When Michael Ammermon first went to school, his aim was to become a pediatrician. But when he began working with a local veterinarian, it seems he found his calling. Along the way, he met Myra Burnsed in vet school, who would become both his wife and business partner. Together, they operate Pooler Veterinary Hospital, where they and their animal-loving staff care for animals with the kindness of pet owners. For added convenience, they send reminders to clients so they don't forget their pets' next wellness visits, perform procedures on a heated surgery table, and even offer mobile services for elderly pets with mobility issues.
Kelli Cordes, owner and designer for KC Designs, introduces California style and Southern charm to Savannah homes by transforming dull interiors into warm, livable spaces. Whether redesigning a single room or a whole house, she works with customers' budgets to pick out affordable paint and furnishings such as custom pillows and drapery. After in-depth consultations, Kelli decorates spaces to look traditional, transitional, or modern using unique lamps, patterned area rugs, and robotic dogs that double as footstools.
The groomers at Tidy Dogs Grooming Spa understand that a beloved cat or dog is a part of the family, and not just a pet. In this spirit, they maintain an open-door policy so that owners can observe the entire grooming process, from the first dip in the bath to the last snip of the haircut. They make sure each bath is safe and sanitary with natural, soap-free shampoos or optional specialized shampoos intended for pets with issues such as excessive shedding, fleas, or mailman envy. In addition to its long list of services, the center offers complete spa packages as well as upgrades for teeth brushing and nailcare treatments.
Each of YMCA of Coastal Georgia's branches remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
Former Navy Hospital Corpsman Isaac Moreno whips his students into shape with 45-minute cardio-based intervals at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session starts with a primer of the body’s big muscles, followed by 45-second bursts of combination moves that aim to work the whole body, burn fat, and increase metabolism. Moreno tailors his sessions to both men and women and makes sure that no student is asked to handle more than they can do safely, making training suitable for all ability levels.
After kneading the backs of the Washington Redskins as their massage therapist for three years, Lenny Resnick's lithe fingers now banish any aches that come their way. He specializes in Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, among other modalities, and also boasts skills in cellulite-reduction and reflexology techniques. As the proprietor of his own practice, Lenny schedules his appointments with plenty of time in between so that sessions remain as leisurely as a sloth's Sunday afternoon yoga session.