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 quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. 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 before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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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.
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, fully stocked boutique, and spacious yoga studio flooded with natural light––Cuervo and her 10 instructors guide students of all ages and experience levels through a packed fitness 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. BodyFlow classes combine yoga, tai chi, and Pilates moves into choreographed exercise routines, whereas Zumba classes focus on high-energy dance routines with a Latin theme. The holistic haven also boasts acupuncture, massage, and reiki treatments.
From the bright yellow door that greets students to the dimly lit treatment rooms decorated with Eastern-influenced decor, Yin Yang Yoga Center creates a tranquil environment in its two-story establishment. Even the retail boutique exudes a sense of calm, with sunlight streaming through its large windows and over fitness apparel, equipment, and accessories.
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring's 13 courses are color-coded by difficulty level, from yellow for beginners to double black diamonds for experts. They aren't ski trails, though—they're climbing challenges. More than 150 platforms adorn 5 acres of trees, which participants trek among by way of cable, wood, and rope bridges, as well as ziplines. A short safety briefing precedes all excursions, covering how to use the included gear and harnesses.
The park's main courses aren't the only place to test climbing skills. Over in the Monkey Grove, visitors can scale 10 trees fastened with the footholds and grips of a classic rock wall. Younger climbers, meanwhile, can explore The Labyrinth, a small, contained structure featuring more than 40 junior-sized versions of the park's other challenges. The courses illuminate on select Glow-in-the-Park evenings, when food, live music, and hoot-owl choruses await climbers upon their return to terra firma.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.
Blue Mash's course takes club-toting competitors careening through 6,885 yards of well-kempt emerald alleyways designed by prolific course architect Arthur Hills. Begin a day of wanton divot tearing and tender iron hugging with a stint at the all-grass driving range, where a bucket of range balls duly subject themselves to experimental swings as golfers take aim at distant targets. An obedient golf cart then transports duffers to the first tee, where a double dogleg forces them to either carry a half-dozen bunkers and land on the second section of the fairway or precisely roll shorter orbs onto an ever-narrowing tract of short grass. Much of the back nine circles a central body of water, demanding confident play, safe drives, and secret incantations to stave off the waterlogged spirits of abandoned balls. After a hard-fought game, players can redeem their $20 lunch voucher for meatball subs ($7.50 each), chicken wings ($6.75 for 8), and other noshes from Blue Mash's menu of savory grill fare.
Argyle Country Club accommodates a variety of upscale physical activities amid beautiful outdoor landscapes centered around a clubhouse of 25,000 square feet. The one-day membership includes one round at the club’s private golf course, where linksmen enjoy a serene 18 holes of rolling hills and picturesque woods after polishing the rust off of swings with a turn at the driving range and a pint of tendon-tarnish remover. For racket wielders, the club sports five well-maintained Har-Tru tennis courts for games of long-lasting volleys and nimble returns. After a day on the course or the courts, take a dip in the 25-meter swimming pool with a diving area, or watch the kiddies splish-splash around in the wading pool. Temporary members can utilize the showers and changing rooms to freshen up before using the included lunch voucher ($15 value) at the club’s restaurant, refueling ravenous stomachs after a full day of tennis, swimming, and using the 14th hole's putting green as a stage for a medley of songs from The Sound of Music.