"My purpose is to help as many people possible to get well naturally. It's what fuels my fire," expounds Dr. Derek Maxson, founder of Maxson Chiropractic and Wellness. The embers of his chiropractic passion were first kindled in childhood; suffering from year-round allergies and sinus problems and living through a "fog of medication," Maxson was elated to finally find holistic relief through chiropractic care. After earning his doctorate of chiropractic from Parker University College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Dr. Maxson began his mission to free others from the burdensome haze of chronic pain through gentle spinal adjustments and other natural methods. Each day in his office, he assesses spinal health with an array of techniques and tools, including x-rays that can help locate fractures, identify long-term spinal degeneration, and tailor form-fitting skeleton costumes.
To augment his pain-relieving adjustments with a dose of relaxation, Dr. Maxon directs patients to his office's licensed massage therapist, Natalie Tyler, a self-described "fixer" who nonetheless believes in the body's natural ability to heal itself. The therapeutic kneads of Natalie and the other licensed massage therapists can help jump-start the healing process and strengthen the immune system while freeing the mind from daily stressors.
Dr. Joe McDaniel has tried a little bit of every style of martial arts out there. His career spans more than 50 years, starting in 1961 with a stint as a boxer among the pugilists of Detroit. Since then, his fists and feet have traveled the proverbial globe, helping him earn a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, senior-instructor certification in the Filipino martial art known as kali, and a silver glove in French savate, a form of kickboxing. Today, he uses his immense store of training to guide students of all fitness levels through a variety of martial-arts classes, introducing them to the quick strikes of muay thai, the cerebral strategies of boxing, and rhyming between-kick trash talk of kickboxing.
The Dentists at DentVance Dental Care work hard to keep teeth healthy and beautiful through regular cleanings and cosmetic services. They whiten dull teeth and cover up cracked or chompers with veneers. The crew also creates custom-made mouth guards to protect teeth when playing sports or just hanging out with near-sighted tee-ball players.
At Saffari Dental Center, Dr. Bahman Saffari falls back on more than 20 years of experience serving the Houston area to address all sorts of toothy dilemmas. Dr. Saffari and his team provide general dentistry treatments for the whole family, as well as cosmetic services, such as Zoom! teeth whitening. They also utilize the latest technology and equipment, including Fastbraces, an innovative alternative to standard braces that aims to speed up the shifting process.
The American Medical Institute is a vocational nursing facility with more than 14 years of experience training nurses and the public in subjects such as CPR, first aid, and medication assistance. They offer a 12-month vocational nursing program for high school graduates, as well as abbreviated courses for students who wish to become nurse aides or medication aides. They also offer daily courses that focus on CPR, first aid, diabetes awareness, and other medical procedures.
Within an open gymnasium, women from across the fitness spectrum gather as certified personal trainers captain rigorous fitness classes. Six days a week, morning and evening sessions burn up to 500 calories with a blend of aerobic, strength-training, and endurance-building exercises. Between svelteness-making workouts, nutritional counselors sit down or cartwheel alongside clients to design meal plans that give them the competitive edge against weight gain.
Chris Green's passion for basketball has led him from the courts of his high school to the major arenas where he played with the ABA West All-Star Team. Though he was bestowed with many awards and accomplishments throughout his career, Green realized that his life's calling was not with basketball, but with helping people improve their lives through fitness. Eager to use his athletic talents to make a difference, he graduated with a degree in kinesiology and became certified in personal training through the International Sports and Science Association.
Today, Green combines the athletic prowess he cultivated on the basketball court with a positive, yet intense style of training during six-week boot camp programs, personal training sessions, and motivational coaching sessions. Dedicated to propelling students towards their fitness goals—whether those goals include losing weight, toning muscle, or squeezing into child-sized giraffe costumes—he supplements training sessions with regular motivational videos. Green also conducts regular self-improvement seminars on nutrition and body image.