In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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A former acupuncture patient herself, Linda Solow Miyoshi’s desire to heal others took her on a globe-spanning journey, beginning at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, and then detouring to China, where she sought further study in the ancient pain-alleviating art. Today, her expertise in acupuncture and homeopathic health is right at home at Detoxing the World, where she can ply her skills on bodies suffering from everyday stress as well as those with neurological problems such as MS, ADHD, and Parkinson's. A strong believer in the power of detoxification, she also offers ion cleanses that help pull toxins and artery-clogging magic scarves from the body using water that is charged with a mix of positive and negative ions. The ions are believed to work like magnets, attaching themselves to oppositely charged impurities such as heavy metals and plaque, and may help to restore immune-system function and protect the body from disease.
Dr. Green is a board-certified dermatologist with more than 25 years of experience, taking care to personally provide all of the laser and injectable services at Cosmetic & Laser Center of Annapolis and Dr. Green, M.D. Today he fills his center with cutting-edge technology and skin care—perhaps most evident in his chemical peels. Combining aesthetic go-tos such as glycolic and alpha-hydroxyl acids with patented Melaplex and GLX technology, he creates custom elixirs that fight fine lines, brighten complexions, and rejuvenate smiles.
Dr. Green's treatments don't end with chemicals though. With his Starlux 1540 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment, Lightsheer Laser Hair Removal and Nd:YAG laser systems he harnesses light to reduce the appearance of acne scars, remove unsightly stubble, and erase unwanted tattoos. IPL photorejuvenation and Thermage CPT Skin Firming & Tightening Treatment treatments take a slightly different approach, yet still manage to improve skin tone by stimulating collagen production in the dermal layers.
Michelangelo famously claimed that the human form of a sculpture resided in the stone itself, and that the artist’s task was merely to free it using totally tubular nunchaku moves. With today's Groupon, free the finely sculpted form lurking just beneath your skin. For $49, you get seven group fitness classes at FitnessWise, a $118 value. Classes include yoga flow, yoga-Pilates blend, total body conditioning, circuit kickboxing, stretch and center yoga, yoga 101, Mama Yoga (for new mothers and moms-to-be), World Beat Yoga (flowing yoga set to Reggae, Samba, or other world music), or core and stretch. Choose one class that suits your needs, or try them all for an ultimate cross-training approach.
After honing the techniques of muscle manipulation at the Baltimore School of Massage, Antonio Grandez has spent the last eight years perfecting his craft. With steady hands and laser-like focus, he delves into sore backs, shoulders, and limbs to loosen tight muscles and bring his clients on one-hour sojourns into relief and relaxation. Along with stress-banishing Swedish techniques, the therapist specializes in deep-tissue massage, which targets spots of chronic pain, and sports massage, which is formulated to ease injuries stemming from athletic endeavors such as spending a day as a soccer ball.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.