Leo Quintero knows firsthand the thrill of playing music onstage. As a professional guitarist, composer, recording artist, and producer, he has shredded his six-string in front of dancing crowds from Venezuela to Florida. At Leo Quintero Music, he guides his charges from the classroom to the stage, helping them begin their musical journeys or fine-tune their licks in guitar-focused classes. Students 6 years and older can study scales and chord progressions alongside other beginners during group classes. Private lessons pair Leo with just one student, eliminating the temptation to pass notes to their friends asking what fork they used for lunch. Leo also takes pride in helping his pupils prepare for college auditions.
Relaxation commences within seconds of stepping through the doors of New Image New Life Spa. Padded wicker chairs and colorful throw pillows invite guests to unwind as they await facials, bodywork sessions, or waxing among a full menu of services. Inside private treatment rooms, flowers and earth-tone walls summon nature's power to calm and comfort. Among the spa’s specialties, a lineup of soothing massages includes hot-stone therapy, whose gentle pressure and penetrating warmth assuages aches and helps detoxify muscles, and shiatsu, a Japanese technique designed to liberate trapped energy through gentle manipulation of acupressure points.
The spa's owner, Ruth Cula, also specializes in permanent-makeup application and European techniques for brightening skin, which she has honed over more than 28 years working one-on-one with clients. One standout is her oxygen therapy, which stimulates cellular renewal and helps make a complexion glow like a hunk of magma at its first dance. During microdermabrasion treatments, Ruth uses a diamond-point instrument to exfoliate dead skin cells, resulting in the minimization of fine lines. Ruth also continues to add to her suite of modern treatments by continuing to earn certificates and training in emerging skin therapies.
Founded by certified colon hydrotherapist Adina Zeev and licensed acupuncturist Jata Abdur-Rahim, Blessed Love Health Care endeavors to bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance through holistic treatments and educational workshops. Therapies—including acupuncture, ear candling, and shiatsu massage—rely heavily on Eastern practices to detoxify and restore wellness. Raw-food classes and certification courses help participants up their intake of whole, natural foodstuffs while reducing their dependence on processed meals and plastic fruits dipped in Cool Whip. In addition to authoring several books on wellness, Adina personally creates each of Blessed Love’s workshops, whose topics range from gardening to fertility.
Many chiropractic patients enjoy the trademark cracking sound of a spinal adjustment, while others find it a bit unsettling. Doctor of Chiropractic Charles D. Helfeld—or Dr. Chuck as his patients call him—can do both. His traditional spinal adjustments deliver precision pressures that yield an audible crack as misaligned vertebrae snap back into place. But he also uses the Activator technique, which accomplishes the same feat without producing any audible cracks or internal monologues.
His parents named him Sherwood Swartz, but Dr. Wu Dhi’s name change was not made in vain. A student of various Chinese medicine traditions, Dr. Dhi received several designations from each school; one such name was Wu Di, meaning “has no enemies.” A Tibetan lama, however, later changed that moniker to Wu Dhi. The addition of an h may seem insignificant to the untrained eye, but that little consonant is actually a prestigious honor indicating wisdom. Today, a practitioner of Chinese medicine for more than three decades, Dr. Wu Dhi helms Whole Life Health and Wellness, where he demonstrates his wisdom through a variety of holistic treatments, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and body-mind clearing.
Both Doctors of Chiropractic Andrew Sands and Steven Schwartz have experienced first-hand the power of chiropractic healing. Dr. Sands injured his shoulder lifting weights at the gym and was rescued from intense pain by a nearby chiropractor. Dr. Schwartz, who suffered from crippling migraine headaches while he was in high school, only found pain relief after visiting a local chiropractor—not from traditional medical therapy or medications. Their experiences made them want to enter the field themselves so they could learn how to relieve pain and perform the profession’s secret handshake.
Now, at Whole Life Health and Wellness Center, they offer a variety of techniques that help others live pain-free. They take x-rays (if medically necessary), adjust spines, and offer clients sessions in their infra-red sauna, which uses radiant heat to loosen tight muscles and increase blood circulation.
Nicole Brown founded Health By Choice after fighting a personal battle for wellness. Struggling for years with ailments and stints in the hospital, she choice to learn as much as she could about health, sickness, and happiness so that she could take control of her own well-being and help others as well. In addition to studying massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine, Nicole became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and encourages her patients to practice yoga and meditation in addition to undergoing treatments from her roster of natural health care services.