Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. With the one-week trial membership, golfers and their families can play on any of the verdant courses without paying the green fee. Chip through the par 70, 6,148-yard Berkshire course, or opt for nine holes at Abilene. In addition to invitations to exclusive golf leagues and social events, membership also includes access to any fitness centers within the network, from the pool and new workout center at the Salina club to the treadmills and river of syrup that runs through the Maple Creek campus.
A team of nine family practitioners supported by experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners treat patients at Stonecreek Family Physicians. Founded in 1999, the office provides routine physicals and preventive care as well as immunizations, nutrition counseling, newborn and pediatric care, and Botox injections.
Eye Care Associates of Manhattan has cleared up the sight of local residents since 1958, continuing the proud tradition of a friendly neighborhood eye clinic under the stewardship of husband-and-wife Doctors Matthew Stanley and Darcy D. Stanley. Though Dr. Darcy is on temporary leave after the birth of the couple’s second child, both optometrists bring a wealth of professional training and experience to the table, with degrees from the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry (where the pair met) and special skills in pediatric vision care and eye-disease diagnosis.
The in-office lab speedily builds new lenses to each patient's prescription, and the stock of fitted contact lenses corrects astigmatism, keratoconus, and myopia in a single visit. The ocular experts thoroughly assess and treat a wide range of vision problems, with LASIK procedures that negate the need for glasses and monocles, pediatric and infant exams to capture vision problems early, and EyeMaginations education software to give patients the unique out-of-body experience of observing and studying human vision. After doctors zero in on an exact prescription, patients can peruse the tiny labels of more than 20 well-known designers, including Vera Wang, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, and Giorgio Armani.
Under the supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon, aestheticians at The Plastic Surgery Clinic use IPL lasers to quickly and thoroughly remove patches of unwanted hair as clients lie comfortably atop body-length treatment chairs. Although treatments typically conclude within 15 to 30 minutes, initial appointments may last up to an hour, so clients have ample time to fill out paperwork and longingly gaze into the receptionist's eyes. During each session, specialists scan the skin with intense pulsed light that absorbs into the melanin of hair follicles, destroying them at the root. The application of antibiotic ointments and moisturizers follows the treatment, soothing away skin irritation while clients sip on complimentary soda, coffee, or hot chocolate. Visits must be spaced three to four weeks apart to account for varying cycles of hair growth and trade restrictions with the planet Xenon where the laser fuel is purchased.
Along their lush, 40-acre parcel of land, Brad and Mary Ann Funk bring a lifelong dream to fruition every day. The Funks transformed their property into a school—a place where visitors of all ages and experience levels can learn about the couple's shared passion: horses. In the warmer months, students of Ashwood Farms can be seen trotting, cantering, and conquering fences at the outdoor arena, equipped with all-weather footing. Year-round, the farm and stables are home to casual equestrians and competitive riders alike, a handful of whom compete across the country at AA Hunter/Jumper horse shows. Students can enroll in individual classes, or join the equestrian club for a unique, well-rounded experience that includes lessons and tips for a flawless ponytail. Ashwood also provides boarding services for those already equipped with ponies, and school horses for those who wish to use them during lessons and practice rides.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
Hosting beginner boot camps led by muscle master Lisa Spracklin, Snap Fitness snaps the towels of motivation at the toes of lethargy. Much like the bunny course on Mt. Everest, Snap's weight-resistance training encompasses myriad strength-stretching exercises appropriate for both greenhorns and old salts alike. Body-weight resistance means your muscles struggle against no weight but their own, a poignant metaphor for the human condition that leaves abs as ripped as preconceived notions while helping you lose weight and gain confidence.