For the past 15 years, Oviedo and Port St. John Eye Care's knowledgeable staff—led by board-certified optometrists Dr. Robert S. Webster and Dr. Stephen J. Thomas—has been striving to treat each patient that walks through their doors like family. They do so by taking the time to learn each patient's history, which helps them better assess ocular conditions during preliminary tests, visual-acuity and refraction measurements, and eye-health evaluations. Once prescriptions are known, the staff helps patients sort through over 1,000 frames, including high-end brands such as Gucci and Vera Wang, to find their ideal match. The staff shows equal love for the environment by taking on green initiatives, such as switching to all-natural cleaners, using recyclable polyethylene bags, and declaring fern the new pink.
Initially daunted by the demands of his first Bikram class, Om on Fire! Yoga director Doug Shorts accepted the challenge to his physical ability, returning to class again and again to build his form, technique, and stamina. Once he felt he had truly mastered and become at home with the style, Doug committed himself by training to become an instructor, accruing 1,500 hours of in-class teaching experience to forge a patient, empowering instruction style. Now, during studio classes, he leads students of all skill levels through challenging sequences of yoga poses to methodically strengthen muscles, realign vertebrae, and cheer up dejected mood rings amid a heated practice space.
At HART, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, instructor Shannon Norris calls upon 30 years of riding expertise to guide students on instructional trots. In groups of six or fewer, they glean essential techniques for balance and safety and learn about steering methods to prevent horses from running off at the first sound of the ice-cream man’s bell. Norris also ensures that students practice barn safety, grooming, and general equestrian care. Lessons take place on the center’s open arenas and grass paddocks, which border a wildlife preserve that allows pupils to bond with the natural environment.
The friendly, mobile technicians of WhiteScience of Brevard brighten dull smiles wherever they may be with professional, scientifically formulated teeth-whitening procedures. Grin decorators can travel to their clients' home or office to apply gentle treatments that minimize tooth sensitivity with ph-neutral formulas and harmless knock-knock jokes. WhiteScience of Brevard also compiles take-home products to help illuminate enamel while resting after work or tanning. Jovial emcees host teeth-brightening events to enliven group spa days, fundraisers, bridal parties, and other special occasions.
At Neo Laser Medical Spa, two physicians, a registered nurse, and a licensed aesthetician use the latest technology to beautify skin. Their multiple laser systems form a cosmic tag-team that can rejuvenate bodies from head to toe. A fractional CO2 laser dramatically reduces pigmentation problems and other signs of aging, a Fraxel laser reduces wrinkles with minimal downtime, and a CoolTouch laser gently diminishes acne and acne scarring. The team also employs lasers to eradicate spider veins and unwanted hair and performs laser-assisted SmartLipo procedures that are less invasive than traditional liposuction.
But lasers aren't the only tools in Neo Laser's anti-aging kit. Clinical staffers combat wrinkles with Botox and dermal fillers, and customize facials or medical peels with petrochemical- and paraben-free Image Skincare products. The medical spa's complimentary consultations include a skin analysis with a detailed written report and photos, as well as 30 minutes with an aesthetician to discuss the best way to remove a mole or a mustache drawn on in permanent marker.
Dentistry is a true family business for the professionals at Ocean Breeze Dental. Dr. Mary Kalimnios first opened her practice in 2000 in Melbourne, but soon expanded to a larger office in Rockledge, where she welcomed her daughter, Dr. Barbara Wetmore, and son-in-law, Dr. Jason Wetmore. The cavity-busting trio also gets help from Dr. Kalimnios’ husband, Dino, who works as the team’s master denture technician, the couple’s son, John, who crafts the practice’s crowns and ceramic restorations, and the advanced, crown-fitting CEREC 3D inLab CAD/CAM system, which was found in a basket on the family’s doorstep. When not working to brighten and strengthen smiles of all ages, Dr. Kalimnios and her brood strengthen their skills by traveling to national and international conferences to stay abreast of the latest dental-care advancements. Dr. Barbara Wetmore also holds certification as a Botox and Dermafil professional, which she uses to tend to creased foreheads, furrowed brows, and unusually wrinkled teeth.