Gloria Ross' life changed in 1984. She had dabbled in herbs and fasting regimens as means of detoxifying her body, but it was 28 years ago that she experienced her first colonic. This fateful cleansing treatment led to her to a career in colon hydrotherapy. She opened Eterna Holistic Therapies and now shares this drug-free practice with others, alongside a staff of fellow I-ACT-certified practitioners.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together work with clients to determine exercise goals for shedding pounds, running a marathon, or being strong enough to rip apart spandex. A customized workout plan is developed and catered to help exercisers reach superfit. Fitness instructors supervise squats and offer nutritional advice and encouragement to make sure you see and feel results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—the trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone trouble zones, and motivate you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
An osprey hovers 30 feet in the air over Lake Washington, virtually silent until it spots something beneath the water's surface. Quickly, it folds its wings and plunges into the water, emerging seconds later with a fish ripped firmly between its talons. Nearby, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' founder, Dan Henderson, floats by silently. This slice of the pristine outdoors happens to be his workplace, but none of it would have happened if his mother hadn't forced him to take a canoeing lesson in 1972. Despite his initial reluctance, Mr. Henderson took to the water like a robot to a magnet store. He went on to race whitewater canoes and flat-water Olympic-style canoes, eventually earning four medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Later, Mr. Henderson became a coach and set out to train a new crop of water athletes. To this end, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers serves as the natural continuation of Mr. Henderson's journey: a place to, in his words, "share paddling with the community in a manner that is fun and safe."
Under the leadership of expert guides—many of whom learned their trade directly under Dan Henderson's wing—visitors embark on day trips into inlets and bays, paddling in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains or tailgating orca whales. The staff also leads canoe and kayak classes that aim to take novices from beginner to expert. Their efforts have proved fruitful, as three of Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' students have made it to international-level competitions.
When he was 8, Eastside Primary Care & Wellness's founder, Erik Suh, journeyed from the sandy shores of Seoul, Korea, to the sandy deserts of Dallas, Texas, to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Many years and a board-certified family physician degree later, Dr. Suh heads up a dedicated team that includes a trained aesthetician and naturopathic physician. Together, they focus on building personal relationships with every patient they see and healing ailments using a blend of Western and Eastern medicines.
Overactive allergies can be put at ease with the oral immunotherapy AllergyEasy, and an HCG diet and nutritional IVs help to naturally slenderize figures. Over in the office's med-spa area, guests enjoy skin-pampering Sciton laser treatments such as ThermaScan and MicroLaserPeel, which help to wipe the skin canvas clean of acne, unwanted hair, and sun spots forming imitations of Jackson Pollock paintings. Eastside's healers also plump fine lines with a range of dermal fillers, including Botox and Juvéderm, and they help clients to determine skincare regimens with such beauty brands as Vivité and Clinique Medical.
After studying biochemistry and molecular biology as an undergrad, the Dr. Gannon B. Stahl earned his dental degree at the prestigious University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Stahl has garnered acclaim from both patients and fellow dentists—he was named the best cosmetic dentist in Seattle magazine's Best of 2010 Reader's Choice Awards, and awarded a spot on the Seattle Met's peer-nominated Top Dentists lists in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
To elevate his expertise, Dr. Stahl uses state-of-the-art technology during treatments at Pineview Aesthetic & Family Dentistry. He wields a laser to target periodontal disease, and employs a CEREC 3-D imaging and milling machine to create same-day crowns or tiny busts of medieval kings. Dr. Stahl extends his warmth and expertise outside the walls of his clinic, donating a significant amount of his profits to charities and the local community, and providing free dental care for people in need.
Back when it opened its first location, Crunch gym had no air conditioning or locker rooms, so staffers had to invent novel tactics to attract members, such as enlisting a live rapper to accompany hip-hop aerobics sessions. Bereft of fancy trimmings, the staff relied on imaginative classes that combined exercise with fun to build a base of loyal fandom and positive buzz. Their judgment-free attitudes and creativity eventually paid off, giving them enough steam to accrue new equipment, several franchise locations, and a reputation for turning boring workouts on their heads.
Today, Crunch locations have all the expected amenities. They boast brand-name machinery and certified trainers, as well as involvement with dotFIT, an online fitness and nutrition resource for members. They also host a range of group fitness classes, covering disciplines such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and TRX.
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