Dr. James Kerchner, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and registered nurse Kelly Dorsten have been providing aesthetic upgrades to clients for more than 20 years. They fight wrinkles and plump up lips with Botox injections and dermal fillers. They use a diode-laser system, which treats all skin and most hair types, to remove body hair peeking out of sandals, bathing suits, and chain mail. They also stock products from Rejuve and Vivité to help clients expand their skincare regimens beyond the office doors. For more intensive facial rejuvenation, Dr. Kerchner calls upon 30 years of performing oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth, install dental implants, and perform surgical jaw reconstruction.
A division of the Ohio Institute of Allied Health, Tranquility Mind & Body Spa comforts bodies with holistic medical massage therapy services. After an initial consultation, massage therapists tailor treatments to clients' needs, choosing appropriate essential oil for the aromatherapy treatment ($10). A hand-and-foot paraffin dip ($20) coats appendages in warm wax, softening and smoothing skin. Soothing scents waft through the air and recite poetry during the one-hour medical massage, which targets tight, sore, or injured areas with medical techniques such as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release ($65). Some clients report the heat therapy and resulting boost in circulation alleviates discomfort from chronic pain, sports-related injuries, or excessive high-fiving with feet.
Dr. James Apesos, a board-certified and published plastic surgeon, oversees his fellow doctors and aestheticians at The Plastic Surgery Pavilion, which is nestled within a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. The producers of both a CBS television special and ABC’s 20/20 have sought his expertise, which he uses to help his clients improve their self-images and daily function with a prolific list of surgical and non-invasive cosmetic treatments.
Dr. Torres oversees noninvasive FDA-approved Zerona laser body-sculpting treatments within the serene confines of their elegantly decorated office. After discussing basic medical histories, treatment goals, and the most efficient way to eat a peanut-butter cup, doctors invite patients to repose upon earth-toned spa beds for the first of six 40-minute treatments. The low-level Zerona laser emulsifies subcutaneous fat, allowing it to slip through cell walls like a secret agent through a banana-peeling factory. Patients read, make phone calls, or simply relax as the laser targets trouble zones on the hips, the thighs, the waist, or the arms. The treatment does not require any downtime, though best results are achieved when all six sessions are completed within two weeks.
The staff at Cloud Nine Massage pampers guests with facials, massages, and waxing services. Aestheticians use paraben-free Image Skincare products infused with botanicals, antioxidants, and organic ingredients to revitalize complexions. Massage therapists practice a dozen types of massage, ranging from conventional Swedish massages that promote relaxation to exotic bamboo massages that apply pressure with bamboo stalks to reach deeper muscle tissue.
After earning her license from the Dayton School of Medical Massage and caring for patients in a chiropractic office for more than a year, Carol Shearer ceremoniously propped open her massage table inside her own practice. Informed by her chiropractic work, she specializes in using deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques to quiet soreness and pain. Carol is equally capable and trained in the techniques of Swedish, myofascial-release, and hot-stone massage, which, like scratching your back on a stalagmite, involves rubbing geological formations on the skin.