Stony Brook native Michael Gallagher, DC, gives back to the community that nurtured him since childhood with soothing and therapeutic physical treatments. Gallagher's only sustained absence was in the mid 1990s, when he pursued his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Empowered by a career he chose as an expression of public service, the new doctor immediately returned to Long Island to share his expertise in physical rehabilitation and chiropractic care. Dr. Gallagher opened North Country Health Spa in 2007, deepening his community ties via friendship bracelets lashed to the bedrock while branching out into other holistic therapies and pampering treatments for skin and muscles.
Today, the doctor betters himself with continuing education and has earned a certification in biomechanical injury treatment that complements the treatment and training he does for athletes at Stony Brook University and several other colleges. Dr. Gallagher's two kids keep him invested in the Three Village school district, and his telltale ticker reminds him to give generously to the American Heart Association
Personal Touch Pools & Ponds’ technicians care for backyard bodies of water in every season. In the summer, they open pools and fire up filtration systems. In the fall, they infuse pools with special winterizing chemicals and cover them until spring. And year-round they provide regular maintenance—cleaning the pool and adjusting water chemistry—and perform repairs, renovations, and new construction of custom ponds and in-ground pools. Personal Touch specializes in seamlessly replacing worn vinyl pool liners to prevent leaks; it also converts traditional swimming holes into eco-friendly saltwater pools so you can expand your hermit-crab breeding operation.
Powerhouse Gym has been helping clients get fit for 15 years. In the spacious workout facility, visitors can choose from more than 40 fitness classes per week, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, kickboxing, and spin sessions, all taught by certified instructors. When not taking classes, gym-goers can work out on one of 40 cardio machines complete with personal TV screens, or head over to the complete onsite chiropractic office for an adjustment or massage. Powerhouse Gym boasts free childcare while adults sweat it out in a sunny, functional fitness center.
As an alternative to subpar swimming lessons at overcrowded public pools, Marina Montes founded urSwim. Instructors travel to private residences to teach Adult Swimmers and Little Swimmers lessons. The company also provides a Rent-A-Lifeguard service, which telegraphs certified lifeguards to private events, such as pool parties and annual Marco Polo tournaments.
Renata Walicka Zeh, the director of Bikram Yoga Of Setauket, believes Bikram yoga does more than strengthen and detoxify yogis' bodies. The series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises also helps students gain confidence and peacefulness, and teaches them to listen to and honor their bodies. Because these 90-minute hot-yoga classes offer so many benefits, they challenge everyone from newbies to seasoned athletes.
At The Curry Club—voted Long Island Press' Best Indian Restaurant of 2010—a Zagat-rated menu boasts dishes prepared by restaurateurs with culinary experience in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. A handful of tikka masalas are studded with shrimp, salmon, chicken, or tofu, and kebabs are served on platters that sizzle and steam like volcanic Pop Rocks. More than 40 curries fall into six categories, from the West Indian–inspired vindaloo, to the richer, creamy consistency of Korma-style concoctions.