Brian Leaf has spent countless hours parsing through Family Guy, Twilight, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and myriad other pop-culture phenomena—not for his own amusement, but to pick out SAT and ACT vocabulary words lurking in the scripts, which he's compiled in six books. A seasoned test-prep instructor, Leaf has helped thousands of students surmount standardized tests through his books and workshops, which dole out insider advice for taking the entire tests as well as specific subjects such as math, reading, and dodgeball. Students leave each session with a collection of McGraw-Hill guidebooks, tips on stress management and avoiding common avoidable mistakes, and strategies for each subject.
The team of five doctors at Eye Physicians of Northhampton employ modern techniques to help patients see better. Patients can find their perfect pair of frames in the optical shop, but others looking to lose the "four eyes" nickname can explore advanced surgical treatments. LASIK surgery restructures the cornea to improve nearsightedness and farsightedness, and the Allegretto Wave laser reduces secondary vision troubles such as night vision, halos, and the inability to see through lead.
Led by eighth-degree black belt Grandmaster Kyung W. Kim, a former US National Team Head Coach, U.S. Taekwondo Center expertly instructs students of all ages and abilities in the martial art of tae kwon do. Classes teach fundamentals as they improve fitness and build confidence.
In the comfort of her private studio, massage therapist Karen Provost calms aching muscles with one-on one massage sessions. She utilizes Swedish strokes or sports bodywork to improve range of motion, and applies deep-tissue pressure to chronic sore spots. Those with muscle sensitivity, however, can opt for a reiki session, which strives to decongest the body's energy pathways and stimulate immunity. Whatever the modality, treatments are always tailored to the needs of the individual, and not to requests from radio callers.
Sometimes, proper skincare requires something even more specialized than the skills of a professional aesthetician. That's when Dr. Steven Franks and Kathryn Swanson?a board-certified dermatologist and a board-certified dermatology and family nurse practitioner, respectively?can step in to lend their expertise. At Central Mass Dermatology, the team uses a combination of pharmaceutical-grade products and cutting-edge medical technology in nonsurgical treatments that give clients' skin a natural radiance. Cosmetic laser systems can accomplish a variety of useful tasks, such as ridding the body of unwanted stubble and minimizing the appearance of unsightly spider veins or pigmented lesions. Injectable dermal fillers smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and the center's advanced facial treatments dramatically improve skin tone and texture by exfoliating, moisturizing, and rejuvenating countenances.