A windswept canopy of palm trees and tiki huts cast shadows over Golf Safari’s 18-hole mini-golf course, where putters explore a safari-themed pastiche of life-sized lion statues, jungly gardens, and misting waterfalls. Built upon a foundation of rocky outcrops, the emerald passageways swerve among the hooves of zebra sculptures, pretend giraffes, and real-life goat-human hybrids. Sprightly flowers and ponds dotted with lily pads greet putt-putt posses along the way, providing a tranquil contrast to pressure-packed putts. With each hole in one, players gain a lifetime of bragging rights against their competitors, as well as the eternal friendship of George T. Gorilla, the course’s primate mascot.
Though he’s a registered PGA Apprentice and holds a degree in Professional Golf Management from The Ohio State University, golf teacher Nick Maietta can’t give you a single, tried-and-true method for succeeding at golf. And that’s because he doesn’t believe in one: he thinks every player learns the game in his or her own unique way. In keeping with this mindset, Nick will take into account each golfer’s swing, preferences, body type, and goals when putting together a lesson plan—a much more reasoned approach than telling them to “stop super-gluing other players’ golf balls to the fairway.” Nick hopes to make the game a more-enjoyable activity for each student as they whittle strokes off their average scores.
Clients don't need an appointment at Granite Diagnostic Laboratories. At 10 locations across the west coast of Florida, lab technicians administer dozens of in-house and reference tests for walk-in visitors. From a single drawing of blood, they can screen for diseases or check levels of cholesterol, growth hormones, and most everything else that powers the body's internal combustion engines. The technicians work thoroughly and efficiently, and hand over results within a few days.
A photographer and painter in his free time, Dr. Ivan Terrero applies an artist's touch to restoring smiles. Besides services such as tooth whitenings and porcelain veneers that repair cracked teeth, his expertise extends to full-mouth reconstruction. He also practices pediatric dentistry, and can administer sedation for adult patients apprehensive about dental visits.
When searching for a name that encompassed the principles of her studio, founder Erika Cooper turned to the five elements—earth, air, fire, water, and ether—and their relation to the five senses for inspiration. She settled on Elements Yoga, which was perfect, as the bedrock of her philosophy is to continuously learn, grow, and remain aware of the world around us. Hence, she ensures each session at Elements is a communal and multisensory experience—in addition to traditional yoga postures, she has students chant, sing, and dance in a friendly and engaging environment that encourages laughter and very slow, purposeful high-fives. Cooper also believes in the power of education, which is why many of her classes include readings and lessons on the history of yoga and Sanskrit. She extends those teachings to regular workshops, as well as to the studio’s certification program.
In an effort to give back to the community through the practice of yoga, Elements hosts weeklong donation-only classes five times a year with 80% of the proceeds passed on to local charities.
The medical director at Advanced Eye Care & Aesthetic Center, Dr. Alina Stanciu, has over 18 years of experience and is a board certified Ophthalmologist and member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. She is best known for facial rejuvenation—specifically, her nonsurgical take on the face-lift. Dubbed the European face-lift, her procedure combats signs of aging with artful injections of Botox and other dermal fillers. The anesthesia-free shots work synergistically, smoothing wrinkles and relaxing the muscles that cause frown lines between the eyes.
To complement Dr. Stanciu's signature injections, the clinic also offers comprehensive eye care. The team's treatments range from basic exams to glaucoma treatment and cataract surgery. They also correct near- and far-sightedness with minimally invasive LASIK surgery, which reshapes corneas with laser light.