For Better Health & Wellness Center's Clinic Director LeiLani M. Vidal, there is no such thing as knowing enough. Though she already holds a doctorate and is a board-certified chiropractor, qualified medical examiner, and licensed aesthetician, Dr. Vidal routinely attends advanced training sessions to learn new chiropractic techniques. When not scrawling or skywriting notes, Dr. Vidal can be found educating others during volunteer shifts at the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.
To further broaden her practice's available treatments, Dr. Vidal has assembled an experienced team of professionals from a variety of fields. Massage practitioners ease patients' stresses through reduction therapies, and personal trainers employ their talents as a certified strength-and-conditioning specialists to help improve muscle health. A traditional Chinese medical practitioner brandishes acupuncture and Chinese herbology techniques to soothe bodily stresses without pharmaceuticals or roomfuls of humming grandmothers.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
At Bellus Academy, students offer discounted services to the public in an onsite salon and spa in order to hone their craft. The space features professional equipment that help students gain experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier spa or salon, mirroring the upscale atmosphere of more costly salons or spas. Working under the close supervision of their instructors, the student-stylists pamper clients with anything from cut and color to deep-tissue massage and pomegranate-enzyme facials. The ever-expanding service menu also features several advanced skincare treatments as well, including microdermabrasion and peels.
Stanford University-trained certified physician's assistant Nellie Blunt, medical director Dr. Anshu Gupta, and their team at 424 Cosmetic Dermatology effortlessly restore skin to its most rejuvenated state. Along with her expert staff, Nellie uses injectables and light therapy to whip complexions into shape and fight approaching signs of aging. Microdermabrasion and peels also soften fine lines and cultivate evenness, sloughing away the dead skin and brown autumn leaves that often accumulate on the skin. Below the neck, the staff is just as busy, using sclerotherapy to exile spider veins, cryotherapy to remove skin tags, and B12 injections to kindle an energy boost.
With a name like The Tranquility Center, it's no surprise that this retreat floods bodies with a sense of calm using massage therapy. Its signature therapeutic massage calms clients into relaxing states and may include techniques from modalities such as relaxation, swedish, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, or hot stone. Those looking to purge toxins from their soles may also try an ionic footbath. Other holistic treatments include colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture to aid clients in meeting and managing their personal goals.
One of The Tranquility's main focus is healing groups, which help people deal with things such as sexual abuse and body image. Clients can expunge emotional baggage through the release techniques embodied in The Emotion Code, and parents-in-waiting can join a group for The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. Additionally, Heal Your Life workshops based on the writings of Louise L. Hay; workshops are offered in a variety of formats for any group, and aid in self-discovery, releasing negative emotions, and learning to handle life more positively.
Ayurveda, a holistic health system native to India, considers that each individual is born with a unique psychosomatic constitution, known as a dosha. Each person has a combination of three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and, according to Ayurvedic tradition, the dominant dosha can determine and affect the individual's appetite, body type, digestion, memory, and confidence to cry in public. Ayurvedic therapies—including massage, herbal oil treatments, detox programs, and meditation—all aim to boost a sense of overall well-being.
Monica Bhatia, an Ayurvedic practitioner and consultant at Ayurveda Yoga LLC, has studied the Ayurveda heritage extensively in India as well as the United States and is a cofounder of the San Diego College of Ayurveda. She taps into this vast background as she helps clients through energy medicine, meditation, and other healing practices.