The rugged beauty of nature meets the comfort of vacation amenities at REO Rafting Resort, a secluded getaway on the edge of Nahatlatch River. Throughout the Fraser Canyon, experienced guides lead groups on whitewater rafting day-trips and multiday excursions, helping beginners and advanced rafters alike to navigate class III and IV+ rapids. Some of the trips take place along the Nahatlatch and others venture to the Stein, Thompson, and Fraser rivers, all of which are less than 45 minutes away from base camp. Relaxation and pampering follow at the resort's facilities, where a hot tub, massage therapists, and glasses of beer or wine await to reward campers for their rugged displays of human heartiness.
At nightfall, guests cozy up around a campfire, but they need not roast hot dogs or trap varmints for sustenance. A team of professional chefs prepares meals for guests, which also helps prevent the risk of forest fires and bears moseying into campsites for a snack.
At the O'Neil Skin and Lipo Medical Center, an accredited surgery center, Dr. Kelly O'Neil enlists SmartLipo technology to remove fat and tighten skin. In preparation for the one- to three-hour fat-banishing treatment, patients receive an intravenous sedation, leaving nerves calmer than a tranquilized sloth in a zen garden. Next, the doctor injects the desired area with anesthetic fluid, which in combination with high-frequency vibrations readies the extra padding for easy removal. The doctor's steady hands lead the SmartLipo—a slim tube containing a laser fiber—into the area to rupture fat cells and make the skin taut and firm.
Contour Skin & Laser's signature treatments serve the sole purpose of turning back the clock. These treatments—which together comprise a comprehensive skincare program—accomplish this effect by brightening and depuffing under-eye circles, plumping lips, and boosting the elasticity and firmness of facial skin. The majority of Contour’s other services, from Botox injections to CO2 fractional laser resurfacing treatments, support the anti-aging mission, tackling facial wrinkles and erasing dullness from skin. Licensed medical providers such as nurses, the doctor who oversees the clinic, and a fast-talking stethoscope perform each service after holding a consultation to diagnose the skin’s underlying issues and formulate a treatment plan.
At Beautiful You, Dr. Jamie Fettig and his team devote themselves to helping clients achieve the health benefits of weight loss in addition to the aesthetic boons of being slim. They work toward these goals by encouraging clients to adopt lifestyle changes through custom nutritional counseling and diet planning. The staffers believe in the slimming effects of LipoLaser treatments, but they stress the importance of backing up all procedures with healthy eating and exercise. During LipoLaser sessions, they furnish headphones and video glasses to lead a guided visual experience that instructs patrons on how to break bad eating habits. By following programs and receiving LipoLaser treatments, clients can lose up to five pants or dress sizes, the same amount lost by doing 100 sit-ups in the crushing gravity of Jupiter.
The aestheticians at V European Beauty Center target the signs of aging using nonsurgical techniques such as lipolasers, which aim to spot-treat fat and reduce cellulite noninvasively. Additional treatments include microdermabrasion, face peels, IPL photo rejuvenation, which may be used to remove unwanted hair and treat acne, and radio-frequency facial treatments to target wrinkles.
Most popular service: Facials, chemical peels, aesthetics, medical weight loss
Brands Used: SkinMedica, Botox, Juvéderm
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
The team of doctors and nurses at Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness don't operate their center the same way others might. They supplement their weight-loss and anti-aging services with full-time supervision and support from medical professionals, helping their clients get results. Over time, that particular blend of treatment and expertise has won the team a fair amount of recognition. Among their awards, they boast a prestigious Black Diamond rating from Allergan—the maker of Botox and Juvéderm—and were voted the Favorite Weight Loss Center in 2012 by readers of North County Times.