Best Acupuncturist in the Triangle: Austin Dixon

INDY: There are so many reasons to try acupuncture: from post-surgical recovery to stress relief to aiding in digestion to, as many women will attest, fertility enhancement. Austin Dixon, a licensed acupuncturist based in Durham, has served clients around the Triangle since relocating here from New York City, where she received her formal training at the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She’s worked at City Acupuncture of New York, a high-volume, low-cost clinic, and did an internship in the HIV clinic at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Dixon also spent time observing in hospitals in China through a program offered by the Beijing University of TCM, and is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Her well-rounded, holistic approach to functional, non-traditional medicine shows in her practice.

Finalists: Carmela Mager, Li-Lan Hsiang Weiss, Tory Hendrix

Best Aesthetician in the Triangle: Jennifer Delamar-Goss, Fabulously Flawless

5640 Six Forks Road, #203, Raleigh,

Finalists: Colette Tomasi, Colette Skincare; Mariah Ewald, Posh the Salon; Lindsey Westendorf, Smoothe LLC

Best Barber Shop in the Triangle: Revelry Barber & Shave Shop

101 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina,

Finalists: Dennis Best Men’s Salon, Rock’s Bar and Hair Shop, Van-tique Barbershop

Best Chiropractor in the Triangle: Dr. Blake Livingood

1901 Northwest Cary Parkway, #111, Morrisville,

Finalists: Dr. Drew Kluger, Dr. Greg Barnes, Dr. Michael Poplak

Best Couples Therapist in the Triangle: Adrienne Alden

INDY: When we think of couples therapy, the first place our minds go is that terrible movie Couples Retreat, where married couples travel to an island resort and learn strange methods to prevent divorce. In real life, couples therapy is a lot less scary than the movie makes it out to be. (To be fair, feeding sharks with Vince Vaughn is about the most horrifying experience imaginable; feeding Vince Vaughn to sharks, on the other hand …). If you and your partner find yourselves fighting about the same thing day after day, you may want to seek help from Adrienne Alden, an experienced therapist who specializes in illuminating problematic relationship patterns and teaching clients a new way of engaging with each other. Fighting is inevitable, but there’s a right way to do it, and Alden can show you how.

Finalists: Jen Wynn, Laurie Watson, Michael Sleigh

Best Day Spa in the Triangle: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary,

INDY: Nestled on twelve acres of lush landscaping on a secluded lake, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a retreat haven for locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s a one-day respite or several glorious days spent off-the-grid and surrounded by nature—and plenty of pampering—there’s no shortage of relaxing treatments like a facial or deep tissue massage, as well as rejuvenating activities like lounging poolside, relishing in the spa’s jacuzzi and sauna, or enjoying a yoga class, to help you hit the reset button and detox your mind, body, and soul. The spa is just a half-mile from William B. Umstead State Park, so enlist a friend for a weekend getaway to explore the exceptional nearby terrain on foot, or take advantage of the twenty-four-hour fitness center before you sip on an afternoon cocktail by the pool beneath a cabana.

Finalists: Alossi Renewal Spa, Azura Skin Care Center, Spa Retreat Cary

Best Dentist in Durham County: Dr. Jenny Citineni, Triangle Kids Pediatric Dentistry

3115 Academy Road, Durham,

Finalists: Dr. Amy Gadol, Dr. Harold Speight, Dr. Michael Riccobene, Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry

Best Dentist in Orange / Chatham County: Dr. Shaina Holman, DDS, PhD

1836 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill,

Finalists: Dr. David Lee Hill, Dr. Dennis Ellis, Dr. Jeffrey West, Dr. Joel Wagoner

Best Dentist in Wake County: Dr. Justin Russo, Russo Dentistry

3811 Ed Drive, #120, Raleigh,

Finalists: Dr. Archie Cook Jr., Signature Smiles; Dr. Heath Brantley, Wendell Family Dentistry; Dr. Jessica Forestier, Britt Dental; Dr. Michael Riccobene, Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry

Best Dermatologist in the Triangle: Dr. Mark Fradin, Chapel Hill Dermatology

891 Willow Drive, #1, Chapel Hill,

Finalists: Dr. Amy Stein, Regional Dermatology; Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, Regional Dermatology; Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, Aesthetic Solutions

Best Gym in Durham County: Levin Jewish Community Center

1937 West Cornwallis Road, Durham,

Finalists: The 360 Approach, Camp Gladiator, Ride Cycle Studio

Best Gym in Orange /Chatham County: Camp Gladiator

Finalists: The Coalition, Planet Fitness, UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont

Best Gym in Wake County: Camp Gladiator

Finalists: Arise Athletics, North Raleigh Fit Body Boot Camp, Original Strength Institute

Best Hair Salon in Durham County: Vent Salon

1125 West North Carolina Highway 54, #206,

Finalists: The Cottage Salon, Kem’s Looking Glass Salon, Posh the Salon

Best Hair Salon in Orange / Chatham County: to the woods

601 West Rosemary Street, #103, Chapel Hill,

Finalists: Ceremony Salon, Lavish Beauty Lounge, Syd’s Hair Shop Inc.

Best Hair Salon in Wake County: Tone Hair Salon

808 Salem Woods Drive, #105, Raleigh,

Finalists: Bacio Salon, Blo, Pinup Studio

Best Holistic Medicine in the Triangle: Dr. Stephen Gangemi

10295 U.S. Highway 15-501 North, Chapel Hill,

Finalists: Armonia Health LLC, InsideOut Body Therapies, Integrative Medical Clinic of North Carolina

Best Martial Arts Studio in the Triangle: Krav Maga

6905 Fayetteville Road, #102, Durham,

INDY: People train in martial arts for many reasons. Some are attracted to the grueling and gratifying nature of combat sports; for others, a more holistic and historical approach satisfies. But for those seeking a no-frills, self-defense-driven course of study, Krav Maga has become a popular way to gain an intense workout while developing techniques directed toward real-world confrontations. Triangle Krav Maga focuses on “practical applications over acrobatic kicks” and seeks to “equip responsible citizens with the necessary skills to neutralize threats quickly,” according to its Facebook page. With classes running seven days a week, TKM offers options for all walks of life, covering conditioning and self-defense as well as age-tailored classes for kids and sessions specific to law enforcement officers.

Finalists: Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, Quest Martial Arts Raleigh, Triangle’s Best Karate

Best Massage Therapist in the Triangle: Kelly Cox, LMBT, Randori Bodywork

1821 Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill

Finalists: BodyWork by Ginger, LMBT; Brittany Herzberg, LMBT; Matthew Fecteau, LMBT

Best Optometry Practice in the Triangle: Academy Eye Associates

Finalists: Carrboro Family Vision, Triangle Visions Optometry, Woldorff Family Optometry

Best Pediatric Practice in the Triangle: Regional Pediatrics

4022 Freedom Lake Drive, Durham,

Finalists: Chapel Hill Pediatrics; Jeffers, Mann, and Artman Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine; Triangle Health Center

Best Personal Trainer in the Triangle: Chan Little

Finalists: Dani Almeyda, Hardee Merritt, JoJo Polk

Best Pilates Studio in Durham County: InsideOut Body Therapies

5720 Fayetteville Road, #101, Durham,

Finalists: Base Pilates & Movement, Bull City Pilates and Massage, Fitness @ The Cube

Best Pilates Studio in Orange / Chatham County: Spira Pilates Studio

601 West Main Street, Carrboro,

Finalists: barre3 Chapel Hill, Carolina Core Pilates, Pilates at Studio 8

Best Pilates Studio in Wake County: Barre-Up

4224 Beryl Road, Suite A, Raleigh,

Finalists: 110 Hot Yoga, Blue Sky Pilates, PBX Pilates Barre Extreme

Best Primary Care Practitioner in the Triangle: Dr. Oscar Cornelio-Flores

Finalists: Dr. Blake Livingood, Dr. Henry Van Pala, Ivy Todd, PA

Best Therapist in the Triangle: Amber Diamond, MA, LPCA

Finalists: Dr. Adam Mathews, PhD, LMFT, LPC; Adrianne Robinson, LCSW, LCAS, PLLC; Allison Grubbs, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, CDWF, RYT; Amy Baker, MSW, LCSW

Best Women’s Health Practice in Durham County: Durham Women’s Clinic

209 East Carver Street, Durham,

Finalists: Duke Women’s Health Associates at Patterson Place; Durham Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Duke Street; Family Care, PA; Women’s Health Alliance PA (Centre OB/GYN)

Best Women’s Health Practice in Orange / Chatham County: Chapel Hill OBGYN / Women’s Health Alliance

120 Conner Drive, #101, Chapel Hill,

Finalists: Mosaic Comprehensive Care, North Carolina Women’s Hospital, Women’s Birth & Wellness Center

Best Women’s Health Practice in Wake County: Mid-Carolina Obstetrics & Gynecology

4414 Lake Boone Trail, #300, Raleigh,

Finalists: Arbor OB/GYN, Kamm McKenzie OB/GYN, Triangle Physicians for Women

Best Women’s Health Practitioner in Durham County: Michelle Kessler, PA-C

209 East Carver Street, Durham,

Finalists: Dr. Amy Broach, Dr. Nicolette Schreiber; Wendy Fields, FNP

Best Women’s Health Practitioner in Orange / Chatham County: Dr. Joshua L. Hardison

Finalists: Amy Dixon, CNM, MSN; Maureen Darcey, CNM; Wendy Fields, FNP

Best Women’s Health Practitioner in Wake County: Dr. Ashley Rush

Finalists: Dr. Jack Inge, Dr. L Carter Gray, Dr. Philip Deibel

Best Yoga Studio in Durham County: Global Breath Studio

119 West Main Street, #300, Durham,

Finalists: Community Power Yoga, Durham Yoga Company, ThreeHouse Studios

Best Yoga Studio in Orange / Chatham County: Carrboro Yoga Company

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro,

Finalists: barre3 Chapel Hill, Franklin Street Yoga Center, Loving Kindness Yoga School

Best Yoga Studio in Wake County: YoBa Studio

5003 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite G, Raleigh,

INDY: It’s no secret that the yogis of Raleigh love a good sweat. With an abundance of hot yoga offerings available in Oak City, from Open Door Yoga to Midtown Yoga, Element Hot Yoga to everyone’s favorite corporate mainstay, CorePower Yoga. And then there’s YoBo Studio, voted best in Wake County by #SweatADay diehards. With upbeat playlists in a warm, therapeutic setting, YoBa boasts an array of signature offerings including YoBaShine BARRE and even yoga and barre hybrid classes in which exercises performed at a ballet barre make you quake and shake in places you didn’t even know you had, toning your glutes, core, arms, and legs for a total-body workout. The room is heated to eighty-five degrees with far-infrared panels that penetrate the skin two to three inches into the body to warm you from the inside-out; infrared light improves blood flow and circulation while also maintaining healthy blood pressure. Not sure you can handle the heat? Be sure to nama-stay for the cool-down with meditation and savasana, or try YoBaShine Flow and Deep Stretch for a more passive, relaxing practice. 

Finalists: Colors of Yoga Raleigh, Element Hot Yoga, Midtown Yoga Raleigh

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