing experience, from practicing rehabilitation treatments in assisted living facilities to helping patients fight cancer with specialized lymph massages. Together with a skilled team of LMTs and aestheticians, Dinges assuages chronic aches, restores range of motion, and boosts circulation using a wide range of massage modalities. Meanwhile, Panacea's in-house aesthetician Anna Mansaw exfoliates and cleanses skin with customized facials, acne-fighting moisturizers, and full-body herbal treatments.
Dr. Jay Goodbinder is a huge proponent of respecting and listening to the signs the body provides. To that end, the dedicated practitioner analyzes not just his patients’ symptoms, but also their bones, muscles, and their very molecules. He uses laboratory tests to unearth the root source of pain and discomfort, which might include nutritional deficiencies or toxicities. He then crafts a personalized treatment plan around these findings, which may include acupuncture therapy, simple adjustments, or myofascial release to heal damaged soft tissue as well as nutritional counseling or kinesio taping. Dr. Goodbinder and staff also use Nebulizer breathing treatments to administer nutrients directly to the blood stream.
A framed picture of the Route 66 sign hangs near the front desk of Dr. Dent—an homage, perhaps, to road trips across middle America. Though such treks can help make travelers worldly and wise, they can leave cars with dents and dings. Dr. Dent’s repair experts erase the bumps and scratches that happen on the road to self-discovery—or simply to the grocery store—to let the discoveries themselves shine through, and they’ve been doing so for more than 20 years.
Instead of affixing heart-shaped band-aids to scrapes and hail wounds, the crew uses several makeover methods to furbish car complexions. During paintless dent repairs, they return the surface to its ideal shape using a nonabrasive metal tool. In addition to improving the car's appearance, this technique preserves the original panels and factory paint. The technicians also use glue pulling—a new technique that involves adhesive tabs, slide hammers, and skilled force—to reshape dented metal. They can also fix chipped paint in-house, layering a clear coat of enamel atop a color-matched base coat.