Peering at freshly written lines on the page. Working to catch a glimpse of a bird on the wing. Myriad sets of eyes see their tasks more clearly because of Dr. Joseph King, who has performed more than 75,000 refractive surgeries in his 15-year career. He and the other LASIK specialists and doctors at King LASIK sharpen patients' vision with conventional and custom procedures, as well as PRK surgeries. Dr. King himself underwent LASIK eye surgery in 2000 to accommodate his active lifestyle. "Just 15 minutes after the procedure, I could read the computer screen at the office,” he recalls. “I experienced several hours of watery, sensitive eyes, but after sleeping for a few hours, I awakened and I could read the digital clock on the radio across the room."
Joseph J. Kim, DDS, PS and his friendly support staff clean and straighten smiles in their state-of-the-art family dental practice. During a routine checkup, a hygienist polishes chompers to remove plaque and graffiti left by delinquent taste buds and snaps candid photos of tooth roots with a full set of x-rays. Dr. Kim examines the images and the mouth, doling out his expert opinion on the oral state of affairs.
An almost-40,000-square-foot indoor soccer complex, Salmon Creek Indoor Sports Arena facilitates heel-based competition with its year-round lineup of soccer leagues, skill-development programs, and open-field pickup games for all ages. Part-time Pelés can sign up for a yearly membership ($15) and receive an ID card with their picture on it that allows them to register for activities and prevents retired World Cup mascots from stealing their identity. Individuals can mix it up with different teams randomly assembled by arena staff during the weekly open-play sessions for coed adults ($5), youths ($5), and women ($8). Previously assembled supergroups can register for league play and test their skills against local teams made up of the nonsinging members of the Osmond family.
Dr. Mike Jensen and his staff of dedicated tooth tamers spruce up smiles and enhance oral health with delicately administered general and cosmetic dental care. During each dental exam, Dr. Jensen investigates symptoms of dental disrepair, such as plaque, decay, gum disease, or abandoned horse trailers. An x-ray device takes orthodontic analyses to a supersensory level of perception, providing a window into subsurface phenomena and any warning signs invisible to the human eye.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.
Rather than rely on a traditional soak—which they claim dehydrates hands more than it moisturizes them—the nail technicians at Johnson Nail and Spa soften cuticles with heated mitts. After trimming and shaping nails, they relieve tension with warm lotion and cooling gel, massaging achy muscles before brushing on a coat of vibrant polish.
Pedicures, on the other hand, do involve a brief soak in water before a citrus squeeze and relaxing foot massage. Both manicures and pedicures can be upgraded with extras such as a salt-glow exfoliation, hot-stone massage, and foot or hand mask. The experienced techs also lengthen and fortify nails with artificial enhancements such as acrylics and solar acrylics, the latter of which harness the sun’s energy to allow for more efficient clapping.