Anyone who's ever made a new year's resolution knows that it can be difficult to stay committed to the goals you've set. Board-certified hypnotist Tom Nicoli doesn't see this common phenomenon as a matter of laziness or faulty willpower—instead, he finds that our intentions are often undermined by unconscious habits and impulses. At A Better You Hypnosis, it's his job to replace those subterranean forces with more positive ones through hypnosis.
Viewers of Dateline NBC's Ultimate Diet Challenge got a good look at the results of Nicoli's practice in 2004 when he successfully helped a pastry chef shed 40 pounds despite a job that practically demands sipping cake batter. Weight loss is a common goal for his private clients, and he's turned his experience into a set of motivational CDs that got top rating from Shape magazine. But people also turn to him simply to reduce stress and boost confidence. Over the course of several sessions, Nicoli lays the groundwork for them to reinforce their positive new habits on their own throughout their lives.
Dan Doke discovered his passion for photography as a teenager, eventually turning his beloved hobby into a career after purchasing his first studio in his 20s. After building a thriving business with portrait and senior-photo portfolios, Doke moved his studio closer to his family and began to focus on wedding photography full time. Today, the seasoned shutterbug dangerously overloads his mantelpiece with a wealth of awards and honors, ranging from a membership in the Society of XXV to his status as a Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Doke’s polished black-and-white and color prints have graced the covers of more than 30 magazines, including Gala, La Bella Bride, and Studio Photography, and his expertise won him a spot in 2005 as a photographer at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush, where he was responsible for capturing candid portraits of heads of state, governors, lawmakers, and dignitaries. Along with the team of photographers he has personally trained, Dan produces high-contrast, post portraits of families and pets that range from traditional outdoor and studio shots to high-concept editorials.
Skin Care and Wellness Studio updates traditional services with contemporary technology and the latest products. And though the business is new, the spa’s owner, Cris-Anne, is far from new to the scene. She’s been in the industry since 1998 and holds licenses in aesthetics and nailcare and certifications from Bioelements and OPI. Likewise, the entire staff is professionally trained, and the range of services offered at Skin Care and Wellness Studio reflects the staff's broad experience. You can get a customized facial, body-waxing treatment, and Shellac manicure all in one visit, or try the ionic-detox system, which infuses charged ions into a relaxing footbath.
The dedicated technicians of Spa Medique rejuvenate and restore waning exteriors to a beautiful, youthful state with anti-aging therapies, hair-removal treatments, and pampering services. Trained aestheticians cater to each client by customizing renewing treatments, from FDA-approved Pelleve sessions, which tighten skin with radio-frequency waves, to microdermabrasion facials that exfoliate complexions until they're as smooth as a freshly shaved bowling ball. Natural White Spa cosmetic teeth-whitening treatments brighten smiles, Swedish massages soothe muscles, and IPL hair removal leaves woman- and manscapes silky. Spa Medique’s weight-loss specialists draw from more than 15 years in the slenderizing game as they tailor programs to help clients lose fat, gain muscle, and achieve the metabolism and body weight of a hummingbird.
Rondo, the de facto host of Grooming at Tiffany's, happily greets every guest with a hardy handshake. Or if not that, perhaps an exuberant tail wag, an offering of chew sticks … something that lets visitors know they're welcome. The amiable shih tzu-poodle mix belongs to owner Tiffany Perron, who styles canines with the skills she developed at the Dapper Dawg School of Professional Dog Grooming. She and her fellow groomers provide an array of services, from crate-free full groomings to quick touchups for dogs facing short-notice job interviews.