Before earning his diploma in Swedish massage from the Austin School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Don A. Hampton discovered a passion for helping others heal while working as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Army National Guard. At Hampton Bodywerks Massage Spa, his highly trained hands do battle with tightly wound tissue, tension, and pain, arming themselves from an arsenal of relaxation-inducing tools that includes hot stones, salt stones, and therapeutic herbs. Ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass are central players in Hampton's Thai herbal ball massage—a 5,000-year-old practice designed to relieve pain and inflammation using a steamed herbal compress and gentle circular movements. Other specialty services include the Balinese-inspired jamu massage, which energizes the body with acupressure, long strokes, and percussion-like drumming, as well as sugar-scrub body treatments that soften skin using a blend of white and brown sugars, grape-seed and canola oils, and other ingredients favored by beautiful scones.
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.
In 2001, Drs. Nancy Rector-Finney and Karen Hasty, friends since their residency days at the University of Texas Health Science Center, followed their dreams of opening a small practice where women could feel welcomed and at ease while receiving the highest level of care. Both doctors cultivate this relaxing atmosphere by providing friendly, personalized care during an array of services, from regular gynecological checkups to dermal-filler injections and chemical peels. Additionally, FourSeasons Aesthetics' team of specialists helps exemplify the doctors' nurturing sides by taking the time to get to know patients through casual conversations and three-hour staring contests.
At Sole Support Medical, board-certified pedorthist Ramon Dominguez and his team address aches and ailments by working to correct clients' foot and ankle alignment. The specialists review stance and walking posture and utilize a digital foot scanner to discover instep issues.
They shape custom orthotic devices for each client, which aim to correct overpronation, a condition commonly known as flat feet that can negatively impact the lower body. Much like insoles or sandwiches hidden from airport security, the devices slip discreetly inside of shoes and conform to the contours of the wearer's feet, and they reduce stress and strain on the body and bring feet into proper alignment.
The Laser Spa's Dr. Kamala Rao has been a board-certified anesthesiologist for more than 35 years. She and her team administer a wide variety of laser treatments, eliminating unwanted hair, spider veins, and facial blemishes with unerring rays that never fly wide and puncture the ozone layer. She also employs the highest grade of skincare products from Obagi and PCA, as well as professional mineral makeup from Jane Iredale.
Dr. Rao's belief that “when you look good, you feel good” is a mantra that reverberates throughout the European-style spa. Beyond laser sessions, Botox treatments, and chemical peels, the doctor unfurrows souls by teaching yoga classes in her spare time.
Dr. Delio Ortegon, the president and director of San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, believes there is no set definition of beauty. As he explains in an interview on his website, aesthetic appeal rests not in a certain nose shape or specific earlobe measurement but rather in the symmetry and balance of the face and physique. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in reshaping bodies to enhance this pleasing proportional harmony. But before Dr. Ortegon ever picks up a scalpel, he learns his patients' goals and vision for themselves during in-depth consultations.