An NCCAOM-certified practitioner of acupuncture, Henry Park brings almost 20 years of holistic experience to his practice's two offices. With a master's degree in Oriental medicine, Park employs herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, and acupuncture treatments to address a sprawling array of symptoms. He specializes in using acupuncture as a facial-rejuvenation technique, turning back the cosmetic clock by inserting tiny needles into visages to promote circulation and help clients blend in with the kids at heavy-metal concerts. Each treatment he performs, be it for medical or cosmetic purposes, is tailored to the patient's needs.
After a career creating fitness programs for groups such as prenatal women, obese youth, and people with debilitating diseases, Althea Lawton-Thompson opened her own studio dedicated to helping people of every age and ability embrace wellness in a fun atmosphere. Along with her team Althea leads a bustling schedule of up to four classes a day. Classes range from Tribal Fusion, which combines African dance and jazz moves with toning exercises and light resistance, to Althea's own creation Yo-Chi-Lates, which she acknowledges sounds like a fruity drink, but is actually a blend of yoga, chi gong, and Pilates. Special programs include training for those with joint and muscle pain or immobility from lupus, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. Camps for kids inspire the fitness and self-esteem youngins need to arm-wrestle college counselors and win admission.
Additionally, concern for the earth is literally built into the studio. The dance floor's natural bamboo floors are suspended over a pine subfloor to create a sustainable surface that lowers impact as students jump into Zumba's Latin-inspired moves. In the personal-training studio, the floor is made of recycled natural-cork material, and recycled carpet comprises the lobby floor's mosaic. Low-voltage fluorescent lights cast a glow inside, and most of the center is underground, keeping it cool in the summer and safe from low-flying reindeer in the winter. :m]]
A board-certified general dentist and dental surgeon, Dr. Gangwisch has practiced in Lilburn since 1979, and has relationships with local patients that stretch back more than 20 years. Together with his colleague Dr. John Hulsey, he has cultivated a practice that specializes in taking the fear out of a trip to the dental chair. To ease the discomfort and nervousness sometimes associated with dental work, Dr. Gangwisch regularly administers a variety of anesthetics that render patients blissfully numb to a wisdom tooth's extraction and subsequent embittered insults. In addition, his staff often allays anxieties by outfitting patients with headphones tuned to pleasant music. Likewise, reclining patients can distract themselves from the dental proceedings by watching the flat-screen television mounted into the exam-room ceiling.
As a high-school student, Dennis Rattiner reached down to pick up a leaf blower and heard an ominous pop in his lower back. He was bedridden for days with pain. At the suggestion of a friend, he paid a visit to a chiropractor, which alleviated his discomfort without the use of drugs or surgery. From then on, he sought to help people in the same way.
Now the owner and head chiropractor at Progressive Healthcare of Gwinnett, Doctor of Chiropractic Rattiner treats patients for ailments including disk herniations, arthritis, and back and neck pain. His massage therapists and chiropractors rehabilitate patients through physical therapy, mollify aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and help clients shed pounds with weight-loss programs and donuts made of antimatter.
The falcon stalks its prey with a mixture of cunning and agility, waiting for the opportune moment to swoop in and strike. The same can be said for the skilled martial artist, who patiently wears his opponent down before unleashing a flurry of kicks. Master Leroy N. Johnson Jr., the founder of Rising Falcon Fitness & Martial Arts, knows this well. Though the falcon serves as his inspiration, he is first a student of human anatomy. Master Johnson draws on his extensive knowledge of the body's inner workings to lead his students through challenging martial-arts fitness programs. To limit the intimidation factor, he keeps his class sizes small and discourages advanced students from demonstrating their falcon screeches in front of beginners.
Semi-pro football player Kareem Goodwin was a defensive back and a coach for the Georgia Gladiators (formerly the Georgia Pride) when he tore his ACL in 2007. He worked hard to gradually regain his strength, health, and speed, and in the process became well versed in the sciences of human anatomy and nutrition. Over the course of his journey, Kareem realized he wanted to help others—both athletes and nonathletes—improve their health as well as their physiques. He traded his Gladiators coaching role for that of a fitness coach and entrepreneur, and opened Pure Fit United in Norcross. Through personal training, group classes, and self-guided workouts, visitors to Kareem's facility forge their own fitness stories.