At Kintec, university-trained fit gurus draw upon a thorough, five-tiered fitting process, exploring each foot's singular lifestyle to ensure a shoe-human compatibility. Prior to each fitting, slow-motion video and sensor technology measure length, width, and grape-stomping prowess. Upgrade walking, running, or two-stepping experiences with pedorthist-picked foot cocoons, such as the New Balance 1442 with biped-pleasing ultralight cushioning ($99.95) or the Nike Free 5.0 with a mesh upper that ensures flexible fit and lets feet breathe without uncomfortable snorkels ($124.95).
Dedicated to outfitting eyes in fashionable specs, Como Lake Optical’s owner Jeff Steinkey has kept his display cases stocked with frames from chic brands such as Kio Yamato and O&X since selling his first pair of glasses 27 years ago. Jeff’s attentive crew of knowledgeable staff helps patrons seek out flattering eye embellishments while answering pressing questions about prescriptions. Como Lake Optical staff also conducts in-store sight testing to evaluate patrons’ abilities to read letters from a distance, recruiting the most eagle-eyed for a spot on their intramural distance-reading team.
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of jujitsu through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports—both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and football's BC Lion, two sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for the NBA players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
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