Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
"Something hurts." The doctors at Absolute Medical Clinic—which has multiple locations in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas—are used to hearing that from their patients. Fortunately, their clinics' thorough diagnostics systems can swiftly pinpoint the issue in most cases. After x-rays, ultrasounds, or other tests, they work with men, women, and kids to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Like a truck driver who's way ahead of schedule, their treatment plans might take a lot of different routes. In addition to chiropractic treatments, the doctors on staff have experience in rehabilitation, physical therapy, and various forms of medical care. They work alongside massage therapists, and the team also gives guidance on nutrition and overall health. Med spa treatments including laser hair removal and body contouring mean that the outside of the body gets almost as much attention as the inside.
Focusing on specific body parts, Beaches Rehabilitation Center incorporates a collaborative approach of physical therapy and massage therapy to restore balance to the body, alleviate pain, and enable patients to live normal lives. Guided by an individualized approach to therapy and an emphasis on functional mobility, patients of all ages are tended by the same therapist throughout their treatment plans. The staff's extensive training in the treatment of orthopedic conditions and post-operative care aims to quickly restore clients to full functionality, using elements of manual therapy and exercise to address muscular limitations and improving joint motion. Founder and president Anya Johnson, a speech and language pathologist, also helps patients with conditions from stuttering to facial paralysis and the effects of neurological disorders.
Founded 20 years ago by Dr. David Perlow, Any Lab Test Now boasts more than 100 centers nationwide where technicians administer thousands of standard lab tests priced to increase access and affordability for uninsured or low-income patients. Each location doubles as a draw center, where technicians acquire the specimens necessary for popular services—including glucose readings, HIV screenings, and urinalysis—before sending them to an offsite laboratory for testing.
Any Lab Test Now respects the need for discretion, so each HIPAA-compliant test can be taken anonymously in certain instances. Results are often available within 24–48 hours, and can be mailed, faxed, picked up, or transmitted telepathically for ultimate confidentiality. Though the team doesn’t divulge any medical advice, results can also be passed on to primary-care physicians for further analysis.
Growing up in Poland, aesthetician Mariusz "Michael" Zaworski was surrounded by natural remedies and fresh foods, which he credits for his dedicated approach to beauty treatments that eschew surgery. After receiving an introduction to essential oils by his acupuncture-physician sister and witnessing the oftentimes negative and costly side effects of plastic surgery, Zaworski headed off to aesthetician's school to turn his interests into a full-fledged career. He now wields his favorite beauty find, the microcurrent machine, during age-defying facial appointments, zapping fine lines, increasing collagen production, and gently cajoling pores into shaping up. Always learning new techniques, Zaworski shares his knowledge with his clients while attending to their inimitable skincare needs and reassuring them that fairies are not dusting their faces with wrinkling dust while they sleep.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Brett Hirsch has studied advanced treatments to restore lush heads of hair to men and women. Among the most advanced treatments he performs, NeoGraft hair-transplant therapy reduces the recovery time and scarring of traditional hair therapies. A completely noninvasive option, low-level laser therapy attempts to bolster the growth of thicker, more robust hairs by promoting blood flow to the scalp. More dramatically, Sensigrafts, Virtuesse, and Reallusions hair-restoration treatments outfit sparse scalps with realistic locks available in many colors, textures, and rainbow-fro styles.