After amassing degrees from UCLA Dental School and practicing dentistry for more than 20 years, Valerie Barba, DDS, realized her dream of opening her own practice, which she built on the foundation of expert preventive care and smile-brightening cosmetic treatments. Dr. Barba juggles her roles as wife of 21 years, mother to four children, and avid marathon runner with her full-time dental commitments while still finding time to visit local schools to educate children about taking care of their teeth. The good doctor protects precious chompers with emergency procedures, exams, and checkups, and enhances a smile's sparkle with Zoom! whitening treatments and a well-practiced technique in applying porcelain veneers. Her treatments unfold in a pristine spa-like studio where warm light bathes hardwood floors, sun filters through the windows onto cozy leather treatment chairs, and tiny terrycloth robes enshroud each tooth.
Forgotten until the 1960s, standup paddleboarding resurfaced when Hawaiian long boarders started using paddles to better see students and monitor incoming swells. The sport has spread like wildfire due to its easy learning curve, low-impact, full-body workout, and suitability for most ages and abilities. SurfSUPnj, LLC, has ridden that wave both literally and metaphorically by inducting new riders in private, semiprivate, and telepathic lessons. SurfSUPnj's instructors are certified in water rescue, CPR, and first aid with an AED, and they possess level 2 PaddleFit certification earned through double-elimination paddleboarding games of chicken.
Photographer Theresa Artigas and her female staff promote a comfortable atmosphere built on guidance and support for each woman who enters their private studio for a boudoir photo shoot. A private dressing room lets guests change into sultry outfits before they pose on one of six sets. Subjects can perfect an over-the-shoulder smolder in front of a chocolate fleur de lis custom backdrop or strike a pouty pose on the pinup set, for which ladies get dolled up with smoky eyes, full lips, and lightly tousled hair. Theresa also encourages customers to bring in props that exemplify their special someone's hobby or sports team. After each session, Theresa and her team preserve their patrons' favorite images in photo albums and story books, with prints, mini photo albums, and image boxes also available for sale. View the studio's FAQ and testimontial pages.
At Hoffman Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Spencer Hoffman specializes in correcting misaligned spines. His treatments for the pain-causing condition include spinal decompression and laser therapy. Dr. Hoffman, a New York Chiropractic College, also has a masters degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, which means he can create healthy eating programs for patients as well, an important step in preventative care. He leaves massage therapy up to the clinic's licensed massage therapist, Jacki Brown, who treats sore muscles with a number of techniques, including long, flowing Swedish massage and focused deep-tissue pressure.
Chef Anthony Agostino reveres freshness above all else. That's why, after graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, he embarked on a journey to open his own Italian caf? where he'd call the shots. Seven years later, his journey both ended and began anew when he debuted Agostino Italian Specialties & Catering. Here, chef Anthony crafts everything fresh every day?he even makes his own mozzarella (and shows customers how to do so at a cheese-making class). Sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups fill the regular menu, and various American and Italian cold cuts and cheeses are sliced at the deli.
It's easy for parents to stay in the loop at Elite Dance Academy of NJ. The lines of communication open at class registration, when parents get a full breakdown of class costs (including costumes and recitals) right up front. In addition, class sizes for jazz, hip-hop, and other children's dance classes are kept small so that instructors have ample time to assess each student. Evaluations and parental observations are scheduled throughout the year, but parents can ask for an extra evaluation and a copy of its findings at any time. Plus, the academy keeps parents posted on classes and other essential updates via social media and e-mail.