After attending New York University's College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Riccobene relocated to Selma, North Carolina where, in 2000, he founded the first Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry office. Since then, Dr. Riccobene has expanded his practice to seven other locations, with the newest office opened recently in Apex. To keep up with the demands of each office, Dr. Riccobene works alongside 22 other dentists, including specialists in oral surgery, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry, whom he vets for their chairside manner as well as their dental experience: they must be patient, have a good sense of humor, and be as good at explaining procedures as they are at performing them.
Once on staff, each dentist aims to make every visit?from preventative exams to root canals and Invisalign fittings?comfortable and fear-free for the client. Riccobene's team also eases nerves by keeping wait times short, dispensing coffee from Starbucks machines in the lobby, and hanging a satellite TV in view of each treatment chair. Along with being an advocate for patients, Dr. Riccobene gives back to his community through various charitable organizations and sponsorships while participating in business expos.
Dr. Leo Haydt graduated from the hallowed halls of Boston University Dental School, where he learned to repair worn-out smiles with a dual emphasis in oral surgery and implant dentistry. Now, he leads the team at Tryon Family Dentistry, treating teeth with the latest technological gear, including intraoral cameras and digital x-rays that scale back the radiation and general nosiness employed by traditional x-rays. Their slate of cosmetic services, such as Invisalign and Cerec One-Visit Dentistry, improve smiles in an abbreviated time frame, and a focus on sedation dentistry inspires an easy visit.
Committed to supporting its community, the practice sponsors seasonal charity drives, participates in philanthropic walks and events, and donates services.
Part of the University of North Carolina Health Care family, Rex Wellness Center boasts four lively fitness facilities and a knowledgeable staff focused on holistic approaches to its clients’ complete well-being. Hit up the dizzying array of equipment, from treadmills and stair climbers to cross-country skiing machines, strength-training equipment, and upright or upside-down computerized bikes. Additional amenities include heated indoor saline-water pools, a child activity area, and indoor tracks at the Raleigh and Wakefield spots. Fitness classes are included, and range from water-based aerobics to warrior-infused kickboxing and calming yoga. Each facility provides its own class schedule for the morning muscle marauders and evening-exercise enthusiasts seeking increased energy, stamina, and couch-dent resistance.
Jeremy Qualls has taken a somewhat atypical path toward teaching the game of golf. Unlike many teaching pros, his career didn’t start in earnest until he was in his mid-20s, after serving for eight years as a marine in Iraq. Since military life didn’t leave much time for practice, nearly all of Qualls's improvement as a player came post-deployment. With hard work, he was able to whittle his scores down from the 100s to the 70s, earning certification from the Titleist Performance Institute and becoming a Stack & Tilt network instructor along the way—all while studying Golf Management at Campbell University.
Qualls's relatively late start serves him well as the director of instruction at The Golf Warriors. He knows from firsthand experience all about the difficulty of picking up the game and the most effective methods for serious improvement at any age. He takes a calm, understanding approach and identifies with golfers’ frustrations, particularly when balls won’t fly straight or learn how to swim. With each student, Qualls conducts an initial evaluation so as to understand the state of his or her game, and then designs a custom plan for improvement, paying attention to the full swing, the short game, the mental game, and physical fitness.
According to CrossFit 4042, there are nine basic ingredients to make the perfect workout. Their Foundations course teaches you how to execute all of them, from squats to presses to deadlifts. This class is a prerequisite for the gym's regular CrossFit classes, which combine these fundamentals into varied workouts of the day or WODs. The nine exercises are the same for all body types—coaches merely scale their intensity, adjusting the routine to suit the individual.
Coach Drew Gammon stocks his space with barbells, pull-up bars, climbing ropes, and other tools and helps his students stay safe, while executing exercises with proper form. During group sessions, he emphasizing the importance of community, encouraging his clients to motivate each other vocally or through elaborate cheer routines if they have the time to choreograph them.
Kenrick Smith and his team of golf instructors are driven by one central goal in their eight-week lesson package: turn beginners into lifetime golfers. Kenrick’s academy, The Triangle Junior Golf School, provides a curriculum that focuses on building a fundamentally sound swing and a teaching environment that is fun, constructive, and does not force students to forage for their own bounty of wild golf balls. Though primarily geared toward junior golfers, the school offers lessons and clinics to clubbers of all ages and abilities. The Triangle School’s indoor facility fosters year-round practice, allowing players to hone their swings without fearing rain or dust storms created by rebellious sand traps.