Licensed podiatrists Dr. Francis J. Smith and Dr. Michael A. Klein deliver soothing relief to feet and ankles aching from infections, poor circulation, and arthritis. Operating out of two facilities, the doctors work with such advanced technology as the OssaTron shock-wave system, which treats conditions of the bone, joint, and tendon, and specially designed lasers that painlessly wipe away bacteria tucked beneath nail beds. The staff ensure that patients thoroughly understand their treatments beforehand, and work to offer each one a comfortable, educational visit and free hourly puppet shows at the receptionist’s desk.
When they founded Hirsh Chiropractic Center in 1987, Doctors of Chiropractic Don and Susan Hirsh had a straightforward mission: to improve their patients' quality of life. They did this by not only resolving pain but by helping patients achieve their full physical potential. Today, Dr. Don Hirsh continues to specialize in correcting postural problems with adjustments—helping relieve existing spinal and musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulder and knees in addition to headaches—and helping prevent future health problems from arising. Dr. Susan Hirsh also runs a successful weight-loss program.
Sport Fit's gold membership grants aspiring athletes and established exercisers 30 consecutive days of calisthenics, including unfettered access to fitness centers and motivational group-exercise classes. Sport Fit's Bowie location boasts basketball and tennis courts, as well as a variety of indoor pools for swimming laps, alleviating aches, and trying to find Nemo. Bowie's group-exercise schedule is brimming with brawn-boosting group classes, including Pump Fit, Zumba, and 2K Knockout Fitness. For restless gym-goers, the Laurel Fitness and Swim and the Laurel Racquet club offer two separate locations from which to lift weights, labor over lay-ups, or lounge in a whirlpool or sauna. Athletic endeavors abound at Sport Fit in Severna, where a long list of weekly workouts displays a wealth of ways to maximize musculature and tone tendons.
"I am magnificent. I am powerful," is the mantra fitness instructor Carl J. Powell III strives to instill into his students, hoping to empower them with the knowledge that they can take charge of their health. To help students make these changes, Carl—a wellness guru who has been featured in Ebony magazine—has made more than 20 fitness videos, and has traveled the world training dancers. His team of instructors leads private and group fitness classes at The Magnificent Body. They lead Pilates, yoga, and three styles of barre, which blends ballet, yoga, and Pilates exercises to sculpt long, lean figures. Before students come to their first class, Carl assesses their athletic abilities and fitness goals in a 30-minute personal consultation.
Further encouraging folks to live healthier lifestyles, Carl hosts Magnificent Living, a one-hour talk show that airs on Laurel Cable. Six days a week, he doles out exercise and diet advice, such as eating fruits and veggies instead of butter sculptures.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Dr. Mujtaba Yahya is responsible for a lot of smiles you can see around Laurel. That’s because he and his associates at Access Dental Care use state-of-the-art technology to offer a wide range of dental and health services. Besides taking digital x-rays to detect cavities and other issues, they might rely on a miniature camera to view and photograph areas of concern in the mouth, or they might use the Cerec system to create ceramic dental restorations in one visit. They can even treat sleep apnea, a condition that, like giving a successful wedding toast, requires removing obstructions from the mouth.