Patients first pop in to see Dr. Michael Bittrich at his more than 20-year-old dental practice, where he examines and preps teeth for the ghostly aesthetics of the Lumibrite professional teeth-whitening system. After taking impressions, Dr. Bittrich provides the custom-fitted bleaching trays that form the backbone of a sleek take-home whitening kit. During the at-home sessions, tarnished chompers are treated to a spring-fresh, mint-flavored whitening glaze, whose lingering impact can last up to five years. Whitening solutions absorb deep into pitted or harshly discolored studs for a bolder brightness, though they have trouble removing brownish or grayish stains. The teeth-whitening system helps to reverse effects of aging, tobacco use, or food abuse from ornery beets. While processing times vary from person to person, all patients leave his office with fresh mouths, improved appearances, and an eagerness to retake driver's license photos.
Losing unwanted pounds requires an approach that combines short-term and long-term regimens to generate real change over time. At Massachusetts Medical Weight Loss Centers, such multifaceted treatment plans are used to help individuals achieve the body image they desire. The centers' medical director, Dr. Joseph Palma, oversees a team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical assistants, and registered dietitians. Their nutritional counseling and lifestyle guidance help patients make changes in their everyday lives that can help them shed unwanted weight. Support is also offered in the form of metabolism-boosting injections, appetite suppressants, and noninvasive Lipo-Light body contouring, which uses light energy to trigger adipose tissues into releasing their fatty-acid contents. When coupled with regular exercise and a healthy diet, these body-contouring treatments can help shrink stubborn fat deposits on patients' limbs, torsos, and vestigial tails.
Equipment: Yoga mats and accessories
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water
Average Class Length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
After founder Michelle Anderson was injured in a terrible car accident more than 15 years ago, the doctors diagnosed her as permanently disabled. But she wasn't willing to give up so easily. Laboring through her physical therapy, she began augmenting her exercises with yoga practice, and eventually discovered Pilates. It changed her life. She pursued certification in Pilates instruction, and opened a studio of her own in 2007.
However, even though Pilates is her specialty, some of her most exciting services exist under the umbrella of Plus. Services such as Pilates Reformer, Zumbalates, which jumpstarts the core-building workout with fun and freewheeling Latin dance, and a twice-weekly boot camp that combines cardiovascular and strength training. There's more than physical fitness, as well. Massage imparts a sense of healing and calm, and the Slim Line Fat Loss system offers a noninvasive inch-shedding treatment.