Fewer than 400 dentists around the world can currently claim accredited membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but Dr. Dennis Lichorwic is determined to add one to their ranks. In the process, he's submitted to a multiyear system of peer review that includes written and oral exams and in-depth clinical case studies that are scrutinized by the members of the Academy.
This passion for continual education has helped make his practice the nine-time winner of Emerald Coast Magazine's Best Dental Practice award. Along with his partner Dr. Julia Sprang and their friendly staff of hygienists and dental assistants, Lichowic keeps up with new technologies to treat patients with popular new procedures such as Invisalign teeth-straightening treatments and ultra-quick Zoom! whitening.
Meanwhile, patients say aah in a pair of offices whose waiting areas, despite their stately exteriors, evoke nothing so much as a posh family room. Carafes of coffee sit atop a coffee bar in the waiting room, a flat-screen TV hangs over a fireplace that sucks pre-appointment anxieties from the air, and wooden floors lessen the institutional feel of treatment rooms.
Inside Destin Hot Yoga's 100-degree practice studio, certified instructors lead students of all fitness levels through 75 and 90-minute, stress-relieving Barkan method yoga classes seven days a week. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Aside from empowering the mind and circulatory system, Barkan classes provide proven benefits, such as assisting in tight joint relief, mood improvement, organ function, and the tackling of rabid elephants of discontentedness. The Barkan method of yoga integrates poses from other disciplines, varying the practice from class to class to keep minds, muscles, and disenchanted sticky mats engaged.
Emerald Coast Chiropractic’s Florida-licensed massage therapists assist aching bodies with a variety of massage modalities that soothe away stress in a private room. The skilled therapists know how to augment chiropractic adjustment with deep-tissue techniques that target a specific joint, muscle, or muscle group. Pre-treatment, staffers spend time with each client, addressing any concerns and educating on the benefits of massage. A Swedish kneading increases circulation and blood flow as oil, cream, or lotion smoothes over skin with long, fluid strokes that deepen relaxation. Trigger-point therapy eases tension and boosts muscular function, and neuromuscular therapy addresses specific problems discovered during a postural assessment and telepathic Q and A.
Dr. Nitin Bawa is a man of many talents. Not only has he completed rigorous research on Alzheimer’s disease and experimental neurology, he has also gained experience in holistic medicine. It's no surprise, then, that the services at his practice range as widely as his background. General medical treatments tend to patients' overall health, with a particular focus placed on addressing conditions such as loss of libido or fatigue through bioidentical hormones. More aesthetically focused procedures ensure outsides remain as glowing as insides. Zerona weight-loss treatments reduce inches via topical lasers, and Botox, Restylane, and other dermal fillers smooth away wrinkles caused by frequent naps on wicker pillowcases.
Dr. M. Scott Runnels transforms crooked chompers into impeccable ivories using advanced technology and tailor-fit orthodontia. First, Dr. Runnels will implement an initial exam of your mouth, taking x-rays for his digital scrapbook and a set of impressions to create the aligners, which are virtually invisible, like a turtle's aura. If you decide to go through with the total Invisalign treatment (a typical treatment runs from $5,050–$5,950), you will also receive $1,000 off. During the process, each set of cog covers is worn for two weeks, designed to gradually shift walnut crackers until they reach white-picket-fence status. Unlike incisors, the aligners can be easily removed to eat, drink, brush, and chew floss. Although each patient's case differs, a full Invisalign treatment typically last about 12 months, or the gestation period of a sea lion.
Over the course of 10 years, Perri Panella has progressed from a Pilates student to a certified instructor who, in turn, went from helming an in-home studio to owning a PMA-certified business. At Coastal Core Pilates, she channels more than 600 hours of training to demonstrate the benefits of classical Pilates. During private, semi-private, and group classes, she teaches students the motion-based art of balance, as well as shows them the ropes on equipment—such as the reformer, cadillac, and tower—that grants access to an extended catalog of maneuvers.
Perri also highlights the ability of Pilates to forge a link between mental and physical wellness. As the studio's health coach, she has become a conduit of support, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle advice for clients who wish to bolster their overall well-being and undercover robots seeking ways to appear more human.