If practice makes perfect, David Whiting, MD, must be approaching that standard: he has performed more than 98,000 LASIK eye surgeries in his career. While racking up those impressive stats, the board-certified ophthalmologist has held medical-director positions at institutions including LasikPlus and Joffe MediCenter. At Whiting Clinic LASIK + Eye Care, he and his staff make use of both extensive experience and advanced technology to perform treatments including LASIK eye surgery, cataract procedures, and lens implants to treat severe nearsightedness or just allow for useful backup eyes. Patients get to experience the fun side as well as the medical side of the intricate equipment: during their visit, they'll interface with iPad systems and select their own music to listen to. The clinic itself was built to Dr. Whiting's own specifications, including eco-friendly construction methods, sweeping glass walls that light up with changing colors at night, and nature-inspired artwork that allows patients to revel in their renewed vision.
Experienced dance coach, competitor, and choreographer Charlie Hardcastle trains dancers of all abilities in a bevy of ballroom styles. During three 45-minute classes, Hardcastle homes in on individual goals and abilities, customizing rug-slicing routines for novices, experts, and modest experts pretending to be novices. The studio welcomes children and adults individually or in couples to trot through a variety of techniques inspired by traditional American and Latin styles.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
The Absolute Beginner series meets once a week for four weeks and provides novices with the basic tools they need to get started down their yoga path with nice posture. During your month-long session, under the expert guidance of an experienced, friendly instructor, you will learn the fundamentals of yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work), as well as gain a general understanding of the different forms of yoga so that you can choose to continue training in a style that best suits your current physical condition and goals. Call ahead or go to the Yoga Center's website to register for your four-week series.
Wolves Den Fitness's expert instructors help pupils sculpt sleek physiques with a schedule of fitness classes flush with cardio, strength training, and hand-to-hand combat. Specializing in a panoply of fighting styles, instructors lead Wolves Den classes that arm students with muay-thai, boxing, and mixed-martial-arts techniques to burn fat by pummeling punching bags. Non-confrontational classes such as yoga and pole dancing teach students to beat back the advancing armies of flab while toning muscles.