People gather around a fireplace inside a candle-lined room. Any anxiety dissipates as they soak up the heat and leaf through colorful magazines. They’re not inside a spa or a cozy lodge—they’re in the office of Collins Family Dentistry, a practice that’s served the Spokane community for more than 40 years and is helmed by father and son Dr. Ken Collins Sr. and Dr. Chris Collins](http://www.thespokanedentist.com/about). The duo tends to choppers with the utmost care, focusing on patient comfort as they reshape gum tissue with gentle lasers and straighten smiles with Invisalign aligners. Extractions are a rarity at this practice, and when inserting dental implants, the dentists enlist the help of i-CAT scans, which help them plan the entire procedure ahead of time. To stay on top of their game, both dentists complete more than 100 hours of continuing education each year. The same bricks that flank the fireplace line the exam room and reception desk, encouraging patients to relax during checkups, cleanings, and the gripping MacGyver plotlines that comprise most people’s daydreams. Experienced staffers complement this warm atmosphere with their friendly personalities, helping patients book appointments in the office, over the phone, or through a convenient online scheduler.
Dr. Warren Mitchell and Avenue Dental Care’s tooth-tending team keep pearly whites clean, bright, and healthy with services ranging from routine dental exams to whitening procedures. Zoom! persuades smiles to shed stain-jackets of tea, coffee, wine, and cola over the course of 90 minutes, revealing enamel that's an average of eight shades lighter. The tooth-whitening tool of ABC's Extreme Makeover crew, Zoom! treatments are performed by a licensed dental professional who will bleach chompers with hydrogen peroxide, creating a safe, long-lasting glow. Avenue Dental Care tailors Zoom! procedures to each patient's specific goals, whether it's bringing a twinkling grin to a high school reunion or wowing Grandma with a mouthful of opalescent tooth-lasers.
A trip to Lazer Bright yields bright, white smiles. During whitening sessions, a trained teeth whitening professional spreads a hydrogen-peroxide-based gel across teeth, which an LED light accelerator then activates to remove stains caused by smoking, coffee, and wine. Eugene teeth whitening also offers retail items for purchase, which customers can use in the comfort of their homes?or while on jury duty.
The team members at Island Sun & Bronz Beauty help guests achieve a year-round glow at multiple locations throughout Spokane and the surrounding area. They point patrons in the direction of spray-tanning booths or Circe, Sunstar, Ultrabronz or SolarForce UV beds. Staffers can also recommend a variety of moisturizing Designer Skin lotions bearing names such as Black Dahlia, Luminary, and JWOWW Private Reserve.
SunSational Tanning provides bronze seekers with one Mystic Tan spray-tan booth and 14 tanning beds in a 3,500-square-foot tanning salon. Tanners can step into a standup Mystic Tan spray-tan booth, where a mechanical airbrush travels from head to pinky toe, spritzing the body with a custom sunless formulation that results in a deep, long-lasting bronze that can't be bought in a pawn shop. Clients can also opt for Sudatonic infrared body wraps that promote weight loss, red light therapy that stimulates collagen production in the skin, and UV tanning beds. The tanning salon also features a coffee house that serves gourmet coffee and offers free WiFi so customers can research next season's tanning trends. The shop sports a merchandise section that includes apparel and skin care products from Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.