At the offices of Dental on 45, no detail pertaining to patient comfort has been overlooked. Distilled, bottled water hydrates guests in lieu of tap water to prevent potential contamination and a modern sterilization system further impedes the spread of germs. The greatest comfort, however, comes from the bedside manners of the two doctors, who use their many years of experience to strengthen smiles with porcelain veneers, full porcelain crowns, Invisalign braces, and an in-office power whitening system. Along with their general and cosmetic dentistry, the duo also treat conditions such as gum disease, implant dentistry, and root canal treatments, referring patients to dependable outside specialists as necessary.
Bittersweet Golf Club’s 18-hole course winds through mature hardwoods and the brambly grasses of native wetlands, supporting the ecosystem that continues to thrive around the former bird sanctuary. Recent renovations have made the Bittersweet course more playable, a personality shift that earned it the Daily Herald’s 2010 Readers' Choice Award as well as several dates with a local soccer field. The course still retains many of its score-mangling qualities, as evidenced by the presence of water hazards on all but one hole, including two ponds that line the sides of the narrow fairway on the ninth hole, appropriately dubbed “Slim.” Bent-grass greens await clubbers at the opposite end of every tee, sporting a slick surface that can complicate even simple putts. To get golfers in shape for the demanding links, Bittersweet’s pro shop and staff of PGA instructors outfit clients with the skills, apparel, and divot-tool implants needed to hunt pins with confidence.
All instructional programs at Lance Williamson Stables adhere to a few overarching pursuits. These include commitments to proper technique, lots of practice repetitions, and thorough enjoyment of riding as a sport. Founder Lance and his colleague, Jennifer Crow, open their lessons to riders of all ages and abilities. Conducted in private and semi-private formats, lessons take place inside an outdoor ring or an indoor arena, where a viewing deck invites spectators to watch the rider's improvement and try to teach horses how to start a full arena wave.
At Atkinson Chiropractic, Dr. Justin Atkinson and his spine-aligning staff specialize in personalized care with an emphasis on inspiring long-term wellness through holistic healing methods. Sore joints surrender range-limiting pain pockets to a number of time-tested chiropractic methods, from back-to-basics manual adjustments and diagnostic motion palpation to heavy-metal therapy, wherein clients recline on subwoofers blasting Black Sabbath. Traction rehabilitation shepherds compacted spines to pain-relieving protraction, a treatment that may be augmented by customized exercise routines designed to fortify spinal columns against future injuries. The healing hands of Dr. Atkinson's massage therapists alternate between Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques that may also incorporate trigger-point therapy and myofascial-release methods.
Lake County Boot Camps' inspirational instructors raise their voices only to offer praise and motivation—rather than barking insults and orders—to participants sweating through each 45-minute total-body workout. The boot-camp classes eschew the doldrums of traditional workouts by constantly changing exercises and only using barbells for group juggling routines. Each session torches calories, stokes metabolism, whittles cores, and tones muscles. To comfortably challenge each exerciser, Lake County Boot Camps houses myriad fitness-forging paraphernalia, including battling ropes, suspension trainers, and a joint-friendly foam floor. Unlike many boot camps, Lake County Boot Camps' exercises take place indoors, letting clients shape up without having to fend off rain, sleet, and squirrels' putdowns.
When Sensei Katrina Polen teaches Ryukyu Kempo karate to students of all genders and ages during classes, she’s not just showing them self-defense techniques—she’s encouraging them to adopt a lifestyle of fitness, character growth, and creativity. She oversees sparring matches that teach the value of a strong work ethic or stunt double, and also plans optional competitions for those desiring more concrete stakes. To allow her protégés an artistic say in their practice, she gives them free reign of the demonstration group, TeamKat, which plans routines for performance.
She also offers non-karate classes in the form of Zumba, cardio-kickboxing, and personal-training sessions. She works to cultivate a tight-knit sense community by hosting additional events, such as birthday parties and bimonthly movie nights.
Board-certified chiropractic physician Dr. Naveed Elahi takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief, disease prevention, and whole-body health at Health First Wellness Center. The practice specializes in chiropractic medicine, a science that aims to alleviate such common conditions as headaches and neck pain without the use of drugs, surgery, or noogies. In cases where traditional chiropractic medicine does not apply, the doctor rounds out the treatment menu with acupuncture and clinical massage therapy, two ancient modalities that can reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Furthermore, personal training and nutrition counseling help patients ward off the specter of disease in a more reliable manner than hanging garlic cloves on their treadmills. In addition to MedSpa services including laser hair removal and VelaShape body smoothing and contouring, Health First Wellness Center also offers yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes.