Named St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year in 2010, Main Street Gym owner Wendy Black invigorates limp limbs and un-buff thoraxes with her more than 10 years of personal-training experience. In a six-week boot-camp session held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, crews of 15 or fewer huffers and puffers stretch and strain together in one-hour workouts twice a week. Evening sessions at 7 p.m.—led by trainer Marcel Walker—pump up the after-work crowd. Black leads 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. sessions so early risers can achieve their morning sweat without power-lifting medicine balls full of boiling-hot coffee. In addition, a one-on-one consultation will compile body measurements, past workout history, and a cardiovascular assessment to address personal-fitness and nutritional goals and to help barbell adherents overcome their deep-seated fear of aerobics. See Main Street Gym's online schedule for details.
A Divine Journey’s team of certified yoga instructors is comprised of a licensed massage therapist, a ballet dancer, and a woman who overcame a debilitating case of arthritis. They share the art of healing by teaching a curriculum rooted in the Hatha and Vinyasa yoga styles. Their healing services extend to more than 10 modalities of massage as well as energy-manipulating techniques such as reiki. The instructors shake up their traditional offerings with belly-dancing classes and regular workshops on topics such as essential oils, which was John Rockefeller’s nickname for his children.
Naturopathic doctor Christy Jenkins has extensive medical credentials, working for years as a nurse in fields from cardiology to psychology. She now specializes in geriatric and environmental health, and frequently attends seminars and workshops throughout the country to keep her medical knowledge and practice up to date.
At Naturo Health Solutions, Jenkins customizes holistic wellness plans rooted in naturopathy—a methodology designed to magnify the body's own healing abilities through homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and clinical nutrition. She augments her practice with supplements and products designed to help detoxify bodies and stave off pain. Jenkins also oversees onsite medical-spa treatments, such as cleansing facials and massage therapy performed by licensed aestheticians.
The team at JitterSwing Dance Clubs constantly assures their clients that “JitterSwing is our name ... it is not a Dance.” Thanks to film and music videos, swing dance conjures images of acrobatics and leaping bodies, but JitterSwing’s instructors are popular for their approachable St. Louis Imperial style, which is slower-paced and accessible to students of any age. They lead couples and singles through group and private sessions that cover many other types of swing dance as well as country two-step, the cha-cha, and the river waltz. Partners preparing for a wedding dance can take advantage of private lessons, and youths aged 10–16 are invited to the juniors program. In addition to the multiple locations where instructors conduct their sessions, JitterSwing staff members also come out to private events to instruct guests of all ages.
Dr. Jacqueline Demko, who has worked on more than 500 Invisalign cases, oversees a team of enamel experts who discreetly arrange crooked teeth in handsome order with Invisalign, which combines highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics with the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 90- to 120-minute exam––which includes x-rays, photos, and impressions of mouth terrain––paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn during a period of 5–12 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Throughout the teeth-straightening journey, aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw.
For 36 years, the friendly and experienced staff at Overland Optical has bested poor eyesight with scratch-resistant coatings, durable frames, and prescription lenses. A huge range of frames from designers such as BCBG, Nike, Coach, and Prada gild eyeglass edges in a plethora of fashionable and classic styles ($99+), and basic single-vision lenses, made from either standard plastic, high index, or polycarbonate, thwart blurs and fill ocular borders with crystalline transparency ($100+). A fleet of more than 1,000 sunglass frames and tinted lenses divert rays and mask inappropriate reactions to overhead duck formations ($120 for basic single vision), with polarized lenses offering the most comprehensive glare deflection (an additional $100).
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."