Dr. Scott Heumann makes it his business to set straight the aches and pains that the human body accrues, as he has since 1989 at Heumann Chiropractic Clinic. Over the years, he's dealt with everything from getting athletes back on the field to helping folks recover after auto accidents or participation in the Nation Lift With Your Back Championships. Whatever the malady patients find themselves beset by, Dr. Heumann gets to the root of the problem with old-fashioned hands-on exams and x-rays when necessary. Then, he charts out a course of action that usually involves spinal adjustments on one of his therapy tables. In an on-going effort to adjust himself out of a job, the kindly chiropractor also teaches his guests a handful of simple things they can do on their own to keep in ideal physical shape, such as performing stretches or always wearing an amulet made of apples to keep doctors away.
For Dr. Gregory Hicks, the phrase "you are what you eat" rings true. The experienced chiropractor has devoted more than 30 years to helping patients overcome ailments with a combination of traditional chiropractic care and custom nutrition plans. During nutrition response tests, he lightly presses on strategic points across the body to trigger a physical response other than the sound of an antique car horn. Dr. Hicks can then ascertain the relative health of organs, muscles, joints, and glands. To get bodies back to full functionality, he outlines a wellness plan that can incorporate a blend of corrective exercises, herbal supplements, and whole-food diets.
After Randy Woody lost his aunt and grandmother to diabetes and obesity, he became increasingly distressed about his own 320-pound frame. He began researching weight loss and strength training and set to work creating a healthier lifestyle for himself—all at the age of 13. Over the years he was able to whittle away 145 pounds, and eventually became a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He teamed up with Brenda Woody, a fitness trainer and motivational speaker, to start Michigan Women Boot Camp, a weight-loss program that has transformed the lives and bodies of more than 10,000 clients.
Six days a week, the indoor boot-camp sessions challenge students with a rotating lineup of light running, resistance training, obstacle courses, and core exercises. Like scaffolding that reads only transcendentalist literature, the environment is supportive, yet serious. The Woodys only expect campers to perform to their individual ability level, but they ask students to show up as often as five times a week to get real results. The approach must be working; the Woodys boast that approximately 85% of their members are repeat visitors.
Levine Eye Care Center boasts 25 years of ocular expertise and an office full of stylish and practical sight-adjusting accessories. A complete eye exam ($75) can certify boastful claims of 20/20 vision with an obstacle course of evaluations such as astigmatism identification, pupil-enlarging retina searches, and a lightning round of eye chart Boggle. Bifocal contact-lens wearers can get their yearly assessment ($125), and farsighted sufferers who prefer frameless adjustments can obtain a soft-lens exam ($69) or simply choose to focus on distant objects.
While not working on a second doctorate in neurology and pediatrics and helping kids with ear infections and autism, Dr. Moe Hazimi helps others lead a pain-free life. He accomplishes a range of services, including adjustments, trigger-point therapy, and physical therapy, which can help relieve a number of ailments besides pain, including allergies and asthma. Working holistically to treat the cause and not just the symptoms, he also offers wellness planning and nutrition counseling.
Fitzone for Women’s 14 locations across Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan beckon ladies of all ages and fitness levels to sweat side-by-side during supportive group classes and workouts. Each location hosts 20-minute circuit-training sessions that incorporate Nautilus machines, which increase weight in 1-pound increments, rather than the traditional 10 pounds. Fitness professionals work hand-in-hand with members to design a personalized workout plan, while group classes get bodies in shape with high-energy sessions of Zumba, strength training, kickboxing, and running away from a giant boulder rolling downhill. Fitzone for Women’s specially designed windows simultaneously let in sunlight and block views into studio from the outside, and its locker rooms have private dressing stations for an extra ounce of comfort.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
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