Each Eye Doctor’s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop’s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp’s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
Eye Express's squad of certified eye docs brings the world from soft to sharp focus by fitting faces with fashionable frames ($79 and up), lenses ($79 and up), and sunglasses. Amplify comfort and abate adjustments by having frames equipped with spring hinges, or snag a pair goggles molded from durable memory metal to assure they don't forget your birthday. Allergy hurdles are effortlessly surmounted with hypoallergenic frames made from stainless steel, titanium, and plastic, and the stalwart grip of silicone nose pads thwart spectacles' low-sliding escape plans. Depending on prescriptions and preferences, lenses can be imbued with glare-eradicating dexterity, or taught to harness the hue-shifting prowess of a Thanksgiving turkey with sun-activated tints.
Curves trades in competitive rows of workout equipment for a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. During 30-minute circuit classes, trainees form a convivial circle as they rotate from machine to machine, timed by a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music. Health-minded toe-tappers can attend eight classes of the new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness, which mixes Zumba dance moves with resistance exercises to create a muscle-toning combo that's almost as fun as your Jane Fonda salsercise tapes.
Hypnotherapist Joshua Mack Williams at Aeontherapy doesn't showcase hypnotism as a form of entertainment. Instead, he uses his institutional training in hypnotherapy and his degree in psychology to help people actualize their goals. His practice relies on bringing clients into a relaxed state, where they are more open to change. He may provide health-related assistance or behavioral modifications, such as suggesting that clients stop biting their fingernails, unless they prefer their digits form a perfect New York City skyline.
The Gorilla Gauntlet is the type of obstacle course that relishes in defeating the most fit of competitors. Thirty two obstacles adorn the course, forcing racers to climb 8-foot-tall walls, swing on monkey bars, and flip heavy tires to reach the finish line. Guests have two tries for each obstacle, and earn a 10 burpee penalty for each incomplete feature. And the course is completely dry, meaning no mud, water, or personal rain clouds to cool down guests or long distances between obstacles to rest up.
Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.