Best of the Vineyard 2021: 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

258 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 508-687-9752

Longtime winner Dr. Hélène Schaeffer evidently knows how to keep her patients smiling – this is her eleventh year earning a spot on the Best of the Vineyard list. Dr. Richard McNulty recently moved from downtown Vineyard Haven to Edgartown. His patients eagerly followed suit.

Best Doctor: Beth Donnelly

Runner-up: Ellen McMahon

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, 1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-684-4500,

Professional, personable, calm, ethical, friendly, and unbiased are only a handful of adjectives used to describe Dr. Beth Donnelly. Whether it’s a routine checkup or something more serious, runner-up Dr. Ellen McMahon is an Island healthcare hero always giving you her full attention. Sadly, she is leaving the Island after this summer.

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,

The YMCA offers something for every level of athlete. Whether you want to swim laps, run on a treadmill, or partake in a group class, their schedule is full of options. After a barre class at the Mansion House, wind down in the hot tub.

Best Hair Salon: Maggie’s Salon

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

Runner-up: Bouclé

12 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-939-0090,

The past year has taught us that the best hair stylist is…anyone other than yourself. In a position to be choosy? Maggie’s Salon stands out from the crowd with top-of-the-line cut, color, and treatment services for women and men. Bouclé means curly in French, but straight and wavy types are also welcomed at the charming Edgartown salon. 

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

Caleen’s Day Spa offers a range of spa services for everything from your head to your toes – and for fellow beachgoers’ sakes, don’t overlook those toes. Customers rave about the manicures and pedicures, which are done using nontoxic, vegan Zoya polishes. Hollywood Nails offers gels, acrylics, and traditional manicures and pedicures.

Best Massage Therapist: Pamela Williams LMT, CMT, MMT – Unalome Bodywork

20 Surveyor’s Lane, Unit 102, Vineyard Haven, 570-772-6588,

Runner-up: Allyson Cook Metell – Allyson Cook Metell, LMT & Associates

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

Why do we love Pamela Williams? Let us count the ways. First, each appointment focuses on the specific wants and needs of the client. She also offers elite aromatherapy sessions. With a range of massage styles and choices, nobody ever leaves Allyson Cook Metell’s office stressed.

Best Yoga Studio: Yoga Barn

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

Runner-up: Yoga on the Vine

243 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 617-828-9653,

Due to the pandemic, the Yoga Barn offered online-only classes for much of the past year. Thankfully, yogis are once again able to enjoy the tranquil up-Island setting as they practice their ujjayi breath. At Yoga on the Vine, patrons can choose between in-studio classes or the online version.