Clearwater Clinic’s three chiropractic doctors, Bryan Baisinger, Jacob May, and Greg Lekas, all share at least one other passion: athletics. Dr. Baisinger, the owner, specializes in sports medicine and performance, and is the former medical director for the Portland Fit marathon-training group. When he isn’t in the office, he’s serving as team physician for Portland State University’s athletics department or hapkido instructor at Portland State.
Dr. May is a member of the physical therapy team at the Oregon Ballet Theater, Dr. Lekas teaches martial arts, and both donate their time and skills to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training sports-training program. At Clearwater, all three doctors combine their areas of expertise to provide integrative chiropractic care with manipulative therapy and manual-adjustment techniques.
They’re aided by a team of specialists that helps identify a range of issues—whether it’s mental stress caused by working too much or physical stress caused by tunneling out of a work cubicle. Naturopathic doctor Lindsey Nelson educates patients on plans for stress reduction and proper nutrition. Lori Petras, meanwhile, treats clients with acupuncture or Chinese herbs. And, using modalities such as deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot or cold-stone massage, a pair of licensed massage therapists removes tension from muscles.
Sarah Hicks, owner of The Owl Massage & Spa LLC, helms a staff of skilled therapists who uncoil tense sinews with massages that incorporate techniques from around the world. When they aren’t alleviating stress or mending injuries with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, Sarah and her fellow specialists tend to bodies with the ashiatsu method, a Japanese technique remarkable for its reliance on bare feet rather than hands. When employing this technique—which feels somewhat like a much deeper Swedish massage—the therapists balance themselves on clients' backs by grasping an overhead ceiling bar before carefully walking across sore muscles. Aside from these private massage sessions, The Owl's therapists teach massage techniques to couples and host game-day parties for University of Oregon football fans tense from watching third-down conversions or hoisting sports-drink coolers to pour on the fans seated in front of them.
The lustrous pearl that shines at the center of Perle Holistic Skincare’s logo signifies more than an obvious homophone—a rare symbol of perfection in nature, the gleaming object hints at the spa’s reliance on organic, natural products to cultivate flawless skin tones. The spa’s aesthetician shares a holistic philosophy that acknowledges the importance of the mind and spirit in effective body treatments, which explains why they eschew artificial products for plant- and flower-based cleansers, toners, and moisturizers from Dr. Hauschka. Specifically formulated to support life-giving cycles and strengthen the face’s rhythmic systems, these blends seep into pores to promote a glowing complexion and clear skin of oil after a museum visit spent head-butting portraits of smug Victorian ministers.
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
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. Helpful assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Esquire named Hair M the best barber in Portland in 2010, and CitySearch followed suit two years later. The barbershop has also been featured in the New York Times, Men's Health magazine, and the nightmares of unibrows everywhere. The evidence is plain?a man can get a mean haircut at Hair M. But the business offers so much more.
An environment of rugged wood paneling punctuated with HDTVs tuned to sports channels makes the most style-phobic fellow feel welcome, and the bar serving Widmer beers and fine wines doesn't hurt either. Besides regal grooming services, Hair M performs upscale face and body treatments, and keeps a massage therapist on staff at both locations.