A longtime resident of Windsor, Dr. Patrick Smith, M.D. returned to the area after completing medical school and opened a family practice in 1987. He enjoyed the work but longed to transition into dermatology, for which he held both a passion and professional training. Years later, he assembled a team of estheticians and opened his namesake skincare clinic: Dr. P.X. Smith Medical Cosmetics.
Open for more than seven years, the clinic offers cosmetic and medical-grade services including Botox and Juvederm, laser skin-resurfacing treatments, and mole removal from both faces and lawns. Dr. Smith performs all medical consultations and directly supervises treatments performed by his highly trained staff.
As a skincare expert, the doctor is dedicated to educating his community about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. He worked at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre before starting his family practice and coordinated the Mark Hunt Melanoma Awareness Fund-Raising Walk to heighten awareness of skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma.
When a guest steps into Refresh Day Spa, the outside world is immediately quieted. Privacy glass in the lobby obscures the actions of passersby, and water features and meditative music lull patrons into a relaxed state. Four treatment rooms encircle the reception area, and inside these rooms massage therapists and aestheticians pamper bodies with naturally derived services. Dermalogica products—which are known to eschew irritants such as alcohol, artificial colours, and tiny tickle monsters—fuel a selection of custom facials, and hot stones and mud build earthy foundations for massages and body wraps. Down the hall, stylists and nail technicians set to work in a salon equipped with massaging pedicure chairs and a plasma-screen television. Laser hair removal reigns as their most popular service, for which the spa may offer a 20 per cent discount off the price of competitors who use the same equipment.
A passion for holistic healing led Evelyn Gosch to diversify her realm of expertise as a regular medical practitioner with traditional Chinese techniques. The owner of Unique Therapies encourages her staff to stay current on the latest natural-therapy and medical trends through ongoing training and education. The center specializes in pain- and injury-management techniques that rely on natural remedies including acupuncture, cupping, and glaring at pain until it scurries away. A particularly unusual treatment, myomassology, combines techniques from muscle- and bodywork, movement therapy, and energy balancing to promote pain relief and an overall feeling of well-being. Unique Therapies also offers Phaser EPL laser hair removal and houses a certified educational institute, which offers classes and workshops to the public.
Helmed by Doctors of Chiropractic Gracinda Ramos and Adam Pye, a staff consisting of massage therapists, a reflexology therapist, and a reiki practitioner work in unison to holistically bolster overall well-being. Using state-of-the-art equipment such as a thermal scanner to accurately elucidate spinal health and expose vertebrae-dwelling gnomes, chiropractors examine backs before performing gentle adjustments designed to improve dorsal function and decrease pain. In unison with massage, reflexology, and reiki therapies, the centre strives to help heal bodily botherations, as well as prevent future injuries.
Nestled within Breathe Pilates and Fitness Studio, Katnandu Aesthetics transforms exteriors with everything from manicures to waxing. At the helm is skilled aesthetician Rebecca Belisle, who draws on more than 12 years of experience as she embellishes nails with bright gel and acrylic overlays or renews facades with skin-smoothing microdermabrasion. Whether doling out services in her studio or travelling to customers' homes, Rebecca enjoys meeting new people every day and strives to set them at ease as she deftly applies mascara and shadow to help faces stand out in wedding photos or department-store surveillance tapes.
Always looking for the best ways to help the well-being of her clients, owner Anne-Marie Rathburn has pursued training in a number of massage modalities including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Amid the soothing, zenlike decor of potted plants and hardwood accents at East Windsor Massage Therapy Clinic, she leads a team of other registered massage therapists who work to improve joint mobility, release endorphins, and help trapped “ahhs” to escape from bodies with massage therapy that may include heat or ice, jade stone, or organic herbs from Thailand.