Becca Marino fought an eating disorder for 13 years before enlisting in a six-month recovery program. During this time, mentors surrounded and supported her. Thanks to their encouragement, she broke free of the eating disorder and nourished a desire to help others do the same. Marino marched off to earn a bachelor's in health, fitness, and recreational resources, specializing in exercise science. Then, she racked up personal training certifications to start her career in fitness. But even as she went to work in gyms, wellness centers, and other fitness facilities, she felt as if she couldn't help people the way she wanted to.
In 2009, she broke down the barriers that kept her from inspiring others and opened Fitness Inspiration!. She and her team promote mindsets and beliefs that facilitate external action. This positive approach to physical and mental transformation manifests itself in every workout, from personal and small-group training sessions to group classes and boot camps. Teachers also host wellness workshops and outreach events that nourish self-worth and awaken a desire for participants to treat their bodies like temples or shrines to JTT.
Becca's powerful positive methodologies won her a 2012 Natural Memphis award for Best Personal Trainer, and her Best Me! boot-camp program was awarded the title of Best Natural Body Care Program.
In nearly every situation in life, the less metal that's in your mouth, the better. General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael A. Smith, DDS seems to have adopted this position. Unlike traditional dentistry, which repairs cavities with metal amalgams and covers up damaged teeth with conspicuous metal caps, Dr. Smith's Cerec-technology-driven dentistry relies on ceramic onlays, inlays, and veneers. And his composite resins fill in for missing enamel while remaining virtually invisible, like a ketchup stain on a red “I put ketchup on my ketchup” T-shirt.
Echoing this commitment to unobtrusive oral health is Dr. Christine H. Fitzgerald. A recent addition to the team, Dr. Fitzgerald brings with her the lessons that she learned during an award-filled stint at the University of Louisville School for Dentistry. Recognized for her work in endodontics, Dr. Fitzgerald also earns plaudits exhibits for the compassion and dedication that drove her to complete mission stints as far away as Honduras and as close as Pikeville, KY.
Between the two of them, Drs. Smith and Fitzgerald have more than three decades of experience. They care for patients in a calming office filled with soothing chairside candles. In addition to their in-office work, Dr. Smith also participates in a mobile dental clinic that provides dental care to low-income families.
All About Yoga?s resident teacher Gabrielle Louise found that a heightened state of well-being, enhanced by yoga and meditation, brought her above the physical pain she experienced on a daily basis. Since then, she's practiced what's known as StressAce yoga, a modality whose movements and breath are patterned to trigger reflex responses not unlike those from childhood. These responses are what help the body and mind release deep stress and may result in sudden, unprovoked moments of joy, increased mental clarity and awareness, and an overall sense of balance, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The classes at Gabrielle's studio range from three yoga modalities to kriya meditation. She guides students through a variety of yoga poses and, in the process, shows them yoga's many benefits, including deep relaxation, boosted flexibility, increased body awareness, and increased overall physical wellness. In addition, she also taps into other Eastern arts, restoring balance and boosting memory with meditation, increasing peace of mind with gentle movements, and activating dormant happiness energies with focused poses.
Amber Sam knows what it takes to do a complete 180. Once an overweight banker with little energy, she decided to change her life by employing healthful habits and stress-busting therapies, an effort that resulted in an 80-pound weight loss and heightened control of her diabetes. Seeing what these treatments could do for her, she left her job and opened Renew Wellness Spa, where she and her staff of licensed massage therapists inspire clients to make more healthful choices and encourage disease prevention.
In a private room enveloped in the soothing aromas of essential oils, herbs, and flower essences, a massage therapist employs long, languid strokes to relieve stress and improve circulation. In a different location, an ionic footbath works to detoxify bodies and keep little piggies from gorging on roast beef. Elsewhere, colon hydrotherapy aims to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Staffers also prepare custom plans for those in their Wellness Works membership program, which includes amenities such as a quarterly consultation and discounts on most treatments.
With credentials from the Tennessee Department of Health and eight years of experience as one of the US medical leaders on President George W. Bush's healthcare-advisory committee, Dr. Marc Crupie guides a team of medical professionals and aesthetics specialists at Cordova Medical & CosMedic Solutions. With over 25 years as a family physician in Memphis, Dr. Crupie's expertise continues to expand each year, as he seeks out advancements in his field and administers new procedures as they are developed, including Botox and lipotherapy, as well as vein-removal and dermal-filler procedures.
As a full-service family medical center and cosmetic laser office, Cordova Medical & CosMedic Solutions offers specialized treatments in advanced medical, laser, and aesthetic services. CosMedic Solutions technicians use Cutera lasers to assist clients with treatments ranging from hair removal to skin rejuvenation by controlling intense beams of light. Technicians also work with a Diamond Head Microdermabrasion machine to make skin cells feel as special as a piece of hay in a giant stack of needles.
Dr. Mike Pulido obviously knows his stuff when it comes to general and cosmetic dentistry. The fluent Spanish speaker has more than 26 years of experience, has served as the president of the Memphis Dental Legion, and is a Premier Preferred Invisalign provider, which, according to the Invisalign website means he has “achieved a significant level of experience in treating patients with the Invisalign system.” But he also refuses to take himself too seriously.
His office motto is “We cater to cowards,” and he and his staff, including his office administrator and son, William, like to dress up as various dental-related things for Halloween, including a tooth fairy and toothpaste dispenser. It’s this relaxed manner and sense of humor that helps calm patients there for everything from dental implants to Zoom! teeth-whitening sessions, which erase stains caused by smoking, drinking wine, or taking the oil epithet "Texas tea" too literally.