After attending New York University's College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Riccobene relocated to Selma, North Carolina where, in 2000, he founded the first Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry office. Since then, Dr. Riccobene has expanded his practice to seven other locations, with the newest office opened recently in Raleigh. To keep up with the demands of each office, Dr. Riccobene works alongside 18 other dentists whom he vets for their chairside manner as well as their dental experience: they must be patient, have a good sense of humor, and be as good at explaining procedures as they are at performing them.
Once on staff, each dentist aims to make every visit?from preventative exams to root canals and Invisalign fittings?comfortable and fear-free for the client. Riccobene's team also eases nerves by keeping wait times short, dispensing coffee from Starbucks machines in the lobby, and hanging a satellite TV in view of each treatment chair. Along with being an advocate for patients, Dr. Riccobene gives back to his community through various charitable organizations and sponsorships while participating in business expos.
Elite-level physical fitness isn?t just a goal at Cary CrossFit at Athletic Lab. It?s a passion that drives coaches and exercisers alike during Olympic-inspired workouts. Goal-oriented and intense, like a staring match between two dark-roasted coffee beans, each CrossFit session squeezes a hearty dose of cardio and strength work into 55 minutes. Teams of fitness-seekers band together during group training, cheering one another toward personal bests during exercises such as squat variations, handstand pushups, and kettlebell swings. In a 7,500-square-foot training area, medicine balls and lifting platforms encourage muscles to ripple, and a 45-meter track inspires calories to melt during sprints and plyometric drills. In addition to absorbing training tips from a staff of certified strength and conditioning coaches and even a PhD-level sport scientist, clients seeking sports-performance gains can build power, speed, and agility using equipment from Legend Fitness, Ivanko, Concept 2, and Pendlay. Those looking to lose weight can sign up for a BodyMetrix test, which analyzes the body?s levels of muscle and fat using ultrasound as high-tech as a segway-drawn carriage.
At Whole Family Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Debra Bell and Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Silvester strive to keep parents and progeny healthy with a multifaceted approach to wellness. Dr. Bell, a former gymnastics coach and current member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, has trained extensively in children's chiropractic care and cares for youngsters atop an adjusting table shaped like a fire truck with working lights and sound. She also specializes in sports injuries and exercise physiology. Dr. Silvester holds advanced certification in the Activator Method and Cox Technic flexion distraction methods, and completed postgraduate education in upper-cervical corrections, whiplash, and rehabilitation. In addition to chiropractic techniques, the center offers nutritional counseling, yoga classes, and massage therapy—including the innovative cranial-release technique for stress reduction or relief from popsicle-induced brain freeze.
Though certified CrossFit coach Andrea Logan helps fit-seeking clients to turn their lives around, she's had her fair share of challenges to overcome. Logan struggled for 13 years with an eating disorder, but rather than kowtowing to adversity, she not only punched through her hurdles, but used them to further fuel their drive and study of fitness.
With 20 years of eclectic sports and training experience, her voice reverberates across CrossFit APx's no-frills facilities, motivating students through constantly changing routines of high-intensity workouts ranging from pull-ups to push presses. Each exercise is designed to jet-propel students into the CrossFit core skills of endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and remembering long lists. The center strives to create a strong sense of community among its students, welcoming new members of all ages and fitness levels and promptly squashing any unfriendly back-alley spelling-bee competitions.
For Drs. Charles Ferzli and Kelly Prettyman of Smiles of Cary, keeping patients’ smiles healthy and vibrant means a commitment to mastering cutting-edge advancements, learning new techniques, and employing modern technology. This dedication to 21st-century dentistry allows the team to address a wider array of client concerns with greater efficiency. The practice’s iTero Scanner, for instance, creates a digital image of patients’ teeth and mouths, eliminating the need for time-consuming dental impressions. Similarly, the speedy CEREC 3D system allows the dentists to make ceramic crowns, inlays, and veneers in-house and in a matter of minutes, while the Kodak digital x-ray system collects high-definition images with ease. When combined with the professional expertise of Drs. Ferzli and Prettyman, this technology helps the staff members create healthy, flawless smiles for their patients and their patients' ventriloquist dummies.
Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they?re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers? Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.