Rhonda Carol has spent a lifetime marrying fitness and self-expression into a single discipline. She studied the art of motion at Laban’s dance conservatory in London before honing her craft with New York masters including Wilhelm Burman and Phil Black. She augmented her training with professional experience, appearing in and directing off-Broadway shows penned by the likes of Ibsen, Pinter, and Sophocles. But, even while tapping into her inner artistry, she never let her fitness suffer, earning certifications as a fitness trainer, Pilates instructor, and wellness coach. Rhonda’s unique blend of experiences combined within her to form a formula for fun, expressive exercise, which she now shares with students through Calliope Fitness & Arts.
Aided by a team of other instructors and choreographers, Rhonda conducts classes that range from yoga and dance training to intense interval conditioning. Her center also hosts and runs the Nassau Radiologic Group's wellness program for cancer survivors. The sprawling, classroom facility overlooks the water, a soothing sight as students sweat profusely in order to continuously replenish the ocean below.
Featured on programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, Aqualipo’s water-assisted fat-removal system sneaks under skin to steal away lipid collections from designated body geography. Licensed physicians Dr. Jeffrey Caruth and Dr. Mauricio Giraldo photograph, mark, and sketch abstract self-portraits on the client's problem area before applying local anesthetic and cutting a small incision to reach the fat layer. Pulsing water jets then flush out fatty tissue with a sterile fluid, evicting lipids without stressing surrounding muscles, nerves, or other tissues. Unlike traditional liposuction, Aqualipo treatments require no general anesthesia and typically last 30–45 minutes, leaving most patients ready for discharge 15 minutes after completion. Clients can expect faster results and less intense side effects—such as swelling, bruising, and uncontrollably transmitting ham-radio signals—than those caused by conventional liposuction procedures.
The tailors who handcraft BookATailor high-end menswear aren't merely professional clothiers—they're also models. Bringing along a variety of high-quality fabrics woven in Italy and England, these fashionable men and women travel to each client's place of work; clients can also specify which gender they prefer in their tailor. Once there, the tailor takes complete measurements and helps clients choose the right fabric for their suit, shirt, or jacket. Harnessing their specialized knowledge of upscale clothing and construction, they update their clients on the current styles as they take down a list of specifications—including button color and pocket type—to create fully customized clothing that accurately represents their client's style. They also stitch together tuxedos, overcoats, and footed pajamas to keep their clients looking sharp for all occasions and weather.
When PixelModa founders Gil and Jonathan began designing a small line of silicone wristwatches, they had no idea they would eventually be featured in big-name magazines such as O Magazine and Marie Claire. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and garnered a celebrity following for their classic timepieces, and along the way they’ve designed more than a dozen other collections of watches, rings, and, bracelets, which stay true to their minimalist design philosophy. OPS! Flat pieces exemplify this functional aesthetic, with adjustable straps, easily accessed time setters, and a light for telling time at night or when tunneling to the center of the Earth.
Ofra Amy Grinbaum, founder of New York Laser Aesthetics, has many years of experience with aesthetics. As a New York State–certified aesthetician, she leads a team of fellow licensed technicians who share her passions. Together, they wield such technology as an Epicare aesthetic laser, a Zerona cellulite-reduction machine, and a Biologique Recherche facial-sculpting machine designed to firm and tone complexions.
Because some of these procedures can irritate the skin, an FDA-approved Zimmer cooling system is kept on-hand to soothe treated areas with a stream of chilled air similar to one emitted by a whistling snowman. Grinbaum also has years of experience with laser techniques for toenail care, including the use of an FDA-approved laser for toenail fungus treatments.
The instructors at Harmony Yoga and Fitness of Whitestone regard exercise as an opportunity to achieve mind-body wellness, leading yoga and cardio classes that often deviate from traditional routines. Instructors explore the varied facets of yoga with a multitude of classes, including workshops designed by and for young adults and candlelit sessions that combine relaxation and fire safety. Ballet and Pilates instruction stretch muscular potential, and spinning and Zumba workouts deliver fun and fitness with upbeat music and nonstop movement. At times, teachers explore new exercise genres such as Hot Hula Fitness, a variety of dance performed to the tune of Polynesian drum beats, reggae music, and the voices in Bob Marley's head.