Plying her trade out of Matthew's Salon and Salon Mojo, Mandy Isaacs is sought after for her intensive facials and skill with the waxing strip. For her tools, she favors clinical-grade skin products from SkinCeuticals, which she keeps in the belt of her Batsuit. She exfoliates skin with alpha-hydroxy acid during peels and a diamond-tipped wand during microdermabrasion treatments for the face, back, and hands. Mandy also executes waxing and eyebrow tinting using techniques that she calls "meticulous without the torture.":m]]
As Hugo Kugiya of the Associate Press wrote, "To hire Alma Rubenstein is to hire someone to be your very honest, very proactive best friend for five weeks. She will groom you and dress you and compliment you, criticize you, and repair you." Alma, also known as Date Doctor Alma, is a relationship professional who works with her clients to help them find love. Among her services are speed-dating sessions that require a pre-screening (which doubles as a coaching session) and ensures that all the potential suitors at the event are good matches. Alma also coaches guests during Flirting 101 workshops meant to help guests gain confidence, learn effective conversation techniques, and finally stop the habit of batting eyelashes until eyelids quit cooperating.
Portland Clinic of Holistic Health's trio of eminently qualified physicians—Dr. Eric Blake, Dr. Christopher Metro, and Dr. Melissa Woodyard—each found their path to naturopathic medicine differently, and the combination of their histories and talents creates a clinic equipped to handle everything from acupuncture to natural childbirth. The basic philosophy behind naturopathic treatment involves reducing excesses—whether it be of toxins, calories, or stressors—and restoring deficiencies through nutritional counseling and relaxing exercises. The clinic repertoire of services includes several procedures, including naturopathic physiotherapy and Carroll Food Intolerance Testing, which can reveal particular sensitivity to edibles such as legumes, milk, and pinecones.
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.
Frustrated with traditional workout regimens that led to injury and strain, Michael Skogg learned about kettlebell exercises while stationed in Scotland with the United States Armed Forces. The system he encountered used cast-iron, cannonball-like weights with handles to facilitate a wide range of exercises and provide a low-impact, heavily aerobic workout for the entire body. Michael decided to expand upon this regimen when he returned home, relying on his extensive education in sports injury rehabilitation, personal training, and corrective exercise as he devised a system that would help individuals achieve fitness goals.
At Skogg Gym, Michael stocks the facility with kettlebells that weigh between 9 and 106 pounds and leads classes that consist of sequences of swinging and pressing movements. Over time, these high-intensity movements can help attendees improve their strength and endurance, as well as their balance, flexibility, and ability to throw a watermelon into low orbit.
More than anything, licensed massage therapist Alissa Kipp wants to foster a safe and nurturing space for the mind and body so clients can engage in deep relaxation. That's an easy feat given her level of expertise. She has an expansive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, and specializes in trauma recovery for the head, neck, and shoulders. Her techniques range from flowing Swedish strokes to firmer deep-tissue pressure.