When he returned from Vietnam as a US Army Ranger in 1969, Doctor of Chiropractic Watson brought back a souvenir that would change his life: a severely injured back. Disillusioned with the impersonal approach of his medical team, he refused surgery, even though his pain persisted. Finally, a friend recommended chiropractic care, which not only relieved Dr. Watson's discomfort but also inspired him to become a chiropractor himself. His commitment to the surgery-free, holistic discipline was redoubled years later, when his 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. Dr. Watson devoted his days and nights to scoliosis research, and his office became a certified scoliosis treatment center.
Today, Dr. Watson alchemizes his own health successes into a chiropractic practice that helps others lead lives free of pain and anvil-stuffed backpacks. Aside from treating aches with rehabilitation and chiropractic machines, he renders sleeker figures with nutrition counseling and Zerona treatments.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
The proficient framers at Art Frame Studio employ high-quality framing materials and seldom-used techniques to efficiently preserve photographs and documents. Using rice paper and wet-paste mounting techniques, they evenly mount scrolls and other delicate objects. In addition to prints and photos, they encapsulate puzzles, needlepoint work, and keepsakes within sleek shadowbox frames. Employing museum-approved materials and conservation framing techniques, they mount historically significant documents on archival-quality matting to ensure a stable framing job, minimal exposure of the work to adhesives, and protection from studious insects.
For more than 30 years, JP Digital Imaging has festooned office walls, and pizzazz-needing ceilings with vibrant prints and high-quality images from its Mountain View press. The Wall-EZ mural sticker is an easy-to-hang peel-and-stick self-adhesive, made up to 2'x4' in size, and designed to cling to any surface without leaving behind sticky residue or lingering outlines of frescoed cherubs. Choose from one of JP Digital’s 12 breath-siphoning stock images, such as a sepia-rendered vertical view of the Eiffel Tower or a nostalgia-inducing nighttime photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge to festoon a living space. Creative types may also submit their own high-resolution image to JP Digital’s website and let the professionals transform it into a dazzling decoration, sure to enliven even the dingiest dorm room, dullest lobby, or most stalactite-riddled man cave.
When Jess Dang started Cook Smarts in 2011, she didn't entirely realize what she was getting into. At the time, she was working a corporate desk job by day and unwinding in the kitchen by night, mastering the skills she would soon introduce to the digital world. Her culinary hobby became a blog, then a catering service, and then a supper club for her friends. Cook Smarts was a way for Dang to make cooking a full-time gig, and started as kitchen lessons for home cooks and high-school students. But one thing became clear the more lessons she gave: most Americans simply don't have a firm grip on the fundamentals of the kitchen—from knife skills to food storage to making the most of a limited budget.
That's where meal plans come in. By designing simple, delicious, and healthy meal plans in week-long increments, Dang makes it easy for even beginner cooks to earn their kitchen legs. These plans take into account such lifestyles as vegetarianism, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Even better, the plans build off of each other by reusing ingredients and incorporating leftovers to simplify grocery shopping. Supplemented by Dang's informative online lessons, meal plans demystify the kitchen from the pantry to the broiler.