At Vanguard Dental, dentists Jackie Shayani and Camilo Achury each harness more than 22 years of experience to protect and enhance area grins. Dedicated to patient comfort, the staff takes mouths by the hand, and walks them step-by-step through treatments, whether they seek the smile-aligning services of Invisalign or the shine-boosting power of a routine cleaning or Zoom teeth whitening. The friendly office also helps perfect each burrito-trap with implants, veneers, and crowns, as well as tooth-colored fillings that hide evidence of cavities without attracting unwanted attention from metal detectors or lonely Geiger-counter enthusiasts.
As founder and managing director, Dr. Shayani practices dentistry part time in order to pursue philanthropy projects that include working with community and charity organizations by day and fighting the crime-laden cotton-candy industry by night. The office's clinical director, Camilo Achury, uses his continuing education to ensure the most advanced care for his patients, and remains an active force inside the dental community by serving on the Queens County Dental Society's board of directors.
Further Fitness trainers Jamie Dreyer and Maribel Torres have made it their mission to "dispel . . . myths and old-wives tales" about fitness. Inspired by their backgrounds in youth sports, exercise-science studies, and a chance encounter with fitness godfather Jack LaLanne, they have created an effective, challenging, and exciting program focused on the fundamentals of boosting metabolisms and muscle mass. Their stripped-down studio builds bodies with simple tools, such as kettlebells, battling ropes, and sandbags. To stimulate the cardiovascular system, Jamie and Maribel might have students haul a weight sled and pull in equal amounts of physiology and anatomy knowledge. Sessions are held in semiprivate and group settings, and an athletic-strength program devotes itself exclusively to training high-school-level athletes and any toddlers that can run a decent 40-yard dash or live in the requisite angst in which high schoolers often live.
D-Fine Fitness's facility is abuzz with motion as fitness expert Craig Hatchett and his staff of 14 certified trainers captain fitness classes and personal-training sessions, helping patrons to bolster their physical and mental well-being. Beyond rooms of cardio and weight-training machines lie private training rooms, where instructors elucidate weight-loss and toning strategies during one-on-one sessions. The trainers offer specialized sessions for teens, during which they learn to reduce body fat and build enough muscle to finally defeat their principals in games of hopscotch.
For group sweat sessions, the instructors lead classes including Pilates, Pilates for Golf, Zumba, and kickboxing. The center's massage therapists enhance athletic performance and flexibility through restorative massage, and the registered dietitian designs programs to help patrons to make healthy eating choices and learn to trap and butcher their own asparagus.
The Center Street Club offers boutique-style private training and relaxation in an uncrowded urban oasis. Like reality-TV contestants, the club's attentive trainers come out of their shell and start to reveal exercise secrets during one-on-one personal training sessions. Private Pilates gets solo stretchers reaching for the remote without leaving the sofa, and stressed souls slough off tension with a Swedish massage. When the 50 minutes in heaven is complete, mettle-testers can roam over 10,000 square feet of amenities and slick workout equipment, growing guns with free weights, raising heart rates with the StairMaster, and drafting home-sauna blueprints on the fogged-up walls of the steam room.
Revolution Athletic Club specializes in TRX suspension training, interval-circuit training, and RealRyder indoor cycling. During cycling classes, students pedal atop RealRyder indoor bicycles that react with the body's natural cycling motion, tilting left and right up to 18 degrees. No matter the class, the club's knowledgeable instructors provide continuous direction and motivation with their own personalized music soundtracks.
ModernSmile's founder and head DDS Dr. Barbara Wachs has whitened the teeth of more than 10,000 clients over the course of her career, which has included appearances on QVC selling aftercare products. During in-office whitening treatments, clients kick back in plush chairs while Dr. Wachs protects lips and gums with a barrier material, then coats teeth with a patented whitening formula. When positioned beneath a UV-free laser light, the gel begins to activate, brightening teeth and kicking out coffee stains so they can do what they do best?make seventh-grade Constitution projects look legit. As a preferred Invisalign provider, Dr. Wachs is also able to nudge teeth into more aesthetic positions with the use of clear, custom trays. Both of these treatments take place in the confines of a modern dentist?s office complete with low-lit lamps, overstuffed couches, and spa-like accents.
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