After 27 years in the United States Army and 15 years as a master fitness trainer, Trish Fisher understood firsthand what it takes to stay fit, especially when injuries get in one's way. To share her hard-won knowledge with the public, she became DeVoir Fitness Studio's director and began choosing and designing programs to help clients get and stay fit. She works with other trainers who also bring their own expertise to the programs. Together, they teach a wide array of classes that range from proprietary workout programs such as Steel Pilates and R.I.P.P.E.D. to small group-focused, intense workouts such as Boot Camp and T-DeZyne.
CrossFit's fitness philosophy, which is practiced by professional athletes and special-ops units, blends aerobic activity and weight training into a total body exercise yin yang. Trainers certified in Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and nutrition meet with new members to analyze personal goals, explain the CrossFit formula for success, and reveal the secret behind magic tricks that steal noses. Fitness guides then remain on call at all times as members sharpen their wake-making skills on rowing machines, juggle medicine balls, or mount stationary bikes for a cardio workout more challenging than outrunning the neighborhood velociraptor.
Loka Studios’ pliable professors host yoga and Pilates classes to sculpt physiques of all fitness and experience levels. Among a supportive group atmosphere, students can infuse limbs with fundamental poses in the Yoga the Basics course or learn how to perform the five universal principles of Anusara yoga while filling out tax documents in the Yoga Focus on Form class. Alternately, the Pilates mat sessions use resistance to firm the corpus’ core, and among more specialized classes, the spine-corrector course works to straighten posture and the I-Rest Meditation to straighten the mind’s eye.
Analyte Health's staff of certified phlebotomists works to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by offering affordable screening to patients at more than 30 Houston-area locations. The FDA-approved and CLIE-certified test scans blood and urine samples for eight sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes I and II, HIV, and syphilis. Within 72 hours, patients receive their confidential test results on a secure website or via e-mail, with the promise that Analyte Health will never share them with a third party. If necessary, fully trained doctors and medical professionals are on hand to discuss treatment options.
Drs. Dan Marcuse and Amruta Patel lead the team at Outreach for Smiles Family Dentistry, where the focus is on warding off tooth decay with patient education and regular checkups. But when treatments are in order, the staff is at the ready to fill in cavities or perform root-canal therapy. They also cater to busy kids through a mobile outreach program—Outreach for Smiles—in which the team travels to schools and community programs to dole out fluoride treatments and dental cleanings.