Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
The trainer behind 800 Degrees Fitness understands the severity of poor health, and takes the associated risks seriously. To boost longevity and well-being, he helps clients overcome their health hurtles one step at a time. The first step: he assesses their current health and identifies potential risk factors, such as high blood pressure or an irrational fear of fruit. The second step: he creates a plan of action to restore good health, incorporating nutrition and high-intensity circuit training. The final step: he teaches clients how to take control of their own bodies, pointing them to other health professionals if necessary.
Dr. Raje Guntnur of Exquisite Family Dentistry is a good listener. She starts her appointments with a conversation, during which clients can air any dental anxieties, complaints, and concerns, or the names of people they want to bite. Using this information she'll design a course of treatment to help safeguard the patient's smile. But before she performs any of her general, cosmetic, or restorative services, she'll also take the time to explain how the treatments work and what results patients can expect.
With spinal manipulations, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling in their arsenal, the staff of physicians and therapists at Draughon Chiropractic aim to help their clients achieve their physical bests. Technological advances––including cold-laser therapy, neuromuscular treatments, and ultrasound treatments––tend to spines, and an onsite massage clinic provides clients with therapies that can help boost their ability to recover from injury or tackle eating or sleeping disorders.
CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.
When it comes to the integration of Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Carlos Chapa might as well be the poster child. He spent nearly a decade learning and practicing Western medicine, first as a medic in the U.S. Marines, then as a civilian paramedic. When he took a sabbatical from his budding medical career to study abroad in China, Dr. Chapa's early interest in natural cures?stemming from visits to his grandmother's small town in Mexico, where she acted as the town healer?took root in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He delved head-first into this new passion, earning his master's degree and then his PhD in Oriental Medicine from Dongguk University in South Korea, which led him to study at one of the world's first hospitals that integrated Eastern and Western principles.
Today, Dr. Chapa brings this integrative approach to clients at Valley Ranch Acupuncture. As a licensed acupuncturist who has treated thousands of patients, he uses this 5,000 year old technique to decrease pain, boost energy, and affect hormone levels in clients, all with the aim of treating the root cause of the issues and not only focusing only on the symptoms. True to his forward-thinking style, Dr. Chapa may even swap out the hair-thin, virtually painless acupuncture needles for a laser. The low-energy beam is used to target the same locations and produce the same results as acupuncture needles, but require no penetration of the skin.