American saddlebred horses trot across more than 55 acres of verdant countryside at Jansal Saddlebreds LLC’s training facility, where experienced equestrians devote themselves to riding, breeding, and caring for their trusty mares and stallions. Budding riders bond with carefully selected mounts as instructors teach them to trot, canter, and conduct clopping symphonies in private or group lessons held in an outdoor arena or a lighted, climate-controlled indoor arena. Pastures, turnout paddocks, and scenic trails await beyond the arenas’ fences, where professional trainers Janelle D’Amato and Bobby Jones occasionally lead rides. The facility’s professional roster includes a litany of show-ring champions and a barn manager who curates shows in which horses can display their finest salt-lick sculptures.
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Kevin Sharp started honing the skills that earned him the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. As a fellow in the International College of Chiropractors, Dr. Sharp uses a hands-on adjustment modality—developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead—alongside electrical-stimulation therapy and digital foot scanning. These technologies help Dr. Sharp tailor his treatments to each client while singling out which exact piggy cries, “wee, wee, wee” all the way home. With his guidance, and the help of custom orthotics and a host of online educational resources, clients can continue to heal at home or while driving a dune buggy.
"Warrior": anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his or her particular challenges in life. That's the way Training for Warriors defines a trainee worthy of its fitness classes. When the training system was created, only athletes qualified as warriors. But as time wore on, it became clear that this holistic wellness program wasn't sports-specific. Its blend of speed, strength, and endurance training, along with flexibility moves and nutrition, create a regime that benefits any motivated client. Thanks to ongoing assessments and feedback, trainees of all aptitudes get closer and closer to their fitness goals.
When not fixing smiles inside Dental Center of the Carolinas, Dr. Andrew Kelly served as a deputy examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. A Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, he dispenses his extensive skills and experience at free dental clinics and whittles toothbrushes out of wood on the weekends.
Chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Susan Sykes works alongside her staff to resolve patients' medical conditions using a wide range of techniques, including traditional adjustments, sacro-occipital technique, and BrainCore neurofeedback. In addition to her experience with homeopathy and nutritional counseling, Dr. Sykes is also certified to practice chiropractic acupuncture.
When they teach escapes, positional control, and submissions, the instructors at The Forge Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center aren't just teaching grappling—they're helping students to build confidence. Their drills, all of which incorporate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques, are as relevant to exercising in the gym as they are in real-life self-defense scenarios. And, to ensure their pupils progress, the teachers use positive encouragement as motivation. They welcome kids as young as five to practice blocks, escapes, and grappling moves during classes, awarding higher belt levels as the group's form improves.