Diamond Vision’s quartet of doctors boasts extensive experience with LASIK’s CustomVue IntraLase eye-correction procedure—so extensive that they regularly teach it to other doctors. Each doctor has completed a long process of fellowship training, licensing, and certification to refurbish eyes suffering from varying degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Though controlled low-temperature lasers and fine blades are the main components of their medical toolkits, they also implement iris registration to customize procedures and measure tissue properties with devices such as an Ocular Response Analyzer and Oculus Pentacam camera.
Diamond Vision's fabled clientele includes a menagerie of celebrities such as Tiki Barber, Mickey Rourke, and Tito Nieves, the reigning king of salsa. Decades of research, development, and practice have refined LASIK's eye-mending technology, so customers can rest assured knowing a career in dart throwing or seeing around corners is not only possible, it's definitely possible.
Named for its setting at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge, Ridgeview Stables invites students to mount a horse and enjoy brisk rides through the leafy dens that it calls home. Riders as young as 3 participate in lessons under the care of owners Neal and Cynthia Mercier, who expose their students to not only English and Western riding but also the equally important aspects of proper horsemanship, care, and history. The well-rounded focus prepares riders young and old for a lifetime of sound riding and love for the sport, whether participating in horse shows or just sauntering along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which runs directly through the facility.
Stretched across 79 acres in Pleasant Valley, Meadow Creek Farm equips students with the skills necessary to become well-rounded horsemen. The full-service English riding stable conducts fun, creative private and group lessons, during which students learn not only how to ride, but also how to groom and tack horses. The facility's spacious turnout?complete with large paddocks and rippling grass fields?provides the ideal learning environment. But should inclement weather strike, Meadow Creek boasts an indoor arena, too, where horses will not be tempted to catch snowflakes on their tongues.
"A black belt is just a white belt who never quit," say the encouraging senseis of Leclerc's Martial Arts. Masters of the Korean fighting art of tang soo do, which melds the traditions of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu, Leclec's teaching tactics don't just instill students from ages 3.5 and up with defense skills. They also boost discipline, concentration, and moral, which make disciples crave new pants to match their ascending belt colors, and fuels them with desire to join their tournament teams. That positive attitude permeates all of their martial arts and cardio kickboxing classes, in which adults and children achieve their weight-loss goals and bond over their new-found flexibility.
Owner Jacqueline and her staff of estheticians slather organic products onto clients’ faces during facials to help alleviate rosacea, sop up excess oil, or hydrate dry patches. They also scrub away dead skin cells on bodies with raw sugar or extra-fine sandpaper, and bestow eyelashes with extra length using semi-permanent lash extensions.
A woman’s relationship ends, and she finds herself on the couch with a pint of ice cream; a college student is nervous for his upcoming midterm, so he stuffs his face with chips and candy. Lauren, owner and founder of The Hungry Heart, relates to these all too common scenarios, as she knows firsthand what binge eating feels like. But more importantly, she knows what it feels like to put an end to bad habits. At the Hungry Heart, she and her staff lead one-on-one hypnotherapy and nutritional counseling sessions designed to break compulsive gorging and yo-yo dieting so clients can lose weight and fall into normal eating patterns.