The doctors and the staff at Apt Dental Associates have dedicated themselves to educating their guests to prevent oral unpleasantries. Under the guidance of Dr. Amisha Shroff, a graduate of Howard University?s dental school in 2002, they lead clients through step-by-step explanations of their dental health, making sure they understand how to take care of their teeth and the baby guppies that no longer fit in their mouths. When problems do arise, a full slate of dental services puts smiles back in shape, with the dentists judiciously laying out the pros and cons of each procedure, from fillings and sealant applications to bonding, dental implants, and bleaching. The office adds comfort to guests? visits by furnishing the waiting room with cushy leather sofas, a flat-screen TV, and bright green plants.
Though the process of becoming a yoga teacher involves memorizing sanskrit and learning the roots and traditions of yoga, the best teachers manage to insert their own personality and teaching style into their classes. So when Michelle Ann Thielen founded Northwest Yoga Academy, she designed a teacher training that aims to help budding instructors find that sweet spot between honoring the long tradition of yoga and empowering teachers to develop their own teaching style. The school's instructors lead students through the 200- and 500-hour certification courses, as well as shorter workshops that focus on building solid foundations for a deeper yoga practice. But no matter the training, Michelle and her team work to make sure students find wholeness in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Studio SWE doesn't just boast a flexible schedule of class times; it also promises a fun workout to fit every taste. For the dancer—novice or expert—Zumba classes offer a chance to show off moves and shed calories, as do line-dancing classes each Friday. For the exerciser who prefers a back-to-basics approach, a six-week course of Boot Camp Fuze and Kettlebell Blast keeps bodies moving and energy high. There are also weekly core-focused classes and Mixxedfit for the easily bored.
Fort Stellacoom Golf Course has all the rolling hills, glittering water hazards, and forested groves you might expect at a golf course. It also has what you might not expect?soccer balls. That's because in addition to regular golf, the course also offers FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer that challenges players to kick a #5 regulation soccer ball into holes measuring 21 inches in diameter. The 2,181-yard, part-71 FootGolf course includes 18 holes, which are placed closer together to account for the shorter shot distance. Otherwise, the rules are the same as in golf?players strive to reach their target in as few kicks as possible, and at the end, the player with the lowest score on their scorecard wins.
The golf course itself covers a flat parcel of terrain with a nine-hole, par 34 [layout](http://www.lakespanawaygc.com/-course(2) that measures a modest 2,491 yards when played from the farther of two tee options. Open fairways sparsely lined with evergreens put beginners at ease while inviting more experienced golfers to shoot for low scores, as solid drives can set up potential eagle opportunities on two short par 4s and the 440-yard, par 5 fifth hole. The relatively level setting makes the course easy to walk, though Fort Steilacoom offers golf carts for those who haven?t taught their caddy the art of the piggyback ride. Fort Steilacoom complements its course with a practice area, a snack bar, and a full-service pro shop where golfers can rent clubs.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 34 course * Length of 2,491 yards from the farther tees * Course rating 62.1 from the farther tees (adjusted for a par score of 68) * Slope rating of 96 from the farther tees * Two tee options * [Scorecard](http://www.lakespanawaygc.com/-scorecard(2)
Dr. Thomas Young didn't have an interest in a career as a chiropractor until he became a patient himself. A car accident left him severely injured, which is why he has no trouble relating to patients at Lakewood Family Medicine. In need of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and a quick recovery, his clients can choose from methods such as medical massage, laser therapy, and physical therapy. Dr. Young also provides nutritional guidance, citing the unsavory hospital food he ate as he recovered from his injury as the reason for this branch of his practice.
Peter Shin might have had an upper hand on his classmates when he went for his master's of science in acupuncture and Eastern medicine: as a third-generation acupuncturist, he spent his life in an holistically minded household. At Rainier Acupuncture Clinic, he doles out this gentle, pain-reducing treatment. A 20-minute session has a wealth of health benefits: it can relieve headaches, osteoarthritis, pain in the lower back, or hubris in overconfident pincushions.