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.
Integrative Medicine Center's Drs. A. Hanna and Lidia Okonski welcome clients in for a combination of spa services and holistic medicine. Dr. A. Hanna is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and Dr. Lidia Okonski, who does not perform acupuncture treatments, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Focused on improving personal well-being and health, they center the center's holistic-medicine approach on acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine, such as corrective diets focused on vitamins and not eating grapes realistically painted onto drywall. Their spa services, meanwhile, emphasize the external—the menu includes body wraps, facials, waxing, and aromatherapy.
Overseen by Dareld R. Morris II, DO, Morris Medical Center welcomes patients for family medical care and guided weight-loss programs. As a certified civil surgeon and medical-review officer, Dr. Morris helps ensure that recruits are fit to enter the Coast Guard, that children are fit to start school, and that monsters are fit to leave children’s bedroom closets. In addition to helping patients quit smoking and lose weight, Dr. Morris encourages healthy lifestyles by overseeing physical and massage therapies.
Renown for Facial, Breast and Body Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Schneider is a pioneer in advancing the axillary incision for saline and silicone breast augmentation. He has offered state of the art laser surgery since 1994. Patients from around the world visit the practice each year.
At Cypress Beauty & Co., trained technicians wield files, clippers, and brushes in the pursuit of polished nails and peace of mind. During the 60- to 90-minute experience, a nail guru takes guardianship of hands and feet at a super-sanitized station, clipping and filing nails into perfect crescents and curtailing cuticles to expand keratin canvases. A coat of OPI polish in the desired color leaves nails as strong and sparkling as 10 diamond-encrusted box turtles. Both locations usher prettifiers in with sunny hues and glitzy displays of the 50 brands of beauty products they stock. Patrons can upgrade to french polish ($5 for mani; $10 for pedi) and add a sea extract marine-cooling mask ($10) or a complimentary round of applause.
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.