Dr. Kim Ross likes to help people look and feel their best. By graduating college first in her class and garnering the single dermatology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, she equipped herself with the skills to do just that. Over a more than 10-year career, Dr. Ross has enhanced the appearances and well-being of countless patients with a meticulous manner that has earned her invitations to present at conferences throughout the country. She and her team perform FDA-approved treatments that bolster images inside and out, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels to freshen skin, cosmetic injections to regain youthful appearances, and laser hair and spider-vein removal to prepare for dates with marble statues.
Tina Zillmann, Skin Rejuvenation Clinique's owner and director, espouses a firm belief that "education is the key to success." This applies equally to the clinic's employees and clients—Zillmann's beauty pros undergo regular professional development and reprogramming to stay abreast of the latest treatments, technologies, and products. As for her clients, Zillmann ensures that they know the nuances of each service, from the steps involved to expected results and aftercare. The spa divides its treatments into four categories—facials, body services, salon services, and hair removal—that each work to rejuvenate appearances. Skincare services incorporate products by Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts, which are also available for purchase. Zillmann had a hand in creating the line, developing complex, clinical-grade cleansers, lotions, and balms for specific skin types.
Since Benjamin Hair & Co. has 10 hair stylists, three nail techs, and an aesthetician on staff, you'd expect the salon to cover a lot of different services, and you wouldn't be disappointed. There are the usual suspects—keratin treatments, Brazilian waxing, specialty facials—and then there are also hard-to-find treatments: staffers slather on acne-busting Meditouch clinical skincare products, apply Hair Dreams or Brijon Hair extensions, and shave eyebrows into miniature mohawks. They also collect hair donations for Locks of Love, a charitable organization that makes wigs for children who have medical conditions that cause hair loss.
Professional technicians at The Skin & Permanent Makeup Institute inspire transformation with an extensive menu of head-to-toe services. Waxing keeps unwanted fur from faces, and the application of mink eyelash extensions lend a light, airy look that appears more natural than man- or robot-made lashes. Above-the-neck pampering options also include facials, chemical peels, acne treatments, and permanent makeup?from eyebrows and eyeliner to lips and blush. Additionally, the beauty magicians can use specialized equipment to fade spider veins and tattoos.
Under the direction of Dr. Sanjiv R. Kumar, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School, Sonterra Laser Med Spa's licensed aestheticians and laser technicians efface signs of aging with attention to detail that garners the spa regular attention on KENS 5's Great Day SA. Advanced skin-analysis machines scan faces before services to give technicians a closer look at bacteria, sun damage, and wrinkles not visible to the naked or clothed eye. The results determine what skincare services best suit each client, including glo minerals chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal-filler injections. The Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser treatment utilizes a larger spot size to reach greater depths of penetration and destroys hair strands at the root.
Nati Torrez has been styling hair of all kinds—from military crew cuts to runway-worthy blowouts—for more than five years. Employing a sharp attention to detail and dedication to each customer’s wishes, she administers haircuts, color, and styling services. To keep hair feeling as soft and smooth as a teddy bear dipped in olive oil, she uses Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger keratin treatments. When not correcting scalp malfunctions such as highlights that change color in the sun, Nati keeps brows and sideburns tidy with waxing services. Styles by Nati is located inside Salons by JC, which houses a number of independently owned and operated salons.