Dr. Ralph Garramone, recipient of Castle Connolly Medical's Top Doctors award in Gulfshore Life magazine in 2010, oversees a staff of medical technicians who thwart hostile hair takeovers with ultramodern laser technology. During each approximately 15-minute laser hair-removal session, the guest lies on a treatment bed as concentrated light beams hone in on unwanted follicles, using heat to stunt hair growth. After the lasers zap away overstaying stubble, the technician applies a soothing gel to cool and comfort skin. For optimal results, Ralph Garramone Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa suggests six treatments five weeks apart from each other to render the epidermis as smooth and hair-free as a freshly shorn bowling ball.
Doctor of Chiropractic Robert Buchanan always wears his game face. As the official chiropractor for the UIFL Florida Tarpons indoor arena football team, he uses his 30 years of clinical experience to deliver hands-on evaluations, exams, and treatments to athletes and everyday clients alike. At his practice, he specializes in relieving neck, shoulder, knee, and mid- and lower-back pain as well as treating the condition of frozen shoulders. Within a few treatments, Dr. Buchanan improves function while diminishing pain. Patients seek his advice regarding a list of ailments including headaches, arthritis, sciatica, disc herniations, and sports and whiplash injuries.
Physical and metaphysical healing go hand in hand at Alive & Well A Holistic Center, where seasoned practitioners target bodies, minds, and spirits with alternative medicine. Natural-health consultations often include iridology, a technique that involves examining the eyes' irises to uncover potential causes of pain, fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms. Armed with this information, staffers may guide clients toward healing modalities such as reiki, a Japanese energy-balancing technique, or reflexology, a type of foot massage believed to promote full-body wellness. Herbalists and massage therapists may also recommend nutritional supplements and essential oils to help fight headaches, insomnia, or lethargy. Yoga instructors shepherd students toward stress release and physical vitality during group and private classes filled with ancient poses and breaths as deep as Poseidon's diary entries.
A passion for healing others runs in Dr. Liwen "Lily" Heh's veins. She's the third generation in her family to study the art of acupuncture, a calling she has been practicing for more than 20 years. Before coming to the United States more than 15 years ago, Lily studied her family's craft in China, where she earned a degree from Beijing China Medical University.
Today, as a board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, she eliminates her clients' mental and bodily woes with both acupuncture and alternative medicine. Her cupping sessions help banish discomfort by alleviating pressure in achy spots, and her herbal teas help boost energy levels and reduce the need for midday smelling salts.
At Medical Edge MD, the staff uses patients' starting wellness level as a base to chart the course of their goals. Through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, detoxifying infrared therapy, and weight-loss supplements, clients can feel better in myriad ways, ranging from slimmer figures to increased energy to refreshed skin. The entire practice is overseen by Dr. Gregory Dowbak, the medical director and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.