For licensed massage therapist Michele Czara, holistic wellness is a family business. Her father was a chiropractor, and her daughter has followed in her footsteps with a career in massage. For more than two decades, Michele has operated out of North Shore Sports Therapy— where she slackens the shoulders of national and international sports teams, NFL Pro Bowl athletes, and world surfing champions. Now, guests and island mainstays can call on Michele for a therapeutic session with flowing deep-tissue bodywork or the firm acupressure of lomilomi techniques.
Helmed by a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience greeting newborns as a professional in the OB field, First Look Sonogram Hawaii's team of certified technicians introduces parents-to-be to their burgeoning offspring using an advanced General Electric Voluvision 730 sonogram machine. The routinely calibrated instrument safely scans rotund bellies, rendering high-quality 3-D and 4-D snapshots in both color and black-and-white of the developing infant as he or she mouths the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You." The expert techs can determine the baby's gender while confirming a heartbeat, amniotic fluid, and number of babies nestled inside. Adding permanence to the experience, recordings of the session are available on DVD and the accommodating staff can even craft a sonogram music video from the footage.
American Board of Plastic Surgery–certified Dr. Jeff Healy and his trained staff at Healy Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa buff, massage, and steam away dry skin, blemishes, and signs of aging via myriad beautifying services. The luxury spa facial relieves tired, stressed-out soul sacks with custom frontal ablutions based on individual skincare needs. A trained aesthetician consults with each client before the facial to determine what products and techniques will react best with customer faces or the unknowable visages of snake-haired Gorgon sisters.
Board-certified opthalmologist Dr. William K. Wong, Jr.—who served as an ophthalmologist in the U.S. military for more than eight years and received multiple industry awards—partners with optometrist Dr. Sadaf Sabahi to perform procedures, such as LASIK eye surgery and cataract surgery, that require a steady, expert hand. During eye exams, they assess the acuity of each eye then prescribe a corrective lens that can fit into a selection of frames by Fendi, Gucci, and Christian Dior. The duo can outfit hard-to-fit eyes or sentient potatoes with the appropriate contact lenses. Dr. Wong also administers Botox and Juvederm and performs blepharoplasties.
Featured on Hawaii News Now for the way it enables expectant parents a look inside the womb, TomorrowToday Ultrasound captures images of developing babies with several types of nondiagnostic ultrasounds. The 2-D ultrasound produces a black-and-white image in which the flutter of the baby’s heart can be seen, and 3-D images have a bronze tint and look similar to a photograph so that parents can see facial features and can tell what the child would look like in the Wild West. During 4-D sessions, parents watch a live video depiction that can show the baby’s hand and facial movements. A large screen and plenty of seating in the ultrasound room give spouses and other family members a good vantage point from which to greet their new loved one.
There are many reasons a person might need physical therapy. From postinjury rehab and stroke recovery to arthritis management and sports-performance enhancement, the facilities at PT Hawaii are well equipped to handle a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal maladies. Within the comfort of a private treatment room, massage therapists knead aching muscles and improve range of motion in stiff joints. The reduced gravitational force and bumped-up buoyancy of the 100,000-gallon saltwater AquaCare pool help people improve their Marco Polo technique while protecting injured parts from further damage.