River & Trail Outfitters owners Lee and Eunsook Baihly have been acquainting customers with the area's natural beauty since 1972. Their outdoor-exploration company's more than 70 friendly staffers accompany customers on relaxed, informative rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and tubing excursions. In addition to having mastered river- and boat-safety skills, staff members are experienced in first aid, CPR, and the correct way to ask dolphins for directions. River & Trail Outfitters also accommodates businesses, organizing team-building events and rock-climbing excursions or hiking trips. The Baihlys' environmental commitment extends to an in-house recycling program and the use of biodiesel fuels.
Heather O'Neill is a renaissance woman. She started her career as a mathematician, and then developed a strong interest in fitness after becoming a mother. She made a complete career change, racking up certifications and innumerable hours of exercise experience, before becoming the owner of South Pointe Fitness Club. Today, Heather oversees a variety of fitness services ranging from personal training to group fitness classes such as yoga, kickboxing, cycling, Pilates, and just lying on your back and staring at the ceiling fan sessions.
Lasik surgery wields a laser to treat the surface below the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Having helped millions of eyeballs worldwide, Lasik helps to diminish or even terminate a patient's need for spectacles, contact lenses, and telescopes. Shenandoah Lasik & Cataract Center generates pulses using an excimer laser to meticulously correct miniscule magnitudes of corneal tissue. The excimer laser's ultraviolet light does not penetrate the eye or disturb its other parts, leaving the eyes haze-free and ready to take mental snapshots of the neighborhood hoodlums that like to urinate on lawn ornaments.
Named for its location at the western end of the W&OD Trail, Trail's End Cycling Co welcomes cyclists of all stripes with a hefty inventory of gear and bikes alongside mechanical services. Each of the store's experienced staffers is also a mechanic qualified to fit bikes to riders' proportions or the gaudiness of racing stripes to their egos. When not training for the bicycle Iditarod, lead mechanic James Hodges channels 20 years of bike-industry experience into his tune-up tasks, and pro wrencher Bill McCarrick specializes in triathlete bike repair and prep.
The same able staffers also lead custom tours of wineries, fall foliage, and other seasonal sights in warm weather. During the winter, riders can pedal out of hibernation with indoor training rides atop their own bikes, which are secured on special mounts to keep them from zipping away.
Dr. Lawrence J. Markovitz, a board-certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who has earned The Washingtonian magazine's Top Doctor of 2010 award, works at Virginia Vein Care with a crew of other talented medical professionals.
He works alongside a registered nurse and trained ultrasound technicians as they diagnosis varicose, spider, and other venous conditions. An advanced ultrasound examination reveals these issues before the doctors customize a treatment plan. Twisted and bulging varicose veins quickly unknot during the VNUS Closure procedure, which collapses vessels with radio frequency, and spider veins break down before the powers of traditional sclerotherapy or ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. VeinGogh Thermolysis uses microbursts of energy to remove hair-thin veins on the face and body that have begun to distract from your beautiful eyes or ability to hold an entire bagel in your mouth.
Prior to founding Serene Acres Riding Center, chief instructor Pamela Smith lived in Great Britain for 15 years, during which time she earned a place in the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools. It's only natural then that she offers English horseback riding lessons on the 40 acres of Virginia countryside where she now lives. She—along with deputy instructors Ann, Olivia, and Nelly—teaches group and private lessons that produce balanced and effective riders. Her method of accomplishing this involves emphasizing the proper foundations of riding—posture and balance—from the very beginning of training, as opposed to letting students get ahead of themselves by jumping over course obstacles or trotting across tile floors littered with ball bearings.