Dr. Benjamin Chun claims a passion for healthcare that was ingrained in his mentality since childhood. As the current leader of the ReJeneSys Med Spa, Dr. Chun oversees a staff that includes a fellow ophthalmologist and a team of aesthetic technicians who provide medical as well as cosmetic care that ranges from basic examinations to surgery. The center also provides noninvasive aesthetic treatments, including a Palomar StarLux intense pulsed light platform that can remove hair and reduce the appearance of unseemly blemishes such as acne scars, and stretch marks.
It’s too bad that nails aren’t actually edible, because the pink and purple designs on display at South Side Nail Candy look positively delicious. The salon’s new location sets a relaxing tone with its plush princess pedicure thrones, which nicely counterbalance the feisty leopard and cheetah prints that accent the front room’s décor. More than just a place for mani-pedis, South Side Nail Candy also offers airbrush spray tans that infuse skin with UV-free color and waxing services that swiftly remove hair or turn the body into a giant, wickless candle.
At The Birch Center for Health, acupuncturist David Sokulski uses the skills that he mastered at New England School of Acupuncture— the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. He delicately inserts hair-thin needles into predetermined spots across the body, stimulating the flow of energy to treat ailments such as fertility issues, depression, and physical pain. He also practices cosmetic acupuncture, a technique that increases circulation to restore a healthy glow to the skin. Birch branches and miniature smiling Buddhas adorn their peaceful studio.
In the early 1960s, a young man dropped out of high school and got a job cutting hair at Saks Fifth Avenue. According to TribLive, he made $4.95 for his first haircut, and as this new job transformed into a burgeoning passion, he decided to sell his car to pay for tuition at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Philip Pelusi, this blue-collar boy with a modest past, eventually came to own 13 of his own salons, create signature hair and skincare product lines, and garner a slew of accolades, including being named one of the top 10 stylists in the country by InStyle magazine.
At Philip Pelusi Salons, each of the stylists specialize in Pelusi’s patented Volumetric haircutting method. Following architectural principles, the method takes face shape and hair texture into consideration as scissor snips carefully build from the bottom up to create a style that follows the hair’s natural growth pattern and preexisting electrical wiring. To complement this structural approach, the staff calls on Pelusi’s own line of eco-friendly, plant-derived salon formulas that are bolstered with sunscreens, proteins, and moisturizers to keep strands healthy. The salon magnate’s skincare and cosmetics formulas follow the same nourishing recipes and take a starring role in the salons’ menu of facials and makeup services.
A graduate of Pittsburgh University's School of Dental Medicine with more than 30 years of experience, Southside Dental Pavilion's Ron DiCarlo, DMD, calls upon his knowledge and know-how to care for teeth, whether during routine cleanings or larger-scale oral surgeries. To keep up his reputation among prospective patients and marauding tooth fairies, he maintains a membership with Right Dental Group, an alliance of highly educated, certified, customer-centric dentists. His homey office dwells in a brick building marked with a whimsical tooth-shaped sign.