When Dr. Richard Evangelista is not brightening smiles at Alamo Plaza Dental, he is expanding his knowledge with more than 100 hours per year in advanced-cosmetic, cranio-neuromuscular, and restorative-dentistry training. The doctor and his team of tooth technicians boost oral health with a buffet of services, from routine cleanings and teeth whitening to smile-straightening Invisalign and dental implants to replace teeth that have jumped ship for the nearest ear of corn. Inside the dental office, a trio of Asian–inspired floral paintings greets visitors, and every treatment room lavishes its reclining patients with a vivid LED TV.
There's something different about the Pilates classes at IM=X Pilates Studio. If you waltz into a class mid-session, you might see people stretching on Pilates reformers, but you may also find others jumping on and off boxes, pumping pedals on stationary bikes, or using resistance rings. That's because owner Steve Smith recognized the importance of cross-training while prepping for triathlons and decided to combine Pilates with cardio and resistance training. This leads to greater functional strength, flexibility, and injury prevention.
Smith and his team of certified instructors lead a series of more than 15 Pilates cross-training classes by employing the reformer apparatus and circuit-training techniques. Specialized classes even suit specific athletic needs, such as the IM=X golf and tennis classes. Classes are 30 to 75 minutes each and can focus expressly on abs, full-body toning, or improving back strength to eliminate chronic back pain and overly clingy rucksacks. To keep classes accessible and effective, instructors scale them to individual fitness levels and offer beginner through advanced sessions.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves—so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.
With seven years of experience as a massage therapist and three as a chiropractor, Doctor of Chiropractic Max Lippman knows the ins and outs of musculature. Dr. Lippman and his team of massage therapists apply their skilled hands to therapeutic massages and adjustments that help their clients heal from everyday aches or painful sports or auto injuries. The doctor takes his time to listen to each patient who comes in, and learns about their situations while helping them develop a treatment plan customized to their wellness goals. Dr. Lippman keeps communication lines open during treatments, too, staying well away from pain thresholds while skirting the healthful discomfort often associated with receiving deep-tissue massages or acupuncture with pencils.
While Dr. Lippman looks out for patients’ health, Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy takes care of the environment. The ultramodern office eschews the use of paper by booking appointments online and running systems on organically-grown iPads and touchscreens.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.