Husband-and-wife dental team Drs. Jeanine and Jeffrey Gourdine—both South Carolina natives and graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina—hold the keys to a healthy, dazzling grin. At the helm of Smile Center of Knightsville, they enhance or entirely revamp smiles with an arsenal of advanced technology that includes digital imaging, laser dentistry, and intraoral cameras, enabling them to treat teeth to a wealth of general and cosmetic services. Before applying veneers or straightening teeth with clear braces, the dentists assess each patient’s oral health and explain the procedure. They’re also careful to explain what they’re doing during exams with children, helping each kid grasp the importance of fluoride and going over ways to clean teeth that don’t involve chewing a bar of soap before bed each night.
The friendly staff, modern furnishings and equipment, and TVs found in every exam room at Dental Associates of Summerville serve as antidotes to the notion that dentistry must be unpleasant. Groupon purchasers will come in to be custom fit for an Opalescence take-home teeth-whitening kit, which includes gel and a bleaching tray customized to accommodate each tooth's shape and idiosyncratic sense of humor. Patients will notice brighter smiles and an increased number of wind-blown kisses from passing strangers in about a week. Newly whitened mouth pearls receive an extra boost from the potassium fluoride formulated into the gel, which strengthens enamel and acts as a burly nightclub bouncer for encroaching cavities.
At AlignLife of Summerville, Dr. Thomas W. Mercante, DC, brings his chiropractic training to misaligned vertebrae, achy backs, and old injuries. Besides providing chiropractic remedies to recurring medical issues, the office provides nutritional counseling and weight-management programs to help clients lead healthier lives.
Doctors and massage therapists join forces to address alignment issues, joint stiffness, and muscular tension all within the same visit to HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab. Massage therapists correct muscular imbalances in shoulders and backs with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recital. Chiropractic consultations provide detailed assessments of the ailments behind each client's particular symptoms, as well as specific instructions for massage therapists and recommended courses of action.
At The Joint, virtually every aspect of the visitation is designed around patient convenience. Instead of scheduling appointments, patients simply walk in and fill out paperwork. A doctor is onsite to minimize wait time. During exams, patients stay comfortable in their street clothes or favorite footed pajamas while the doctors examine their spine, searching for subluxations and bulges. They devise a treatment plan that can include chiropractic adjustments, which typically only take about 10 minutes.
The expert chiropractors and holistic practitioners at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine use a variety of services to treat all sorts of afflictions from migraines to spine injuries. They offer lifestyle advice and nutritional coaching to help guests form healthier habits, and spend time working injured muscles to health with corrective exercises. In addition, they use spinal decompression and massage therapy to nurse ailing spines back to health.
Nationally certified and licensed massage therapist Jennifer Sweeny takes the crick out of squeaky human hinges with four varieties of massage: Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and sports. During each session, Jennifer may employ the lighter, sweeping strokes of Swedish bodywork to ease tension accumulated while wearing the same party outfit as a mountain lion. The firmer pressure of deep-tissue techniques works to improve circulation in lower-layer muscles, and a myofascial-release massage aims to relieve deep chronic pain by focusing on trigger points superficially strewn throughout the body. To improve athletic performance after an injury, a sports massage can enhance range of motion in clients and range of diet in competitive hot-dog eaters.