When asked what factors influenced their career choice, not many people would answer, "The location of my college apartment." But that?s exactly what Dr. Eric Smith did. He lived next door to a chiropractor's office during his freshman year, and from his desk, Smith could see patients?including entire families?coming and going from the adjacent building. He noticed that they appeared to be in pain when then walked in, and seemed to have more pep in their step as they left. Smith got a chance to see for himself what all the fuss was about after sustaining a serious neck and back injury. In extreme pain, he headed next door for treatment, eventually making a remarkable recovery. Smith even began working for the chiropractor part time, learning more about chiropractic care and developing a passion for helping others. After earning his chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic's west campus, Dr. Smith began practicing, allowing people in pain to experience the same healing he had felt.
That was 25 years ago. Today, at Smith Chiropractic, Dr. Smith alleviates discomfort and illness with a variety of techniques, including spinal-decompression therapy and gentle adjustments with the instrument-based Activator Methods. Dr. Smith also donates his time to local businesses and events by offering free wellness workshops on topics such as weight loss, stress, and ergonomics in the workplace.
Licensed posturist and certified massage therapist, Cavan Collins, aids clients in straightening their stances to restore flexibility, realign spines, and increase athleticism. Reposturing combines stretching, massage, and postural exercises utilizing the power of breath. The spinal technician customizes treatments to individual goals and can work to relieve chronic pain from repeated movements in athletics, work, or attempts to mimic the drinking bird on one's desk.
Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.
Sport Fencing Center has carried on fencing's centuries-old flame by instilling the sport's values within new generations of competitors. Students as young as five lunge and parry on the facility's nine fencing strips, each outfitted with electronic scoring machines. Co-owners Karen Ladenheim and Darwin Martos coach mechanics and strategy during instructional programs taught to students of all experiences and abilities. Novices start off in introductory courses, wherein they'll learn basics such as footwork and blade work while improving speed and mobility, while experts might work on advanced footwork, tournament preparation, and their ability to steal s'more marshmallows in the Competitive Program.
Led by June Kamerling and her expert instructors, El Cerrito Fitness’s classes aim to help students of all levels achieve their fitness goals with a variety of different Pilates techniques. The classes make use of springboards or reformer machines, using the apparatus to challenge guests to sink deeper into stretches. Mat Pilates classes harness the power of resistance to strengthen cores.