Trips to the doc’s office don’t have feel so clinical—at least not at these patient-friendly facilities.

Root canals, MRI’s and mammograms aren’t exactly procedures we look forward to getting. Most medical centers are spartan at best, crowded and uncomfortable at worst. Thankfully, more centers are taking their cue from another industry—the spa realm. From Dr. Wynn Okuda’s Dental Day Spa amenities to KapiÊ»olani Women’s Center’s full menu of massage services, booking your next checkup may be something you won’t put off.

The cheery lobby of Castle's remodeled Wellness and Lifestyle Center, accented with colorful beachscape paintings, offers patients tranquil greetings. PHOTO COURTESY CASTLE MEDICAL CENTER

The cheery lobby of Castle’s remodeled Wellness and Lifestyle Center, accented with colorful beachscape paintings, offers patients tranquil greetings. PHOTO COURTESY CASTLE MEDICAL CENTER

CASTLE MEDICAL CENTER

Castle’s revamped Wellness and Lifestyle Medical Center offers an array of aromatherapies and healing massages, alongside a slew of fitness, nutritional counseling and cooking classes to balance your body and mind.

“By their nature, hospitals are stressful,” says Nicole A. Kerr, MPH, RDN, wellness director. “One way to help provide a healing environment for everyone—employee, patient and family member—is through massage. Sometimes just a touch (and a prayer) is all we need. Our massage therapists have a certification in hospital-based massage, so they can work with the medically fragile.”

Castle’s relaxation and deep tissue medicinal massage benefits are many, including relaxation, decreased headaches and stress, as well as relief from joint and back pain. They are even praised for their power to combat cancer symptoms. adventisthealth.org

PHOTO COURTESY THE DENTAL DAY SPA OF HAWAII, BY JULIE ARAGAKI

PHOTO COURTESY THE DENTAL DAY SPA OF HAWAII, BY JULIE ARAGAKI

THE DENTAL DAY SPA OF HAWAII

Dr. Wynn Okuda’s dread of going to the dentist growing up led to his “fear reduction” practice. Located in Kaimuki, his office does appear more spa than dental clinic. His cosmetic dentistry expertise has led to numerous accolades and accreditations, and his office has treated everyone from TV personalities, to beauty queens, to the occasional bling-wearing rapper (hint: he has daughter named North). But no matter what your pedigree, everyone is treated like a VIP. All procedures—even your twice-yearly prophylaxis—come with a soothing massage.

“We have people book appointments, just so they can get the extras,” Okuda says. Lengthier procedures mean even more TLC. For instance, the in-office spa room has a full-sized massage bed and aromatherapy equipment, making the hour-long massage some patients receive truly tension melting. Entering a procedure in a more relaxed state works wonders for the actual procedure,” Okuda adds.

While a silencer for that unnerving drill has yet be invented, the noise-canceling headphones patients can avail of make it much easier to contend with. You can actually catch up on those missed episodes of “House of Cards” on Netflix while getting porcelain veneers or that crown replaced. okudacosmeticdentistry.com

PHOTO COURTESY PALI MOMI WOMEN'S CENTER

PHOTO COURTESY PALI MOMI WOMEN’S CENTER

PALI MOMI WOMEN’S CENTER

Here, at this well-appointed women’s health center, it’s all about the details. Patients are greeted with a warm palette of wooden floors, comfortable furniture and beautiful art by local artists. Pali Momi’s Wall of Hope provides a serene focal point for those needing to ease their nerves.

New this year is the center’s “Girls Night Out” program that encourages women to be proactive about their health. The evenings include a physician speaker discussing various topics relating to women’s health, massage, fitness and a healthy cooking demo. Patients will also be able to get a mammogram screening at that time.

At Pali Momi, putting the patient at ease means that it’ll be less daunting a task to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After each appointment, each woman is gifted with a sweet-smelling rose. Who wouldn’t want to come back for more of that? hawaiipacifichealth.org

KAPIÊ»OLANI WOMEN’S CENTER

It was the forward-thinking Queen KapiÊ»olani who founded her namesake hospital (first KapiÊ»olani Maternity Home, later to merge with Kaiukeolani Children’s Hospital), so it follows that the KapiÊ»olani Women’s Center is the natural extension of the original medical center.

Here, welcoming ambiance—complete with rattan furniture and paintings by local artists—helps the center provide a sense of tranquility. Patients can receive health screenings, diagnostic tests and treatment services here. And, like its sister location at Pali Momi, every woman receives a rose as they leave their appointment.

Designed like a spa, Kapi’olani Women’s Center also offers massages (Swedish, sports, reflexology and lomilomi), acu-puncture and health classes (kick boxing, strength training, Pilates, healthy cooking classes and more). hawaiipacifichealth.org

PHOTO COURTESY NATURA BISSE

PHOTO COURTESY NATURA BISSE

INVISION IMAGING

“When you check into someplace like the Four Seasons, you’re immediately greeted with a chilled towel and welcome drink or something that immediately puts you in a more relaxed state of mind,” says InVision founder and president Eric Hannum. Weaving this hospitality philosophy into the most unexpected venue—a high-tech MRI facility—InVision is quickly turning out to be the venue of choice for those needing diagnostic imaging services.

While Hannum has equipped InVision with the most-advanced MRI instruments available—3.0T (Tesla) scanners—his barometer for patient services also adheres to highest standards. Patient perks include free transportation from anywhere on O’ahu, a serene waiting room equipped with iPads and Bose headphones, in addition to other thoughtful touches like hot towels scented with lavender and plate of mochi to snack on while waiting. When it’s time to get the actual MRI, patients are treated to toasty spa robes and socks, as well as their choice of movies to watch via entertainment goggles during their session. Should you require anything else, just ask the on-site concierge. invisionhawaii.com

QUEEN’S WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER

Not far from the cozy coffee café and gift shop, you’ll find another gem in Queen’s main lobby. Designed with women’s wellness in mind, Queen’s Women’s Health Center provides female-focused clinical remedies, i.e., digital mammography and pregnancy therapy, alongside a wide range of spa services that cater to both men and women.

Queen’s offers a vast menu of massage and facial treatments to reawaken a tired mind, body and spirit with a queen’s touch. A Healing Massage to lower blood pressure, relieve pain and improve sleep, or perhaps a Prenatal Facial or Vitamin C Peel to unblock pores and let that healthy glow beam, you’ll polish your mental and physical heath in an aesthetic, tranquil environment—with valet service to boot! Also on tap: prenatal facials and therapeutic skin care, tailored to cancer patients. queensmedicalcenter.org