Working as a pediatrician in 2004, Dr. Joe Cangas noticed that many local children didn’t wear helmets while riding their bicycles. Concerned for their safety, he began talking to children at local schools and founded Helmets First! as his mission grew. As the Helmet Doctor, he conducts regular talks at neighborhood schools, clubs, and community centers, teaching youth about the importance of wearing helmets. His organization also runs events where it distributes free helmets to youth from low-income backgrounds after measuring their heads for the proper fit. Only with a proper fit are helmets effective at preventing traumatic head injuries. Since its inception, Helmet First! has donated more than 14,000 helmets to local youth.
When Studio Rue claimed Fox 2's Best of STL for fitness studios, the award was well-earned. After all, its head instructor Kelly Ruesing, certified in Stott Pilates, approaches Pilates from a fresh angle: for medical purposes. She uses the practice as a complement to physical therapy to help clients recover from injuries more quickly. That's why the class schedule includes sessions set at varying intensities, from power Pilates and classes that use the tower or Reformer, to gentle Hatha flow yoga.
Joan Krueger?a certified hypnotherapist who has been practicing since 1994?has her own metaphor to describe the subconscious mind: she likens it to a filing cabinet filled with the programs that help you function. She believes the key is to rewrite the programs, changing the information so we can function in different ways.
At Joan Krueger Hypnosis, she helps to change habits such as smoking cigarettes overeating, or biting your fingernails. She does this by bringing clients into a relaxed state during which their subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestions. She then delivers the suggestion that will enable you to create the changes you desire. Krueger claims a high success rate: according to her website, 80% of clients are able to quit smoking after just one visit.
Any Lab Test Now has more than 100 locations throughout the country and all of them welcome walk-ins. That means convenient access to thousands of tests, including paternity tests, HIV tests, STD tests, drug tests, and the micronutrient test, which informs patients if they have a vitamin deficiency. Some of the locations offer flu shots and vitamin-B12 shots, and all of the locations produce many test results within two days. Adding to their wealth of options and convenience, the centers are open on Saturday when most labs are closed or out mowing the lawn.
The Saint Louis Zoo's annual family-friendly concert series, Jungle Boogie, gets toes tapping and fins flapping every Friday through September 2 (there is no concert on June 17). The Safari Grill invites families to take a respite from the concert to indulge in jumbo hot dogs served with fries and a drink ($7.64) or nachos with cheese ($4.69). The nearby Lakeside Cafe tempts visitors with a menu rife with classic American fare, as well as kid-friendly favorites such as the grilled-cheese sandwich, which comes with fries or two sides, including cherry applesauce, grapes, or carrots ($6.29). Meanwhile, parents can sip a 24-ounce draft beer ($5.75) while supervising their offspring's feasting.
Where did the professionals at The Sheen Vein Institute get their credentials? On sale at Credential Barn? No... even better:
Dr. Vidal Sheen
Graduate of The Johns Hopkins University
Medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine
Board certified in internal medicine
Board certified in phlebology
(treatment of vein disease)
Expert in ELT (both Endovenous Laser Treatment and Extremely Lyrical Texting)
Dr. Kae Chang
Graduate of Washington University in St. Louis
Medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Board certified in internal medicine
Specializes in both laser vein treatments and sclerotherapy, an injection-based method for getting rid of spider veins
Ivy Patricks, PA-C
Graduated from Berry College
Physician assistant master's degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham
Board certified physician assistant
Renee Hoyle, RN
Nursing degree from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing
Over ten years as an intensive care unit nurse and instructor
Licensed registered nurse in the state of Missouri