At Oak Ridge Family Dental, Drs. Victoria Pavletic-Vorderer and Meghan Gaffney combine their years of experience, emphases on preventive care, and up-to-date technology to bolster oral health for the entire family. Before perusing teeth, the dentists first gain thorough understandings of patients by combing through their family histories and discussing the James Bond villains they most relate to. After considering the results of examinations, the doctors help patients devise treatment plans. The staff works to assuage anxious patients with thorough communication and step-by-step explanation of potentially intimidating procedures, such as root-canal therapy, extraction, and the unwrapping of new toothbrushes.
Surrounded by wooden floors, large mirrors, and minimalistic equipment, the instructors behind A Whole Lotta Class help students forge fitter frames with exercises that exploit the body’s natural, intuitive motions. During TRX classes, students develop chiseled cores as they battle against elastics designed by a Navy SEAL, eschewing heavy steel plates in favor of resistance bands that increase or decrease workout intensity using each student’s own body weight. Certified also instructors teach Piloxing classes—which ramp up traditional Pilates techniques with a cardio workout—alongside endurance-boosting boot camps and strength-building interval training. In contrast to the other classes, Zumba takes an otherwise grueling workout and turns it into a party with Latin-based moves found in salsa, merengue, and interpretive-dance editions of Virgil's Aeneid.
Challenge Fitness whips bodies into shape with more than 30 cardio machines and a stable of Life Fitness strength machines. Members may pound muscle groups on the fitness-room machines by running, lifting, and fist pumping before washing off and entering the five-lane, 25-yard lap pool to cool off or reenact Wilford Brimley's scenes from Cocoon. A 10-person whirlpool whispers to lap-swimmers, inviting them to take a break in gently swirling, heated waters for the sake of soothing joint aches and stiff sinews. Challenge Fitness trainers facilitate aerobics and fitness classes to help to direct and refine body-sculpting efforts that would otherwise run wild (classes not included with this Groupon, but available for an additional fee). For days when the spirit of sportsmanship visits the gym, members may rent one of the seven tennis courts ($16–$21), the racquetball courts ($6/hour for the court), or the wallyball courts ($3/hour per player).
For founder Brandi Kirk, the creation of a facility that promotes mental and physical well-being for its visitors represents the realization of her life's dream. Kirk Center for Healthy Living accomplishes this dream by employing physical therapists that specialize in treating pelvic complications for men and women. Additionally, the facility helps to keep minds and bodies fit by hosting yoga and Pilates classes for students seeking a guided workout in a small-group setting.
Specialists in massage and reflexology—including Andrea Carli, who promotes healthy organ and gland function throughout the body by manipulating reflex points on the hands and feet—employ a number of soothing and therapeutic modalities as they gingerly relieve stress-laden musculature with the confidence of Warren Buffett during a game of Monopoly.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Since becoming a pro instructor in 1988, PGA teaching professional Michael Camastro has fine-tuned the swings of aspiring aces in more than 25,000 lessons. When Michael encounters a new swing, he looks for subtle adjustments he can make to improve it without disrupting the natural style of the students' form. To help reveal problematic swing habits or the translucent souls of any loitering poltergeists, Michael uses slow-motion video swing analysis in all private lessons, one of many technological teaching aids he calls upon to enhance his diagnostic powers. With a staff that consists of two head instructors and three assistant aces, Michael Camastro Golf Academy spreads score-shaving tactics and techniques in private, group, and imaginary golf lessons.
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