Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports?both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and Giants, football's BC Lions, soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and baseball's Vancouver Canadians?four sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
Since its inception, Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club has developed a fitness vision?one where a place could promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for all. Within its 18 locations across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, the gym strives to fulfill that vision by maximizing each member's experience in a fun and friendly environment, while offering a well-rounded approach to health and fitness.
Featuring a variety of amenities for all those wanting to achieve their fitness goals, each facility boasts state-of-the-art training equipment for clients' cardio and weight-lifting needs. For those who work better in packs, a wide range of fun group fitness classes are offered, including Zumba, yoga, pound, and LaBlast. Experienced certified personal trainers impart their wealth of fitness knowledge and effective exercise programs, but also inform on the latest in health and fitness, in-club events, and several other exciting member services.
Just as jogging isn’t only for marathon runners and skydiving isn’t only for superheroes with broken jetpacks, yoga is not just for bendy people, according to Shanti Yoga. First-timers along with daily yogis attend the studio's classes, which include options for all levels, such as gentle Hatha and power Vinyasa. Yoga workshops help students deepen their practice and learn new techniques, and retreats blast practitioners out of their comfort zones for life-changing experiences in tropical locations such as Bali. The studio also sells yoga-inspired Satya Jewelry, glass water bottles by Life Factory, and yoga props and accessories.
Clinic director and surgeon Dr. Segal oversees a well trained staff of hair harvesters that rounds up ready-to-pick follicles using gentle laser technology. The clinic’s high-tech hair-removal equipment channels safe radio frequencies in conjunction with light energy to stunt actively sprouting hairs at the follicles. Fingers can rid themselves of excess hair (a $50 value per session), and ladies can strut puddle side with confidence after thorough bikini line maintenance (a $175 value per session). To reduce redness and discomfort, Segal Vein and Laser simultaneously cools the surface of the skin. Unlike flailing toward a wall of flypaper, Segal Vein and Laser’s treatments typically do not require recovery time.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Chiropractic, Physio Therapy, and Massage Therapy
Brands Used: Custom Orthotics by The Orthotic Group
Viva Care Medical & Wellness's umbrella encompasses 10 clinics?conveniently situated inside Walmart locations?and dozens of medical and healthcare professionals. Acting as an alternative to an emergency room, the clinics welcome walk-in patients for immediate treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. To save their patients time spent in the waiting room, the staff posts current wait times online and gives each patient a pager upon signing in that will alert them to when the staff is ready to see them.
They also offer long-term rehabilitation services, combining their expertise with that of chiropractors, physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, and even personal trainers. And they even staff professionals who specialize is orthotics, helping patients correct hitches in their gait with custom-made inserts for shoes or stilts.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Delta's studio help students boost strength, stamina and flexibility by leading them through Bikram Choudhury's therapeutic 26 asanas and two specialized breathing exercises. Each dedicated teacher believes in the healing benefits of Bikram technique — for instance, Sunshine Zhang found that the technique alleviated her sciatic nerve flare-ups, and director Mak Pahar credits it with his recovery from injuries sustained in hockey games and wrestling matches with his doppelganger. Their pupils practice the soothing and strengthening postures amid a studio decorated with wall murals of rushing waterfalls, stylish black-leather furniture, stone-tiled shower rooms, and heated yoga rooms lined with mirrors.