Dr. Scott Hallums's story is one that many chiropractors can relate to. After sustaining a series of debilitating injuries as a young man, he discovered that chiropractic medicine allowed his body to heal at a faster rate than more traditional remedies. Dr. Hallums still benefits from regular adjustments, but now he also passes on the favor at Wheaton Chiropractic Spine & Joint Center. Aside from adjustments, he manipulates soft tissue and stimulates muscle contractions with electric impulses that improve circulation and increase mobility.
When he isn't performing his own treatments, Dr. Hallums guides licensed massage therapist Dainius Gabrenas, who specializes in techniques ranging from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to more innovative approaches including reflexology and a stretching technique known as PNF. Beyond his ability to heal clients with a range of lifestyles and activities, Gabrenas keeps one more skill up his sleeve: he's able to communicate with his patients in English, Russian, Lithuanian, and Polish.
The aesthetician and eponymous owner Erin Sharp's Esthetics Studio beautifies visages with treatments that range from chemical peels to waxing sessions. When she isn't extracting unwanted fuzz or improving complexions, she?s prepping skin for the beach with paraben-free tanning solutions by South Seas Skincare. Erin also bulks up lash lines with synthetic extensions from Xtreme Lashes, which withstand showers, workouts, and days spent staring directly into fans for up to two months. During her off-hours, Erin studies the art of permanent cosmetics so that she can indelibly accentuate eyes, lips, and brows.
Maybe it's something about her warm presence, or her collection of makeup awards. But when a client wanted to teach her blind mother how to apply her own makeup, she went to Clarice Loiacono. Owner of Clarice's Creating Beautiful Looks, Clarice combines her experience in pharmaceuticals with her passion for makeup and skincare. It's the challenge of using her knowledge of compounds and botanicals to achieve beauty goals that Clarice loves. "You're really making people feel good … [It's] like therapy."
Within a stately cream-and-scarlet home in Wheaton—close to Clarice's high school and family—she employs a staff of trusted aestheticians to help her administer customized facials and free follow-up appointments to track complexion improvement. Bea, who Clarice has known since grade school, began working at Clarice's as an intern. After earning experience in the industry at other spas and successfully beautifying gargoyles hoping to catch a special pigeon's eye, Bea returned to Clarice's to revamp skin with products Loiacono herself helped beta test.
Both a licensed massage therapist and licensed aesthetician, Keina Quinn aims to de-stress and beautify the body with various massage modalities, facials, and depilatory services. Working as an independent contractor out of Body Sense Wellness Center’s second-floor studio, Quinn draws upon her education from the Cortiva Institute and Naperville Skin Institute as she administers pampering therapies from head to fully relaxed toe. Deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massages relieve tension and improve circulation, and waxing and threading banish unwanted hairs. Quinn's expert hands customize each treatment to the client's individual needs, making the session a unique and healing experience.
Carol Hameister, a former United Airlines flight attendant, spent 15 years reminding travelers about the first step in an emergency—put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Today, Carol invites people into her newly expanded Stolen Moments Spa, where they can forget distractions and stresses and focus on themselves during spa treatments. By bridging the divide between med spa and day spa, Carol’s services blend the efficacy of treatments such as microdermabrasion with the pampering qualities of botanical-based facials. Stolen Moments uses only botanically based products.
“How would you describe yourself?” “What is your ideal look?” These are some of the first words new clients hear from owner Frances of Amore Francesca Salon & Spa. Frances takes the time to get to know her clients during meaningful conversations to ensure that their new ‘dos will reflect their personality and beauty goals. These conversations can be heard swirling through the chic black-and-gray salon by her team of new and junior- and senior-level stylists, each armed with high quality MoroccanOil and Schwarzkopf products. As stylists revamp ‘dos with precision cuts, ombre hair coloring, and special-occasion updos, nail technicians dole out no-chip and regular manicures to add the finishing touch. To complement the full-service salon, a full-service spa keeps skin looking effortlessly healthy with airbrush and UV tanning as well as waxing and threading services. Aestheticians take the time to determine skin type before pampering visages with five styles of facials for men, women, and teens, and massage therapists scientifically determine the acute right angles in the back before kneading them out with deep-tissue or lymphatic-drainage modalities.