Ranked as one of the Best of the Best in 2010 by the Oakland Press and specializing in breast augmentation, plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Wolf earns local acclaim at Wolf Aesthetic & Laser Centers with a variety of surgical and noninvasive anti-aging solutions. Dr. Wolf stayed within the state of Michigan for most of his education. He earned an undergrad degree from the University of Michigan, a medical degree from Wayne State University, and completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Providence Hospital in Southfield under the guidance of renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ian Jackson. He also traveled to Indianapolis for specialized training in cosmetic surgery and watching the Indy 500. Dr. Wolf's regular attendance at medical conferences keeps him informed about new aesthetic techniques, which he has employed in more than 5,500 plastic-surgery procedures over 15 years.
The doctor tightens skin and muscles during face-lifts and slims waistlines with tummy tucks or liposuction. In addition to surgeries, Dr. Wolf and his team use advanced laser technology to rejuvenate skin, remove hair, and diminish spider veins. The doctor himself administers all the wrinkle-fighting dermal fillers and injections.
"Always believe in miracles," urges Believe Spa Salon's website. And with the salon nestled on a quiet residential street, with ferns, wildflowers, and sun catchers overtaking the porch, Believe looks like something out of a fairy tale where miracles do happen. Inside the eclectically decorated salon, stylists perform these mini miracles: curly hair become straight, dark hair becomes light, long hair becomes short.
But it can't all be chalked up to hocus-pocus. Believe's stylists are highly trained and specialize in different facets of beauty, including owner Sherri Sullivan. Sherri's dedicated nearly 30 years to hairstyling, with extra training in Alfaparf Milano coloring and making red and brunet color last longer. Her understanding of facial shapes and color techniques, along with client consultations, means customers walk out of the salon with hairstyles tailored to their individual looks and needs.
In addition to hair services, Believe staffers also apply makeup for special occasions, such as weddings or trips to upscale grocery stores. And in a little cottage out back of the salon, licensed massage therapist Amy Rose Boren performs relaxing massages that soothe and de-stress aching bodies.
As a doctor, Mike Sartorius knew that packing on pounds every winter and struggling to shed them the following spring was setting his body up for a major metabolic breakdown. Even after he finally decided to lose the weight and keep it off, it took him five up-and-down years to learn the habits that would lead to long-lasting results. Once he nailed down his five principles of staying fit, however, his body underwent a transformation. Before long, his career would follow suit.
Dr. Mike soon teamed up with his friend, Jerry Lockwood, to found VIP Training and Fitness. The boot camp, which draws on Dr. Mike's experiences with weight loss, proved an initial success and has since been featured on shows such as MTV's I Used To Be Fat. Dr. Mike and Jerry continue to host boot camps at two locations, though nine other trainers have stepped up to pack each week's schedule with 27 available classes. In all of these classes, trainers strive to maintain a balance between fun and intensity. They ensure their campers’ safety at all times by demonstrating proper form and using seat belts as resistance bands.
Equipped with private showers, spa-like changing rooms, and a coffee bar filled with energizing beverages, Fonthill Fitness' 3,600-square-foot facility was built with comfort in mind. The folks in charge aim to help clients incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, as well as cultivate healthy lifestyles. Light streams through the windows of two workout studios, illuminating clients as they pedal during spin classes and stretch toward the sun during yoga. Clients may also climb aboard a slew of Life Fitness equipment, including treadmills and elliptical cross-trainers, as well as leg-, chest-, and shoulder-press machines.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers develop workouts filled with progressive exercises that push participants to achieve their goals at a sustainable pace, unlike antiquated exercises, which only push participants to lift medicine balls and repeatedly call their trainer a dandyish fop. The trainers tailor exercise programs to fit each of their students’ needs, keeping fitness levels, physical abilities, and health limitations in mind at all times.
Since 2006, the staff at Fusion Fitness Center has fostered a welcoming space for their members to come and find fitness, challenging and encouraging them along the way. Rows of elite Precor cardio machines fill the floor of the main room, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, and bikes. Tucked around the corner in the group fitness room, trainers challenge members with 45-minute F.I.T.—functional interval training—classes, where exercisers toss medicine balls, swing kettlebells and heavy ropes, and stretch TRX suspension bands until they cry uncle. The trainers limit F.I.T. classes to six people so they can dole out ample individual attention.
The staff also helps members hone in on individual fitness goals, such as losing weight or running a marathon, during personal-training sessions. To fuel sweat sessions, staffers mix up smoothies filled with nourishing ingredients to help bodies recover or add resistance to tongue-curls.
Doctors Todd Saniszewski and Nora Clancy leverage a combined 38+ years of professional experience at Advanced Eye Care of Michigan, which is both a high-end store and an optometrist's office. They see their patients in onsite private offices, offering them guidance and information on any conditions or issues they may be facing. For clients in need of glasses or another prescription, Advanced Eye Care boasts a vast selection of brand-name frames in the front of the shop, and the staff equips them with custom-made lenses. The doctors' eye examinations can discover eye illnesses as well as test for the need for glasses or a third eye. Doctors Todd and Nora also have extensive training in the co-management of LASIK and cataract surgery. They take great pride in their staff, which works to make every visit to their office a simple one, instead of a convoluted symposium on insurance minutiae.