Dentists Elizabeth Sandoval and Irma Torres work with their staff of trained tooth techs to shine up clients’ chompers. The 45-minute appointment kicks off as a dental guru pokes, prods, and administers a polygraph test to each tooth to search out signs of hidden disease or decay. Patients then relax as a thorough prophy jet cleaning washes away plaque and tartar buildup, leaving mouth pearls smooth and shiny. Digital x-rays further inspects cuspids for cavities and contraband lollipops.
A well-known Invisalign provider who has taught the technique to orthodontists around the country, Dr. Adam Goodman straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays and photos, followed by a second appointment for impressions of mouth terrain, pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
As head pro at Riverdale Tennis Center, Arthur Bobko has ample opportunity to share his athletic prowess, amassed throughout more than 20 years as an instructor and backed by PTR and USTA certifications. Home to low-impact clay courts⎯which keep muscles healthy and sneak-attack hugs effective by cushioning steps⎯the shady center overlooks a majestic stretch of the Hudson River. The water's babble underscores thwacking at private or semiprivate lessons, adapted to accommodate all ages and skill levels. At demanding Drills & Strategy classes, coaches cultivate genial competition among groups that range in ability. During summer camp, teachers balance tennis and other sports with supervised dips in the onsite swimming pool and anti-rain dances.
Athletes can rent courts and square off against a partner or host a birthday luncheon atop one of several outdoor patios. With racket-stringing service and free parking at the center, competitors have everything they need to practice backhand strokes until midnight strikes and the tennis balls turn back into pumpkins.
Dr. Elliot Sabbagh, DDS, wanted to be a dentist as soon as he graduated from high school, so he took the fastest route to get there: New York University’s accelerated dental program. He has put that extensive training to good use for the past 18 years at iSmile Dental Centers, a group practice he started and has expanded to include eight practices across New York City’s five boroughs. He and his fellow dentists provide a comprehensive slate of dental services—exams, crowns, fillings, digital x-rays, wisdom-tooth extraction, veneers, and power whitening—that cover patients’ preventive, surgical, and cosmetic needs.
The massage therapists and aesthetician at Spa Dew perform treatments that combine Eastern and Western sensibilities—all within a tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance. The 5,000-square-foot space boasts a reception area with a waterfall and groupings of plants and flowers bring the outdoors in, as does a wall decorated with variously sized tree cross sections. The water fountain in the hallway further nods to nature, and leads to a steam room and spacious relaxation rooms for women and men.
A privacy suite allows couples to share time in a sauna and get a side-by-side Korean-style scrub or a massage with heated stones. The beauty experts also use nature-based products including sea salt, Dead Sea mud, and Decleor essential oils, which are free of harsh chemicals and animal derivatives such as unicorn tears.