Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone MedSpa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala—a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians—has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone MedSpa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
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Vixen Aesthetics arose from a passion for healing people and caring for skin. Medical director Dr. Jerry Greib developed an interest in aesthetics while treating patients in the emergency room. Leann Griffin, a registered nurse and the CEO of Vixen, fueled her passion for skin rejuvenation after caring for patients in the critical-care and burn-intensive-care units. Together, these two helm a staff that beautifies clients with medical and nonmedical aesthetic procedures. Wrinkles relax after injections of Botox or Dysport, and facial fillers such as Artefill, Restylane, and Juvéderm work to restore fullness. The staff rejuvenates complexions with exfoliating microdermabrasions as well as more advanced treatments, such as carboxytherapy—the practice of injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide into the skin to improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and lingering marker mustaches. With the assistance of versatile laser systems, they can also remove hair, resurface skin, remove tattoos, and eradicate nail fungus.
Ria Schodowski always knew she wanted to help people, but it wasn’t until she left nursing school and headed to Singapore to care for her ailing mother that she realized massage was how she wanted to do it. During this time, Ria befriended her mother's massage therapist and watched as his treatment helped her mother's aneurysm to shrink. This dramatic healing convinced Ria. Upon her return to the United States, she became certified in reflexology and massage therapy and opened Ria’s Touch.
Today, Ria uses her skills to relieve her clients' aching joints, increase their flexibility, and improve their sleep with five massage styles. Her repertoire includes pregnancy, sports, and deep-tissue massage. To further encourage physical well-being, Ria also performs nail, waxing, and facial services furnished with her own line of lotions, which are made with all-natural ingredients and free from preservatives. For toxin-free home care, clients can purchase her organic lotions and shower-therapy bath tablets, which work to relax muscles, soothe the skin, and help wash hard-to-reach spots on the back.
At Rosewood Spa, clients relax as staffers tend to their skin, nails, and backs within a retrofitted home that was built in 1853 and retains its historical charm. With eyes closed during relaxing treatments, clients can imagine the opulent fashions and leaked Oscar Wilde spoilers that passed through the historical building's halls. A massage therapist pores over their muscles with fluid strokes or uses 100% organic, Michigan-made Woodsprite Organic Body products to exfoliate and moisturize during a custom facial. The staff also primps nails and performs waxing, and Rosewood Spa opens its doors for private spa parties, during which girls can congregate and indulge in the staff's pampering expertise.
Owner Stephanie Parenti leads a skilled team at her LaVida Massage location, where therapists soothe stressed clients. In the low light of a private room, sore muscles melt beneath flowing Swedish massage strokes or firm deep-tissue techniques. Clients can show appreciation for significant others or diligent stunt doubles by requesting soothing couples massages. Additionally, the spa's aestheticians can address surface-level concerns by administering signature facials and peels.
A glowing complexion. A vivid new hair color. A set of neatly shaped eyebrows. The beauticians at La Paz Day Spa & Salon create all of these and much more at a welcoming studio highlighted by Aztec-inspired decor. Aestheticians perform nine different facials while stylists revive hair with color treatments and cuts. Inside La Paz's private treatment rooms, waxing technicians remove hair from the body, leaving skin smoother than a buttered saxophone.