When patients enter Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch's office, she can give them straight, white teeth within minutes—or at least the appearance of straight, white teeth. Her Smile Now technology creates a custom covering that looks like a row of teeth, which she then places over patients' real teeth to show the potential results from her many cosmetic-dentistry services.
Equipped with such inventive tools, a degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, and an accreditation fromthe American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Stonisch beautifies teeth at Faircourt Dental Smile Enhancement Studio. She and her staff whiten enamel, treat TMJ, and vanquish bacteria during laser cleanings. Their office resembles a spa, with complimentary beverages and aromatic scents that complement heated neck pillows—a more achievable way to warm one's neck than getting put in a headlock by the Human Torch.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Helmed by a trio of physicians, Grosse Point Eye Center and Med Spa provides a unique combination of eye care, eyewear, and med-spa services. Since 1979, the clinic has served as a space for maintaining and repairing eye-organs with exams, cataract surgeries, and an eyewear boutique carrying brands for both adults and children. The business's med-spa branch, meanwhile, is home to beauty-boosting treatments such as Botox injections, medical-grade chemical peels, and Latisse prescriptions written by an extra-long eyelash dipped in ink.
Master Kevin Nilson leads students of all ages?from 4 years old to adults?through self-defense classes and a lineup of Korean martial-arts styles. Self-defense classes arm students with the tools to fend off physical assaults and the precision to knock someone's socks off without harming their toes. For those ready to undertake the long-term belt system, New Edge Martial Arts fully tests and certifies attendees age 4 and older in Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and for those eligible, Hap Ki Do? where they will learn self-confidence, self-control, and self-defense skills while gaining enhanced strength, agility, and endurance.
Though she looks nothing like Ghengis Khan, Jen Dunbar is building an empire. Its outposts are made of muscles resting on a foundation of knowledge, and it exists to promote an active lifestyle filled with motivation and self-confidence. As an exercise physiologist, Dunbar studies the latest kinesiology research every day, looking for evidence-based ways to melt fat and boost muscle mass. She also draws from years of lacrosse coaching and four personal-training certifications to help her clients to perform at their peak, whether they're running a marathon, slimming down for a wedding, or preparing for the national hopscotch championships. Filled with strength training, sprinting, and constant encouragement, her workouts challenge exercisers to push themselves, even if they've never done a pushup before. In addition to training athletes one-on-one, Dunbar leads small-group workouts and online boot camps packed with jumping drills, body-weight exercises, and weight-lifting challenges.
Liz DeFour started her yoga practice when she was only 14 years old. As an adult, she earned her teacher certification and began sharing her passion with others. Now as the owner of Full Lotus Yoga, she leads a team of trained and certified instructors who teach classes ranging from gentle candlelight yoga to yoga flex?a blend of classic poses and weight training. During their hot Vinyasa yoga class, they crank up the heat to 85 degrees Fahrenheit to keep muscles flexible and leftover coffee warm. The studio also features a reverse osmosis water filter where thirsty yogis can fill out their water bottles and stay hydrated.