Dr. Ruchira Gupta compares the level of service at Willow Family Dental to bespoke tailoring, as each service is customized to fit their clients perfectly and leave them looking great. Even though she?s been working with teeth for more than 15 years, she continues her education with classes and seminars that keep her up to date on the latest practices, sharing newfound knowledge with her dedicated dental team. She equips her office with digital x-rays, which release up to 90% less radiation, and intra-oral cameras to snap detailed images of teeth so she can keep track of progress or have a picture for their smile?s yearbook. She also uses lasers to treat gum and soft tissue less invasively as well as to whiten grins chair-side. Dr. Gupta also specializes in restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and children?s dentistry, offering a suite of services from comprehensive exams to porcelain veneers.
During appointments, clients relax in massage chairs, listen to music, or watch DVDs. The staff keeps nitrous oxide?or laughing gas?on hand to soothe any anxiety as well as warm blankets to serve as makeshift curtains for impromptu sock-puppet performances. In the lobby, waiting family members can browse the web via free WiFi.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
Though it may seem counterintuitive to pile on exercises to heal people recovering from injury, that?s exactly what SportsPlus founder and president Ed Le Cara aims to do. He?s a PhD candidate in athletic training, former frontline medic for the army, current medical and science consultant with 24 Hour Fitness, and is certified by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, among others. Armed with a staggering slew of futuristic equipment?such as the functional movement screen?Dr. Le Cara builds practical exercise routines that help people speed through rehab or prevent injuries altogether.
Le Cara works with a staff of injury prevention and rehabilitation experts whose qualifications include chiropractic and athletic training. Their services range from the expected?gait analysis and massage therapy to get postures in line and ease pain?to the esoteric, such as an antigravity treadmill and underwater chiropractics that give exercise routines to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to work out.
Studio Seven Arts, voted Best Art Gallery of 2011 by Diablo magazine's readers, is bedecked in one-of-a-kind fine art, handcrafted jewelry, and eclectic crafts, fostering an inspiring backdrop to their custom-framing services. The staff members curate a collection of American art pieces, including locally made creations, displaying handcrafted fine jewelry and skillfully made crafts that can be both functional and decorative—much like a scarecrow in a sundress. The gallery’s in-house framing artisans draw upon 25 years of experience to build custom frames for such treasures as paintings, photos, diplomas, and mirrors of any shape or size. Frames can be outfitted with wood to match any room’s décor, and with a variety of glass options that can block the bleaching effects of sunlight and scribblings of pets who feel they ought to be in all the family photos.
When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.
Anarkalee Restaurant borrows its name from the doomed heroine Anarkali, a slave girl who fell in love with a prince and was loved by him in return. Their relationship infuriated the prince's father, the Mughal emperor Akbar, who responded by sentencing his own son to death. To save the prince’s life, Anarkali sacrificed herself: she was buried alive between two brick walls (though some say she actually escaped through a secret passageway).
Anarkalee Restaurant translates the fiery spirit of its namesake into the spicy flavors of regional Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Besides North Indian standards such as palak paneer and chicken tikka, chefs craft more exotic fare such as lamb-brain masala or Himalayan goat karahi for their daily specials. Morsels of grass-fed lamb also fill two types of gosht, or Pakistani meat stew. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrées are served in copious helpings, whether as separate dishes, a buffet, or a color-coded map of the Indian subcontinent.