The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
At Advanced Dermatology Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, a team of dermatologists featured in magazines such as Glamour and Men's Fitness oversee an array of treatments. Together, they alleviate skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Alternatively, they beautify skin with lasers, tightening sagging areas or removing unwanted hair. Their cosmetic surgeries, meanwhile, tweak physiques while maintaining a natural look.
OTOhealth Hearing Care protects and preserves auditory abilities by equipping patients with appropriate hearing technology and services. Each office carries an extensive line of hearing aids that sit behind the ear, on top of the ear, or inside the ear, or loop under the chin, around the back, and over the big toe before finally settling somewhere near the ear.
Its health-care professionals can lead comprehensive screenings for children and adults and help pair patients with a device to meet their unique needs. Additionally, technicians can expedite minor repairs to devices onsite and can also connect customers with assisted-listening devices that augment FM radios, alarm clocks, doorbells, TVs, and telephones.
Licensed medical aesthetician Phyllis Gasparri performs each facial treatment at Skin Perfect, drawing on more than 25 years of experience as she treats acne and wrinkles during services that emphasize clinical approaches to skincare. Among her weapons of choice are lasers—which she uses to reduce scar tissue and remove hair and tattoos—and exfoliation tools such as microdermabrasion wands and chemical-peel solutions. To keep up their progress, clients can take home products from SkinCeuticals and Cell Renewal Systems or purchase one of the shop’s own line of mini facial steamers, which sterilize and clean the face while discreetly opening envelopes within a 50-yard radius.
Were it not for the sweet scent of pomade and the constant buzzing of clippers, it would be easy to mistake Park Ave. Barbers for a cozy after-work hangout. After receiving a warm welcome, men with mussed hairdos hop into leather thrones and entrust their styles to the shop’s expert barbers. Flat-screen televisions keep eyes distracted from the scissors behind them as the barbers work assiduously to dress up scalps in timeless fashions. A hot lather softens whiskers before a traditional straight-razor shave coaxes out facial tattoos cowering in the darkness of a five o’clock shadow.
Perfect Body Laser and Aesthetics' toning technicians wield the radio-frequency and optical-energy-powered ReFirme skin-tightening technology in five 45-minute sessions that target fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Before starting treatment, clients meet with staffers to discuss their medical histories, learn about expected results from the tightening process, and trade shortbread-cookie recipes. The elōs technology of the ReFirme system uses light energy proven safe for all skin types to iron out face or neck creases, and provides contact cooling on the surface to increase comfort. Customers can opt to smooth crinkled areas on their face wrappers and maintain their necks' sleek appearances, or choose to focus on face tightening alone over the course of five treatments.