At A Beautiful You, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Lach leads a team of specialists in fostering youthful appearances with an arsenal of noninvasive treatments. Dr. Lach is the inventor of numerous types of lasers, including SmoothShapes, which helps to rid bodies of cellulite. The staff also wields lasers to vaporize any unwanted hair, tattoos, or sun spots marring the skin, and they also offer Vaser, as well as Laser lipo-sculpting and Botox. When not fending off wrinkles with dermal fillers or stop signs, the staff is readying clients for at-home maintenance with an inventory of skincare products from ZO Skin Health, Dermalogica, Obagi, and Vivité.
After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics—a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all five locations, Dan and Dave’s more than 35 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient’s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others’ hair.
Whereas medical spas often offer tattoo-removal services on the side, Disappearing inc. sets itself apart by focusing all of its energy on ridding customers of unwanted ink. However, despite their singular goal of erasing body ink, staff members respect tattoos as an art form and a personal choice, and understand that customers have many reasons for wanting to get a tattoo removed or altered. This is why they start all jobs with a free consultation to get to know customers and customize services to their needs. Then, during a tattoo-removal session, a licensed technician uses a state-of-the-art Quanta Q-Plus C laser and Zimmer cooling machine to target the deep-seated pigment. The ink then breaks into small particles and eventually disappears through the body’s immune system. Though most customers come in with the goal of eliminating their entire tattoo, Disappearing inc. can also remove parts of tattoos such as a sloppily drawn star in a constellation or a centipede’s 101st leg.
No tipping allowed. That is the policy founder Drew Freedman instated when he opened The Boston Bodyworker in 1999. That’s because Drew, a licensed massage therapist and nationally accredited instructor in clinical massage therapy who has worked with athletes from the New Jersey Nets and the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, sees his business not so much as a spa but as a clinic where people go to treat pain and injuries—and you don’t tip doctors or nurses.
Not that anyone would mistake The Boston Bodyworker for a spa. Though the interior decor is warm and inviting, clients won’t find a robe or slippers waiting for them like at other massage centers. What they will find are exceptional clinical massages—ones that have caught the attention of CBS and the Improper Bostonian, who gave the center its Best Massage 2011 award. The massages are so effective because Drew takes so much care in hiring his team: each of the more than a dozen therapists has two or more years of experience, has passed an in-house training program, and must constantly stay up-to-date on current research.
Along with being members of the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Drew and his team also volunteer their time and skills to such events and charities as the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s marathon.
Across Daly Foot Care’s three locations, Drs. Albert and Jack Daly draw from more than a decade of experience to treat all types of podiatric issues—from toenail fungus and warts to heel pain and sports injuries. They also design custom orthotic inserts that fully support the unique shape of each foot while walking, exercising, or stomping grapes in a bathtub.