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.
Since opening in 1895, the Hoigaard family and its eponymous shop has been supplying nature lovers with the equipment and apparel necessary to make a playground out of the great outdoors. Today, third- and fourth-generation Hoigaards run the shop alongside a staff of camping aficionados and skilled craftspeople. Their expertise comes in handy as they dress fellow outdoorsfolk in a selection of belts, jackets, shoes, and boots from brand-name manufacturers such as Patagonia, White Sierra, FiveFingers, and The North Face. A collection of outdoor gear––including tents, bicycles, sleeping bags, and canoes––is available for rent or purchase, and the shop's staff repairs damaged equipment in their onsite repair and service shop. They also perform tune-ups for snowboards, skis, and inline skates, and split bicycles into two separate unicycles upon request.
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.