Looking at Marty Velasco now, it's hard to believe that he once struggled with his weight. Though Marty may be muscular and slim today, his history gives him a unique understanding of the hardships faced by those trying to lose weight. This understanding fuels his determination to help others at his private fitness studio.
At Fitness Edge, Marty and his staff help clients on the road to health and weight loss with group fitness classes and personal training. Within the colorful studio, or at outdoor locations in Rocky River Park, the staff leads students of all fitness levels in full-body circuit-training workouts. Sessions might call upon strength-building kettlebell exercises, natural bodyweight resistance, and cardiovascular conditioning exercises, and trainers help their students continue the work at home with nutritional counseling and meal plans. The staff is committed to creating a friendly environment for their students; they welcome all newcomers with an orientation, where they demonstrate what to expect from the program, tour the facility, and ritualistically hand crochet students' names into their sweatbands.
Aesthetics Etc. owner Ann Marie Ray strives to transform standard beauty services into relaxing sensory experiences. Her staff incorporates the flame-softened wax of collagen-infused candles into select massages, relies on brand-name gloProfessional products, and encourages clients to slip into cozy slippers and robes. Ann Marie's signature service is permanent-makeup application though, which is useful both for helping chemotherapy patients to aesthetically recover from the loss of their eyebrows or simply shortening a client?s daily face-prepping routine.
Before pursuing a career in makeup and skincare, Ann Marie spent seven years working a standard 9-to-5 job in finance. After years of persuasion and encouragement from her mother, a professional aesthetician, she left the corporate world and became a certified permanent-cosmetics specialist in 2002. Today, mother and daughter operate separate but noncompeting businesses, referring clients to one another for specific treatments or a second opinion on who left the milk out that one time in 1991.
Lube Stop has been lauded by both local and national press outlets for its Sustainability Program, which decreases the environmental impact of the shop's auto services. Its signature EcoGuard oil change, for example, refreshes engines with re-refined motor oil. Lube Stop also recycles oil and antifreeze, and it plants two new oil-filter trees for every one it chops down.
Besides eight kinds of oil changes, Lube Stop provides multipoint inspections, tire rotations, wiper blade replacement, and other maintenance and repair services. More than 240 employees?who receive continuous training to keep up with eco-friendly practices?helm the company's 37 Cleveland- and Akron-area locations, all of which offer E-Check emissions-testing stations.
Accredited in both general and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Richard Betor trained under Dr. Larry Rosenthal––also known as the "Dentist to the stars" for his work treating the teeth of celebrities such as Kathie Lee Gifford and Donald Trump. Backed by a fellowship in laser dentistry from the prestigious World Clinical Laser Institute, Dr. Betor eschews the use of drills or needles in favor of Waterlase tools, which gently carve decay and deli-thin turkey slices from ailing teeth without pressure or pain. Highly-accurate fluorescence scanners allow him to examine mouths for early-stage cavities or those hidden behind crevices, and mouths may be further refurbished with a wide range of state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments such as Invisalign retainers, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.
After 12 years of business, In Carol’s Care, nationally board-certified colon hydrotherapist Carol Perkoski and her staff cleanse the body of accumulated waste with various detoxifying services. Their colon-hydrotherapy treatments rely on gravity and warm water to flush out systems, and their infrared-sauna sessions use penetrating heat to help the body sweat out stored toxins resulting from poor diets and polluted environments. Specializing in Thai Yoga massage, Carol's three qualified practitioners,use the 2,500-year-old ayurvedic body science to help stretch clients with yoga poses. To further enhance mind-body connections, she offers Reiki and energy healing.
The Facial Aesthetic Designers aim to send their clients out into the world feeling beautiful and confident. Overseen by Dr. John Heimke, the designers' services range from dental overhauls to aesthetic rejuvenation via Botox, but focus on the doctor's specialty: cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental implants and porcelain veneers, the designers promise patients white teeth for life with a program that includes visits twice a year for routine cleanings and complimentary whitening-gel refills, which fill custom trays for teeth.