Evelyn Coons watched the images of dispossessed pets appear during the news segments on Hurricane Katrina. An animal lover her whole life, she couldn't look at the coverage and not help. She ventured to Second Chance At Love in California, a no-kill shelter that took in 30 dogs who had lost their homes in the hurricane. While volunteering there, she learned from the shelter's founder Cheri Lucas, a practitioner of the training methods developed by "The Dog Whisperer," Cesar Milan.
Now with her own training school, Evelyn continues teaching Milan's methods, helping clients to understand their dogs' innate desires to be well-mannered socialites who always hold their wine glass by the stem. Additional services include treadmill and park sessions to give energetic pooches a safe, structured exercise program. With a particular fondness for pit bulls, she and her husband also rehabilitate dogs rescued in the Tulsa area.
While completing her 1,000 hours of credit in massage-therapy school, Heidi Sanders learned how to stimulate circulation and induce relaxation with Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic techniques. Now that she has earned her license, she continues to perfect these techniques inside Valencia Salon and Spa's private treatment room. The spa, with its Greco-Roman fireplace and plush, warm massage bed, proves an ideal match for Heidi’s stress-melting strokes. Still, she often takes her talents on the road to dole out relaxing chair massages at corporate parties or on the sidelines of tense staring contests.
Jeffrey—the lone shutterbug at Jeffrey B Photography—lends his lens to any event, from outdoor family-portrait sessions to quiet maternity shoots. He prefers natural backgrounds, however, just as he prefers only charging clients for the photos they end up purchasing. He provides both digital images and prints of all sizes that can be stuffed into wallets, frames, and piñatas at your favorite celebrity’s birthday party.
BFitCor was founded by powerlifter Mike and karate black belt Julie Baker, and pits clients against lethargy and excess weight during 50- to 60-minute boot-camp sessions. Trained instructors rally physiques of every fitness level for a combination of cardio, strength, and core work, encouraging up to 25 attendees with supportive words and a full-body foam bullhorn costume. Body-weight exercises, such as pushups and pull-ups, tone triceps and bolster bellies, and weightlifting incorporates objects humans have designed specifically for fitness purposes. To further supplement rounds of interval training, a complimentary nutritional consultation steers stomachs toward wholesome edibles and away from swedish fish guilty of protein fraud.