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.
To complete her 200-hour teacher certification, Andrea Cesarek ventured all the way to yoga’s birthplace—India. It was there, enveloped in the culture, that Andrea mastered the tenets of Hatha yoga. This traditional practice springs from three fundamental components: focused breath, proper posture, and complete relaxation. As an alternative—or complement—to yoga, Andrea also practices reiki, a Japanese method that channels calming energy into clients by laying hands on or near the body.
After earning his bachelor's degree at Cairo University in Egypt, Emad Elmarakby headed to Boston University's College of Health & Rehabilitation to attain his doctorate in physical therapy. After his graduation, the newly appointed Dr. Elmarakby opened Michigan Universal Physical Therapy, a private practice where he could apply his knowledge of anatomy and interest in functional biomechanics to help his patients recover from chronic ailments. Today, the center’s friendly staff continues to tend to sore joints and muscles with rehabilitative services that range from massages to postoperation orthopedics. Aside from these and other healing services, Dr. Elmarakby’s specialty treatment programs assist patients suffering from ailments such as aching joints, osteoporosis, and bodies that stubbornly refuse to travel except via crabwalk.
Board-certified nurse practitioner Marian Blaesser Kahn heads up Wellness NP of Michigan, a weight-loss clinic focused on permanent slimming results achieved through healthy methods. The pound-shedding plans include comprehensive lab work to assess body composition and blood pressure, as well as nutritional guidance from a dietitian and the option of supplementary vitamin injections. Followup visits provide both support and encouragement, something your emotionally unavailable treadmill will never be able to give you.
Faulty valves, age, and even genetic predisposition can all be responsible for the appearance of unsightly?and occasionally painful?varicose and spider veins. At Venocure, Dr. George Nahhas specializes in using cutting-edge medical technologies to remove these blemishes using minimally invasive methods. The VNUS Closure procedure uses ultrasound-guided catheters to enter the affected veins and then bombard the walls with a barrage of radio frequency energy, which causes the veins to collapse and minimizes their appearance to the naked eye. In addition to this highly refined approach, Dr. Nahhas also offers other tried-and-true methods for concealing the signs of blue-tinged varicose veins, such as sclerotherapy injections and compression stockings, as opposed to drawing skin-colored tattoos over the affected areas.
Refractive surgeon Dr. Hasan Hakim doesn’t just perform LASIK surgery—he was involved in the FDA trials of the excimer laser used in LASIK during his time at the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has kept abreast of cutting-edge developments in vision restoration, from the evolution of LASIK and PRK surgeries to the replacement of eyes with miniature owls. With 5,000 vision-correction procedures already under his belt, Dr. Hakim continues to tend to peepers with deft hands and state-of-the-art technology, performing both incision and laser procedures to bring the world back into focus for those struggling to read street signs or tea leaves. A full stock of Acuvue contacts and frames by Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein helps Dr. Hakim perform more conventional vision enhancements.