Carl Sonder, MD is on a mission: to create beauty and happiness in a world often beset by strife. He has seen his fair share of the latter. After studying internal medicine at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Sonder served in the military as a general medical officer in Vietnam. His focus was on the treatment of severe burn injuries, and it was here that a lifelong passion for aesthetic medicine was born. After his military service, Dr. Sonder became board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, and practiced psychiatry and internal medicine in New York City for 25 years. Dr. Sonder then relocated to Arizona in 1999, and nurtured his interest in aesthetics with a series of courses and trainings in aesthetic technology and cosmetic procedures. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Hyperbaric Physicians after becoming certified in the use of the above-hospital-grade Khrunichev hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
Dr. Sonder now directs the team of doctors, nurses, and medical aestheticians at Regency Medical Spa. The clinical team combats signs of aging on the face with injectable fillers and Botox, and contours bodies with anti-cellulite mesotherapy sessions or LipoDissolve procedures. The reception area at the Phoenix facility boasts a large, reddish-brown painting that mirrors the rich red floors and accentuates the brown leather chairs. The Scottsdale site is also bedecked in soothing earth tones. Both locations offer a private concierge driver service to get clients home after treatments or acquaint extraterrestrials with local businesses.
Stylist Christie Rawson spent years planning to open Studio C Hair Salon a Beauty Lounge. She picked out premium products, filled the space with modern furniture and airy colors, and gathered an experienced staff of stylists, manicurists, and aestheticians.
Today, her stylists cut, color, and style hair with L'Or?al Professionnel products as clients lounge in modern, white styling chairs in front of oversize oval mirrors. Staffers shampoo scalps in a row of sinks lined with plush armchairs?though Christie also prides herself on her dry-cutting, or freehand, skills. Aestheticians cleanse faces with Rhonda Allison cosmeceutical products and use glo mineral makeup to create rosy cheeks for weddings or smoky eyes for a coal miner's retirement party. White pendant lights illuminate the pristine nail bar, where patrons perch on stools as manicurists apply nail lacquers by OPI and butter London or treat guests to a Get Fresh aromatherapy pedicure. All of the studio's utensils are also sterilized in a medical grade Autoclave and wrapped in self-enclosed packaging while pedicure bowls never recirculate and lined for one-time use.
The "L" in L Skincare stands for luxury, which aesthetician Lindsay Jackson takes to heart as she pampers clients with results-driven skincare treatments. Customized facials often include collagen boosts, pumpkin antioxidants, or Vitamin C to help specific skin woes, from hyperpigmentation to acne to the growth of fish gills. Along with facials, Lindsay also helps clients get rid of unwanted facial or body hair with waxing services, and heightens natural beauty with brow or lash tinting.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at The Beauty Scene rejuvenate, tan, and relax bodies with a roster of facials and spa services. Inside their five treatment rooms, they attempt to rid bodies of unwanted hair with full-body waxing treatments and erase signs of aging with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion. During facial services, the staff daubs faces with professional skincare products made from natural ingredients. These include ?minence products, which clean and condition faces with handmade, cruelty-free, organic ingredients, and Image serums, which are free of the parabens, petrochemicals, and kitten tears that make up most skincare lines.
Spa 810 is like a modern version of the cocoon: after entering the facility, clients undergo cosmetic changes before returning to their lives renewed. With a slew of technology at their fingertips, technicians are able to conceal signs of age spots, stimulate collagen production, and firm skin using noninvasive laser and pulsed-light systems. Their skin treatments also extend to crystal-free microdermabrasion and exfoliating chemical peels that improve skin's tone and texture.
Among the more unique aspects of the spa is its capsules, which promote relaxation during facials. Each individual chamber uses vibrational massage, gentle warmth, and aromatherapy to help clients sink into a deeply restful state during their procedure. According to the technicians, 20 minutes in the capsule can reenergize patrons just as effectively as two hours of sleep or three espresso-filled IV drips.
If the massages, aromatherapy, body wraps, and facials don?t relax clients at Scottsdale Spa & Holistic Massage Therapy, maybe the quiet courtyard and serene pond will do the trick. Inside the North Scottsdale location, sage and sweet grass, a fountain, and a meditative Buddha further sooth clients. Frequent visitors can purchase a monthly membership, which provides discounted treatments at each of the spa's three area locations.