Dr. Cynthia J. Premeaux](http://gr.pn/yzc0Xf) hones her clients’ eyesight at Premier Vision after spending four years as an optometric technician in the Air Force and graduating from Ohio State University with the Patient Care Excellence Award. Dr. Premeaux helps eyes stay safe with corrective and preventive care that includes eye exams, glaucoma evaluations, vision therapy, and instruction in proper wink form. As an InfantSEE provider, the doctor performs free eye exams on infants between 6 and 12 months old.
The Oriental Martial Arts College (OMAC) has been teaching the moogong ryu system of martial arts since 1971. All of the dojang's instructors must know Korean martial arts in order to make classes accessible to as many people as possible. OMAC's classes range from Little Tigers karate classes for kids and tigers ages 3–5, taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo, fitness and healing arts like tai chi and kimoodo, to advanced black belt training with Grandmaster Choi in any of their seven Central Ohio locations.
Sensational Smiles' Dr. Brian M. Mooney, a full-service dental practitioner, whitens discolored gumstones in less than an hour using Zoom! technology. During the 45-minute session, the dentist lathers teeth with a light-activated gel to bleach away stains caused by coffee, smoking, and clumsy cocktail-party guests. The treatment's specialized light may cause heightened sensitivity in teeth, but any tingling will dissipate shortly after the procedure. After brightening their chatter factories up to eight shades whiter, clients take home a preventive-care package packed with goodies for the mouth, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip gloss, and a stainless-steel mug. Sensational Smiles ensconces visitors in a spa-like setting lavished in leather sofas, soothing music, and time-killing books. A selection of complimentary beverages, sugar-free snacks, and fresh cookies show tasters that you care without having to swallow a dozen red roses.
Rinkov Eyecare sends their customers into the world with a clearer view by affixing customized lenses into their wide selection of designer frames. The eyewear emporium can fit Cole Haan ($175 with lenses included) or BCBG ($175 with lenses included) frames with prescription polycarbonate or plastic lenses, both materials superior to prescription bubble wrap. Clients can have their frames fitted with prescription sunglass lenses to keep their vision focused while facing the sun's rays. Rinkov Eyecare Center accepts clients on Saturdays and during evening hours at most of their locations to accommodate work, school, and storm-chasing schedules. Although this Groupon is not valid toward eye examinations, Rinkov's optometrists can also evaluate the vision of patients lacking a current prescription for an additional fee.
For more than 35 years, dentists at American Dental Centers have polished pearly whites and prevented dental disease with thorough exams. At each of the 14 locations that dot Northern and Central Ohio, patients walk in or schedule appointments so they don’t have to scrape off plaque using chew toys. The center maintains a 24-hour phone line so that patients can arrange to have emergencies treated as soon as possible, and it also offers a Forever White program, in which patients pay a one-time fee and then receive take-home bleaching treatments for as long as they attend their regular three- or six-month check-ups.
Lifelong dancer Leyla Soleil stumbled upon her first belly-dancing class while living in Miami in 2001, and, as she describes it, “everything just clicked.” The high-impact dances she’d previously enjoyed, such as ballet and jazz, were proving increasingly hard on her joints, and with a new child thrown into the mix, Leyla was searching for a new way to express herself physically. After that first class, she grew passionate about belly dance and its ability to build a bridge between cultures. Later living in Akron, she built a thriving studio and dance company—Dance du Soleil—before moving her family to Columbus. Now, when she's not teaching classes at her new studio, Leyla juggles performing, starting a dance-photography business with her husband, and keeping involved in her Akron endeavors.
In her accessible, beginner belly-dancing classes, Leyla teaches fundamental moves that build a strong abdominal core, enable women to embrace their feminine side, and unravel the mystique around the dance form. Part of her philosophy on dance includes its health benefits, as evidenced by one of her former students—a woman who struggled with beginner moves but lost weight and decreased her health problems as she progressed to an advanced level. Middle Eastern music energizes each movement during Leyla's studio sessions, and she often announces each song’s country of origin to illuminate the cultural beauty inherent in the songs.
AussieFIT models its gym environment after Australia's lively culture, right down to the adventurous attitudes of its staff. The two clubs welcome members—or "mates"—into their fitness fold with workouts that embrace a fun-centric philosophy. Vigorous fitness classes transport their routines from Australia to the studio floor, where instructors guide BodyPump's barbell lifts and BodyCombat's martial arts strikes as they play invigorating music. Regardless of prior gym experience, visitors can groove along to BodyJam's intuitive dance choreography before taking a cooldown jog or slow-motion sprint on one of the many cardio machines. The exercise floor also includes a full-body circuit deemed the Quickie workout—an intense, nine-station regimen. Certified personal trainers oversee private sessions for a more customized approach, and attentive employees watch over youngsters at the onsite Little Nippers Kids' Club.
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