Dr. Gerald R. Phelan is no stranger to cutting-edge medical treatments. He participated in the FDA study for VelaSmooth, an advanced cellulite-reduction device, and routinely performs other noninvasive medical aesthetics procedures as the director of Chestnut Hill Aesthetics Center. When he’s not helping to put new treatments on the market, Dr. Phelan oversees the center’s qualified staff as they take aim at unwanted body hair, wrinkles, and spider veins. When the doctor and his team turn their attention to skin on the face, they use IPL photofacials and microdermabrasion wands to clear away sun damage, rosacea, and embarrassing smudges of mom’s lipstick.
At Scott Medical Health Center, a multidisciplinary team promotes wellness with traditional medicine, holistic alternatives, and advanced diagnostic testing technology. The staff—which includes three physicians, three doctors of chiropractic, and a licensed physical therapist—believes health issues stem from three major areas: trauma from falls or injuries, everyday stress, and toxins found in food, water, and slowly absorbed heavy-metal lyrics. To uncover and address malfunctions of the spine and nervous system, the crew offers orthopedic and neurological testing and services such as laser therapy and rehabilitation exercise on state-of-the-art equipment. Those looking to shed extra pounds may enlist the staff of Scott's Medical Weight Loss Program, where astute technicians and counselors oversee medically supervised weight-loss programs, administer fat-burning vitamin-B12 injections, prescribe appetite-control medication, and dish out nutritional counseling.
Once the province of only luxury spas and often dismissed as simply an indulgence, massage has since joined the ranks of legitimate, proven pain-management techniques—and Dee Wartenberg thinks that it’s about time. This is because as a licensed massage therapist, she has seen the benefits that medical massage can have on those suffering from pain and injury firsthand. Less a luxury and more an integral means of coping with pain, medical massage entails ultraspecific, results-oriented attention to injured areas of the body, as well as the supporting and opposing tissues. This focused system of bodywork, often accompanied by a physician’s prescription and a Get Well balloon, has been proven to relieve any number of symptoms, from back pain to decreased joint flexibility to stress.
Dee Wartenberg is a steadfast believer in the healing powers of medical massage, and she utilizes her skills and passion for healing during each session. She offers medical, sports, and trigger-point massage to alleviate clients’ suffering, but she doesn’t stop there. As a reiki master, Dee is also qualified to perform reiki treatments, and for those who are simply looking for a blissful, spa-like escape from general stress and tension, she happily doles out uplifting Swedish massages. Free-parking is available to all customers of Medical Therapeutic Massage.
At Good Health Rejuvenation, a skin savior repairs dingy dermis with two types of Glytone chemical peels. A salicylic-acid peel gently wipes away excess oil, dirt, and chalk drawings of Conrad Bain from blemish-prone skin on a client's face, back, and chest, and the glycolic-acid peel irons out fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, leaving skin looking millions of seconds younger. Clients can then procure medical-grade skincare products such as a mild gel or cream wash ($29), facial cream ($42–$46), or exfoliating lotion ($32–$38) to continue their skincare regimen at home. Though rare, side effects for both peels can include mild pain and itching and can last for up to a week.
Callowhill Cafe, an extension of Hope of the Nations Christian Center, quiets rumbling tummies and cures caffeine cravings with a menu of coffee, espresso, pastries, and small entrees. French-roasted beans from local The Reading Coffee Roasters steep themselves into sumptuous cups of Colombian and decaf drip coffee ($1.25–$1.89), and refreshing iced tea ($1.75) comes with free refills and clinking ice cubes which tinkle tunes from Tea for the Tillerman. Bagels and english muffins embrace eggs, cheese, and bacon to form filling breakfast sandwiches ($3.89), and creamy hummus awaits pita suitors at lunchtime ($4.89). Works from local artists complement Callowhill Cafe's upholstered lounge seating and group meeting area, and complimentary wireless Internet thrums fill the airwaves, facilitating emails or live streams of drip coffee machines.
Since completing his residency in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center in 1994 and a refractive surgery fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit in 1995, Dr. Steven Vale, one of Pennsylvania's most experienced LASIK surgeons, has performed more than 27,000 laser vision-correction surgeries. Using a pair of cutting-edge excimer lasers?the Nidek EC-5000 and the VISX Star S4?Dr. Vale treats the widest possible range of vision imperfections, including astigmatism, night glare, halos and poor contrast. Acuity Laser Eye & Vision Center's modern facilities were designed specifically for LASIK and other refractive procedures and include two environmentally controlled surgical suites that make it the vision center of choice for most farsighted snowmen.