Much like the local pharmacies of yester-year, Crossroads Apothecary, which was developed by doctors, nutritionists, and herbalists, nurtures both customers' personal health and knowledge. The store's shelves and online stock bear pharmaceutical-grade supplements, including protein powders and herbal remedies, that infuse bodies with renewed vigor stolen by illness or parasitic aliens. Meditation CDs and books kept in-store soothe stressed minds, and organic soaps nourish bodies. To help patients take control of their health, the apothecary’s learning center gifts visitors with a wealth of information on any number of medical and holistic health questions and pairs with the onsite gym, med spa, and wellness center.
Continuing-education courses keep Dr. Edward Sharkey abreast of the latest innovations in the fields of periodontal, surgical, and cosmetic dental care. By updating his dental know-how, he can offer his patients these treatments, including checking for cavities with a diagnostic laser, taking digital tooth impressions with a 3-D imaging program, or making smiles brighter than a radioactive snowflake with the Zoom whitening system. When he’s not treating patients at his clinic, Dr. Sharkey also serves on the surgical staff at Howard County General Hospital and donates his scuba-diving skills to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Patty Owen MAc, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM), a board-certified acupuncturist, and Kristen LaSor LMT, MAc, LAc, a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, restore the body’s energy balance and relieve its chronic pains. This might sound like a difficult task for anyone, but Owen and LaSor accomplish it by focusing all of their attention on each client and drawing on their vast knowledge of holistic medicine. They further cater to their patrons by preceding every treatment with an extensive two-hour consultation to address each of their specific maladies.
The various practitioners at RiverHill Wellness Center come together to provide preventive and holistic health solutions. Massage, reflexology, and mental-health experts join with acupuncturists and physical therapists to care for external pain as well as the mental or spiritual causes of it. A certified nutritionist and apothecary support treatment programs with homeopathic herbs, supplements, and speckled newt smoothies.
As the son of a reflexologist and an herbalist, Jedidiah D. Smith PhD., CHHP has been surrounded by the benefits of alternative medicine for his entire life. Now, as the founder of The Center for Holistic Wellness, he brings several disciplines to three locations. All of these disciplines are centered on a faith in the human body to heal itself when given proper guidance and the willingness of the client. That's why the center's treatments are meant to coincide with personal lifestyle goals, rather than to simply send symptoms packing.
Services range from holistic life coaching to targeted acupuncture. Of course, Jedidiah stays close to his roots by offering clinical reflexology, complete with a foot bath and relaxation session. The reflexology portion manipulates specific areas of the hands and feet that allegedly correspond to other body parts, in hopes of achieving greater balance, less stress, and toes that don't squeak when they're tickled. Also on the roster of treatments is hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and skincare that staves off signs of aging.
Led by certified and enthusiastic instructors, Hardbody Outdoor Fitness offers its adherents access to one-hour morning classes from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park in the spring and summer and in Inside Out Performance in the fall and winter. Throughout each boot-camp-style regimen, lethargic muscles are forged into lethal weapons with resistance training, core work, and optional bionic reconstructive surgery. The functional program utilizes stability balls, medicine balls, hula hoops, resistance bands, jump ropes, and other equipment to emphasize balance and stabilize neurotic musculature. Sessions are also designed to work for and with people from all walks of life, from marathon runners to school teachers training to defeat a cruel chalkboard in hand-to-hand combat. Choose the 5- or 10-day pass to sample training sessions, or pick the one-month membership to take part in up to 16 one-hour classes.