Even though board-qualified orthodontist Dr. Tom Lowder has beautified smiles for nearly four decades, he doesn’t like to rely on braces to do the straightening. He encourages straight smiles by guiding growth during patients’ formative years, using muscle-trainer appliances and muscle-function exercises in lieu of braces, which can only correct bites retroactively. When braces are necessary, he keeps treatments inconspicuous with Invisalign clear braces, which nudge teeth into position while remaining virtually invisible.
At Achieve Medical Weight Loss’s myriad locations, physicians and nutritional counselors promote lasting lifestyle changes. Rather than relying on fad diets or strapping tiny treadmills to their clients’ feet, their simple program espouses a combination of scientific analysis, exercise, and nutrition. Lab work and body-composition analyses allow the staff to personalize programs to each individual’s unique needs. Then, through exercise and dietary plans, the team helps instill good habits that stick. Should clients require an additional boost, appetite suppressants and vitamin injections can help kick-start their weight-loss efforts.
Using the Ozark Mountains as a striking backdrop, Kings River Golf Course invites clubbers to swing and putt their way across 18 holes of gently undulating terrain. Dogwoods and redbuds cast cool shadows over each fairway, their leaves showcasing rich shades of green in the summer, fading to an impressionistic tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall, and assuming a velvety purple once a year to celebrate Prince's birthday. As golfers split fairways with soaring drives, views of the Ozark Mountains appear through the tree lines, including a greenside vista of Table Rock Lake on the 15th hole.
After sunset, greenskeepers mark flags with glow sticks, inviting golfers to swing through the darkness in rounds of night golf. The course fosters post-round relaxation at a rustic patio, where guests can sip drinks and insist that nearby deer, red fox, and turkeys—commonly encountered on the grounds—stay off their lawn.
Adults and kids immerse themselves in southwest Missouri’s natural beauty at Indian Point Family Fun Park, where tree-skimming ziplines are supplemented with a grocery convenience store. A recent expansion more than doubled Indian Point Zipline's length. Its six ziplines employ a sitting harness trolley system that safely secures riders as they zoom 2,700 feet through the forest and receive picturesque—albeit slightly motion-blurred—views of the treetops.
Celebrated by Golfweek as one of the 40 Best New Courses of 2010, the site where Civil War–bushwhacker Alfred Bolin and his gang once ambushed unsuspecting travelers is now John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course plots an oscillating, 6,727-yard path over the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The first hole sets the tone for the round with an elevated tee box that looks out 363 yards downhill into the mountainous contours that ripple against the horizon. The par 71 course concludes at the daunting 18th hole—the course’s longest par four and most difficult hole—where an aggressive drive can cut off the corner of a dog-leg right on the way to a severely sloped green and portal into Space Jam.
Legs weary from ascending steep hills or squat-thrusting golf carts can take a load off at Glenn’s at Murder Rock. Amid dark-stained wood paneling and leather-upholstered chairs, the eatery serves an inventive grill menu including steak flatbread sandwiches and pitas stuffed with Cajun-seasoned chicken or shrimp.
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