It wasn’t a career as an astronaut or a professional baseball player that held Dr. Clark Larson’s heart as a 9-year-old. Rather, his childhood dream was to become a dentist. And with some hard work and a lot of education, he did just that. Dr. Larson spends his days at San Tan Valley Smiles restoring teeth to their original luster before they broke through the gums. He whitens teeth, removes decay during root canals, replaces lost teeth with dentures, and covers broken teeth with caps.
Solar Spray Tanning owner and certified spray tan artist Katie imbues exteriors with sultry glows without exposing them to the danger of incurring a burn. Using 100% natural products by Sun Zero Solutions, she also keeps skin free of parabens and other toxins.
Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute medical director Dr. Gregory Allen is a skin specialist who has contributed to FDA research and the FDA approval process. He now shares his epidermal expertise with licensed aestheticians and laser technicians as they apply permanent makeup and perform peels and facials. High-tech equipment abounds at the center, from a VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System for eliminating spider veins to a CO2 laser for reducing wrinkles. Aestheticians rely on skincare products from Derma MD and Obagi, which soothe skin so that clients don't have to cut eyeholes in a receiving blanket and wear it as a mask. An elegant vibe radiates from the spa?s cream-and-black motif, which clients first encounter in a waiting room lined with cushy suede chairs.
Several years ago, aesthetician Carlotta Clark noticed that the best beauty products had the highest price tags. Frustrated by the fact that extreme prices marginalized many consumers, Clark opened Skinplicity LaNeese to provide affordable and effective beauty treatments. Before performing any service, Clark evaluates each client's skin and develops a personalized skincare program that may include dermaplaning, TCA peels, or facials. Then, Clark elucidates the services and expected outcomes, all while answering questions and telling knock-knock jokes. During her signature detoxifying facial, Carlotta harnesses the powers of enzymes and galvanic currents to simultaneously resurface skin and regenerate cells.
Trained in the art of mane-taming as members of a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, The Salon at Gold Canyon's team of stylists uses designer knowledge and carefully calibrated products to beautify and revamp clients' coifs. Kick stray strands and split ends out of their hairdo homes with a full cut ($50 for women, $30 for men) before a KeraTriplex deep-conditioning treatment ($35) smoothes the remaining freshly designed tresses. Groupon holders also get a Paul Mitchell gift pack, stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and styling product samples. In addition to the follicular preening, clients can keep mugs photo-ready with an eyebrow ($15) or lip wax ($12), eradicating unwanted facial fuzz without the use of messy creams or disposable razors, which are prone to delivering inexact shaves and whimpering loudly when thrown away.
After healing patients as a nurse for 25 years, Mary Lynn of Mary Lynn?s Massage and Day Spa traded in bandages for body wraps and became a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician. Today, Mary Lynn helms her own eponymous day spa, where she coddles clients with 15 types of massage techniques?from deep tissue to reflexology?and a range of skin treatments, including rejuvenating chemical peels and permanent makeup for eyes and lips. Her cozy and elegant day spa welcomes clients with an inviting waiting room, complete with a cushy leather sofa for pretreatment relaxing. Inside private treatment rooms, salmon hues set patrons at ease with warm comfort like a kangaroo's velvet-lined pouch.