In 1992, Dewey Heffner and his son George started selling black tire tubes out of their truck under a sign that read, "Butts Tubes." Through the years, the seed of this roadside tubing company sprouted 11 different outdoor activities and matured into Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.
At Harper's Adventure Center, single- and multiday adventures fuse adrenaline-packed thrills with the scenery of the Potomac and Shenandoah River regions. More than 100 species of birds, 60 types of butterflies, and flocks of wild birthday balloons fill the sky on hiking trails, which wind through hilly terrain. The crashing sound of Bull Falls forms the soundtrack for whitewater-rafting trips, and treetop canopies serve as the decor for ziplining.
Drawing from these activities, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center's crew can design custom adventure packages or help customers to choose a predesigned trip. They also lead team-building retreats using outdoor activities to teach universal skills such as working toward a common goal or ziplining to the stage for business presentations.
River & Trail Outfitters owners Lee and Eunsook Baihly have been acquainting customers with the area's natural beauty since 1972. Their outdoor-exploration company's more than 70 friendly staffers accompany customers on relaxed, informative rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and tubing excursions. In addition to having mastered river- and boat-safety skills, staff members are experienced in first aid, CPR, and the correct way to ask dolphins for directions. River & Trail Outfitters also accommodates businesses, organizing team-building events and rock wall rentals or hiking trips. The Baihlys' environmental commitment extends to an in-house recycling program and the use of biodiesel fuels.
Dr. Jiang Tan draws on more than two decades of experience in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as he examines patients and treats issues ranging from arthritis to eczema. Treatments include traditional acupuncture, acupressure sessions, and gua sha scraping treatments.
Inspired by a close family member who recovered from a debilitating injury through chiropractic care, Doctor of Chiropractic Amir Rashidian knew he’d found his career path. Now, at The Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic, it’s his life's goal to bring about that kind of relief from pain to the members of his community so they may return to all the activities they hold dear. To do that, he uses a holistic approach that includes a combination of postural screenings, nutritional and lifestyle coaching, and manual treatments such as spinal adjustments and massage. He also specializes in drugless treatments for migraine and headache relief. Through physiotherapy, he enhances healing effects and alleviates discomfort with ultrasound, as well as electrical muscle stimulation and cryotherapy. With this well-rounded approach to treatment, he not only treats the cause of the pain, but can prevent its recurrence.
While working at a pharmaceutical company as an immunochemistry scientist, Dr. Autumn Frandsen had an epiphany: for all the good it did, the focus on medicine and palliative, symptom-focused care ignored the body's ability to heal itself. She went back to school to study holistic and naturopathic medicine, and learned how to treat the underlying causes of a range of maladies. Today, she treats problems and conditions including migraines, chronic pain, and arthritis at Velise Total Health. She addresses them with services as craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling, and heavy metal detoxification that removes heavy metals from the body.
Dr. Edward Perraut hasn't just performed more than 50,000 LASIK surgeries, he's also undergone the laser-based procedure. This boosts the credibility of the Johns Hopkins fellow and his fellow doctors, who speak from experience when advising clients on the LASIK procedures. After leading a consult to confirm candidacy, the doctors schedule surgery, which begins with a small incision to open a flap over the corneal surface. Using a small-spot laser beam, WaveLight's Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser helps reforms the curvature of the cornea according to calibrations customized for each patient. The flap is then closed and begins resealing immediately, thanks to the eye's ability to heal quickly. The surgeons furnish patients with home-care instructions, as well as recommendations for follow-up appointments. A small percentage may need touch-up procedures, which are included if the patient is a viable candidate. An FAQ page anticipates common questions, such as, "will LASIK affect my x-ray vision?"