In 1986, Dr. Vincinet Pennipede, O.D was fresh out of the military and opening up his first office off of Highway 69. There, he put in long hours and built a base of clients. Today, he oversees a team of eight optometrists and 35 qualified employees at five offices in the Kansas City area. Patrons peruse each warmly-lit furnished studio's collection of frames from high-end labels such as Silhouette and Coach. In-office labs create futuristic lenses of high-index plastic or hybrid Trivex quickly for patrons who need to return to work or judge a beauty pageant for snowflakes. Children protect their new specs with the store's Kid's Promise warranty, and adults consult with experienced doctors on the benefits of refractive surgery and restorative treatments for aging eyes.
GNC's Smoothie Bars blend up a healthy variety of fruit and supplement-infused frozen beverages with 15 flavorful concoctions in its smoothie lineup. Sip from one of GNC's fruit-filled smoothies, such as the sweet Cherry Baby, a synthesis of cherries, pineapple, strawberries, and banana, or indulge in a creamy creation, such as the Peanut Butter Surprise, a medley of peanut butter, banana, and milk. An early Shot of NRG, pumped with ginseng and guarana, provides a healthy alternative to one's usual donuts-and-cotton-candy morning routine, and smoothies such as the strawberry- and banana-assisted Popular Vote can replace calorie-laden afternoon snacks.
As a certified physical therapist and licensed massage therapist, Panacea founder Pam Dinges draws from a wealth of healing experience, from practicing rehabilitation treatments in assisted living facilities to helping patients fight cancer with specialized lymph massages. Together with a skilled team of LMTs, Josi and Erin, Dinges assuages chronic aches, restores range of motion, and boosts circulation using a wide range of massage modalities. Meanwhile, Panacea's in-house aestheticians Anna and Nora exfoliate and cleans skin with customized facials, acne-fighting moisturizers, full-body herbal treatments, and microdermabrasion sessions.
The number one hair enemy is chewing gum. Number two is aesthetician Anna Mansaw, a graduate of The Marinello Schools of Beauty, who effortlessly banishes unflattering fuzz from your body and face. Her skills with an eyeliner pencil are equally impressive. All it takes is time, patience, and a little inspiration and Anna can create a discrete eyelid fade or go all out with a bold leopard-print design.
For nearly a quarter century, Laurie Black has lent her expertise to the aesthetics industry, whether managing weight-loss centers or working side-by-side with physicians and cosmetic surgeons. Today, she operates You Only Better, a wellness center with aesthetic treatments for men, women, and beauty-conscious houseplants. Internal therapies such as B12 injections and colonics energize and purify bodies, and FDA-approved Endermologie cellulite treatments and microdermabrasion enhance exteriors. More than 3,000 clients have enrolled in their weight-loss programs, which combine HCG therapy, low-calorie diets, and weekly weigh-ins to boost metabolism while helping to shed up to one pound a day.
A framed picture of the Route 66 sign hangs near the front desk of Dr. Dent?an homage, perhaps, to road trips across middle America. Though such treks can help make travelers worldly and wise, they can leave cars with dents and dings. Dr. Dent?s repair experts erase the bumps and scratches that happen on the road to self-discovery?or simply to the grocery store?to let the discoveries themselves shine through, and they?ve been doing so for more than 20 years.
Instead of affixing heart-shaped band-aids to scrapes and hail wounds, the crew uses several makeover methods to furbish car complexions. During paintless dent repairs, they return the surface to its ideal shape using a nonabrasive metal tool. In addition to improving the car's appearance, this technique preserves the original panels and factory paint. The technicians also use glue pulling?a new technique that involves adhesive tabs, slide hammers, and skilled force?to reshape dented metal. They can also fix chipped paint in-house, layering a clear coat of enamel atop a color-matched base coat.