After an initial consultation and screening for potential complications from severe tooth decay, Dr. Carver Little and Dr. James R. Pitts dress teeth with a specially formulated whitening gel and expose them to a focused beam of light. While under the light, the gel’s hydrogen peroxide breaks down to penetrate enamel and dentin, eradicate colored substances, and bolster dental strength as effectively as toothpaste made from liquefied oranges. Every 15 minutes, technicians wipe dental canvasses clean and lacquer on a fresh coat of solution. Once the four applications are completed, patients can beam a grin up to eight shades more luminous than before. Some teeth-whitenees may experience short-term sensitivity from the procedure, so customers may want to temporarily refrain from eating extremely hot or cold things or biting of the spikes out of railroad tracks.
For more than a decade, John Paul Kindig has snapped portraits, averaging more than 300 assignments annually in recent years. His striking, traditional compositions—for couples, families, and corporate clients—capture minute detail in his subjects and their surroundings. He travels throughout Pinellas County to offer scenic on-location shoots at beaches, parks, and atop abandoned spaceships that have crash-landed on Earth. After shoots wind down, clients can elect to purchase prints or a DVD containing high-definition images.
Before the start of each client’s service, Gina Vincelli brings them cups of organic tea as they sit on plush, vintage chairs in a private lounge, the walls of which are washed in light blues and chocolate browns. After years of working in an impersonal med-spa environment where doctors performed injections and lifts without getting to know their patients, she decided to shift her focus toward one-on-one treatment in holistic health care. Gina has channeled this passion for mind-and-body wellness into Awaken Organic Skincare & Boutique, distancing herself from a traditional clinical approach with organic formula-based facials, body treatments, waxing, and salon services. To relax clients, she fills the spa with aromatherapy scents such as lavender, eucalyptus, orange, and bergamot, varying the scents based on the season. She also fills the lobby with music and varies the tunes—from nature-inspired spa music to coffeehouse jazz—based on her current clientele.
Gina's staff of therapists executes noninvasive treatments, such as Beautiful Image facial and body sculpting, during which a small electric current runs through skin in need of toning. Shirodhara sessions drip a stream of warm sesame oil onto the patient’s forehead for a relaxing effect. Staff members also administer organic facials with Hylunia skincare formulas, which are free of parabens, perfumes, dyes, and preservatives to keep skin cleaner than Elmo's criminal record. To promote continuing skincare, the in-spa boutique's dark wooden cabinets are filled with homemade soaps, essential oils, and Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which aestheticians can match to clients' skin tone during free applications. Following a recent expansion, the spa now contains private showers for washing up after facials as well as an infrared sauna for covertly thawing pints of ice cream.
Dunedin Stirling Links' 18 par 3 holes sprawl across 27 acres of Scottish links-style fairways. Whereas a typical links course has few trees, this one is lined with pines and palms, blocking the wind from knocking shots off course and blowing up kilts. The course is short overall—its longest hole is just 163 yards—welcoming novice golfers and giving experienced players a chance to hone their short games. What the course lacks in length, it makes up for in challenging shots—the 10th, 17th, and 18th tee shots must each clear water hazards. Golfers can work toward improving their personal best at the practice facility, complete with a lighted driving range for evening repetitions and a 4,000-square-foot putting green. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 54 course * Total length of 2,264 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Classes at Sublime Yoga & Wellness encourage all practitioners to calm their minds while challenging their bodies. The studio's six class styles include beginner to advanced options, but each is tailored to meet the student's individual needs. Held at different times seven days a week, the classes enable students to immerse themselves in practices such as gentle vinyasa flow, warming daily flow, and vigorous ashatanga-inspired flow, which coordinates breathing with energetic postures. In its own way, each method has the potential to reduce physical pain and render practitioners more flexible, from their legs to their newly-swiveling necks. The studio also boasts an onsite spa, Infinite Skin & Body Work, where therapists perform services ranging from deep-tissue massage to customized facials.