Occupational therapists Dr. Brian R. Foltz and Ross E. Sato founded Pediatric Motor Playground to help children aged 2.5–12 develop physical and academic skills needed to succeed in school. At centers in Lafayette and Danville, the therapists and their team of educational-fitness instructors guide kids through the company's patented Motor Curriculum: 50 straight minutes of activities specifically designed to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination and social interaction. During these sessions, instructors might have kids play basketball, climb on foam-padded gym equipment, exercise with fitness balls, and practice their handwriting.
Dr. Foltz and Mr. Sato aren't comfortable just letting any instructor or animated snowman teach their curriculum. Each educational-fitness instructor completes at least 240 supervised hours of training and must pass both written and physical evaluations.
In the meticulous hands of Board Certified dermatologist Dr. Robin Knuttel, Sonoma Skin’s precision laser eradicates extraneous hair from upper lips and chins (a $150 value/treatment), underarms (a $125 value/treatment), or bikini regions (a $150 value/treatment, front area only). As potent photon machetes hack away unsightly foliage, the light treatment stymies future regrowth by targeting pigments at the heart of the follicles and jacking up rents far beyond the bristles’ pay grade. Under the safe beams of GentleLASE and GentleYAG lasers, filament elimination generally yields only mild discomfort, which can be assuaged with a cooling spray. After repelling cosmetic menaces, Sonoma Skin keeps potentially rebellious epidermal elements in check with an eyebrow waxing (a $30 value).
Stylist Ariana Johnson practices her hair-cutting craft at Tease Hair Studio in the company of seven other beauty experts, including an eyelash specialist. The team performs all manner of services, from hair-smoothing treatments that use vegan products to facials, waxing, and manicures. Ariana and her cohorts also prep brides for the big day, applying makeup and fashion updos so hair doesn’t get in the way during the bride and groom’s first cake-eating contest.
When it comes to doing hair, there isn't much that the four stylists at Studio 209 Salon haven't tackled before. Specialists in hair extensions and color correction, they can also handle perms, modern cuts, and all sorts of up-dos, including the retro pin-up styles that have become increasingly popular with bridal parties and time travelers.