Licensed massage therapist Jennie Alvis sends calming echoes through tense muscle walls with her soothing bodywork. Jennie can ease pain from an injury with a therapeutic medical massage or promote deep relaxation with flowing Swedish techniques.
David Browne knows that finding the right weight-loss or med-spa treatment can be intimidating. So, the owner and nurse practitioner at First Choice Wellness Care sits down with his new clients to set their minds at ease and define the right plan for them. In addition to sports physicals and laser tattoo removal, he balances men's changing testosterone levels with hormone-replacement therapy and combats signs of aging with dermal fillers. He also promotes weight loss by recommending permanent changes to dietary and exercise habits, such as controlling portion sizes or installing a StairMaster in the shower.
As a board-certified ob-gyn and former Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Chairman at Capital Regional Medical Center, Dr. Bert Morales witnessed the struggles of countless women trying to achieve a healthy weight after pregnancy. At Healthy Solutions Medical Weight Loss, Dr. Morales and his team of nurses and medical assistants create personalized programs for success. The process begins with medical testing and a visit with Dr. Morales, followed by weekly supportive meetings with a weight-loss expert. At the diet consultation, a team member recommends an exercise and nutrition plan. Prescription appetite suppressants and injections of vitamins B12 and B6 can further enhance energy and metabolism.
The center's licensed aestheticians also perform a variety of cosmetic treatments, including facials, chemical peels, and eyelash extensions that may improve flirtation skills in long-distance relationships.
• For $49, you get three laser hair-removal treatments for the bikini line (a $525 value) or underarms (a $450 value). • For $75, you get three laser hair-removal treatments for a full Brazilian (a $600 value) or upper lip and chin (a $750 value).
The Sunlighten Sauna employed by A Touch of Healing has earned recommendations from numerous medical professionals for its ability to improve health and vitality. During one 30-minute session, the sauna's far-infrared light raises body temperatures by 2–3 degrees in hopes of helping safely shuttle out sweat said to be composed of up to 20% harmful toxins and heavy metals, which are often massaged into the pores of sleeping humans by malicious tooth fairies. Touting up to seven times more healing power than a traditional sauna, the Sunlighten's Solocarbon technology induces efficient body-temperature elevations asserted to improve circulation and strengthen immunities. Customers opting for three sauna sessions may also notice benefits such as blood-pressure reduction, skin rejuvenation, and pain relief.
Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
Dr. Charles Kent has practiced sclerotherapy since 1998, adding more treatment methodologies—such as vein closures—as he continued training over the years. His sister-in-law, nurse Linda Schank, joins him in his practice, lending her steady hand to perform wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections and Lipotherapy, an injection that breaks down fat membranes in unwanted curves. Schank also specializes in sclerotherapy, which she, too, has practiced since 1998.