Though she graduated from dental school with honors and now has 17 years of clinical experience, Dr. Darby Kaiser puts as much stock in her art as her résumé. She believes that creative talent is essential to cosmetic dental work, and that there's a sound connection between a beautiful mouth and a healthy one. Her services are therefore heavily customized, relying on in-depth consultations. She even remains involved in procedures that many offices might outsource, such as the creation of porcelain veneer mock-ups. During the process, she helps to plan the veneer's shape and angle, developing a model that the client can preview before the final veneer is applied.
In keeping with Dr. Kaiser's focus on comfort, Montage Dentistry also has its own spa retreat. The dental spa offers relaxation therapies, paraffin hand treatments, and beverages such as juices and herbal teas. Flickering candles and calming music fill the space, putting visitors at ease more effectively than a hypnotist waving a toothbrush in front of their faces.
The origin of Team Appleby Fitness is a tale of two Applebys. Steve Appleby grew up in Southern California, and led a very active lifestyle until the age of 17, when he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Determined, Steve rehabilitated and transformed himself, eventually making a career out of helping others do the same.
Tanya Appleby, meanwhile, hails from Northern California. For awhile, she led an inactive, unhealthy lifestyle. Then she met Steve in 2000. Inspired by his story, she, too, underwent a transformation, eventually dedicating herself to helping others just as Steve had years before. Today, Steve and Tanya both boast multiple certifications, including personal training. They combine their decades of experience to offer a variety of training programs, assisting clients in weight loss, muscle training, endurance training, and more.
Using a wide range of fitness strategies, Thomas Tadlock knows how to achieve desired results. During his Express Results boot camp, participants burn calories while bouncing from spring-loaded floors, vaults, and trampolines. They also tame balance beams and utilize other gymnastics equipment over the course of the one-hour, high-energy sessions. To assist those that can’t attend his classes, he offers Skype training programs and DVD courses, as well as an MP3 coaching system.
First-time campers kick off with a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with a certified fitness consultant. Then, during each session, boot-bodies can expect varied total-body workouts heightened by exercise formats such as resistance training, jump roping, kickboxing, Pilates, partner drills, short-distance running, and encyclopedia ripping-in-half. At the end of four weeks, goals are assessed and firm, silent, head nods of confidence are exchanged. Long Beach Boot Camp requires that all campers bring the following equipment to each session: exercise mat, set of hand weights, resistance band, and water bottle.
Competitive athletes, especially boxers, have long used extreme methods to achieve rapid weight loss. Though effective, traditional sauna-induced training—intense cardio workouts in rooms kept at high temperatures—is considered a risky approach due to the enhanced stress put on the body. Crystal FitWell compiles modern technology that provides the same fat-burning benefits in a safer, more comfortable setting. Group and private Radiant Heat Active Carbon Exercise (RHACE) rooms are lined with active-carbon-fiber panels that raise body temperatures without heating up the air in the room. This makes the air more breathable and easier to cool pies with. A crystal sauna bounces around energy rays that heat up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to detoxify and shed sweat weight. The center also maintains a fleet of low-impact exercise machines and vibration toners to enhance workouts, as well as automated massage capsules and sunbeam relaxation beds to calm mental, physical, and metaphorical ailments.