Chiropractic physician Keith Nemec and his wife Laurie practice advanced alternative health-care methods that focus on achieving well-being through holistic therapies. A 20- to 30-minute consultation preps patients for the one-hour therapy treatment, during which the doctor uses a machine and two gas field wands to conduct a gentle lymphatic massage. This noninvasive treatment is designed to give thick, stagnant lymph fluid a water-like consistency to stimulate drainage of toxins from cells, glands, tissues, organs, funny bones, and melancholy joints. In addition, the procedure aims to disperse white-blood-cell traffic jams, sending them speeding in all directions of the body to dispel inflammation, bacteria, and instances of vein rage.
More than 10 years ago, Transformation Bodywork owner Kathleen Fanning eschewed her corporate career for a more wholesome, fulfilling path. After earning her massage therapist certification in 2004, she traveled to an Indian orphanage where provided massage therapy to children with polio. She now works with two other licensed massage therapists at Transformation Bodywork, where they strive to impart tranquility on clientele through a variety of Eastern healing practices. Along with massage therapy services that range from hot stone to cranio-sacral, Transformation Bodywork also offers reflexology, health counseling, and personal training. Each service adopts a holistic approach, and the health counseling sessions cover all aspects of nourishment, including relationships and physical activity. Personal trainers travel to home gyms and health clubs to work within client schedules. Kathleen also shares deeksha—a spiritual practice through which she aims to impart clear mindedness, inner tranquility, and joyfulness to her clients, among other benefits.
At Heidi's Salon, licensed cosmetologists use long-trusted beauty techniques as a base for pushing the limits of what a stylist can aesthetically achieve. For 15 years, they've performed cuts for men, women, and children, especially excelling at full style and color transformations. On the other hand, some stylists possess a knack for taming curls and craft precision cuts to sleeken kinks and frizz. Specialties in chemical treatments and hair extensions help them create entirely new looks. For special occasions, stylists beautify bridal parties and guests of honor.
“How would you describe yourself?” “What is your ideal look?” These are some of the first words new clients hear from owner Frances of Amore Francesca Salon & Spa. Frances takes the time to get to know her clients during meaningful conversations to ensure that their new ‘dos will reflect their personality and beauty goals. These conversations can be heard swirling through the chic black-and-gray salon by her team of new and junior- and senior-level stylists, each armed with high quality MoroccanOil and Schwarzkopf products. As stylists revamp ‘dos with precision cuts, ombre hair coloring, and special-occasion updos, nail technicians dole out no-chip and regular manicures to add the finishing touch. To complement the full-service salon, a full-service spa keeps skin looking effortlessly healthy with airbrush and UV tanning as well as waxing and threading services. Aestheticians take the time to determine skin type before pampering visages with five styles of facials for men, women, and teens, and massage therapists scientifically determine the acute right angles in the back before kneading them out with deep-tissue or lymphatic-drainage modalities.
Maybe it's something about her warm presence, or her collection of makeup awards. But when a client wanted to teach her blind mother how to apply her own makeup, she went to Clarice Loiacono. Owner of Clarice's Creating Beautiful Looks, Clarice combines her experience in pharmaceuticals with her passion for makeup and skincare. It's the challenge of using her knowledge of compounds and botanicals to achieve beauty goals that Clarice loves. "You're really making people feel good … [It's] like therapy."
Within a stately cream-and-scarlet home in Wheaton—close to Clarice's high school and family—she employs a staff of trusted aestheticians to help her administer customized facials and free follow-up appointments to track complexion improvement. Bea, who Clarice has known since grade school, began working at Clarice's as an intern. After earning experience in the industry at other spas and successfully beautifying gargoyles hoping to catch a special pigeon's eye, Bea returned to Clarice's to revamp skin with products Loiacono herself helped beta test.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack opened the first HealthSource office in 2006 and has watched his business take flight, growing to more than 250 offices nationwide. The expansion is due in part to progressive-treatment protocols and business systems and in part to the experience Dr. Tomshack gained while in the US Air Force and the MBA program at the University of Toledo, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated summa cum laude. At each of his offices, a team of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, and trainers helps to alleviate ailments such as disk degeneration and fibromyalgia. The team can also tailor treatments to alleviate pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, or arthritis, and its progressive-rehab program works with body areas that are known to cause trouble, such as weak lower backs and rebellious pinky toes.