One of Alicia Cuervo's life goals was to create a safe space where students could share the love of yoga and grow together, a goal she achieved the day she opened the doors to her yoga studio, Yin Yang Yoga Center. From this tranquil space?outfitted with a massage room and a spacious yoga studio flooded with natural light and decorated with Eastern-influenced decor?Cuervo and her instructors guide students of all ages and experience levels through a packed class schedule that features options seven days a week. The studio is kept at 75 degrees, priming bodies to move seamlessly through a sequence of Vinyasa poses. Aerial yoga classes use the power of gravity to help students release muscular tension, increase flexibility, and explore zero-compression inversions, while the slow pace of Yin yoga encourages surrender and connection to the breath. The holistic haven also boasts acupuncture, massage, and reiki treatments.
Voted one of the top dentists in the Washington metropolitan area by Washington Consumers' Checkbook, Dr. Henry Lee has served the dental needs of the Olney and greater-Washington community since 1979. After receiving his MS degree from the University of Notre Dame, he furthered his smile-tweaking training at the University of Maryland, where he was elected a member of the Prosthodontic Honor Society and the Phi Beta Cavity fraternity. Lee was also elected a fellow by the American College of Dentists in 1997, an honor bestowed on less than 3.5 percent of all dentists in the United States. A participant in the Ethics Summit's drafting of the U.S. dental code of ethics, Dr. Lee strives to respect the rights of patients and never takes an x-ray without asking the tooth's permission first.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides trusted community doctors and a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames.
Together with company president Sue Downes, they equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them and MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Gucci, Coach, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
A love for fitness was a given in Marcy Fulmore's family. Growing up, her parents and siblings all participated in various sports, and she competed on the track and basketball court. When she pursued a degree in social work, Marcy didn't realize it would one day complement her career as a personal trainer. But at Younique Fitness, her desire to better others' lives and her certification as a personal trainer do, indeed, collide. With 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, she works with individuals of all skill levels one on one, in pairs, or in small groups, and she customizes training programs that blend her different fitness specialties—including kickboxing, jump rope, MMA, and Pilates—to help clients reach specific fitness goals.