Best of Westchester: Health & Beauty in 2023

Tell us your favorites in categories like Day Spa, Fitness Class, and Yoga Studio.

Photo by Luis Ruiz, Courtesy of Thrive Barre & Fitness

Want to get glowing and feel your best? Look to these Best of Westchester health and beauty winners for expert services and treatments.

Editors’ Picks: Health & Beauty

Brow Shaping

Kandes Ross at Kandes Beauty Brow Studio


Getting your eyebrows shaped is a form of artwork, and Ross is an artist. A licensed esthetician for over ten years, Ross began her own company in March 2020, designing a customizable eyebrow shape for each client based on brow mapping and a facial analysis technique. The result? Beautiful, well-defined eyebrows that bring symmetry and definition to your face.

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Hydra Facial

Tabatha Harrison at LifeSpa at LifeTime Fitness


Combine the finest products, a warm and welcoming space, state-of-the-art equipment, and magic hands and you have the hydra facial experience with Tabitha Harrison at this haven for rejuvenation and revitalization. Transform your skin while relaxing blissfully for 30, 40, or 60 minutes. From steam to massage, customized mask to detoxification, your skin will thank you.

Community Fitness Center

The Rye YMCA


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Beyond a way to stay in shape, this gym is your happy place — 3,800-square-feet with windows overlooking a stream, the latest equipment, mini lockers, filtered water, cable TV, and personalized service from floor staff and trainers. Complementing this are two downstairs pools and the nearby Y Studios with classes such as HIIT, kickboxing, and candlelight yoga. Drop your tot at Child Watch, take in the locker-room sauna, and slay that New Year’s resolution with one shot.

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Boxing Instructor

Lizette DeJesus, Rumble Boxing Gym

New Rochelle;

A drill sergeant and a cheerleader all in one, Lizette DeJesus will have your abs sore in moments — from the workout or the laughter, it’s a tossup. Spending over two decades in the fitness world, there are no better hands, err, gloves, to be in than DeJesus’. You’ll walk out of your workout feeling unstoppable, confident, and with a room of new friends — that is, if you can still walk.

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Barre Studio

Thrive Barre & Fitness

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Thrive Barre has solved the mystery of how to make working out a serene and Zen experience. Sure, your muscles might be shaking, and you can’t believe that tiny movements could exhaust you so much, but the warm vibes and welcoming aura of everyone from the front desk to the instructor will lure you in again and again. Owners Leigh Beal, Jessica DeDomenico, and Danielle Aviezer have fostered a community that is not only strengthening for the body, but therapeutic to the mind.

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Photo by Luis Ruiz, Courtesy of Thrive Barre & Fitness
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Photo by Luis Ruiz, Courtesy of Thrive Barre & Fitness

Couple’s Massage

European Luxury Day Spa

White Plains;

Spend some memorable time with your loved one by getting a couple’s massage at European Luxury Day Spa. Romantic partners, friends, parents, siblings — anyone can take advantage of their trained staff. Each massage is specially designed to relax the body, increase the level of oxygen in the blood, and improve circulation and flexibility. Complete the experience by decompressing by their fireplace with a glass of Champagne.

Body Treatments

Oasis Day Spa

Dobbs Ferry;

Love the skin you’re in with an exfoliating, detoxifying, moisturizing, toning, invigorating body treatment at this hip Rivertown spa, where a comprehensive menu of relaxing and rejuvenating scrubs and wraps transform the skin to new levels of radiance. Consider the stimulating citrus brown sugar scrub paired with a cooling peppermint-infused seaweed and kelp wrap and call it the best day ever.

Facial Esthetician

Adriana Rossi at Adriana Beauty

New Rochelle;

The undisputed queen of the facial and owner of Adriana Beauty (a full-service spa that was an Eastchester “glow-to” for 20 years), Italy’s own Adriana Rossi knows skin, inside and out. Expert at classic, deep-cleansing European facials, Rossi is also up-to-the-minute on trending therapies for the face, neck, and décolleté, from anti-aging, glycolic, and oxygen facials to LED treatments and hydrafacials. A fresh glow is a given.

Personal Trainer

Obi Nwoye at Partners Gym


Down to earth, realistic, off-the-charts smart, and laser-focused on helping clients achieve optimal health and fitness, former IBM programmer and Nigeria native, Obi Nwoye, Owner of The Partners Gym, brings an ambitious, but common-sense approach to training seshes that are equal parts intense, fun, and sweat-inducing, and chock full of doable healthy lifestyle tidbits buoyed by his motivating, heart-melting, signature smile.

Boxing Workout

The Body Blueprint


Glove up at The Body Blueprint and leave sweaty, accomplished, and with a flood of endorphins in tow. Immerse yourself in the foundational stances and punches of boxing and get ready to hit the bag. In four rounds, you’ll experience punch combos that not only make you an exhausted mess but increase your skills for the sport. Oh, and did we mention there’s strength workout rounds in between? Don’t forget your water!

Color Services

Hair House

New Rochelle;

A boutique hair salon with celebrity hairstylist and owner Dana Fiore at the helm is bound to produce top notch, Manhattan-quality services — the bonus is that it feels like you’re sitting in your friend’s living room while she cuts your hair. Color expert Delilah Fernandez pours exponential care into making sure your color is perfectly suited and matched for you.

New Skin Care Studio

Monika Dragaj Studio


An expert in repairing the natural skin barrier, Monika Dragaj is passionate about helping her clients feel their best. Specializing in Biologique Recherche treatments, the studio also offers dermaplaning, hydrofacials for rejuvenation of all skin types, and lymphatic drainage massages to flush out excess fluids and toxins from the face. Between the soothing music and revitalizing care, it’ll be a tossup on what’s more refreshed: you or your skin.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Core Nutrition & Wellness

Dobbs Ferry;

From weight loss to skin treatments, anything invasive is scary territory. Owner Jessica Abreu treats her clients like longtime friends, listening to concerns and suggesting solutions to get to their goal most efficiently. With services like Accufit for muscle enhancement and Cryoslim for fat loss, Abreu offers the top of the market and most researched backed cosmetic procedures, without clients needing to go under the knife. Instant results without a hospital stay? That’s a win/win.

Local Beauty Brand

Skin Westchester


Inspired by a career in skincare, Julie Pipolo developed two skin care lines: Skin Westchester Julie in a Jar and their marquee line Swaying Butterfly, a cleaner, healthier solution to the standard products in mainstream stores. Using a range of ingredients that are rarely seen in big-box skincare, such as ergothioneine (a combination of amino acids and an antioxidant derived from mushrooms and the microalgae astaxanthin, which is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C), Swaying Butterfly products range from serum to cure cream and everything in between.

Julie in a Jar
By Natalie Kane

Readers’ Picks: Health & Beauty


Craft Barbers



The Mane Haven


Boxing Workout*

CKO Kickboxing


Chiropractic Center

ProClinix Sports Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Wellness

Armonk (plus five other county locations)


Alyssa McFadden at Static

White Plains

Cosmetic Procedures

Anetta Reszko, MD


Day Spa

Tranquility Spa


Eyebrow Threading

Glam Eye Studio

(located in Avenue Salon & Suites)
White Plains

Eyelash Extensions

Glam Eye Studio

(located in Avenue Salon & Suites)
White Plains


Farida Skin Care Studio

White Plains

Fitness Classes

Thrive Barre & Fitness


Hair-Extension Specialist

Ana Cipriano at Finessed by Ana

White Plains


Philip Faulkner at Static

White Plains

Health Club

Club Fit

Briarcliff Manor/Jefferson Valley

Independent Pharmacy

Larchmont Pharmacy


Laser Hair Removal

Dare to Be Bare


Makeup Artist

Marianna D’Onofrio at Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge



Nail Spa



Spavia Day Spa Thornwood

New Hair Salon

The Beauty Lounge


Nutritional Coaching

Yorktown Fit Body Boot Camp

Yorktown Heights

Personal Trainer

Katelyn Tooley at Westchester Fit

White Plains

Hair Treatment

The Mane Haven


The Mane Haven
Courtesy of The Mane Haven

Physical Therapy

ProClinix Sports Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Wellness

Armonk (plus five other county locations)

Pilates Classes

Scarsdale Pilates



Hair Saloon & Café


Spa Treatment

Tranquility Spa


Spray Tanning


Armonk/Rye Brook

Wellness Center

The Well Center



Club Fit

Briarcliff Manor/Jefferson Valley

Yoga Studio

Hastings Yoga


Yoga Teacher

Mary-Ann Mastreani at Hastings Yoga


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