Alabama Vision Center doesn’t have one single sight specialist on staff. They have six. The team of ODs, MDs, and an Au.D. draws upon varying skill sets and a staff of 32 technicians and office professionals to provide services ranging from LASIK vision correction to bifocal implants recommended for those with presbyopia or very tiny books. The technology on hand is unparalleled as well, with lasers that help with everything from blade-free corneal surgery to cataract removal to treatment for wet macular degeneration.
Of course, keeping eyesight healthy and strong from the get-go is the staff's number-one priority, and so they offer comprehensive exams that begin with an external inspection of the eyes and surrounding tissue, and end with a tonometry test to identify signs of glaucoma. In between, doctors take note of tracking abilities, visual field, refractive abilities, and colorblindness, and also perform an ophthalmoscopy test, where they inspect the retina to check for any detachment or sudden changes in its mood. A free hearing screening is also included with each patient's first visit, keeping jealous ears from feeling like eyes get all the attention.
Linda Dobbins Dance owner and artistic director Linda Dobbins knows more than a thing or two about dancing—she has studied, taught, and performed in an array of dance styles over the past 30 years. During that time, her students have won a slew of awards, earned more than $85,000 in scholarship money, and gone on to nab successful dance gigs in the film and TV industry.
Linda is backed up by a team of talented instructors who teach both recreational and competitive dance classes. They are trained in a wide spectrum of dance disciplines including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, modern, clogging, and cheerleading. Their lessons are supplemented by tri-annual visits from master choreographers who lead workshops to refresh students with a shower of knowledge and inspiration.
Pilates on Highland's dedicated instructors pool their collective experience from backgrounds in dance, fitness, and gymnastics to help students firm their physiques in dynamic Core Barre classes. In the well-equipped spearmint-hued studio, natural light washes over lush, nonsentient plants as students flex and bend during 55-minute Core Barre sessions. Using their own body weight for resistance and grasping a ballet barre for balance, students tone legs and arms while strengthening cores through precise isometric exercises. The fluid poses work to lengthen limbs and improve posture more gracefully than balancing the sheet music for Swan Lake on your head. To ensure attentive instruction, each of Pilates on Highland's Core Barre classes, like the national census, caps at 10 participants.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic enhances face façades using modern techniques and personalized spa facials. The skilled aestheticians help clients choose one of four treatment types, based on skin type and tissue temperament, to cheer up sullen skin. The European facial employs customized masks and massage techniques to exfoliate and refresh the epidermis. The anti-aging facial can restore radiance using vitamin-enriched serums discovered during explorative dives into the Fountain of Youth. Evict bacteria from put-upon pores with a purifying deep-cleanse facial designed to revitalize complexions, or calm overactive imaginations with a relaxation facial that combines aromatherapy, massage, and warm towels.