Doctors of Chiropractic Victor Lasa and Suanette Torres helm Encompass Chiropractic Center, providing physical, massage, and laser therapy to treat injury and musculoskeletal concerns. Concerned with overall health, they treat the conditions and not just the pain to prevent recurrences. They also design weight-loss and nutrition programs to bolster well-being.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Inspirit Yoga and Fitness Studio was designed to uplift both the body and spirit. Classes commence between honey-colored hardwood floors and soaring ceilings as certified instructors teach Zumba, yoga, and boot camp classes. Studio owner Ravenflower Dugandzic wanted to create a welcoming space for the community to come and learn about living a balanced lifestyle and even holds regular events and workshops at the studio. To help students along on their healthy quests, her classes include a detoxifying Hot Flow yoga class during which the heated room helps students stretch. On the other side of the spectrum, Zumba classes offer a full-body dance workout set to intense Latin rhythms. Clients can also indulge in an aromatherapy massage performed by a registered massage therapist.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Farmer needed a chiropractor before he became one. Suffering from scoliosis as a child, he went to his family chiropractor, whose hands-on techniques kept him out of the operatory and in sports. Wanting to take costly, risky surgery out of the equation for others, Dr. Farmer attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, the world's oldest chiropractic school, where he eventually became a teacher.
Now ensconced at Orlando Chiropractic and Physical Rehab, LLC, Dr. Farmer treats his patients with spinal rehabilitation therapy (SRT). This therapy seeks to reverse the five components of spinal injury, such as pain and loss of motion, with a combination of traditional chiropractic adjustments, massage, and physical rehab. He and the team demonstrate their devotion to patients by taking time to get to know them during consultations and listening to questions and concerns while helping devise a treatment plan. If, through careful examination, Dr. Farmer believes he can't help a patient, he and the staff work to locate someone who can, either through extensive research or by making smoke signals in doctor script.
Helmed by Dr. Kenneth Pyle, a general and cosmetic dentist with a penchant for tooth technology and over 10 years of experience from more than 600 cases, Orlando Dental Group keeps choppers healthy and helps them look their best. Scientific advances such as Invisalign tooth straightening, which Pyle is an instructor for, and Cerec restorations bolster the clinic's service menu, which teems with furbishing options such as bonding and veneers. Caring technicians guide patients through routine cleanings, sharing oral-hygiene tips, and steering them toward educational videos on brushing, gum-disease prevention, and management of wisdom teeth. Digital x-rays minimize radiation as they search for cavities, and friendly schedulers makes appointment-setting easier than getting stuck in a puddle of quicksand. View some of Orlando Dental Group's FAQs here.
Dr. Wilfredo Rodriguez of Paradise Dental Group isn't one to rest on his laurels. Since graduating from dental school in 1996, he has taken continuing-education courses to stay up-to-date on advancements in his field. The office boasts such high-tech advancements as digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and rotary endodontics, which make root canals as quick and easy as a sprinting TV dinner. When devising personalized treatment plans for his patients, Dr. Rodriguez draws upon both his extensive education and the time he spent as a staff dentist at a VA hospital.