Licensed acupuncturists Amy Rautner and Reggi Norton attend to various physical and mental maladies using the 2,500-year-old practice of Chinese acupuncture. This ancient technique restores balance to the body by unclogging congested energy pathways with the targeted pressure of tiny surgical needles, which can alleviate symptoms associated with ailments such as anxiety, depression, indigestion, headaches, insomnia, and lycanthropy. An initial consultation and treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes, and additional appointments elapse over the course of about one hour. Trypanophobics, children, and those apprehensive about being compared to a balding porcupine can opt for a needle-free session.
At Warrior Fitness & MMA Bootcamp, where the coaches have black belts and compete in Olympic events, it's fitting that the facility's signature Warriorfit program combines martial arts and fitness techniques. During classes that consist of roughly 15–20 students, the staff pushes exercisers through a gamut of Olympic exercises, martial arts drills, and boot camp tasks such as flipping an oversized tire end-over-end without being caught by the monster truck's owner. Don't let the coaches' techniques or backgrounds intimidate you, though; they welcome all fitness levels to both of their facilities.
Colonial Opticians' peeper pros have been fitting faces with frames and sculpting lenses on site since 1964. Having weathered decades of capricious eyewear trends, such as radiation-emitting x-ray specs and disorienting 1-D glasses, the family business brings noses into sharp focus with frames ($100+) for both sun and shade. Vibrant, hand-painted frames from Ronit Furst ($240+) are a favorite among cartoon parrot librarians, and share wall space in the showroom with the stark geometry of Kliik's Danish lens cages ($223+). Shoppers carrying a current prescription in hand can also order custom lenses—including single-vision lenses ($78), bifocals ($120), and progressives ($250)—or choose from different lens treatments that protect against scratches, create a mirrored surface, or inhibit glare. Turnaround time may be as short as a day, but varies depending on the prescription and specifications of each client.
Clients at Meridian Wellness Center are steeped in relaxation from the moment they enter its tranquil facilities. In the lobby, verdant plants and vibrant flowers perch near stone sculptures as guests recline on plush chairs situated beneath earth-toned abstract paintings. Certified staff then lead them behind rich purple curtains and down a long hallway that opens onto private rooms, where they will lend their expertise in reflexology, acupressure, and acupuncture to help clients release stress, relieve back pain, and learn to love needles.
Sisters Celia Kibler and Maddi Cheers know that being a kid can be kind of tough. Always the last to be picked on the playground, the two founded Funfit Family Fitness to bring active, fun-filled activities to kids regardless of their skills and abilities, or whether their parents just bought them the newest Air Jordans. Putting themselves in the wee shoes of youngsters, they've developed engaging and interactive classes and camps that combine physical activity with social inclusiveness to help children lay the foundations of a lifetime of loving exercise, nature, and getting back to basics. They gather up to 18 kiddos for camps, each of which focus on a fun theme such as adventure, cheerleading, and bugs, to play games, make new friends, and munch on healthy snacks. They also host parties at one of their three party sites, and throw on-location parties, hosted by one of their CPR-certified and FBI-cleared staff members.
Dr. Ali Fatemi helms family dental offices in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, where he practices the techniques that he mastered at the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York. Working with children, adults, and seniors, the doc delivers everything from basic checkups to Invisalign braces. Filtered-water lines run through both offices, carrying bacteria-free fluids for use during biannual checkups and dental cleanings, and an arsenal of digital-x-ray machines cut radiation by 90% compared to conventional systems.
To plug cavities, the doctor forgoes metal fillings in favor of tooth-colored materials that are free of the mercury that some believe can negatively affect health and the chrome that everyone knows can attract insatiable car crushers. Thanks to his license in sedation dentistry, Dr. Fatemi can spare his patients stress by lulling jittery patients into a blissful slumber.