Settling into a comfortable chair in the light filled waiting room, Jennifer Grison says something you don’t hear in most doctor’s offices. “This is so beautiful, I love the artwork on your walls.”

There are no coffee stained magazines from the last century or broken children’s toys at the Harbourfront Health & Wellness Centre, a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinic just south of the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto that offers a wide range of health and wellness services.

Jennifer is your typical patient, busy and in a hurry. By the end of the morning, she will have received a full physical, a chiropractic adjustment, a one hour massage, laser hair removal and a Botox injection.

This is one of the new trends in healthcarecíthe medical spa or medi-spa. An ultra-modern mix of medicine and cosmetics where state-of-the-art facilities create a promising ambiance of magic, and cosmetic procedures are administered by medically trained professionals.

Some consumers say they prefer the atmosphere of a medical spa over the clinical feel of a physician’s office. Others say they are seeking solutions that go beyond taking a pill.

The Harbourfront Health and Wellness Centre was developed exactly to cater to this need. The centre specializes in allowing busy professionals to have their medical and cosmetic needs attended to all in one convenient downtown location.

The centre is decorated and warmed with natural light and earthy colours. From the centre’s curved and flowing architecture, to the rehab and sports injury clinic’s earth toned ambiance, every treatment room is dedicated to your comfort and absolute privacy. “We’re turning the art of medicine into a comfortable experience,” says Dr. Z. Mian, Medical Director for the centre.

One reason for the growth of the medical spa is that personal appearance has become a higher priority for more Canadians. Many are willing to pay upwards of $300 to get rid of wrinkles, body hair and blemishes. Dr. S. Gupta, a Harvard trained dermatologist at the centre, says that the aging baby boomer population is more concerned with personal health than previous generations, and that is helping to fuel interest in cosmetic treatments. “They’ve been in the sun when they were young, and now they can see the damage,” says Dr. Gupta.

“ Or now they work-out regularly and want to make their appearance more in sync with their physical health.” “If a client can’t afford a $9,000 face lift, he or she is more likely to spend significantly less on a rejuvenation package of Restylane and Botox injections, microdermabrasion facials and chemical peels”, all of which are offered at the centre.

The Harbourfront Health & Wellness Centre recognizes that time and health concerns place pressure on families and business people today. The state-of-the-art centre is staffed by a team of exceptional professionals including full-time family physicians, walk-in physicians, a dermatologist, a pediatrician, a chiropractor, massage therapists and multiple medical specialists. All of these professionals are accepting new patients and look forward to enhancing your health and wellness.

The centre allows you to put your family’s health care first, and still indulge in a restful massage to help you melt away the hustle and noise of the citycíall within one convenient waterfront location. “It’s nice to come to one place here on the Harbourfront, to get it all done” said Valerie MacKaisek, a Harbourfront resident and mother of two. “I can have my kids get a check-up, while I receive a massage and laser hair removal, and I don’t have to drive all over the city.”

The new Harbourfront Health & Wellness Centre, at the corner of York Street and Queen’s Quay, offers a unique balance of ultra-modern family medicine and walk-in services, coupled with chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and cosmetic servicescíin a single spa-like atmosphere. From the moment you step through the door, you’ll feel welcomed.

Names have been changed to protect patient privacy.