After working in her father's pharmacy since the age of 14, Monica Zatarski earned her doctor of pharmacy degree to open her own business and continue the family tradition of providing patients with innovative, personalized health care. MD Custom Rx works with both physicians and patients to fashion custom prescription packages, balance bodies with hormone assessments and consultations, and boost circulation with infrared-sauna sessions. As specialists with the seal of the Prescription Compounding Accreditation Board, the chemical technicians tailor medications to fit the allergic and digestive needs of each patient, from altering a medicine's strength to rendering it into easy-to-ingest lozenge, transdermal-gel, or brain-wave form. In addition to easing discomfort and imbalances with compound prescriptions and sauna sessions, patients visit onsite vitamin expert Daniel Zatarski, PharmD, RPh, for one-on-one vitamin and nutrient consultations that treat common disorders and supplement health regimens.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Since 1995, the doctors at Oak Creek Relief and Wellness have preferred to bypass drugs and surgery with ailment-fighting chiropractic care, fitness training, and nutritional advice. Their chiropractic approach here and at their sister location, Big Bend/Vernon Relief and Wellness, encompasses spinal and nonspinal adjustments, both of which improve clients’ bodily alignment and overall health. Techniques include spinal decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, exercise rehabilitation, and massage therapy. The doctors of chiropractic also correct subluxations and relieve the pain associated with scoliosis, shoulder pain, sciatica, or curly muscles. Their wellness center fortifies the whole body with fitness programs and suggested stretches.
ReBorn Wellness is a one-stop shop for health and wellness. Guests often start by heading into the smoothie bar and art gallery to refresh both body and mind, before heading deeper into the healing sanctuary where a variety of services focus on detoxification and weight loss. The infrared sauna and ionic foot bath, for example, aim to help the body unburden itself of harmful chemicals, while whole-body vibration treatments stimulate most muscles at once, increasing metabolism and melting stubborn fat. To empower guests to make lasting transformations, ReBorn Wellness also offers a full gym with a cardio, weight training, and circuit room, and massages that help dissolve tension after long day of weight lifting or saying goodbye to toxins.
The staff and state-certified massage therapists at Heavenly Massage have left no stone unturned when it comes to their clients’ relaxation. At each Heavenly Massage location, the music, lighting, and decor all serve the same goal of enhancing peace of mind. Though massages—ranging from hot stone to lymphatic drainage—are the signature service, the staff also offers nailcare, skincare, waxing, and body treatments.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes—but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.
Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Martin of North Shore Health Solutions is board certified in integrative medicine. Dr. Martin and her staff offer a variety of treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, and weight-loss programs.