As high-pitched needles buzzed in the background, a young April Slater traced her father's designs, stenciling with a steady hand and honing her artistic eye. Many years later—after apprenticing and working at several other parlors—Slater opened her own studio, Memento Ink. In the bright, cheerful space, Slater decorates bodies with classic and custom designs while her staff performs piercings and applies permanent makeup. Customers enjoy refreshments in the airy lobby as they browse classic tattoo designs and portfolios of original artwork. Of her studio that she makes available to host charity events, Slater has said, “I wanted everyone to feel welcomed and have the same positive experience, whether it was their first tattoo or they had a full bodysuit.” The Register-Guard suggests that “she’s been successful in doing just that.”
Seven talented tattoo artists make up the manpower at Area 51 Tattoo, where they ink skin with vibrant color and crisp images. Their work, which ranges from printed letters to delicate flowers to intricate portraiture, has graced the pages of numerous publications and takes shape inside a spacious, hygienic studio.
Advanced clinical nurse specialist Barbara Kaylor has spent her three decades in the nursing industry in intensive care, neurologic departments, hospice environments, and more. She even served as the Chief Nursing Officer at a hospital, which means she'd drive the building whenever it transformed into a tank. But at Ageless Lifestyle Aesthetics, Barbara turns her clinical skill set toward an area she's especially passionate about: cosmetics. Because she's a clinician with advanced certifications, Barbara can use systems that are off-limits to many aestheticians. She approaches advanced techniques including injectables, laser and light therapy, and ultrasound skin-tightening from the standpoint of a medical professional, always taking the time to educate clients about each therapy's relationship to their overall health.
Led by naturopathic physician Dr. Justin Morse, Absolute Health Medical Center's team of massage therapists, a colon hydrotherapist an aesthetician, and a dental hygienist work together to create integrated, naturopathic and mainstream care plans for each patient. Through this approach, he and his staff members provide both primary medical and dental care. They assist clients through specialty services as well, from weight loss through HCG dieting to detoxification through colon hydrotherapy and infrared-sauna therapy. They also offer aesthetic services, such as organic skincare microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
At Willow Medical Spa for Women, the staff has a two-tiered focus: women’s health and women’s beauty. Board-certified Dr. Elizabeth McCorkle helms the center’s gynecological practice, where she treats women of all ages, from the Iron to the Industrial. Her range of services includes menopausal health, contraceptive options, and minimally invasive surgical procedures. At her side are Krista Todd, a medical-aesthetics practitioner and medical assistant, and Dana Higgins, a medical assistant. Together, they staff the aesthetics branch of Willow Medical Spa for Women. In this domain, they perform such services as Exilis body sculpting to flatten unwanted curves and Whisper dry laser peels to abate facial wrinkles.
The technicians at Simply White specialize in whitening teeth, first painting them with a whitening gel, then accelerating its work with a beam of blue light. However, the bleaching gel doesn't have to work via peroxide. The technicians' love of nature shows through in the potted plants that adorn their homey, chartreuse-accented office and in their natural whitening gel. Their organic formula, combined with blue accelerator light technology, is applied to teeth for 15-30 minute intervals. Meanwhile, the blue light works to accelerate the chemical reaction, for a result that can brighten teeth up to 10 shades. Their slightly stronger peroxide formula, meanwhile, can strip away up to 14 shades of staining.