Dr. Jennifer Reichel is no mere figurehead. The founder and director of Pacifica Dermatology Cosmetic Center leads a team of two other physicians, and these doctors either perform all the procedures themselves or directly supervise the physician assistants who do. In addition to being a leader, Dr. Reichel has also completed a fellowship at the American College of Mohs Surgery to perfect her skills in micrographic skin-cancer treatment, and she’s been rated in the top 4% of dermatologists in Seattle by Seattle Met magazine and the medical-ratings agency Avvo.
Every surgery that the staff conducts takes place in the clinic’s own ambulatory surgery center, which has been approved by both Medicare and the makers of the board game Operation. However, not every treatment at Pacifica is medically urgent. The team also makes noninvasive cosmetic tweaks such as ultrasonic body-shaping, facial injections, and spider-vein treatments, to name a few.
When you think of a permanent piece of art on your body, the idea can be a little intimidating. Christy Brooker founded her spa-like Damask Tattoo to counteract that notion. Indeed, the bright and chic ambiance inside the studio will make you think you’re about to get a massage rather than a tattoo. All of the tattoo artists at Damask Tattoo are women, and each one has different artistic specialties and interests, ranging from nature to portraits to street art. Clean is the name of the game here, and Damask Tattoo provides a special all-natural vegan aftercare kit to make sure your tattoo heals properly without any harmful chemicals. The artists take their role seriously in the community, which is shown in everything from their sponsorship of a woman’s softball team in Seattle to their fun and informative blog. Damask Tattoo is the perfect place to get some beautiful body art in a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere!
Trieva Katsandres was driven to start her own spa, and she did so in a single room in Mill Creek. It was so successful, she and her colleague Maysaa were able to expand to a commercial space that allowed them to hire other technicians and offer new services. By 2013, she'd claimed back-to-back titles as Best Day Spa from KING5.
Today, Trieva's Spa & Boutique welcomes clients to two locations, both offering a staggeringly extensive selection of aesthetic services performed by more than 30 employees. In the spa, massage therapists ply muscles with everything from hot-stone to Hawaiian lomi lomi massages, and aestheticians cleanse the face and body with custom facials and body scrubs. There's a hair and nail salon, as well as a menu of extras that includes makeup applications, lash extensions, and teeth whitening. For online booking, please see http://trievas.com/northgate/appointments.html for details.
Set on a suburban street in North Seattle, inside an unassuming brick building, Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon provides a full range of cosmetic services for the contemporary man. From traditional haircuts and beard trims to manicures and “refined men’s facials,” this appointment-only salon serves men of all ages and styles, from seniors to hipsters, business types to street artists. Owner and founder Thaddeus Valentine, famous himself for giving away free haircuts to the homeless, oversees a staff that gives its clients the same kind of comfortable grooming experience normally reserved for upscale beauty salons. Especially noteworthy: the King of Kings full treatment, a plush package that, for a mere $195, will tease, tweak, snip and shape all manner of facial and head hair, leaving guests feeling fresh and looking regal.
Dr. Keith Ly combines the experience of a board-certified physician with the creativity of an inventor—his past projects include a painless hypodermic needle and an anti-headache pillow—at PureLy Skin Clinic. Here, Dr. Ly offers clients a wealth of aesthetic treatments that help them project outward beauty and confidence. Surgical procedures such as Silhouette lifts—which use minimally invasive sutures to lift and tighten faces—help restore forms to their more youthful selves. Non-invasive treatments include skin-smoothing Botox injections and laser hair-removal, which zaps away unwanted fuzz and any barnacles picked up from sitting motionless in a tide pool.
Though the salon itself is not new—rather, it’s been open since 1987—and the stylists working there are anything but rookies, Salon Nouveau is a place where new looks are created every day. Cuts and color services keep hairstyles looking coiffed and current, while updos ready heads for nights on the town, weddings, and trips to the members-only DMV. The aestheticians on staff brighten complexions with more than a dozen facial treatments and nail technicians jazz up hands and feet with artful mani-pedis.