From their home base in the Warren Building, officials of the Wellesley Recreation Department fine-tune a year-round roster of sports leagues and community classes. Adults master crafts that range from pottery throwing to Capoeira, a blend of Brazilian martial arts and dance. Kids channel their creativity into painting courses or the Star Wars: Jedi Training class, which often includes creating a recycled droid and lightsaber lessons with retired stormtroopers. All of the programs are self-supporting, so directors charge reasonable fees and divvy up the money among materials, instructors' salaries, and other necessary expenses.
During the summer, throngs of people advance on Morses Pond, an ocean lookalike complete with a sandy beach, water slide, and volleyball nets, and kids aged 5–12 fend off boredom with summer day camps. Meanwhile, the lights of Hunnewell Tennis Court blaze into the evening hours, allowing athletes to face off after dark when the sun is taking its nap.
Board-certified plastic surgeons Renee Bennett O'Sullivan, MD, develops a comfortable rapport with her patients throughout years of continued care at their office, which is located in a house on Denton Road. Though she specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, body, and breasts, she brings the same level of perfectionism to nonsurgical cosmetic procedures and sandwich making. She treats wrinkles and blemishes of age with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin injections using Restylane and Radiesse fillers.
Dr. Renee dedicates much time to traveling the world, volunteering her medical expertise in Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti, where she has helped set up a burn unit in the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Here in the States, she lends her services to the Iraq Star Foundation which provides free plastic surgery to war veterans.
Dr. Jeannie Chung understands that healthy skin is beautiful skin. She works closely with dermatologists and draws on her own expertise in cosmetic surgery and skin rejuvenation during aesthetic treatments that she hopes will promote an overall sense of wellbeing in her clients. Whenever possible, Dr. Chung and her staff use minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments and procedures. Some examples include Botox, chemical peels, and facials designed to combat signs of aging on the skin’s surface. When surgery is necessary—as is the case with neck and brow lifts, rhinoplasty, and skin-cancer remedies—Dr. Chung works carefully to help clients achieve their desired results without looking artificial.
Having trained extensively in Europe and across the United States, Angelbare founder Shahla Whitmore combines the latest permanent-makeup techniques with her own knack for artistry. Inside her Wellesley studio, Shahla draws upon more than a decade of experience to trace lips and eyes with dramatic liners so you'll know where they go if they ever fall off. Shahla’s big heart is as impressive as her considerable talent—she offers complimentary scar camouflage treatments and services to children who have lost their eyebrows for medical reasons.
Since 1985, Dr. Phillip Lukoff has helped his patients to kick foot problems to the curb with his compassionate podiatric care. Armed with the FDA-approved Q-Clear Q-switched laser, Dr. Lukoff zaps away unsightly fungus with a targeted mid-infrared-light wavelength. Virtually pain-free, the laser procedure won't harm patients' toes or their foot's ability to write in cursive. Although he specializes in laser toenail-fungus removal, Dr. Lukoff is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham, and he also treats feet with services including surgeries, heel-pain care, and fracture repair.
At Visions HealthCare, a team of doctors and practitioners focuses on health’s fundamentals, taking into account each patient's environment and lifestyle to root out the causes of ailments during acupuncture, nutrition consultations, and other treatments. Functional medicine emphasizes preventative care by identifying the causes of physiological and biochemical disturbances that negatively impact health, and stress-reduction programs counteract the damage done by backbreaking bosses or back-talking pets. Acupuncturists draw upon the ancient practice's tenets to free up energy flow, thereby helping to allay migraines, uro-genital conditions, and allergies. Chiropractic treatments address the biomechanics of each section of the spine, aligning the vertebrae with manual adjustments and supporting the joints with soft-tissue or myofascial treatments. Visions HealthCare rounds out its whole-health focus during spiritual alignment sessions that bolster clients' peace of mind and reduce their tendency to mispronounce chakra.