Within Soul Relaxed Massage Spa, registered massage therapist Tierney Mitchell makes relaxation and health her life's work. After clients arrive, Ms. Mitchell chats with them to discuss possible treatments and pinpoint problematic conditions, such as injuries or spring-loaded limbs. She then uses techniques such as Swedish, myofascial release, and deep tissue to knead knotted muscles into states of relaxation. To enhance treatments, Ms. Mitchell can fill the massage room with scents of aromatherapy or employ hot stones that cause muscles to melt.
There’s something about Dr. Angel Purdy that inspires confidence in her clients. Perhaps it’s the fact that she’s a native of Baltimore, but it more likely has to do with the professional Obagi, Arbonne, and Kinerase products she uses to treat skin during her chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. Dr. Purdy also wants her clients to have confidence in themselves, so she helps them feel comfortable in their own skin with laser hair-removal treatments and injectables that smooth away wrinkles. She also performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to reduce the appearance of scars, tighten and lift skin, and remove phantom tails that make it painful to sit down.
Dr. Faith Esterson is joined in her practice by a talented physician's assistant, a licensed aesthetician, and a pair of medical assistants. This crew tends to a wide range of medical and cosmetic skin concerns, from acne and eczema to wrinkles and sun damage. Skin Medica and Obagi peels offer respite from many of these issues, while more intensive laser treatments and beauty injections provide more dramatic results.
Just as the body is one big system comprised of many individual elements, Fidel Chiropractic Center's health-bolstering organization aids its patients through the work of a team. Founded in 1987 by chiropractors Adam and Ilene Fidel, the team consists of an acupuncturist, several massage therapists and chiropractic assistants, a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and three chiropractors—the Fidels and Cheryl Kalb, who joined the founders more than a decade ago.
Skilled staff at Facial Plastic Surgicenter gives the boot to spindly spider veins with noninvasive laser treatments. During each 30-minute session, a licensed technician uses a Cutera CoolGlide laser to deliver pulses of light energy into extraneous vessels on the thighs and techno dance parties on the kneecaps. As the vessels collapse, blood flow redirects to veins deeper below the skin, and garish marks begin to fade. Throughout treatment, a special copper cooling system works to soothe the light stinging sensation that may be caused by heat from the laser or incisive trash talk from veins.
As a college athlete, Lindsay Waxler struggled with injuries, pain, and a lack of solutions for any of these ailments apart from strong medicines or surgery. Driven to find a more holistic way to improve her health, she embarked on the study of acupuncture, initially as a patient. After experiencing the healing powers of acupuncture firsthand, Lindsay committed herself to becoming a practitioner, earning a master's degree in traditional oriental medicine and her license in acupuncture. Today, Lindsay uses her encyclopedic knowledge of the millennia-old needle practice to balance her patients’ bodies, increase their well-being, and even treat common conditions, such as back pain, muscle spasms, allergies, digestive issues, and stress. Her expertise allows her to manipulate energy, or chi, which travels through 20 pathways between 2,000 acupuncture points to meet up at a single rest stop. When the flow of chi is off, a variety of ailments and diseases can occur; needles inserted into key points aim to regulate and re-balance this vital energy.