Dr. Ali Fatemi helms family dental offices in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, where he practices the techniques that he mastered at the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York. Working with children, adults, and seniors, the doc delivers everything from basic checkups to Invisalign braces. Filtered-water lines run through both offices, carrying bacteria-free fluids for use during biannual checkups and dental cleanings, and an arsenal of digital-x-ray machines cut radiation by 90% compared to conventional systems.
To plug cavities, the doctor forgoes metal fillings in favor of tooth-colored materials that are free of the mercury that some believe can negatively affect health and the chrome that everyone knows can attract insatiable car crushers. Thanks to his license in sedation dentistry, Dr. Fatemi can spare his patients stress by lulling jittery patients into a blissful slumber.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
Center for Vein Restoration has recruited a staff of highly accredited surgeons and licensed medical staffers across 21 locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and western Michigan, all focused on offering minimally invasive, same-day outpatient clinical solutions that target varicose veins and spider veins. Board-certified doctors on staff are trained to treat patients who suffer from leg pain and other symptoms of varicose veins. While spider veins—which are typically a cosmetic blight—may be treated with sclerotherapy, varicose veins often require a more involved treatment, such as laser ablation—an outpatient surgical procedure. Aiming to make treatments as minimally invasive as possible, the doctors on staff can also prescribe lifestyle changes for less serious cases, which may include following exercise and nutrition plans or wearing compression stockings.
After delivering more than 1,000 bundles of joy in his career as an OB/GYN, Dr. Keith S. Kelly shifted his focus to the aesthetic applications of medicine. Though he still conducts annual exams and gynecological treatments, he now also enhances physiques with liposuction, tummy tucks, and facelifts. The same friendly demeanor and compassionate approach he developed while working with women in labor and negotiating contracts with storks now goes into putting his new patients at ease. Knowing that cosmetic surgery can be a little daunting, Dr. Kelly makes sure to schedule plenty of time to explain procedures to folks. For those looking for a dose of rejuvenation without going under the knife, his clinic also offers Diamond Tome microdermabrasion, beauty injections, and vitamin injections.
On Fridays at Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club, the aerobics studio turns into a dizzying dance space for determined hula-hoopers. Staff members cheer on guests of all ages and teach helpful techniques as they swivel their hips to keep rings in orbit. But the atmosphere is far from competitive-Hula Hoop Fridays, like all other days at the gym, prioritize support and courtesy over the kind of cutthroat competition seen in pro sports and suburban landscaping.
This attitude is a constant across the diverse curriculum of group fitness classes, which includes kickboxing, Pilates, and spinning sessions. Hula-hooping isn't the only rhythm-based class on the schedule, either: during Drums Alive, students beat elevated stability balls with drumsticks, participating in a safer percussive cardio workout than catching a medicine ball with the double-sided tape on your face. For one-on-one routines, certified personal trainers draft plans to suit clients' fitness and nutrition goals. They balance encouragement with expertise and use the club's exercise equipment to lead patrons from stationary cycles to free weights and strength machinery.
Visitors can supplement their reps with facials, reflexology treatments, or waxing at the onsite spa. The kids' club allows exercising parents to leave their children playing games and watching Dora the Explorer instead of playing hot potato with the massage therapist's hot stones.