"After a long and arduous tooth-filled day," Dr. Shiloh Lieberman writes, "I unwind at home by soaking in my custom-made, bicuspid shaped bathtub, then jumping in my molar-shaped bed and drifting off to sleep counting incisors jumping over dental floss." Such a unique and all-consuming love of dentistry is understandably necessary for a dentist who painstakingly combines 30 years of experience with top-of-the-line technology to treat visitors at his comprehensive practice. An active member in professional and philanthropic organizations, a researcher, and a university mentor who keeps school buildings' teeth bright, Dr. Lieberman tackles cosmetic and restorative dentistry from many angles in a comfortable office replete with complimentary beverages and snacks, and a DVD player and massage chair in each room. He's still passionate, however, about sports and art, and he's committed to community service, which he performs with charitable dental organization Crown Council.
Riddled with mud, obstacles, and more mud, Tawasentha Mud Mania challenges racers to conquer a 4–5K course sprawled across Tawasentha Park and its surrounding territory. Along the route, muck-masked waves of participants run, climb, and crawl past a series of at least 13 obstacles, including a refreshing trudge through Normanskill Creek. Course marshals stationed throughout the course help keep feet pointed toward the finish line, where official timing distributes results to those who opt against strapping a lucky grandfather clock to their back. Afterward, a fire hose will be available to blast away layers of mud and reveal new layers of confidence, which can be showcased at a celebration complete with beach volleyball, music, and refreshments.
While E Studio Hot Yoga may never reach the size of General Electric—one of the companies for which owner Emily has led corporate fitness efforts—it's still an ambitious undertaking. A team of instructors leads the center's classes, which range from ballet-barre workouts set to upbeat music to power-yoga sessions held in a 90-degree studio. Like a crutch with a manufacturing error, the schedules at both the Clifton Park and Latham locations are flexible; classes take place seven days a week, with a variety of morning and evening classes held throughout the week.
Dr. Jenna Fiman teams up with a compassionate staff to perform both preventive and cosmetic dental services at her patient-focused facility. Boasting an extensive background working with patients of all ages, Dr. Fiman gussies up the smiles of children, adults, and cleverly disguised alligators alike. Her independently owned practice boasts an impressive array of treatments, from whitening to implants to oral-surgery procedures. Dr. Fiman is also able to fit dentures, place fillings, and skillfully attach porcelain veneers and crowns.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Personal spa assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment.
Licensed Massage Therapist Karen North’s desire to better bodies led her to shed corporate life and start A True North Massage, where she cossets frames with spa treatments and therapeutic massages. During the sea-salt body scrub, Karen scrubs skin with a blend of Dead Sea salt and organic, essential oils, removing dead cells, boosting circulation, and cleansing pores of milk-mustache remnants. The mélange’s minerals nourish dry skin, and buff and polish fine lines. The sugar-and-spice scrubs employ an aromatic citrus and spice-scented exfoliant to soften hides and protect against the aging effects of free radicals with an antioxidant-rich lather. Karen ends both scrubs with a massage, kneading muscles with organic jojoba and coconut oils to leave frames soft, hydrated, and properly greased for at-home waterslides.