Though surrounded by massive medical equipment, patients can feel at home at Vein Center of Idaho. This is due to it’s staff of physicians, who take the time to make sure each patient feels cared for and comfortable—even supplying warm blankets when needed. Before going into a treatment room for a MRI, CT scan, or digital mammography, guests can relax in the front lounge amid televisions and complimentary coffee and snacks. Kids can also be entertained in a designated play area, which features a hand painted mural filled with treasures to spot.
Susan Lord NP-C provides Botox treatments for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. The practitioners at Healthy Habits Wellness Clinic also apply their hands-on techniques to patients with an array of treatments including Juvederm, Latisse, microdermabrasion, lipo laser treatments, hormone balancing, and lipotropic injections. They believe in determining the underlying causes of ailments rather than just treating their symptoms, while also striving to help improve patients' beauty.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
With an experienced optometrist on staff and a selection of more than 500 frames and a variety of lens types, Pinnacle Vision Care offers a fix for almost every bout of blurry, foggy, or x-ray vision. Eye exams ($105, or $155 with contact-lens fitting), each performed by a licensed doctor, serve to screen the eye for diseases and engineer lenses for sharp lines and clear images. Frame droppers and cactus battlers can feel secure in the knowledge that every eyewear purchase at Pinnacle Vision Care includes a two-year warranty against breakage. A large variety of basic frames are available for around $47–$100, and can be filled in with basic lenses (starting at $60), upgraded single-vision lenses ($100–$185), or progressive lenses ($200–$600).
At Signature Dental, Dr. Matt Kooyman and his staff strive for utmost patient comfort during the full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. He uses soft-tissue lasers to recontour gum lines, reducing the bleeding and recovery time of metal blades, and Diagnodent lasers to reveal tooth decay, which, like a middle child’s birthday, can be easily overlooked.
In order to help minimize patient discomfort and set patients at ease, Dr. Kooyman’s quiet electric handpieces reduce much of the whir and buzz of air-driven dental equipment. A television and headphones in the operatory further block out ambient dental noises while the operatory’s massaging dental chair kneads out muscle kinks.
Before opening his private practice in Eagle, Dr. Jacob Brown served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army as a general dentist and Director of the Red Cross Dental Assistant Training Program. After completing his service, Dr. Brown settled in Idaho with his wife and five daughters and opened up Castlebury Dental. Working alongside experienced assistants, he keeps mouths healthy with intraoral cameras, electric handpieces, and digital x-rays that expose teeth to less radiation than traditional X-rays or traditional isotope-chewing contests. One of Dr. Brown's many specialties is his use of rotary endodontics, a procedure that allows him to perform root canals quicker than is possible through conventional methods.