Helmed by three board-certified physicians, Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery restores patients' health and beauty through hearing restoration, anti-allergen, and cosmetic procedures. A well-staffed and educated audiology department treats symptoms such as tinnitus and hearing loss through diagnostic testing and clinical treatment. Laser hair removal or Botox injections keep skin looking smooth and youthful, and visits to the allergy department treat otolaryngological disorders. When not repairing sinuses or soothing skin, the doctors enjoy an eclectic range of hobbies, such as playing bass in rock bands, fly-fishing in local rivers, snow skiing, and playing the drums using ski poles.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
At Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics, senior medical aesthetician Victoria Lunsford and Dr. Craig Petry combine medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products with their professional know-how to help correct damaged or aging skin. Obagi, SkinMedica, and Latisse are just a few of the top-of-the-line brands incorporated into the company's aesthetic services. Fraxel laser treatments replace damaged skin cells with a fresh new crop, thereby correcting problems such as sun spots, acne scars, and stretch marks; chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments help rejuvenate fading facial skin; and intense pulsed light eliminates acne, hair, and spider veins by compelling them to disco dance until they fall over dead.
At Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts, instructors teach more than proper form for punches and kicks. They put all the moves they teach in the proper context, helping people develop comprehensive self-defense strategies. Students can also expect to increase their physical fitness and build leadership skills. The instructors teach a range of different martial-arts classes; kids' classes tend to focus on karate, whereas adult classes diversify to include jiu jitsu, Thai kickboxing, and Krav Maga.
The doctors at Piedmont Eye Center keep vision sharp with a range of ophthalmology services. From routine checkups and contact-lens fittings to LASIK and cataract surgery, they perform treatments in a 12,500-square-foot medical facility. Pediatric services tend to the needs of children?s eyes, and a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist protects optic nerves.
James River Yoga's co-owners, Nancy Allen and Donna Everhart, forged their 1,300-square-foot studio out of raw warehouse space along the Lynchburg riverfront. The visionary founders lead a staff of five additional instructors in welcoming students of all skill levels to a cornucopia of yoga sessions that includes gentle, vigorously paced, and hot yoga styles. The studio also hosts a progressive series of Anusara-inspired classes, which steadily improve students' technique while allowing yogis to build on the skills they learned in the previous sessions. By capping each class at 12 students, the teachers can lavish personalized attention on attendees to ensure each one finds proper alignment and relaxation more potent than sitting in a sauna heated by burning credit-card statements.