Elite Lab Testing's network of accredited medical reference labs and service centers helps patients take charge of their health and wellness with tests performed at more than 1,700 LabCorp locations across the country. These lab tests—which don't require referrals or doctor visits—cover a lot of ground. For example, with a single blood draw, medical professionals can check for the IgE antibodies that may be causing allergic reactions to insect stings, foods, pollen, mold, and younger siblings. They might spend the rest of the day screening blood-sugar levels, scanning hormone levels and thyroid health, checking for heart attack risks, and lifting the hood on the liver and kidneys. Customers can even order the same tests their health care provider does for routine physicals. Elite Lab Testing also performs drug screens, and offers affordable pricing packages and wellness programs that equip the health-conscious community with useful tools for constructing a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Christopher Meyer deals in two worlds?the cosmetic and the medical?and he draws from both when treating problem veins. He used to become frustrated when he heard that people with varicose and spider veins were having difficulty finding treatment, as many caregivers deemed the problem a purely aesthetic one. So he took up work at Florida Vein Care Specialists, where he now administers treatments such as VenaCure EVLT, a laser-based procedure, to eradicate veins in the interest of his clients' health and confidence. The noninvasive treatment sends laser energy through a small fiber that heats and seals off the vein. Each session takes about 30 minutes, and requires no downtime for the patient, who can walk around immediately after the appointment.
Nicole Almeida has been dancing since she was two years old and competing since she was nine. As owner of the newly inaugurated Studio 6 Academy of Dance, Almeida seamlessly blends her competitive dance background with her fitness training experience and education in exercise science and nutrition to offer students a place to fuel their passions for dance and fitness. Almeida strives to instill self-confidence and discipline in students of all ages as she, along with her team of instructors, leads a variety of dance classes including hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. Fitness courses include Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and P.U.S.H. boot camp, which combines group-exercise classes with personal training.
From the middle of the workday to the middle of the night, members are always welcome at Positive Body Personal Training & Fitness Center. The 24-hour gym lets members set their own hours, granting all-day access so guests can fit visits into busy schedules or boring overnight stakeouts. The staff keeps all the equipment clean and well maintained, so members can comfortably work up a sweat while curling free weights, flexing with LifeFitness circuit equipment, or watching the high-definition television screens attached to each cardio machine. Positive Body's team of trainers also gives members the instruction and encouragement necessary to get in shape though personal-training sessions and 23 group fitness classes.
Led by fitness savant Nicole Almeida, NikkiSquared's P.U.S.H. Boot Camps bring the individualized focus of a personal trainer out of its natural habitat and into the lives of others for three one-hour sessions per week. Almeida tailors each regimen to the recruit's individualized needs, with an initial nutrition consultation, medical-history overview, and body-composition test. Her three-pronged assault on hindered health habits includes strength conditioning, cardiovascular sweat summoning, and a nutrition overhaul. After a fortnight, fitness-seekers may be left with acorn-smashing biceps, inflatable-castle-filling lungs, and a stomach that could double as an instrument in a bluegrass ensemble.
Though skydiving is often billed as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for the staff at Jump Florida Skydiving, it's a job. As they climb above the scenic landscape of Lake Country in a Cessna 205 aircraft, they stay calm as excitement radiates off customers—as young as 18 and as old as 79—about to make their first leap. At the ideal altitude, the plane levels off, and jumpers get into position. The sky is amazingly clear around the plane, which takes off from a private airport, so there are no commercial jets or flocks of migrating geese obstructing the airspace. Tandem or solo divers step to the edge, take a deep breath, and experience the thrill of accelerating at 9.81 meters per second per second.
While participants revel in their adrenaline-fueled thrills, the staff keeps them safe by adhering to the strict standards of the United States Parachute Association. These protocols enforce rigorous regulations, safety guidelines, and eminently cool member handshakes. On the ground, the team prioritizes hospitality, offering guest rooms, a restaurant, spectator fields, and a nerve-diffusing bar.