After leaving Cincinnati to study at Harvard Medical School and participate in internships and fellowships at Brown University and New York University, Dr. Shalini Gupta has returned to the place where she grew up, and now offers general and cosmetic dermatology and plastic-surgery services to the community. The goal of her practice, Dermatology Laser and Vein Center, is a simple one: restoring natural beauty. She does this with both surgical and nonsurgical procedures that tighten and restore the skin, contour the body's trouble spots, and rid limbs of unwanted tattoos or popped bubble-gum bubbles.
A division of the Ohio Institute of Allied Health, Tranquility Mind & Body Spa comforts bodies with holistic medical massage therapy services. After an initial consultation, massage therapists tailor treatments to clients' needs, choosing appropriate essential oil for the aromatherapy treatment ($10). A hand-and-foot paraffin dip ($20) coats appendages in warm wax, softening and smoothing skin. Soothing scents waft through the air and recite poetry during the one-hour medical massage, which targets tight, sore, or injured areas with medical techniques such as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release ($65). Some clients report the heat therapy and resulting boost in circulation alleviates discomfort from chronic pain, sports-related injuries, or excessive high-fiving with feet.
Led by Annie Shell, a Xenia native and former international educator for Goldwell and Matrix haircare, Gloss Salon's skilled staff sculpts and prunes scalp foliage, helping harried heads go from ragged to refined. Strut inside the funky pink-splashed styling studio, from which stressed strands may leave chanting a new om such as "hum" or "schintzel," thanks to the botanical moisturizers and proteins found in the salon's exclusive Mantra haircare products.
At Tipp City Medical Massage, licensed massage therapist Kathy Siegfried sees massages as more than just relaxing luxuries that follow bench-pressing the chandelier. She takes a healing approach to massage, drawing mastery from nine modalities, each customizable to a range of conditions, such as chronic soreness, sports injury, and headaches. Biofreeze natural pain relieving gel augments massage strokes with cooling menthol and Bon Vital foot balm helps feet recover from blisters and abrasions.
Body Wraps & More specializes in all-natural herbal body wraps designed to banish everything from excess inches and cellulite to bodily toxins, dry skin, and pain. When the staff's not showing up the ancient Egyptians with their modern-day mummification techniques, they knead away cares and pizza-crust bubbles with massage therapy and gussy up exteriors with nail services and spray tans.
Atlanta Permanent Cosmetics owner Melissa Vanzandt and her crew of certified technicians aim to eliminate the morning makeup hassle by anointing features with permanent cosmetics. A blessing to people with cosmetic allergies or vision problems, permanent cosmetics add discreet pigment to eyebrows, eyelids, and lips to help enhance the natural beauty of each client and return faces to neglected Mrs. Potato Head dolls. Meanwhile, specialists further illuminate facial beauty with speedy LED teeth whitening and lush mink lash extensions.