The Metabolic Medical Center chaperones clients along the rewarding journey toward healthier lifestyles with safe and effective weight-loss treatments. The two-week plan begins with an initial visit to the affable Dr. John Parker’s office, whereupon he conducts a thorough examination, making sure to inquire about patients’ family history of forgetting to eat an apple a day. Clients then undergo a body-fat analysis, a BMI test, blood work, an EKG, and additional body measurements as needed. Dr. Parker works with each patient to craft a customized weight-loss plan that incorporates a helpful program book, two meal-replacement supplements for each day of the two-week period, three optional vitamin B12 shots, a two-week supply of vitamins and minerals, and a briefing on the convoluted rules of flashlight tag.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
Dr. Ronald Finger, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is a founding father of the coastal region's cosmetic-surgery business. He opened the first outpatient surgery center and medical spa in the area, performed the first liposuction procedure in Georgia, and developed one of the first doctor-created lines of skincare products. He still works to make Finger & Associates Plastic Surgery Center as renowned as it was when it first opened, beautifying bodies and faces with lifts and tucks as well as less invasive laser procedures and anti-aging treatments. Dr. Finger doesn't just serve the aesthetic needs of women; he has made appearances on the WTOC 11 midmorning show heralding the med-spa options available for men and pandas.
Board-certified internist Dr. Steve Fabrizio, MD, oversees the staff at Premier Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics. His efforts to tackle obesity throughout the past decade have given him expertise in dieting, exercise, and medications, which supplements the aesthetic treatments at his medspa. On the spa side, Botox injections work to erase the lines and creases that appear after years of folding your face up into your wallet, and lasers zap away unwanted hair and spider veins.
Synergistic Bodies founder C.C. Powell trains her clients in a balanced fitness approach, using cardio conditioning to build endurance, weight training to increase muscle mass, and Pilates to fortify the body's inner muscles. Her functional fitness regimen aims to outfit clients with the ability to tackle life's daily challenges with minimal stress and effort. She and her staff of teachers turn up the heat on calories in belly-dancing and Zumba classes conducted in the vast, mirrored group fitness room. Through the Juice Plus program, trainers pass out nutritional advice and big-kid sippy cups.
In the middle of the facility, TRX Suspension training harnesses dangle from the ceiling, awaiting bodies to strap in and discover the sensations of being a yoyo. Reformer machines line the walls of the Pilates room, deepening stretches and providing greater resistance for core exercises while supporting the spine and joints.