Donna Lapetina, owner and head aesthetician at Skin Solutions Medical Spa, has spent the last decade caring for aging skin—including her own. Donna and her team work their age-defying magic under the direction of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Boyle, whose career includes time as a flight surgeon, a lieutenant commander in the military, and a volunteer speaker on skin cancer. The staff’s specialty services include microdermabrasion, peels, and facials, as well as intensive acne treatments. Dr. Boyle performs all Botox and dermal-filler procedures herself to safely keep crow’s-feet, frown lines, and worry lines at bay. Clients receive their treatments in private, earth-toned rooms that mix the serenity of a spa with the professionalism of a medical office.
Rather than buying leftover potions from local sorcerers, Skin Solutions Medical Spa has developed its own line of products, including cleansers, eye creams, and an exfoliating scrub. The gentle solutions are formulated with ingredients such as green-tea extract, oil of calendula, and cranberry extract.
From his seven offices, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski and his knowledgeable staff help restore epidermises with cosmetic, medical, and surgical skin treatments. With a stable of seven lasers, including the Candela GentleLase, Palomar StarLux IPL, and the 2,940-nanometer Whisper, Suncoast?s trained technicians rid skin of unwanted hair, sun damage, broken blood vessels, and tattoos of broken blood vessels. For more invasive procedures, including eyelid-lifting blepharoplasty and Dr. Ewanowski's specialty, the cancer-ridding Mohs micrographic surgery, the doctor treats clients in the in-office surgical suite. Suncoast?s resident aesthetician pampers with medical-grade spa services, using products from such skincare brands as SkinMedica, Av?ne, and glo.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
When state-certified medical aesthetician Rachel Roff decided to open Urban Skin Solutions, she envisioned a place where clients of all skin tones could come in to improve their complexions. Her vision led to the development of various skincare treatments, including peels, facials, and microdermabrasions. The processes are all bolstered by Urban Skin Rx, a line of clinical products suitable for patrons with any type of skin and almost any favorite Power Ranger. In treatment rooms, a medical doctor helps Rachel and her team of technicians harness the power of beauty injections and laser-energy systems in their effort to accomplish patrons’ aesthetic dreams.
With 26 years of experience as a critical care nurse, licensed aesthetician and owner of Simple Skin Solutions Carmen Murillo adheres to a philosophy of treating each client as a whole and an individual. Before undergoing any of Simple Skin Solutions signature skin treatment--such as microdermabrasions, Botox injections, and facials--Carmen consults with clients to discus concerns and goals. With the information, Carmen develops a treatment customized to the individual, pairing him or her with a cosmeceutical grade product designed to treat skin problems, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or irremovable Richard Nixon masks.
What?s now known as The Comedy Store was once called Ciro's, a nightlife hotspot in the 1940s and '50s. Playing host to glitzy stars and shadowy mobsters, the club's history is shrouded in rumors of mafia assassinations and untimely deaths. However, the joint buried its seedy past by converting to a comedy club and helping launch the careers of such legends as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, David Letterman, and Dave Chappelle. The younger La Jolla location lets laugh-starved patrons bask in the same high-powered comedic atmosphere as its progenitor.