Dentistry is a true family business for the professionals at Ocean Breeze Dental. Dr. Mary Kalimnios first opened her practice in 2000 in Melbourne, but soon expanded to a larger office in Rockledge, where she welcomed her daughter, Dr. Barbara Wetmore, and son-in-law, Dr. Jason Wetmore. The cavity-busting trio also gets help from Dr. Kalimnios’ husband, Dino, who works as the team’s master denture technician, the couple’s son, John, who crafts the practice’s crowns and ceramic restorations, and the advanced, crown-fitting CEREC 3D inLab CAD/CAM system, which was found in a basket on the family’s doorstep. When not working to brighten and strengthen smiles of all ages, Dr. Kalimnios and her brood strengthen their skills by traveling to national and international conferences to stay abreast of the latest dental-care advancements. Dr. Barbara Wetmore also holds certification as a Botox and Dermafil professional, which she uses to tend to creased foreheads, furrowed brows, and unusually wrinkled teeth.
Dr. Kevin Fogarty employs years of professional experience to alleviate chronic pain and bring bodies to their optimal working condition. Chiropractic care aims to improve body function and health with regular spinal adjustments and drug-free, wellness-oriented treatment. During the first visit, an initial exam familiarizes the doctor with patients’ medical histories and concerns, and an x-ray if necessary deliver in-depth analysis of the spine and its glitter-filled core. On following visits, the well-trained hands of an experienced chiropractor deliver healing adjustments to wayward vertebrae, treating injuries and chronic health issues by repairing harmful subluxations, misalignments of spinal bones that place pressure on vital nerves, blocking impulses to important organs or forcing feet to perform involuntary clog-dance routines.
Bikram Yoga on the Island's founders, Suzanne and Joe Elliott, draw inspiration from their students' physical progress and development each week, ensuring that each session addresses the needs of first-day students, casual practitioners, and lifelong yogis. Ten years of experience fuel Suzanne and Joe's work as instructors, with each tapping his or her encyclopedic knowledge to guide pupils through two breathing exercises and 26 poses. Along with a staff of instructors, the two founders demonstrate and describe the proper execution of each posture with the authority of an Olympic Twister medalist.
As students fold and unfold limbs, each movement helps promote healthy organ function by pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout their entire bodies. Meanwhile, the studio's heating system helps them safely sink into each stretch and sweat out toxins by raising the temperature to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. After class, attendees can freshen up with the studio's indoor and outdoor shower facilities.
Whether you're aged 3 or 83, the instructors at Alicea's Martial Arts Studio impart the tenets of martial arts to each of their charges. Kids classes work to develop basic skills and improve confidence and focus, while adult classes offer a tae kwon do–based curriculum that also includes self-defense training, sparring, and weapons work.
After yoga assuaged her chronic neck and back pain, Kim Bolinger was hooked. She decided to pay homage to the practice by opening a studio of her own. At Merritt Island Yoga, she introduces novices to yoga’s basic poses by breaking them down into simple steps while emphasizing proper breathing and alignment. The studio’s advanced classes move more quickly through Vinyasa sequences, focusing on flexibility, endurance, and fighting off killer mats disguised as regular mats. Despite the studio’s name, yoga is not its only offering—the diverse classes also cover belly dancing, tai chi, and chi gong, a 5,000-year-old practice focused on self-healing and meditative movements.
At Neo Laser Medical Spa, two physicians, a registered nurse, and a licensed aesthetician use the latest technology to beautify skin. Their multiple laser systems form a cosmic tag-team that can rejuvenate bodies from head to toe. A fractional CO2 laser dramatically reduces pigmentation problems and other signs of aging, a Fraxel laser reduces wrinkles with minimal downtime, and a CoolTouch laser gently diminishes acne and acne scarring. The team also employs lasers to eradicate spider veins and unwanted hair and performs laser-assisted SmartLipo procedures that are less invasive than traditional liposuction.
But lasers aren't the only tools in Neo Laser's anti-aging kit. Clinical staffers combat wrinkles with Botox and dermal fillers, and customize facials or medical peels with petrochemical- and paraben-free Image Skincare products. The medical spa's complimentary consultations include a skin analysis with a detailed written report and photos, as well as 30 minutes with an aesthetician to discuss the best way to remove a mole or a mustache drawn on in permanent marker.
Although the board-certified optometrists and ophthalmologists at Eye Clinic and Laser Institute have been sharpening patients' vision for more than 30 years, their technology is up-to-the-minute. Their advanced techniques include NearVision CK, a procedure that reshapes the cornea with radiofrequency, and ReZoom intraocular lens implants to correct cataracts. LASIK laser eye surgery corrects a range of vision difficulties while requiring less recovery time than after using a Thighmaster.
But the real centerpiece of the office isn't technological. It's the individual care they give to each of their patients. Before performing any of their signature vision-enhancing services, they sit down with patients for a consultation and thorough exam to ensure their candidacy for any procedure, or to make further recommendations based on their findings.