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Now is the time to get started on your path to better health – physically, mentally and spiritually. Invariably, the new year inspires us to start down the road to self improvement – on the inside and out.


This time of introspection and self-evaluation spurs us to chart a course to better ourselves and set a list of resolutions to propel us on that journey. If your list of resolutions includes living a healthier life, we are here to help. Maybe you want to focus on your appearance, maybe you want to take your stress level down a few notches, maybe you want to get out and get moving.

Whether your goal is to shed some excess weight or shed a burden you have been carrying, brighten your smile or brighten your outlook, carve out some “me” time or carve out time for a cosmetic procedure, finding someone who can help you achieve your goals is just a phone call or click away.

Fortunately, our region is home to many qualified experts who can help you reach your desired results, whatever they may be. Here is some information to help get you started on your path to a better you:

For the past 30 years, The Circulatory Centers (800/526-3082; veinhealth.com) have cultivated an excellent reputation as a quality provider of medical treatment for varicose and spider veins. It is highly regarded as one of the finest groups of treatment facilities in the country for vein therapy. Diagnosis and treatment of vascular ailments are done through a network of Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL)-accredited clinics in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Circulatory Centers specialize in the two most effective treatments for vein ailments – Sclerotherapy and Endo-Venous Laser Ablation (EVLA), considered the “gold standard” of treatment for veins by the American College of Phlebology. The Circulatory Centers offer a thorough, free vein consultation for new patients.

Treatments are done on an outpatient basis in their office surgical centers and often are covered under most health insurance plans. The Circulatory Centers recently opened a downtown PPG Place location to conveniently treat patients around their work schedule. With the ease of their procedures, exams and treatments can easily be done early morning or even on your lunch break. The pain-free, healthy, great-looking legs you've always wanted are just a phone call away. Call or visit the Web site to schedule a free vein consultation. Gift certificates also are available.

Dunlap Dental (976 Perry Highway, Ross Township; 412/366-6399, dunlapdental.com), located in the Perrysville neighborhood of Ross Township, strives to meet all of your family’s dental needs. Doctors John Dunlap and Mara Biancucci-Dunlap both graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Their practice offers a comprehensive range of services including Zoom whitening, cosmetic dentistry, crowns and veneers, implant crowns, endodontic therapy, and complete and partial dentures – all in a new, state-of-the-art facility with convenient parking.

Fox Chapel Advanced Dental Care (1144 Old Freeport Road, Fox Chapel; 412/781-3030, foxchapeldentistry.com) brings complete cosmetic and restorative dentistry to the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Kevin Pawlowicz, DDS has been trained extensively at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute and continues to employ the use of the most cutting-edge technology, such as lasers and 3D-imaging, all in a brand new facility. The practice centers around CEREC one-visit crowns, allowing patients to no longer require numerous impressions, temporaries or serial visits. Other services available are minimally-invasive implants and non-surgical periodontal treatments. Patient satisfaction is the main goal at Fox Chapel Advanced Dental Care and Dr. Pawlowicz and his staff are dedicated to meeting the needs of everyone who walks through the door.

Laser & Rejuvenation Center of Pittsburgh (100 Delafield Road, suite 213, Aspinwall; 412/784-5240, laserpgh.com) offers patients the latest facial cosmetic innovations to create a more beautiful and more youthful appearance. The center offers a comfortable yet professional environment for those seeking the best in aesthetic treatment. Services offered include: treatments for removal of skin lesions such as skin tags, moles, cysts and skin cancer; rosacea and vascular laser treatments to eliminate facial redness, birthmarks and unsightly blood vessels; natural collagen fillers for facial wrinkles and lip augmentation including Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra; Botox and Dysport to minimize wrinkles and underarm/hand sweating; crystal-free microdermabrasion to diminish skin imperfections; glycolic peels; laser hair removal; sclerotherapy for leg veins (painless injections to eliminate unsightly spider veins); and Fraxel laser treatments for acne and surgical scars as well as melasma and age spots. The center also offers the SkinCeuticals product line. Director Lawrence C. Biskin, M.D. is board-certified in general surgery.

Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing (1124 South Braddock Ave., suite B, Regent Square; 412/242-4220, pghhealthandhealing.com), a peaceful massage and wellness spa, was voted “Best Spa” by the readers of Pittsburgh magazine. The center offers quality, customizable services such as: aromatherapy massage, ayervedic hot stone massage, Reiki, cellular expansion & healing, counseling, meditation, reflexology, naturopathic medicine, Maya abdominal massage, oncology massage, fertility massage and more.  Their unique services and dedication to supporting their clients truly nurtures your body, calms your mind and inspires your spirit from the moment you walk in the door. The center’s customized approach assists and empowers clients to be more conscious, vibrant and healthy. To promote true health and well-being, they encourage clients to listen to all aspects of themselves; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Tatar Podiatry Group (5701 Centre Ave., suite L-1, Shadyside; 412/361-3668, tatarpodiatrygroup.com), located in the Essex House apartment building, has been in practice for more than 50 years. Tatar is the only certified provider of Pin Pointe Laser for toenail fungus in Allegheny County. This laser treatment is cutting edge technology for the care of onychomycosis (toenail fungus). It is painless, has no side effects, and no need for anesthesia. Laser is one treatment, takes about 30 minutes, and is more than 80% effective. Tatar offers free consultations to determine if you may be a candidate for a laser procedure. The practice also treats all foot problems, from conservative to surgical treatments.

Wise-About-Weight
(412/206-4018, wise-about-weight.com) is a personalized approach to initiating and maintaining lifestyle changes leading to a healthier, more active way of life.  Wise-About-Weight partners with your physician, providing comprehensive knowledge about nutrition (what we put in our mouths), physical activity (how often we move), thoughts and behaviors (what we do with our minds).  The program is based upon sound strategies that provide tools, support, and techniques to impact your health for the better. Wise-About-Weight isn’t about a “before” and “after” picture like so many other programs.  It’s about a “before” and a “from now on” approach to your life and your health.

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