Holding doctorates in optometry and biochemistry, Dr. Zeinep O. Echetebu dispenses her extensive knowledge of vision to patients at both Gulfgate Vision and Gulf Vision. To assess eye health and help guests find the optimal form of vision correction, her services range from annual exams to visual-field-screening analyses for early detection of diseases. The staff then fits eyes for contact lenses, or leads patients through a stock of designer frames from brands such as Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, and Versace to ensure that clients look stylish when they see themselves clearly in the mirror.
Within their walls, the instructors at Tiger's Den Martial Arts & Fitness preach lessons that transcend physical stamina and hard work. This is because, regardless of ability level, students also receive mental and spiritual strength from the facility's positive learning environment that is replete with respect, common courtesy, and recognition. Boasting experienced instructors and a reputable martial arts system with over 5 million worldwide followers, the facility offers an array of endurance-building programs. In addition to karate, the programs include kickboxing, after-school, and pre-K classes.
In founding BluFlex Fitness, couples Mike and Chris and Jimmy and Kristina help clients lead healthier lives through nontraditional workouts that engage the entire body. Here, recreational gear becomes workout equipment in SurfSet classes. Patrons balance on stationary, but wobbly, surf boards, forging chiseled core muscles with every minute movement, much like a hummingbird that never sleeps. TRX training sessions pit exercisers against their own body weight as they suspend from systems of straps and pulleys, and yoga classes help guests achieve lean, stretchy physiques while also lowering stress levels. For those who prefer a more one-on-one experience, the team of instructors also lead personal-training sessions.
Inside the 1,667-square-foot, multilevel house-turned-yoga-studio, certified instructors bring their own practices and interpretations of several yoga styles to classes for students of all skill sets. During by-demand introductory courses, teachers help students design customized practices that cater to their bodies' needs. Other group classes focus on particular disciplines, such as kundalini yoga, a combination of low-impact aerobic activity and breathing exercises that burn calories and detoxify bodies; and flow yoga, which incorporates positions that increase flexibility and tone muscles. Instructors also guide students through poses during private sessions and workshops, which include occasional retreats and a forthcoming trip to India.
Along with yoga, the healing and learning center's personnel keep visitors healthy with services such as reiki, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and astrology. More health and beauty enhancers are stocked in Yoga Lola Studios' storefront, including organic cosmetics, aromatherapy oils, and tonic herbs from Dragon Herbs, which are often used by dragons to recuperate from knight attacks.
Julie Crowell knows exactly where to take her students to get them in shape: back to school. She meets her classes at Ferguson Elementary school five days a week, and requests that each student bring their own supplies, including an exercise mat, set of dumbbells, and water. That's about all that stays the same from class to class, though. To keep bodies guessing, Julie varies the workout routine daily, making use of both paved and natural surroundings, and the occasional unsuspecting art teacher, as workout equipment.
Equipment: Agility ladders, hurdles, rings, resistance bands/tubes, battle ropes
Students should bring: An exercise mat, set of dumbbells (5-10 lbs), towel, and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
In his nearly 10-year obstetrics career, Dr. Maximos has seen all the thrill—and fears—of having a baby. To keep any worries at bay, the obstetrician and his trained and always-professional staff takes extra steps to ensure moms and moms-to-be feel as comfortable as possible. For starters, patients have every appointment with the same practitioner and nurses, from the pre-conceptual counseling to the big event in the delivery room. And though obstetrics is a big part of Dr. Maximos job description, like a stork with a diaper-commercial contract, it’s only half of what he does. The doctor is also a gynecologist who strives to enhance women's health through exams, birth control, STD treatments, and menopausal services including hormone-replacement therapy.