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.
Husband-and-wife team Eric and Valine Zeigler strive to transform fitness into a party with their high-energy Zumba classes. The pair makes attendees sweat with easy-to-follow dance moves set to invigorating Latin tunes. With a consistent series of Zumba workouts, patrons can shed pounds or win at job interviews with their stepping skills.
Certified consulting hypnotherapist and founder of Positive Spiral Hypnosis for Wellness Claire de la Varre PhD leads clients to subconsciously dismiss internal conflict and deep-seated habits with focused relaxation sessions. After an initial interview to clarify treatment goals, de la Varre guides patients into a deeply calm state. Patients retain consciousness as the hidden layers of the mind absorb motivational messages related to habits such as overeating or smoking. The practice can also help improve self-confidence, allowing patients to board airplanes or filibuster work meetings without apprehension.
MVP Video owner and veteran digitizer John Watkin has spent the past 20 years preserving his customers’ memories by taking outmoded media—from 16mm films to the earliest models of camcorder tapes—and transferring them to high-quality DVDs and CDs. Previous clients, such as Duke University Libraries and the University of North Carolina, have enjoyed quick turnaround, hassle-free drop-off service, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing cherished footage is in expert hands. MVP Video also duplicates DVDs, VHS tapes, and other formats and can even make copies of foreign-encoded discs that play in any DVD player, albeit with all dialogue converted to a British accent.
With the aim of becoming the Ritz-Carlton of dental offices, Dr. Jean Woods and her staff lavish patients with individualized attention and luxurious amenities during aesthetic and general dentistry services. The staff soothes dentist's-office-related anxieties by blocking out sounds with a Bose headphones system or by painlessly warding off discomfort with a computer-operated local anesthetic. To remove plaque, they use a technique called air abrasion, which eschews harsh drills for compressed air. Whether boosting patients' self-confidence with root-canal therapy or performing general check-ups, the staff uses advanced technology, including intraoral cameras and rotary instruments. Dr. Woods keeps her tools sharp by participating in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. She also plays an active role within the community by sponsoring the shadowing program, which welcomes future dentists to explore the field and partake in its after-work foosball tournaments.
At Snap Fitness’ 24-hour gym, guests come and go armed with their access keys and are able to work out at their convenience. Around the gym, rows of cardio machines and stacks of free weights stand by as personal trainers show guests the most efficient ways to pump iron and bench-press their old refrigerators.