In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Above and Beyond Creative Sewing ensures that sewing enthusiasts of all experience levels have the tools to practice their craft. That means not only equipping them with quality machines from Pfaff and Singer, but also giving them access to classes that advance their technique. The venue welcomes sewers with a large, open work area, where the shop's resident experts draw upon more than two decades of experience to conduct group classes or lend advice to crafters stuck on complicated projects. For those who prefer to work at home or have sewn their front door shut, the experts also offer free support over the phone from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Spaces Design Studio owner Joy Nan Rodia knows that each room in a person's home serves a distinct purpose. A bedroom should offer end-of-day relaxation, a home office should invigorate the senses, and a kitchen should function as both a communal haven and the best place to hide from the ghosts that inhabit in all televisions. Giving life—and a unifying vision—to these spaces is what she does best. A graduate of New York's Parsons The New School for Design and the founder of the Association of Redesign and Staging Professionals, Joy has been providing interior-design services for 20 years. No matter the job, she carefully considers each residential or commercial client's color preferences and budget as she creates an atmosphere using flooring, lighting, and fabrics.
In addition to her own design work, Joy shares her passion for home styling via classes, workshops, and training programs at her School of Interior Redesign and Home Staging. She also gives back, acting as an interior designer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.
As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.
The husband-and-wife team of Drs. Darren Tong and Mariliza Lacap has 20 years of experience in dental implants, cosmetic procedures, and orthodontics. Determined to make patients feel as comfortable as possible, the dentists and their team of seasoned hygienists, assistants, and patient coordinators first get to know patients by holding a Q&A session with each tooth before investigating them for decay and other issues. Each treatment comes with special perks, such as relaxing paraffin hand treatments. Instead of using drills, the dentists remove decay with quiet electric tools that reduce heat and vibration while conserving more of the patient’s tooth. To make sure decay is removed, the dentists follow up with laser therapy to zap away the final bits of decay that may remain. In addition to keeping adult teeth in tip-top chomping shape, the team also pays special attention to the youngest smiles with dedicated pediatric dentistry services.
A lot of people like to have a one-on-one with a trainer before embarking on a new fitness regimen. But at First Class Fitness, visitors have the option of meeting with a veteran exercise physiologist, who will issue a fitness evaluation and a comprehensive health screening in order to draft a unique, custom-tailored training program. What follows in the cozy, earth-toned gym might vary from person to person: instructors hold boot camp and circuit classes, and personal trainers provide focused attention to help clients reach specific goals. Other guests might opt to work out independently by lifting weights in the carpeted equipment room or by taping toy cars to their feet and gliding on the hardwood floor of the stretching studio. The one thing that is consistent, however, is the inviting atmosphere, which welcomes guests of all ages and from all walks of life.