When we asked local professionals, we learned this question is harder to ask than answer. Sure, the conundrum doesn’t rival the chicken and egg mystery, but the inquiry hatched a truth: sometimes, the origins of personal development are unknown.
We call it self-growth for a reason— some things are best nurtured in pairs. So, whether you want to start by looking good or by feeling good, we’re confident that the advice these pros provide will help us all grow into a happier, healthier people who look as good as they feel.
AM Skin Health & Plastic Surgery
6525 Secor Rd. | Lambertville | MI
734-568-6100 | amskinhealth.com
Angie Scott, co-owner and Medical Aesthetician & Marlene Welch, MD, PhD
What’s the first rule of health? Planning ahead. If I don’t have my schedule nailed down for the week, including workouts and meals, I will fall of the wagon and make terrible choices out of convenience.
How do you make healthy habits stick? I’m human, so I slip up sometimes. To prevent myself from making excuses about working out, I like to have a “workout friend.” It motivates me to go and holds me accountable. I also think it’s important to find workouts that you really enjoy— something you look forward to, instead of dreading the gym.
What’s your guilty pleasure and how do you avoid it? Chips. Any Chip. I’m horrible at avoiding them.
What’s more important to good health self-control or self-love? For me, it is definitely self-control. I wake up every day with good intentions of “self-love,” but sometimes the tortilla chips and the couch taunt me. Self-control situations present themselves far too frequently.
Essence Mind • Body Studio
725 Ford St. | Maumee
419-873-6463 | essencembs.com
Diana M. Spiess, owner and B.S., CMES, CHC, E-RYT, CVST
What’s the first rule of health? Remembering that you are what you eat…and you can’t out exercise a bad diet.
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? I used to exclusively focus on the physical realm but now focus on that and the energetic realm daily.
What’s the first thing a person can do to start a healthy routine? Get organized with the help of a professional. It will save lots of time and money in the long run and help make permanent routines.
What’s more important to good health- self-control or self-love? Always self-love… then self-control is not an issue.
American Mobile Fitness
2727 Holland-Sylvania Ave. | Ste. H
419-351-1381 | americanMobileFitness.com
Gregg Schwartz, owner and orthopedic exercise specialist
What expectations about health have been disproven by your clients? “I am too old to get in shape and workout.” “I have given up on trying to be healthy.” My oldest client, I started training at 89, and I kept her going strong until she was 94 years of age. It’s never too late to get started!
What’s the first thing a person can do to start a healthy routine? Set up a fitness assessment with a personal trainer.
What’s something people think is healthy, that isn’t? Smoothies. They are loaded with so much sugar and calories.
What’s more important to good health- self-control or self-love? Self love.
Serenity Health & Wellness Center
Dr. Deitra Hickey, owner
What’s the first rule of health? Not forgetting about your mental and emotional health. When those are in order and honored, optimal physical health is easier to attain.
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? My idea of health is more broad in nature. I surround myself with brilliant practitioners who work magic with our clients. I understand that tackling health on a comprehensive and consistent level is a must.
What’s the first thing a person can do to start a healthy routine? Set realistic expectations. Plan your meals for the week and schedule a day to take a 30-45-minute walk with a friend or family member.
You’re hungry, but you only have access to food at a vending machine. Do you eat something or starve? Definitely eat something. There are healthier options in vending machines and life is too short— no one should opt to starve.
What’s more important to good health- self-control or self-love? Self-love. It encourages and provides the self-control and inspired intention towards good health.
Jon Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd. | 419-474-9611
Frankel & Puhl Dentistry:
4359 Keystone Dr. | Maumee
419-893-0221 | jonfrankeldentistry.com
Dr. Jon Frankel, owner and DDS
What’s the first rule of health? A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Regularly scheduled preventive dental visits can be a life changer.
Every day you make sure to eat… an organic apple is my go-to snack.
When I say “sugar” you think… dental decay. Coffee creamers, soft drinks, sweet tea, energy drinks and sports drinks are promoting and epidemic of dental decay.
Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center
1500 Holland Rd. | Maumee
419-893-2775 | luxe-laser.com
Dr. Wade Banker, MD, owner
Whatís something that people think is healthy, that isn’t? Supplements— be careful. They aren’t regulated, so make sure you know what you’re taking and how much you should be taking. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about it.
Why do I hate the gym so much? It takes time to see gains, so it can be hard to stay motivated at first. I was an NCAA wrestler before medical school and I still go every day, so maybe I’ll see you there!
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? Doctors can do more today than ever before. For instance, augmentation is now done under local anesthesia, which was unheard of ten years ago. Medicine is moving fast.
4038 Talmadge Rd. | 419-725-7800
Issa Baiz and Sam Baiz, co-owners
How do you make healthy habits stick? Make it your lifestyle.
What’s your guilty pleasure- and how do you avoid it? Coldstone ice cream next door. I can’t avoid it I’m addicted!!
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? Being in the restaurant business for over ten years makes you realize the impact food in general has on your health. It challenges me to eat healthier and to serve healthier FRESH food to customers.
What’s more important to good health- self-control or self-love? SELF-LOVE. Because when you love yourself it’s easier to have control.
Optical Arts Inc.
2934 W. Central Ave.
419-535-7837 | opticalartsinc.com
Mary Nyitray, owner
What’s the first rule of health? Get your eyes checked yearly to see clearly!
Before bedtime you… wear my glasses with the bluelight filter to read. It blocks the bad blue light, letting my eyes rest and get ready for sleep.
What’s the worst way to ruin a productive, healthy week? Feeling so good that I can stuff my face with unhealthy foods.
How can my environment change my mood? Being able to see out of my glasses makes the world a brighter and clearer place.
Tamara TCM Acupuncture & Herbs
27068 Oakmead Dr. | Perrysburg
419-345-4996 | tamaratcm.com
Tamara D. Willingham, L.Ac., DIPL. OM, MSAOM, owner
What’s your guilty pleasure- and how do you avoid it? I don’t do things I feel guilty about. If you feel guilty, it’s time to change something.
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? I’m always learning and growing to best help patients and myself.
What’s the worst way to ruin a productive, healthy week? A negative thought process.
What’s something people think is healthy, that isn’t? Low-fat yogurt with flavoring, like fruit, or anything low fat-should be avoided. The protein has been removed and what is left is sugar! The flavoring in many of the low-fat yogurts are so high in sugar that the amount is equal to four donuts. So, eat whole milk, plain yogurt and add fresh fruit and honey.
Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons Inc.
1360 Arrowhead Rd. | Maumee
419-855-2955 | arrowheadsurgeons.com
Dr. A. Thomas Dalagiannis, Dr. Laurence Baibak, and Dr. C. Jeff Kesler
What’s the first rule of health? Balancing pain and pleasure. —Dr. B
When I say “cheesy, delicious carbs,” you think… pizza. —Dr. B
When you need a quick recharge you… take a moment and think of my family. —Dr. D
What’s more important to good health- self-control or self-love? Both! Self-love nurtures self-control. — Dr. D
What is the worst way to ruin a productive, healthy week? Going out to dinner. Cooking at home with family is always the best first healthy choice. —Dr. K
How can my environment change my mood? Surround yourself by happy optimistic people. I am lucky to have this both at home and at work. “The glass is always half full.” —Dr. K
Drs. Haerian, Ludwig and Simon Orthodontics
Sylvania: 6407 Monroe St. | 419-318-1756
Lambertville: 7928 Secor Rd. | 734-206-2094
Maumee: 4359 Keystone Dr. | Suite 200 | 419-887-1247
Dr. André Haerian, DDS, MS, FRCDC, PHD
When you can’t fall asleep, you… This is not a problem with a 4 and a 7-year-old at home, but if I need to, I pick up where I left off on my audiobook. I am often in the process of listening to multiple nonfiction books at a time, so picking the right narrator and book is what does the trick.
What’s something people think is healthy, that isn’t? Soy, farmed fish, fruit juice, cooking at high temperature with olive oil, and dairy products.
How can my environment change my mood? We seek safety, security, and physical as well as psychological comfort. As such, you can imagine how clean, uncluttered, well illuminated rooms at the right temperature can elevate one’s mood; conversely, stressful stimuli can affect one’s mood negatively. I specially pay attention to this fact when seeing younger patients. Our facilities are purposefully built (especially our latest building in Sylvania) to provide views to the outside. Poor air quality, noise and glare are avoided as much as possible. Lastly, I try to provide diversion all in an attempt to reduce stress.
Creative Excellence Salon
2600 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-472-1454 | creativeexcellence04.com
Merinda Marcinkowski, owner and hairdresser
When you can’t fall asleep, you… say the Serenity Prayer.
When I say “cheesy, delicious carbs,” you think… Homemade mac & cheese.
What’s the best way to improve an unproductive, unhealthy week? Remember that each day is a new beginning.
How can my environment change my mood? My philosophy is you attract what you are. “Positive vibe attracts a positive tribe.” That can be guests to my business, coworkers, family and friends.
European Wax Center
5231 Monroe St. | 567-698-7400
Sue Gehring, owner
What’s the first rule of health? Take care of you first.
How do you make healthy habits stick? Make them part of your daily routine.
What’s your guilty pleasure- and how do you avoid it? Red wine— I don’t!
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? I think as you get older, you take your health more seriously.
What’s the worst way to ruin a productive, healthy week? Self doubt!
Dermatology Associates And Ada Aesthetics
Perrysburg: 12780 Roachton Rd.| 419-873-6961
Sylvania: 7640 W. Sylvania Ave. | Suite E
419-872-0777 | daohio.com
Dr. Christy Lorton and Dr. Sarah Stierman, owners and partners
What’s the first rule of health? Avoid direct exposure to the sun and always use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours. Wear hats and protective clothing whenever possible.
How do you make healthy habits stick? Plan for the week ahead by packing a hat or protective outerwear in your backpack or gym bag. Always carry sunscreen in your purse, backpack or gym bag.
How has your idea of health changed throughout your career? I’ve been practicing dermatology for over 25 years. When I began my career, it was a common myth that only older folks got skin cancer. Over the past decade, we have seen a sharp increase in the rate of skin cancer among young adults and teens.
How can my environment change my mood? It’s important to avoid direct sun exposure whenever possible. Maintain healthy Vitamin D levels by taking a Vitamin D supplement daily.