For Mario Dube, healthcare starts with an open mind. Unwilling to be bound by the constraints of Western medicine, the acupuncturist and board-certified doctor of Oriental medicine incorporates the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine into therapies designed to treat ailments at their source. Dube's secret lies in viewing the body as a single, interconnected organism, as opposed to a haphazard collection of bones, joints, and bone claws bonded with pieces of gum. This view shapes his acupuncture treatments, which stimulate the body's vital energies with tiny needles and injections of vitamins or herbal extracts. Though acupuncture will continue to be his flagship service for years to come, Dube has recently rolled out other therapies to address vision loss and breast disease.
In a profile for Plastic Surgery Practice's 2011 Top Docs feature, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Drehsen described how a person's entire facial expression, rather than just sagging cheeks or crow's-feet, is the object of his practice at Venus Clinique Spa by Clinique of Plastic Surgery. This comprehensive approach reflects his mastery of artistic composition, as well as his extensive experience, which is capped by more than two decades of sculpting the denizens of the Tampa Bay area, including mermaids built in sand. After thorough immersion in all fields of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, he sought out specialized studies in hand surgery and microsurgery and developed a deft touch with children and burn victims during his residency at Morton Children's Hospital in Louisville. His steady hand is constantly innovating ways to harmonize features. He reimagined the face-lift to replicate the firm cheeks and stifling ennui of someone in their mid-twenties and repurposed clients' fat cells as catalysts for their own rejuvenation. Computer imaging helps his patients to see and evaluate what he envisions and then collaborate in the creative process. His practice has grown to three locations, two of which offer non-surgical aging solutions. There, medical aestheticians lavish complexions in carefully engineered Obagi and SkinMedica products while a nurse practitioner injects wrinkles and sagging cheeks with seven kinds of FDA approved dermal fillers and volumizers. Lasers work overtime at the spa, smoothing cellulite, routing unwanted hair and veins, and promoting even skin all over the body.
No two aesthetic aspirations are alike. That?s the view espoused by Dr. Tamara Densmore, the founder and medical director of Revitalization Medical Institute, and her skilled team, who take pride in personalizing and customizing treatments at the RMI Med Spa. Weight-loss programs are created by measuring both current and ideal weight with measurements such as height, weight, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, and body mass index. After measurements are taken, clients will sit down with Dr. Densmore to review medical history and current lifestyle habits. Then, Dr. Densmore will set clients on a path to a healthier lifestyle and a lean body.
Skin services such as facials and microdermabrasion treat complexions, while Botox and other beautifying injectables eliminate wrinkles. Dr. Densmore is especially passionate about turning back the body?s clock, and?as an advanced fellow with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine?expertly administers such age-defying treatments as IPL, and Fraxel treatments, and masks made of crayons.
A Spa & Salon's simple name belies its extensive menu of soothing and invigorating massage, facial, waxing, microderm, and hair treatments. With more than 25 years in the beauty industry under her belt, proprietor Linda Lee Averett works hand in hand with clients to create head-turning new looks, restore a youthful glow to skin, or work away stress with therapeutic massage. Specialized facials tackle a host of skin issues, and Reviderm microdermabrasion treatments employ gentle abrasion to promote the growth of collagen, elastin, and beauty molecules. Shellac manicures and spa pedicures treat hands and feet to much-needed pampering, while stylists beautify hair with rich colors and stylized cuts.
During each treatment, guests relax amid A Spa & Salon's oasis of natural-wood accents, leafy potted plants, warm lighting, and sunny windows full of swaying trees and verdant scenery.
Doctors Wellington Chen and John Lieurance draw from years of experience and their own specialties to help rebuild bodies with regenerative therapies. A specialist with joint, tendon, and ligament regeneration, Dr. Chen tends to pain in the shoulders, elbows, feet, and pelvis using ultrasound guidance and prolotherapy, a natural solution that can stimulate the regeneration of tendons, ligaments, and long-lost ponytails. Dr. Lieurance uses his specialties in functional cranial release and functional neurology to help patients suffering from such conditions as migraines, vertigo, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease.
At Natural Healing Center, Doctor of Oriental Medicine Deena R. Hackett, helps further foster patients’ wellness through Oriental medicine. She tends to clients using techniques that alleviate back pain, dizziness, and carpal-tunnel syndrome by enabling the body to heal itself. A licensed acupuncturist, she uses fine needles to balance the body's energy flow, and advises clients on wellness-promoting herbal formulas. Dr. Deena particularly specializes in women's health, as well as cosmetic services that provide natural alternatives to surgery or thinking youthful thoughts.