Dr. Dionne Crawford is on a mission. The long-time podiatrist and founder of Crawford Podiatry & Aesthetics wants her clients to enjoy healthy feet without sacrificing beauty, so she's created a practice that offers both medical laser treatments and foot spa services. Here, she helps clients tackle toenail fungus and unwanted hair as well as rewards hard-working feet with pedicures and the faces of hardworking feet with foot facials. She also offers specialty pedicures that tend to the specific needs of seniors and diabetic patients.
Laura Leakhena Ley is living proof of what you can accomplish with a little hard work. After moving to American from Cambodia with her family, she trained at Hayward College of Cosmetology and became a licensed nail technician and aesthetician, and then spent five years perfecting her techniques in other salons. When she and her husband, David, opened Orchid Nails, they had only two employees. Since then, that number has more than quadrupled as customers continue to pour in, thanks to the salon’s reputation for friendly service and strict sanitation standards.
Those standards include disposing of every file, buffer, slipper, and toe separator after nail services, which end with the customer’s choice of more than 1,000 colors of polish by OPI, China Glaze, and Essie. They take equal care when waxing away hair from chins, sideburns, and bodies, or while threading it away from brows and lips or onto balding teddy bears. Facials scrub and steam away imperfections such as blackheads, while massage services soothe away tension and muscular congestion with techniques ranging from deep-tissue pressure to reflexology.
Turning light into beauty may sound like a complicated process, but for the team at Rejuvenase MD, it's old hat. Led by a medical director, the laser aestheticians target physical imperfections with a wide array of non-invasive laser treatments. They can use infrared beams to minimize visible veins, for instance, or permanently remove leg hair that might otherwise tie your legs together. During photofacials, they wield laser light to brighten complexions, alleviating skin issues such as redness and sun damage. They even help clients find out their sun damage quotient with free Visia Skin Analysis?digital imaging that reveals maladies brewing below the skin's surface.
At Dynamic Dental Design, Dr. Beckles specializes in prosthodontics. That means he can restore and replace teeth, giving patients a fair shake at a flawless smile. He fits teeth worn by years of neglect with porcelain crowns that look and act like real teeth?as do dental implants, which replace teeth that are missing entirely. An advocate of advanced technology, Dr. Beckles snaps shots with digital x-rays that not only use less radiation than traditional x-rays but also develop in about the same time it takes the Road Runner to run across Rhode Island: a few seconds.
The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.
Signature Service: Lashes, Dry Mineral Body Wraps, Facials
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison, Glo Therapeutics, Ilike
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: Provide beauty from inside out