Thirty minutes, once a week. That's all it takes at Hubbard Family Swim School for a young child to master breath control, find their buoyancy, and backstroke straight into the world of swimming. Classes are broken into eight swimming levels, beginning when children are only 2 months old. In Baby Splash, instructors and parents both enter the pool, where they help little ones build a confidence in water. Beginning at age 3, students can dive into more difficult classes such as Jellyfish and Lobster, so named for the ocean species with the most Olympic gold medals. Masterful strokes can take kids into Hubbard Family Swim School's recreational teams, which compete during the summer.
Of course, the aquatic lesson plans are only as good as the instructors themselves, and Hubbard Family Swim School boasts an expert faculty at its locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa. Each of these swim instructors gets ample hands-on training and continuing-education courses throughout the year. Floating atop this sea of talent are Bob and Kathy Hubbard, the company's founders. Both grew up as active swimmers, and they made sure that each of their eight kids learned to swim at a young age—something that led to countless hours of boating, swimming, and snorkeling. Hubbard Family Swim School is the manifestation of their two loves: family and swimming.
During the eight years she taught anatomy, physiology, and therapeutic massage, Patti Selleck was frustrated. On her website she discloses the reason: "As much as I could affect with massage, I couldn't make permanent changes." So she sought therapies to enhance the results she could provide for clients, traveling a path that led her to enroll in The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Rolfing, the commercial name for structural integration, relies on gravity to release tension patterns after sessions in bands of connective tissue called fascia that, when tight, strained, or french braided, can cause joint and muscle pain and imbalances throughout the entire body.
Selleck connected with the practice because it built on her strengths, as the healing process stems from consultations with clients?a specialty of hers since she is a chaplain and a certified lay counselor?and requires a massage therapist's deft touch and detailed understanding of the human body. More than a quarter-century after learning massage in 1985, she revels in work that can have a transformative effect on her patients' lives, enabling them to achieve emotional and spiritual balance through physical alignment.
Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
Though An Elegant Smile Dentistry's 16 dentists are spread across ten locations, they all share a common philosophy of dedicated preventive care. The team, whose members have been lavished with numerous Top Dentist awards from Phoenix Magazine, earns its accolades by determining the specific needs of each patient's mouth. With three modern, state-of-the-art East Valley locations, they also share a mutual philosophy of providing gentle and affordable care they hope will inspire patients to make An Elegant Smile Dentistry their dental home for years to come. Although routine cleanings represent the bread and fluoridated butter of their approach, they also mend smiles with cosmetic and orthodontic services designed to keep aesthetics in line with good oral health.
Arrowhead Dermatology wrangles a team of board-certified dermatologists, nurse practitioners, and aestheticians?many of whom have worked in harrowing environments, such as burn wards, the air force, and Texas. Their services tend to fall into two categories: treatments that promote healthy skin and treatments with a more cosmetic slant. For the former, Arrowhead's dermatologists perform mole monitoring for skin cancers, offer treatment for warts, rashes, and cysts, and put together plans that help patients reduce acne outbreaks. On the cosmetic side, they'll team up with their aestheticians to perform laser hair removal, microdermabrasion treatments, and vestigial rhino-horn buffing.
Thanks to full medical staff, which includes registered nurses, medical assistants, and physicians, MedShape Weight Loss Clinic's weight-loss programs pack a more powerful punch than most. Take the signature Slim Now Therapy program, for example. It helps vanquish unwanted fat with medical techniques that include prescription-strength appetite suppressants, nutritional supplements, and, if needed, hormone therapy. Other helpful tools at the staff's disposal include Fat Burner vitamin injections and several methods for analyzing body composition without using mail-order x-ray specs.