Spaces Design Studio owner Joy Nan Rodia knows that each room in a person's home serves a distinct purpose. A bedroom should offer end-of-day relaxation, a home office should invigorate the senses, and a kitchen should function as both a communal haven and the best place to hide from the ghosts that inhabit in all televisions. Giving life—and a unifying vision—to these spaces is what she does best. A graduate of New York's Parsons The New School for Design and the founder of the Association of Redesign and Staging Professionals, Joy has been providing interior-design services for 20 years. No matter the job, she carefully considers each residential or commercial client's color preferences and budget as she creates an atmosphere using flooring, lighting, and fabrics.
In addition to her own design work, Joy shares her passion for home styling via classes, workshops, and training programs at her School of Interior Redesign and Home Staging. She also gives back, acting as an interior designer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.
As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.
The husband-and-wife team of Drs. Darren Tong and Mariliza Lacap has 20 years of experience in dental implants, cosmetic procedures, and orthodontics. Determined to make patients feel as comfortable as possible, the dentists and their team of seasoned hygienists, assistants, and patient coordinators first get to know patients by holding a Q&A session with each tooth before investigating them for decay and other issues. Each treatment comes with special perks, such as relaxing paraffin hand treatments. Instead of using drills, the dentists remove decay with quiet electric tools that reduce heat and vibration while conserving more of the patient’s tooth. To make sure decay is removed, the dentists follow up with laser therapy to zap away the final bits of decay that may remain. In addition to keeping adult teeth in tip-top chomping shape, the team also pays special attention to the youngest smiles with dedicated pediatric dentistry services.
A lot of people like to have a one-on-one with a trainer before embarking on a new fitness regimen. But at First Class Fitness, visitors have the option of meeting with a veteran exercise physiologist, who will issue a fitness evaluation and a comprehensive health screening in order to draft a unique, custom-tailored training program. What follows in the cozy, earth-toned gym might vary from person to person: instructors hold boot camp and circuit classes, and personal trainers provide focused attention to help clients reach specific goals. Other guests might opt to work out independently by lifting weights in the carpeted equipment room or by taping toy cars to their feet and gliding on the hardwood floor of the stretching studio. The one thing that is consistent, however, is the inviting atmosphere, which welcomes guests of all ages and from all walks of life.
Little Scoops looks just like an ice-cream parlor from the ‘50s—if it mistakenly got zapped by a shrink ray. That’s because the shrunken-down shop is designed for kids, giving parents a family-friendly kid-sized space for children's meetups, play-dates, or ice-cream socials. At the U-shaped ice-cream bar, pintsize stools capped with red vinyl beckon kids to sidle up and check out the flavors of Welsh Farms ice cream, soft serve, and shaved ice. A jukebox plays kid-friendly tunes as little ones decorate their scoops with colorful toppings, taking care not to spill their sweets on imaginary friends or the black-and-white checkered floor.
The parlor also hosts children’s post-game meetups, play dates, and parties. Parents can opt for party packages that include pizza and soda; during the festivities, Little Scoops staffers take the lead on setting up, cleaning up, and organizing interactive games.
If Billy Ward looks familiar, it’s not just because he has a friendly, approachable face. In 2010 he dispensed his brand of motivational know-how to nationwide audiences as a finalist on Good Morning America’s Advice Guru segment. After the contest ended, Billy united his private practice with his wife Lia’s to form Ward Counseling, where the pair now helps people find relief from strife in their personal, professional, and married lives. The two tackle adult problems with different yet complementary skills. Billy is a nationally certified life coach and Lia holds certifications as a marriage and family therapist. Both are are also experienced in working with youth.