Best of the Vineyard 2019: Health and Beauty

Everything you need to know about health and beauty on Martha’s Vineyard according to you.

Best Dentist: Hélène Schaeffer of Island Dentistry

23 Airport Road, Edgartown, 508-696-8426 

Runner-up: Richard McNulty of Amity Dental Studio

65 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9752,

Glistening gums? Sparkling smiles? The best pearly whites found outside of a Sengekontacket oyster? Dr. Hélène Schaeffer of Island Dentistry does it all, keeping teeth clean near the airport. Dr. Richard McNulty of Amity Dental is
an excellent choice in downtown Vineyard Haven.

Best Doctor: Beth Donnelly

1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-5700,

Runner-up: Ellen McMahon

1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-5700,

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital co-chair of primary care and internist extraordinaire Dr. Beth Donnelly doesn’t just administer exams to her patients; she also aces their tests, earning her her first win as the Island’s top doc. Dr. Ellen McMahon’s family care practice spans pediatrics to geriatrics.

Best Fitness Center: YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard

111R Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-7171,

Runner-up: Mansion House Health Club

9 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2200 x105,

The Village People had it right. The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard offers pretty much everything you need to have a good time and get in shape, including a swimming pool, yoga classes, spin room, and a waterslide. For a spa room and sauna, head to the Mansion House Health Club.

Alexandre Marins gives son Benjamin a Best Hair Salon–worthy trim at King’s Barber Shop.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Hair Salon: King’s Barber Shop

395 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-338-7853

Runner-up: Maggie’s Salon

31 Beach Road, Suite 104A, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2875,

The men behind the clippers at newcomer King’s Barber Shop know a thing or two about trims, fades, and clean-ups, as evidenced by their meteoric rise to the top of Best of the Vineyard. Frequent winner Maggie’s Salon has years of experience turning bad hair days into great ones.

Best Mani/Pedi: Caleen’s Day Spa

31 Beach Road, Suite 103, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2898,

Runner-up: Hollywood Nails

13 Union Street, No. 2, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-6197
40 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2482

Whether you need to spruce up your nails before a big event or just want to treat yourself to a day of self-care, Caleen’s Day Spa is a go-to spot for a great mani/pedi. Hollywood Nails has two locations, perfect for a spontaneous drop-in. 

Best Massage Therapist: Allyson Cook of Allyson Cook Metell, LMT & Associates

455 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-1863,

Runner-up: Sonya Mayrand of Sonya Mayrand, Massage & Bodywork

20 Surveyor’s Lane, Suite 102, Vineyard Haven, 508-294-7159,

In pain? Need to relax? Allyson Cook Metell once again has your back. The frequent winner is an expert in deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Sonya Mayrand’s clients love her friendly demeanor and firm touch.

Best Yoga Studio: The Yoga Barn

1 Red Barn Road, West Tisbury, 508-645-9642,

Runner-up: Yoga on the Vine

243 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, No. 2B, Edgartown, 617-828-9653,

The Yoga Barn is a gem of serenity just beyond West Tisbury’s town center. Beautiful views outside the studio windows ease the way toward inner calm. In Edgartown, kind instructors at Yoga on the Vine will help you find your Zen – and your best downward dog.