Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
Led by owners Irma and Henry Fuentez, the cosmetologists and massage therapists at Above and Beyond Day Spa beautify and pamper bodies from head to toe. As a licensed aesthetician and certified microdermabrasion technician, Irma seeks out the latest technology to restore clients' youthful appearances, including light therapy that promotes collagen production and a microcurrent machine that targets cellulite.
Massage therapists perform relaxing hot-stone sessions in semiprivate "gazebos" swathed with sheer, shimmering fabrics. The open, airy tents create an ambiance reminiscent of a royal caravan in the Arabian Desert or the winning submission for a Boy Scout's interior-design badge.
Holding an MD and a PhD in immunobiology, Dr. Reza Ghohestani heads up an institute devoted both to the treatment and clinical study of hair, skin, and nail diseases. The more than 100 scientific papers and dermatology-themed comics he has published or presented reflect Dr. Ghohestani's continuing quest to find the most efficient remedies for acne, psoriasis, fungal infections, wrinkles, cellulite, and unwanted body hair. His clinic won both the Talk of the Town award for excellence in customer satisfaction and the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 thanks to the staff's caring attitude toward patients and their privacy.
Dr. Delio Ortegon, the president and director of San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, believes there is no set definition of beauty. As he explains in an interview on his website, aesthetic appeal rests not in a certain nose shape or specific earlobe measurement but rather in the symmetry and balance of the face and physique. The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in reshaping bodies to enhance this pleasing proportional harmony. But before Dr. Ortegon ever picks up a scalpel, he learns his patients' goals and vision for themselves during in-depth consultations.
Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters has been equipping hikers, backpackers, runners, and snow-sporters with top-quality gear for nearly 30 years. The outdoorsmen's paradise hosts a backcountry bounty of quality brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Asics, Merrell, Bogner, Burton, Kjus, UGG, and Keen. The staff of knowledgeable gear gurus will walk you through the finer points of carabineers versus catfish while pairing you with the perfect Arc'teryx Rampart pants ($99) to wear to this year’s family reunion. Prep for a frosty weekend getaway with a pair of SmartWool socks ($12.95), get some street cred from rival granola gangsters in your microvelour TKA 1/4 zip from The North Face ($55), or load your Osprey Atmos backpack ($199) full of steaks and introduce yourself to your region's newest bobcat colony.
At Med Spa de Abeja, three medical directors combine their expertise and cosmetic specialties to boost their clients' self-confidence. David Tharakan, MD, manages the team with his telltale charisma and knowledge gained from years running primary-care clinics; Botox and Juvéderm expert Christina Krueger gently administers injections that mask the effects of aging more discreetly than a third-grade class picture taped to the forehead. Licensed medical aesthetician Sasha Bella oversees the spa's skincare solutions, which range from skin-tone-balancing microdermabrasion to exfoliating chemical peels. Bella also empowers clients with the knowledge to treat epidermal maladies, such as sun damage and acne, at home.
The trio uses advanced tools in pursuit of beautification: IPL lasers fight signs of aging during photofacials, laboratory tests track the progress of weight-loss programs, and products from Cellex-C and Obagi help counteract an array of dermal ailments.