Couture Laser & Skin’s founder and director, Dr. Anshul Gambhir, received his medical training at the renowned Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. With his team of aestheticians, he has performed more than 100,000 nonsurgical, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures, ranging from chemical peels to permanent makeup. To diminish wrinkles, he uses dermal fillers or CO2 lasers that resurface skin as they tighten it, and micro-incision liposuction allows him to sculpt and contour bodies without a single surgical stitch or shrink ray. He also harnesses the radiofrequency energy of the Thermage device and uses it to rebuild and remodel collagen, and he scares away unwanted hair with FDA-approved lasers.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
The family dental team at Matthews Dental Associates, enhancing smiles since 1975, eschews wire braces in favor of Invisalign trays to guide teeth toward healthier, more aesthetic positions. Wearers rotate through of series of clear plastic trays that nudge teeth toward their optimal position while remaining virtually undetectable, much like a snowman's milk moustache. After an initial consultation and examination ensures candidacy for treatment, panoramic x-rays and impressions work in tandem with 3-D computer technology to design and crafts trays. During treatment, which can last up to two years, wearers graduate to a new set about every two weeks and can remove the trays at any time in order to brush, eat, or gnaw crayons.
Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.
Before Jenn and Gary Keil opened Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, the two worked at a pharmaceutical company. Jenn, a yoga, meditation, and qi gong guru, tended to the employees' health, while Gary, a pharmacist with a PhD in neuropharmacology, applied his expertise to prescription medication and how to best serve his patients. After more than a decade of coordinating activities, the duo decided to find another outlet for their Western and alternative medicine passions. The result was Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, a facility whose services include everything from hot and vinyasa yoga to therapeutic pain management. To strengthen their guests' mind, the Keils also offer certified positive psychology counseling sessions.
When Bryan graduated from college, he was acutely aware of the weight he had put on and the general softness of his body. When he decided to get rid of it, he turned to CrossFit. The program gave him more than he bargained for, transforming him not just into his old, fit self, but into an actual athlete, unlike Bo Jackson. He rode the ensuing wave of inspiration to six different CrossFit certifications—such as weightlifting and gymnastics—acquired all over the country. He then opened his own associate training branch, Longwood CrossFit. Now, using the ever-varying regimen that transformed his own life, he helps students aged 12 to 66 with everything from improving sports performance to shedding stubborn pounds that fear being converted to euros.