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.
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.
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.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eye Care has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.