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Our Editor-in-Chic chats with Dr. Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa to learn about their unique hair removal services and why they’re proving to be more effective.

Victory Wellness & Medspa has more than just weight loss programs and other cosmetic procedures, they also offer hair removal. What makes the hair removal procedure from Victory Wellness & Medspa so unique is that they use a different kind of laser – they use a BBL laser for hair removal.

“The laser in our office uses a more diffused heat than typical laser,” says Dr. Kerschner. “Therefore, the laser is able to target more hair follicles and ultimately gives you better results.”

The hair removal treatment from Victory Wellness & Medspa is also a lot less painful than other procedures like the traditional Brazilian hair removal procedure. “We have had many people come in worried that it will hurt like their previous hair removal procedures, and they have it done in the office and say that it was nothing – not even a discomfort,” she adds. “Even those with the lowest pain tolerance can handle it.”

The main areas people have treated when they come into the office are the face, where there is sometimes hair around the chin, underarms, Brazilian, and legs. Men also come into the office to have hair removed on their chest or back. “Anywhere there is a dark hair, we can treat it,” says Dr. Kerschner.

The procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on what area of the body you’re having treated. Most people typically need 3-5 treatments up front to have the hair removed. Sometimes, says Dr. Kerschner, those are the only treatments you need, but often the hair does come back a little as fine hair so you’ll want to get a touch-up. There is essentially no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about being down and out for any amount of time. 

Find more information on hair removal services from Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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After a weight loss journey of her own, a local mom of three opened a personal training studio that helps people achieve their health and fitness goals.

 

At Bootcamp Cincinnati, Denise Bryers and her team is dedicated to helping women and men achieve their health and fitness goals through customized nutrition and fitness programs.

Getting to where she is today with Bootcamp Cincinnati was a bumpy road for Bryers. In fact, she says, it only took her a handful of months to go from an average size to obese, after undergoing several changes in her life.

“I lost my job, had to foreclose on my home, and raise three children along, and consequently became severely depressed,” she says. “I had had a job since age 14 and was proud of how well I had been doing raising my kids on my own, so to be in a position where I felt completely helpless it led me to eat.”

Her self-medication for depression included pizza, chicken wings, margaritas, cigarettes, and fast-food takeout.

Denise Bryers, Owner of Bootcamp Cincinnati, before and after her weight loss journey.

“It wasn’t until I finally landed a job and was forced to shop for all new work attire that I realized I had gained a lot of weight and could no longer fit in a size 10/12,” she says. “I graduated to a size 18/20 in a matter of months.”

However, one day she began researching about eating healthier and discovered Oxygen magazine and Tosca Reno’s eat-clean plan.

“I absorbed this information like a sponge and did a 180 with my nutrition,” she explains. “I then set a weight-loss goal of 30 pounds and started walking outside or on a treadmill, following online high-intensity interval training programs and doing workout DVDs at home. Within four months, I was back to my normal weight and the whole family was eating healthier.”

But once she started to get healthier, Bryers realized she wanted more. She wanted to shape and tone her body to look like a figure competitor, so she found a personal trainer in the area who specializes in helping competitive athletes.

Through much preparation, Bryers was stage-ready. She competed in the 2013 Cincinnati Natural and placed fourth in the novice division.

Since then, Bryers has competed two more times, ran a half-marathon, and opened Bootcamp Cincinnati. “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” she says. “This is my life. I live each day to help motivate, coach, train, and inspire others to reach their goals.”

The team behind Bootcamp Cincinnati.

Bryers runs Bootcamp Cincinnati with help from several other hand-selected trainers: Shannon Anderson Hammond, Mimi Imes Horton, Charlestina Hyde, Marsha Byrd Gerton, Sharon Pertersen, and DiAnnda Holston. She also gets social media and public relations help from Nahamani Yisrael.

Bootcamp Cincinnati offers different training options, including group fitness and group training. Bryers says they offer early morning group strength training classes Monday through Thursday at the Woodlawn Community Center as well as evening and weekend bootcamp (HIIT) classes at Evanston Recreation Center, Sunday Abs, Kickboxing and Glutes classes, and personal training seven days a week.

Participants can pay as little as $55 a month to receive 12 bootcamp sessions per month as well as a guide to nutrition and fitness and 1:1 coaching from Bryers herself to keep you motivated and inspired to reach your goals.

Bryers says the goal for 2018 is to publish her first fitness publication. She also wants to tour cities where she can provide classes and other fitness workshops. “We want to help inspire and motivate others outside of the Bootcamp Cincinnati footprint,” she says.

To learn more about Boot Camp Cincinnati and its offerings, visit https://www.bootcampcincinnati.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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We chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a photolaser treatment that infuses light into the skin to target age spots, tighten pores, make skin more reflective, and genetically delay aging. 

Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers a procedure called the BBL – broadband light. It’s a laster photofacial. The laser infuses light into the skin to target spots, tighten pores, makes skin more reflective, and even changes the genetic makeup of your skin to delay aging. 

According to Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa, the procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Of course, this depends on what you’re having done. The procedure is great for treating aging spots on your body like your face, neck, or torso.

Another great thing about the BBL treatment is that there is no downtime. As soon as the procedure is finished you can walk right out of the office and go on with your day.

When it comes to using BBL to treat age spots on your body, Dr. Kerschner says you’ll need about 3-5 treatments before you’ll see maximum or desired results. She adds that you’ll also want to get a follow-up treatment every 6 months to 1 year just to maintain your results and the look of your skin.

Learn more about Victory Wellness & Medspa and their treatments at www.victorywellness.com.

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With the Tri-State’s thriving fitness scene, a national network just arrived and it connects you to a variety of fitness experiences. Keep reading for more.

ClassPass is now in Cincinnati and allows you to try out several different fitness classes.

Cincinnati’s fitness scene is growing everyday. In a city full of different types of health and wellness classes, the national brand ClassPass thought it was time to finally bring its fitness network to the Queen City.

“ClassPass is the leading membership to the world’s largest fitness network and connects members to a variety of fitness experiences to choose from, including yoga, cycling, pilates, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports, videos, and more,” explains Public Relations Manager Lauren Craft.

Craft says ClassPass decided to bring the program to Cincinnati because of how much the studio fitness scene has grown as of recently. “Taking our technology to the Queen City was an obvious next step,” she says. “We’re excited to encourage the already health-conscious community there to discover and try new fitness experiences, while also helping to promote and expand local businesses.”

ClassPass was launched in 2013 after Founder Payal Kadakia was searching for an after-work dance class to take in New York City. “After countless Google searches, schedule cross-checking, and frustrating log-in attempts, Payal never made it to the class,” says Craft. “Rather than chalk up that evening as a failure, Payal created an idea. Working out shouldn’t be hard, and what if there was a way to make it easy?”

ClassPass started as an app and website that aimed to help make it easy for people to find and book fitness classes. Craft says that idea is now changing how people live their lives. “Whether we’re bringing together a community of enthusiasts, helping people find the activities that make their true selves come alive, or supporting small businesses and studios across the entire globe, we believe that being active is the key to living a happy and healthy life,” she adds.

Through ClassPass, you can purchase a variety of deals:

  • 3-Class Plan: $20/month
  • 5-Class Plan: $35/month
  • 10-Class Plan: $70/month

And since ClassPass launched on October 24, you can try it out for just $9 by clicking here. Craft says when you purchase your classes through ClassPass, you’ll spend as little as $7 per class.

You aren’t limited to only Cincinnati when you purchase ClassPass. “ClassPass is a monthly membership that gives you access to thousands of different fitness studios and gyms in your city and around the world,” says Craft. “Flexibility is also key since members have access to a library of on-demand video workouts and the ability to reserve classes in Cincinnati and in 42 other cities around the world.”

Craft touts the affordable price of ClassPass, stating that it is cheaper than paying per studio visit, and the membership’s unique features also make joining worth it. “You can connect with friends and follow along to see what workouts they’re doing or the simplicity of being able to search by type of workout, difficulty, studio location, class time, and much more,” she says.

To learn more about ClassPass, visit http://classpass.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Keep reading as we chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a new treatment that's restoring your pelvis to its youthful days!

 

Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.

Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.

Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.

ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.

Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year. 

This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime. 

Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.

Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

 

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See how one local healthcare network is taking the stress out of regular exams by making them as simple as a fun lunch with friends.

 

Everyone has at least one friend that has fallen behind on getting her annual mammogram. The friend that has made every excuse in the book, “I’m too busy,” “I will make the appointment next month,” “They didn’t find anything last year.”

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we have taken the stress out of getting an annual mammogram, and made it a fun and powerful way to take control of your health.

If you have a friend who has put off having her mammogram, get together seven of your closest friends and schedule a Power Lunch.

What is a Power Lunch?

Power Lunches are held on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Covington and St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas. You and seven friends get free lunch, conversation with a medical expert on the latest developments in women’s health, digital screening mammograms and free chair massages.

“Power Lunches are meant to encourage women to get a mammogram in a relaxing environment with other women they love and trust,” said Terri Bogan, RN, Interim Nurse Manager at St. Elizabeth’s Women’s Wellness Center.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare first began Power Lunches in 2010. Today, hundreds of women each year help an anxious loved one get their annual mammogram during a Power Lunch.

Schedule a Power Lunch Today

Learn more about our Power Lunch program. Call (859) 655-8777 to schedule your lunch, available at St. Elizabeth Covington and St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas locations.

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One local barre studio has a unique approach that helps clients reach their goals without ever hitting a crowded gym. See how you can start seeing results with these ballet-inspired classes.

 

Raise the Barre offers ballet-inspired workouts to help you lift, tone, and burn for a complete workout.

Want to exercise without lifting heavy weights or taking a disengaging exercise class? Jana Marshall-Westhoven aims to change the fitness and wellness experience through her studio Raise the Barre, which offers cardio- and ballet-inspired practice in a small group setting.

“Our individualized approach to fitness allows for one-on-one support and guidance to each and every student, empowering them to reach personal fitness and wellness goals through every step of their journey,” says Marshall-Westhoven.

The studio offers to classes, Barre and Barre Bootcamp. Barre is a 60-minute fat burning, ballet-inspired class that focuses on strengthening, lifting, and toning your core and all major muscle groups. “Pilates, yoga, ballet, and targeted core work are incorporated by using hand weights, a ballet barre, and a mat,” she explains.

Barre Bootcamp is a program that combined high-intensity interval training with classic barre movements. “The added cardio intervals burn fat faster than sustained endurance training,” says Marshall-Westhoven.

Marshall-Westhoven says she was inspired to launch Raise the Barre from the movements she sees in nature. A wildlife advocated with a degree in environmental science, Marshall-Westhoven has had a passion for fitness since she was a kid.

“As a nature-lover, I draw inspiration and energy from the dragonfly, which represents transformation and adaptability in life and reminds us that we have the endurance to overcome hardships,” she says. “We can be agile and balanced in our movements, while having a deeper awareness and appreciation for our ability to change, which is intrinsic to my teachings as a barre instructor.”

Jana Marshall-Westhoven, Owner of Raise the Barre

No two classes at Raise the Barre are ever the same. “We know the mind can wander, and staying motivated can be a challenge,” says Marshall-Westhoven. “The constant change of movement tests students’ agility and keeps them on their toes. Students quickly learn, too, that classes are small, which is the key concept behind Raise the Barre. We value the sense of community our classes bring, and the small class size helps provide a more supportive and individualized environment for students as they work toward their goals.”

Follow Raise the Barre online to find mini sessions and other pop-up classes around the city.

To learn more about Raise the Barre, visit www.raisethebarre.org. You can also “like” the studio on Facebook or contact Marshall-Westhoven directly at janawesthoven.barre@gmail.com.

 

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Want that Hollywood glow right here in Cincinnati? Keep watching to learn more about the only medspa in the Queen City that's giving you the glow you've always wanted!

Looking for that Hollywood glow all the celebs are sporting these days? Look no further when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Halo. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, owner of Victory Wellness & Medspa, Halo is a different kind of laser. 

“It’s different because it’s a hybrid,” she explains. “The older lasers were either too deep or too shallow for what you needed, sometimes leaving you with a peeling face for a month or two.”

But the Halo laser gives you the glow you’re looking for without all the peeling. “The laser can determine how deep or shallow it needs to be,” says Dr. Kerschner. “We customize it to your skin and take measurements so it already knows the exact depth of your skin and won’t cause any harm.”

Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to do. Dr. Kerschner and her team will put some numbing cream on your face before starting the session. 

Dr. Kerschner says that following a Halo treatment you can expect to look a little sunburnt for as many as 3 days, depending on how deep you go during your treatment. There is minimal discomfort and you can put makeup on your face to cover up some of the redness.

“Your face will look like you went to the beach,” adds Dr. Kerschner. “But by day 5 you can expect to start glowing.”

Victory Wellness & Medspa is the only medspa in Cincinnati that owns Halo. “We definitely welcome you to come by and experience a beautiful face, improved skin, increased collagen, better elasticity, and less wrinkles,” says Dr. Kerschner.

Learn more about Halo by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

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Learn about a local business that makes the tastiest treats with all-natural ingredients, free from preservatives and additives.

 

Davis Cookie Collection specializes in gourmet cookies and is based out of OTR’s Findlay Kitchen.

Tasty treats aren’t usually known for their guilt-free ingredients. That’s not the case for one local business.

“Davis Cookie Collection LLC specializes in delicious gourmet cookies,” says Christina Davis, CEO of Davis Cookie Collection, a business that operates out of OTR-based Findlay Kitchen where they make their cookies. Their cookies are made from all-natural ingredients that are free from preservatives and additives. “We work diligently to ensure that we utilize the best ingredients for our product,” Davis says.

“Our product is currently sold at the Cincinnati Zoo, French Fry Heaven, Conscious Kitchen, and we have recently received an opportunity with Izzy’s on Elm Street,” she explains. “Our cookies will go live at Izzy’s on Monday [Oct. 27, 2017].” Davis and her husband are the dynamic duo behind the brand, doing all the sweet tooth satisfying work at the moment. “But we are blessed to also have the support of family and friends who help us in the kitchen when needed,” Davis adds.

Davis Cookie Collection has been in business for 3.5 years. The business was launched in 2014 while Davis was a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying social work. “I would bring samples of our cookies to my workplace and people raved about how delicious they were,” she says. “People offered to pay for the cookies and that’s when a business was born.”

Davis Cookie Collection is starting to offer additional services as well. “We also offer a delivery service to our customer’s home, workplace, school, etc.,” Davis says.

What gets Davis to come back to work everyday is her love for pleasing her customers. “Being able to create delicious product that my customers love, motivates me to come back to work everyday,” Davis says. “It’s a pleasure knowing that I’m able to satisfy each customer’s sweet tooth.”

Davis’ definition of success for her business is meeting goals. “Some of our goals are to have our product located in numerous business locations within the City of Cincinnati, opening a brick and mortar location, working toward maintaining a profitable status, and giving back to the community,” Davis says. They feel like their business is important for the community of Cincinnati. “Everyone loves cookies. Our product warms our customers’ hearts and delights their taste buds,” she says. “Our business can also eventually help the community by creating employment opportunities.”

Davis Cookie Collection has also allowed Davis to experience memorable moments. “My most memorable moment thus far was being invited to Mayor Cranley’s State of the City Address last year where he shared a snippet about our business during his speech. Mayor Cranley then allowed us to serve samples of our cookies to the attendees,” she says. “It was a dream come true, as we were able to meet several CEOs and business owners of well-known organizations.“ Davis was also able to receive a tour of the Busken Bakery production location by Brian Busken, the Vice President of Busken Bakery, earlier this year.

If you want to keep up with what Davis Cookie Collection is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram and their website.

 

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Want to tighten up some troublesome skin? We chat with board certified Dr. Magdalena Kerschner about an advanced technology she recommends.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to develop wrinkles, fine lines, and areas that aren’t quite as tight as they used to be. Victory Wellness & Medspa wants to help you get rid of those troublesome areas with their skin tightening treatments. 

Currently, Victory Wellness offers two options: radio frequency skin tightening and laser skin tightening.

According to Victory Wellness Owner Dr. Kerschner, these treatments work by heating up your skin upwards of 43 degrees. When the treatments do this, they’re working to increase collagen and elastin production in your body. 

Dr. Kerschner says these treatments are a great option for treating fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, where your skin is extra susceptible to developing aging issues. You can also use radio frequency and/or laser treatments to tighten up your neck, arms, legs, and any parts of the body that has loose skin that can’t be treated by surgery, because there isn’t enough skin to treat. 

The radio frequency treatment takes approximately 45 minutes while the laser treatment lasts about a half hour. Dr. Kerschner says you can see results within 30 days and can see maximum results in six months. “You typically need three treatments to start with and then one treatment once a year to maintain your results,” she adds.

To see your skin tightening options, learn which treatments are right for you, or to find more information on Victory Wellness & Medspa, visit victorywellness.com.