A former staff sergeant in the Air Force. An airplane mechanic who repaired oxygen masks. A master massage therapist, registered medical assistant, and certified laser technician. Tina Long is all of these things and more. As the owner of Parker Med Spa, she combines her unique background with innovative technology to offer clients the latest anti-aging and beauty solutions.
Long helps her clients to deal with the frustration of weight loss with body-contouring treatments such as the Zerona and Yolo laser systems, having herself lost pounds, inches, and degrees of insulation with the fat-emulsifying devices. The historical ambiance, array of facial and body treatments, and advanced technology earned her spa recognition on ABC 7 and CityVoter's 2011 A-List; it was named a finalist in the Best Day Spa category and nominated in the Best Medical Spa category.
The practice is located within the charming yellow Hoskins House, a century-old Victorian landmark surrounded by cottonwood trees, complete with a porch swing. Inside, massage therapists and aestheticians perform relaxing massages, hot-stone pedicures, and skin-rejuvenating chemical peels in 15 private rooms. Technicians use seven different lasers to perform procedures ranging from vein and hair removal to nonsurgical face-lifts.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of 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 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.
DaVinci White Smiles specializes in FDA-compliant teeth-whitening systems manufactured in the United States. Unlike whitening gels that are made from a mixture of paste and powdered donut residue, DaVinci's gels are forged from organic plant- and mineral-based ingredients, with food-grade hydrogen peroxide serving as the active catalyst. Made in fresh batches every week, the gels work together with LED whitening lights to demolish stains from teeth or composite materials, such as crowns or bridges, leaving choppers up to 14 shades whiter in just 20 minutes.
Cathy Hughes, a single mother of four, always told her children to do what they love. When she realized that she wasn't following her own advice, she turned around her career path and opened Tranquility Life Spa. Aided by her passionate and skilled staff, Cathy offers a variety of services designed to relax and beautify guests.
Tranquility's iSLRS system deeply relaxes with a combination of sound and light therapy, and its hydro massage bed assuages clients' aches without requiring them to take off their clothes. Its oxygen bar floods nostrils with scented oxygen, giving patrons access to four or five times more oxygen than they would get just by breathing in regular air or even pressing their face against a tree for hours.
With hundreds of participating locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals that delivers a variety of dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists has the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a tooth-stack. Since Right Dental Group encompasses a wide range of offices and dentists, customers can schedule appointments online for any dental service—from routine cleanings and x-rays, to restorative crowns, Invisalign treatments, or cosmetic Zoom whitening—at the neighborhood location they prefer.
The staff at Luminous Spa & Wellness pampers guests with powerful beauty routines that summon pure serenity. During a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, the staff can also soothe headaches with a lavender-oil scalp treatment. Services like these embody the spa's commitment to total-body wellness, rather than just beauty and rest alone.
In addition to skincare, massage, and aesthetic laser treatments, the staff fights cellulite and signs of aging with innovative technology. Their Synergie Cellulite Reduction treatments help smooth and shape problem areas. Alternatively, i-Lipo sessions use non-invasive, cool laser technology to sculpt bodies into lean lines. A private workout room and infrared sauna are available for customers to detoxify.