Lifelong Floridian Dr. Rick Brown makes his patients' wellness his first priority—so much so that his care doesn't stop at the vertebrae. Inside the kindly chiropractor's office, clients will find an infrared sauna meant for detoxification and relaxation, a stockpile of vitamins and supplements for nutritional health, and a licensed massage therapist who can help manage muscular pain. In the weight loss center patients can work on a long-term wellness plan. To give folks futuristic solutions to age-old problems, the office offers intense pulsed light therapy for everything from restoring a youthful glow to faces with photo-rejuvenation to permanent hair reduction.
Wei Beyond Acupuncture calls upon ancient Chinese techniques to mend bodily ailments from the inside out. The center’s holistic therapies include acupuncture, Tui Na massage, and fire-cupping, all of which work to blast away qi-inhibiting roadblocks and stimulate circulation between estranged body parts. While acupuncture relies on sterile needles to balance bickering yins and yangs, massage applies five-fingered pressure to acupoints and cupping draws toxins out with vacuums and trails of radioactive cookie crumbs. Therapists also prescribe herbal medicines infused with plants and minerals and customize food-therapy eating regimens to help alleviate specific ailments.
Sweetwater Golf & Country Club's 18-hole Highlands Course weaves over 6,771 yards of fairways and greens stitched by mature oaks. The player-friendly, par 72 course puts clubbers face to face with the Loch Ness Monster—which is the name bestowed upon the course's signature hole, a 625-yard par five that double-doglegs around a lake. Golfers can prepare for their round with a stint at the club's driving range, where practice balls await to be launched in the stratosphere while commenting on the tense relationship between golf balls and sheets of glass. The club fosters more competitive fun at its tennis complex, which boasts eight lighted, outdoor Har-Tru—green clay—tennis courts.
After a day spent reading putts or thrashing forehands, guests can unwind at one of the club's three dining facilities. The relaxed vibes of the Fife & Drum Pub and the Carnoustie Café welcome casually-clad guests fresh off the course, and the more formal, chandelier-lit confines of the Highlands Dining Room provides an apropos backdrop for dinner parties or a romantic setting for date night for golfers and their caddy.
When picking the location for the championship course at Zellwood Station Golf Club, architect George Maddox discovered hilly terrain not often seen at Floridian links. He made the most of this undulating ground as he designed four doglegs that loop around a dry lake, nicknamed Crater Junction, and also devised a treacherous ninth hole. Known as the Train Wreck, this obstacle is infamous for its long fairway and sharp dogleg left. Today, head golf professional Christopher C. Tyler presides over the course’s bermuda-grass fairways and its expansive greens, which putt fast and true. Before facing down the landscape, golfers can figure out which of their balls are afraid of heights by sending them flying from one of a dozen hitting stations at the driving range.
Despite its impressive course and welcoming clubhouse, Zellwood Station Golf Club isn’t resting on its laurels; the club has plans to debut four new holes, a 10,000-square-foot practice chipping-and-putting facility, and a new driving range before the end of 2012.
Dr. Steve P. Milios of Smiles by Design straightens crooked chompers with Invisalign, a system that utilizes highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Patients visit with Dr. Milios every six to eight weeks for routine check-ups to ensure teeth continue to adjust accordingly, and typically complete their orthodontic journey within 15 months. View some Invisalign FAQs here.