While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Dr. Timothy Sluser and company practice a holistic philosophy that melds maintenance, aesthetics, and comfort to create and maintain attractive, healthy smiles. Along with general dentistry services such as fillings, bridges, and orthodontics, the smile surgeons at all three locations perform cosmetic procedures such as implanting lifelike porcelain veneers, reshaping teeth for finer facial contours, and installing oral black lights for a brighter shine. The father of four young sons himself, Dr. Sluser keeps abreast of the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry, and does everything in his power to ensure nervous children enjoy a stress-free visit.
Now helmed by a second generation of eyewear aficionados, Dalmo Optical has been clarifying blurry vision for half a century. During the eye exam, a skilled sight specialist examines eyes for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and nitpickiness. After scores are tallied, the friendly staff helps fit faces with a flattering pair of frames from brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ($149–$600 for a complete pair). Dalmo Optical’s in-house lab ensures timely lens-frame bonding, with most single-vision spectacles ready to wear home in as a little as an hour. Peepers seeking protection from UV rays and Medusa’s gaze can also peruse a selection of prescription sunglasses ($69–$249).
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN lenses ($205) are lightweight heavyweights.
Using ophthalmological powers earned during prestigious studies at Case Western Reserve Medical Center and fellowships at Cornell and Tulane universities, Luna Vision and Beauty's Dr. Rinku Dutt restores vision with high-tech LASIK procedures and ensures long-term ocular health with eye exams. With more than 7,000 LASIK surgeries under her belt, Dr. Dutt deftly executes bladeless procedures that help clients correct blurred vision or activate the ability to see into the infrared spectrum without glasses or contacts.
In addition to sharpening her patients' eyesight, Dr. Dutt also tends to their facial and bodily imperfections with 15 years of experience in beauty treatments. She beautifies faces with Botox or Juv?derm applications, which safely smooth away nearby fine lines and wrinkles. With lasers calibrated to destroy hair follicles without damaging the skin, she clears away unwanted hair from virtually any area of the body during laser hair-removal sessions. Blepharoplasty treatments use a CO2 laser to remove fat and excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids.