Dr. Michael Kwast and his team anchor Peak Performance's chiropractic treatments on a whole-body approach to wellness. This means that, in addition to treating the injury at hand, Dr. Kwast's remedies strive to strengthen each client's core and prevent the injury from happening again. It's a pattern of rehabilitation that can also be seen in Peak's detox and nutrition programs, which gently shepherd patients down the road to weight loss.
The staff complement their chiropractic treatments with massage therapy to remedy conditions such as fibromyalgia and sciatica or simply knead away accumulations of stress. Complimentary, onsite massage classes allow visitors to try the art of massage at home on a sweetheart.
Dr. Troy LeBaron attended Southern College of Optometry, has experience in aviation, construction, farming, electronics, and manufacturing—an eclectic list of vocations that helps him to understand the vision requirements for patients in any line of work. As a certified HOYA technology expert and member of the proforum board for Transitions lenses, Dr. LeBaron can outfit eyes with gear that grants high-definition vision, adjusts to changing light conditions, and displays holograms of wide-open eyes during midwork catnaps. He also pairs faces with frames by designers such Cole Haan, Jimmy Choo, and Jonathan Cate and protects specs with antiglare and scratch-resistant coatings backed by 1-year warranties.
Endurance Fitness molds muscles and deflates spare tires with 25 personal trainers and 9 gyms, which are open and running seven days a week. Clingy, co-dependant love handles can finally get the boot thanks to the latest fitness equipment, group exercise classes, and racquetball courts. The experienced personal trainers assess members’ fitness levels, placing them in either the ironman or mopman categories. Pale skin tents can get a camping glow without ever visiting a forest thanks to Endurance Fitness’s level-three tanning beds ($8). Relax in the steamy sauna or the bubbling whirlpool after a long evening of stair climbing, levitate to the smoothie bar to sip a protein shake or smoothie ($6), or browse the racks of muscle-building supplements available in-house. Endurance Fitness boasts clean locker rooms dotted with cleansing showers and fairy godmother–supervised childcare.
The ocular experts at Smeelink Optical frame out- of-focus eyes in calibrated corrective lenses and more than 1,000 designer frames from brands including Oakley, Prada, Versace, and Gucci. In approximately 60-minutes, trained optometrists test for a gamut of ocular issues including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and wandering third eyes. Exam results identify the ideal set of corrective lenses ($99+) from a collection of polycarbonate, transitions, polarized, and multifocal fillers to nestle inside a selection of traditional, trendy, and natural-material frames ($99+). Basic frames ($99+) appease minimalist eyes, and vogue Gucci or Coach frames ($189–$369) make seeing feel stylish and fancy, like watching expensively dressed strangers in a hotel lobby.
For students of The Studio, flying is not only possible—it's therapeutic. Instructors in beginners’ acro-yoga classes lead guests through the basics of gravity-defying poses and partner work, helping them balance upside down and infuse their yoga practice with trust and playfulness. During these and all classes at The Studio, the emphasis is on acceptance. The staff maintains a judgment-free atmosphere, where burgeoning yogis can feel comfortable attempting new postures without making everyone nearby crawl headfirst into a sleeping bag. The two classrooms—one heated for intense Vinyasa sequences and one kept at a standard temperature—are as calming and open as the minds within them, bordered by walls of large, panoramic windows. Under the supervision of certified teachers, most of whom have undergone hundreds of hours of yoga training, pupils hone their sense of body and breath awareness.
This welcoming ambiance helped The Studio earn the 2012 award for Best Yoga Classes in the Reno News & Review. However, the center is not solely focused on classes and views them instead as one component of a total-wellness regimen. Backing up the sessions, massage therapists untangle muscular knots in two private rooms with Thai stretching techniques or other classic modalities. In the lounge, plush floor cushions support patrons as they sip complimentary tea and peel clementines. Owner Rachelle often stands behind the raw-food and juice bar, prepping wholesome meals for lunch and keeping fruit from getting too full of itself.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
After graduating from University of Michigan, licensed acupuncturist Catherine Van Til earned her master’s degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine ever since. She uses this 2,000-year-old form of treatment as a way to combat everything from addiction to urinary-tract infections to handfuls of balloons that clients no longer need. Catherine specializes in digestion and intestinal issues, migraines, and anxiety-related problems.