Even though board-qualified orthodontist Dr. Tom Lowder has beautified smiles for nearly four decades, he doesn’t like to rely on braces to do the straightening. He encourages straight smiles by guiding growth during patients’ formative years, using muscle-trainer appliances and muscle-function exercises in lieu of braces, which can only correct bites retroactively. When braces are necessary, he keeps treatments inconspicuous with Invisalign clear braces, which nudge teeth into position while remaining virtually invisible.
At Achieve Medical Weight Loss’s myriad locations, physicians and nutritional counselors promote lasting lifestyle changes. Rather than relying on fad diets or strapping tiny treadmills to their clients’ feet, their simple program espouses a combination of scientific analysis, exercise, and nutrition. Lab work and body-composition analyses allow the staff to personalize programs to each individual’s unique needs. Then, through exercise and dietary plans, the team helps instill good habits that stick. Should clients require an additional boost, appetite suppressants and vitamin injections can help kick-start their weight-loss efforts.
At Westside MMA, professional mixed-martial-arts instructors tutor students in the calorie-destroying, stress-relieving methods of attack and defense. Having trained everyone from first-timers to internationally competitive pros, the Westside MMA staff is fully equipped to teach pupils the fundamentals of kickboxing. Participants will relish a month of fun, challenging workouts while getting their gloves on proper punch and kick techniques, blocking skills, and footwork drills designed to make full-contact ballroom dancing less intimidating. In addition to forging a stronger core and increasing flexibility in its practitioners, kickboxing can help build confidence, and as a practical self-defense method, it has proved to be 100% more effective than carrying around a balloon with a scary face drawn on it.
Using the Ozark Mountains as a striking backdrop, Kings River Golf Course invites clubbers to swing and putt their way across 18 holes of gently undulating terrain. Dogwoods and redbuds cast cool shadows over each fairway, their leaves showcasing rich shades of green in the summer, fading to an impressionistic tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall, and assuming a velvety purple once a year to celebrate Prince's birthday. As golfers split fairways with soaring drives, views of the Ozark Mountains appear through the tree lines, including a greenside vista of Table Rock Lake on the 15th hole.
After sunset, greenskeepers mark flags with glow sticks, inviting golfers to swing through the darkness in rounds of night golf. The course fosters post-round relaxation at a rustic patio, where guests can sip drinks and insist that nearby deer, red fox, and turkeys—commonly encountered on the grounds—stay off their lawn.