Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members’ expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists—one of whom is also a certified personal trainer—wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.
Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio’s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic’s own label.
Spa owner Anke Stoner hand selects each of the therapists and aestheticians at ASerenity Skin | Body based on experience and expertise in their field. She herself has more than 20 years of industry experience—the California board-certified aesthetician originally trained in Germany, where she focused on microdermabrasion, galvanic techniques, chemical peels, and manual lymph drainage.
Now at ASerenity, she and her staff have high, results-oriented expectations for each skin and bodycare treatment they perform using professional products from Image Skincare, Christina Cosmeceuticals, and Clarisonic. The spa was ahead of the curve more than a decade ago when they began to perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels, each of which employ varying degrees of exfoliation to help diminish facial discoloration, fine lines, and compulsive winking.
Next Level Skin Care takes eyelash extensions so seriously that the only application method the center uses is also one of the only patented methods in the United States. During applications, licensed medical aesthetician Candace King layers synthetic-natural hair hybrids onto the lids of both male and female clients. To get the treatment just right, she found guidance under Lôngmi Lashes creator Daniel Dinh, who trained King and certified her to apply his lashes at Next Level Skin Care.
King also customizes beauty treatments using a combination of advanced medical, therapeutic, and organic techniques. Her clinical facial includes an enzyme and resurfacing treatment that helps treat acne, aging skin, and hyperpigmentation, and her organic facial peel uses plant and fruit extracts to nourish skin. She also offers an eye rescue add-on treatment, during which freeze-dried collagen helps firm skin and reduce puffiness. To complement beautifying services, the boutique also sells mineral makeup, clothing, and feather hair extensions.
Even before opening his own private practice, Dr. Jason Lupton was intensely familiar with the rigors of the medical profession. After attending Georgetown University's prestigious medical school, Lupton completed a one-year laser-surgery fellowship at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, making him one of the few fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologists in southern California. His sterling reputation has led him to give lectures at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and inside the minds of various schizophrenic celebrities. These days, his expertise is sought by publications such as Cosmopolitan, which he provides between medical and cosmetic dermatology services. In treatments such as laser hair removal, Botox, or sclerotherapy, Lupton wields high-end skincare products from brands such as Glo Minerals and SkinMedica.
Dermacare owner Jeff Birchall, MD and his staff of friendly nurses and medical aestheticians wield a color-blind Cutera laser to permanently remove hair from most skin types. As the pulse of light zaps each unwanted strand at the root, a CoolGlide hand piece soothes skin with lowered temperatures and whispered recaps of professional golf tournaments. Some patients report a mild pinching or stinging sensation, though no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, and after the treatment, skin may be slightly red and swollen. Most areas require at least five treatments to fully banish hair, depending on its thickness, stage in the growth cycle, and favorite Addams Family character.