Health 1st Wellness Center may not look much like a doctor's office—there's a noticeable lack of needles, medicine vials, and nurses chasing down patients—but Dr. Mike Lewis completely devotes himself to making his patients feel better. Instead of relying on conventional medical methods that cure symptoms, Dr. Lewis looks for the source of the pain and, in doing such, aims to preempt any future relapses.
Once he's uncovered the causes of patients' pain through his thorough exams, Dr. Lewis goes to work with an array of non-invasive treatments. Here, old meets new, as traditional spinal adjustments and acupuncture pair up with modern technology. For instance, he uses lasers to relieve internal soreness without breaking the skin, and he uses the computerized Z-Grav machine to gently elongate the spine by removing pressure, weight, and its fear of being allowed on a roller coaster.
International Food Club recruits fresh and packaged cuisine from more than 20 countries across the globe. The store aisles are arranged by country of origin: customers can traipse down the British aisle for tea and biscuits, or nab guava jam and hot sauce from the Caribbean section. Middle Eastern staples make up the store’s most robust aisles, granting U.S. palates brief reprieves from licking American-flag stamps in favor of sweet halva, fragrant spices, and couscous. That focus extends to the café, where chefs roll falafel and gyro meat in pita bread with sides of hummus and tabbouleh along with other menu items.
Southwest Orlando Eye Care's optometrist, John Nowell, has been keeping people clear-eyed in his hometown for more than 20 years. This ocular expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and other local publications lauding his commitment to patient education and no-hassle customer service. But, Dr. Nowell’s compassion goes beyond the exam room; when he’s not at the office, he can be found serving his community as a member of the Orlando Rotary Club and volunteering his time with The Coalition for the Homeless.
In addition to contact lenses, eye exams, and the treatment of ocular diseases, Dr. Nowell and his staff help faces keep pace with newly twinkling eyes through a menus of aesthetic services. They can combat acne with microdermabrasion session, or boost collagen growth and the ability to converse with Lite-Brites via an LED facial.
Drawing on as many local and sustainable ingredients as they can find, Harmoni Market's chefs create Mediterranean-inspired lunch and dinner menus that take taste buds on an island tour of the wine-dark sea. At the sound of the city's unnerving dinner siren, preface your feast with a heaping plate of Mediterranean nachos, which swap the tortilla chips with crispy pita and buries them in red-pepper hummus, spicy tzatziki, Harmoni salsa, kalamata olives, and feta ($10). Market mussels swimming in white-wine garlic butter sauce ($12) will similarly prepare you to follow the meat rainbow to pots of diverse flavors, such as pan-seared scallops with roasted tomato couscous ($18) or flat-iron steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and a fig balsamic ($16.50). Lunchers, on the other hand, can forget the office's acidic coffee and nudity-filled PowerPoints over a caprese panini made with mozzarella, basil, and locally grown tomatoes ($8.50) or the salty and sweet Harmoni Signature, which loads figs, bacon, tomato, and blue cheese onto a fresh-baked flatbread ($9).