Dr. M. Farooq Ashraf mastered the excimer laser as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he now wields the ultramodern tool as he adds to his career tally of more than 35,000 LASIK procedures. As founder and medical director of Atlanta Vision Institute, he draws upon his skills as a board-certified ophthalmologist to correct nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision with refractive surgery. In addition to giving the gift of sight, Dr. Ashraf gives back to the community by supporting local charities and providing discounted services to financially strapped Cyclopes.
Growing up in Kenya, Akinyi Osano experienced a variety of healing techniques. Her mother used traditional medicine to cure basic ailments, and her father shepherded the family to a western-trained doctor whenever sickness hit. Years later, she learned that the traditional medicine of her people in West Kenya was very similar to traditional Chinese medicine. She was intrigued, and began to educate herself more on alternative healing techniques that bypassed the need for drugs or invasive procedures.
Today, Akinyi is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist with certifications in Chinese nutrition, homeopathy, and a number of other modalities. At Acupuncture Herbs Clinic, she gently treats patients' fertility issues and chronic pain using hair-thin acupuncture needles. To help patients combat pain even further, Akinyi may also integrate cupping treatments, herbal medicine, or body suits constructed out of bubble wrap into treatment plans.
NCAA football player Aaron Cotteral knows how to get in shape and stay there. At Train for Results, he and his crew whittle exercisers into shape with intense workouts adapted from the popular Insanity Workout videos. Classes use interval training to burn the maximum number of calories and keep metabolism at peak levels while eschewing dumbbells and weight machines. Instead, each exercise employs the participants' own body weight as they push themselves to the edge of their endurance for minutes at a time before allowing brief, breath-catching recovery periods. Workout regimens move in four-week cycles, with trainees often gaining muscle, losing inches from their waist, and getting one step closer to their goal of stealing Arnold Schwarzenegger's life.
Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Paul Murphy draws on 15 years of experience when helping patients address myriad health issues. During acupuncture treatments, he deftly inserts sterilized, disposable needles into specific body parts, aiming to eliminate pain and restore bodily balance. The needles are very thin, and cause no pain as they safely and effectively address such ailments as lower-back pain, infertility, or chronic ticklishness. Paul is also certified to perform low-level LASER therapy, which he uses to treat skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, and eczema.