Aesthetician Lina Yang trained as a medical professional in China before making her way to the United States. After arriving in the States, she studied aesthetics with dermatologist Dr. James Fulton, who went on to codevelop the topical acne treatment Retin-A. Today, Lina—whose numerous credentials include an international certification in Xtreme lash extensions—owns and operates Skin Essence. Stationed in her warmly lit spa, Lina relies on 20 years of experience and a team of skincare professionals to rejuvenate complexions and pamper bodies with a full menu of medical-grade spa treatments. The staff specializes in diamond-peel-microdermabrasion treatments and nonsurgical face-lifts, both of which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration; clients may see noticeable improvement in their skin after one visit.
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The three surgeons at Specialists in Plastic Surgery call upon more than 60 years of combined experience as they transform patients' faces and bodies. The physicians—Roger Russell, Don Oschwald, and Richard Carlino—also boast recognition by professional organizations, with certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ranks as Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
At The Museum Spa & Laser Center, an adjacent facility that focuses on nonsurgical procedures, registered nurses certified to handle cosmetic lasers beautify bodies with noninvasive treatments such as hair removal and skin resurfacing. The team's licensed medical aestheticians also use the Visia computerized skin-analysis system to recommend the appropriate services for issues such as sun damage, wrinkles, or the inability to smile during driver's-license photos.
Doctor of Chiropractic Allen Ashforth grew up in awe of his father’s chiropractor. The capable doctor guided his father, who suffered from serious spinal troubles, through the regular adjustments and stretches that gradually improved the man's mobility and Sega Genesis scores. Dr. Ashforth watched his dad transform before his eyes from a lethargic man with chronic pain to an energetic, fit, and happier father.
With this inspiration in his heart, Dr. Ashforth charged into a career in chiropractic medicine, at first focusing mainly on helping athletes improve their mobility. Throughout the course of his 20-year practice, the doctor has expanded his expertise to include nonathletes, people dealing with chronic pain, and anyone in search of a way to improve their overall wellness.
Today Dr. Ashforth's treatments make use of traditional chiropractic techniques alongside advanced technology, including cold-laser therapy, which is designed to speed the healing process by stimulating the body’s growth of new cells and nice, ripe apples to be eaten once a day.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Dedicated to keeping both patrons and the planet looking beautiful, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar strives, like Kermit the Frog's wardrobe, to be 90% green—a feat that earned it recognition on ABC 11. Nontoxic and natural products form the foundation of the salon's services, which include everything from spray tans to hairstyles kept clean with vegan shampoo. Under the glow of repurposed chandeliers, Eco Friendly Beauty Bar's staff members make good on their commitment to a smaller carbon footprint by wearing only narrow-width shoes as they shuffle atop recycled-cardboard flooring, serving complimentary sips of green wine in glasses that are recycled or repurposed from wine bottles. The bright, full-service salon crafted its chic aesthetic using furniture rescued from thrift stores, including bubbling fountains and an antique sewing table, and shelves proudly display chemical-free makeup, bamboo hairbrushes, and locally made skincare products available for purchase.
In December 2011, Park Centre Spa threw open its doors to offer more traditional services, such as massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments, as well as medically-integrated services, such as the HydraFacial. The medical director approves the services, which include four-hand massage, facials with Image Skincare, myBody Skin Care, and Lindi Skin products, and medical massages and pedicures. With select services, clients don robes and slippers for their stay in the elegant spa, which is replete with golden-hued wood, fresh flowers, pleated toilet paper, and luminous chandeliers.
The spa is open after business hours, so clients can swing by on their way home from the office. Inside private treatment rooms, ambient lighting reveals mosaic wall accents. The havens offer a retreat from everyday concerns, even granting complimentary childcare at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness next door.
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