In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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The multientertainment emporium fetes familial units with breezy outdoor activities in its spacious, well-manicured confines. Monday through Thursday, leisure seekers can line up for five games of miniature golf (a $7.50 value each), then tote a quintet of golf-ball-filled buckets (a $6.50 value each) to the award-winning driving range to satisfyingly launch a bevy of dimpled cosmonauts. Head to the batting cages with an armload of eight tokens to work on your follow through or fulfill long-dormant dreams of little-league stardom (a $1 value each).
At Sterling Golf and Swim Club, golfers send balls sailing down the tree-lined fairways of an 18-hole, par 54 golf course, and swimmers backstroke across two 25-meter pools. For nearly half a century, club-wielders have traversed past water and dodged bunkers at the executive course, giving the pines and weeping willows ample time to flourish, and the nonprofit club itself has existed for four decades. Two kiddie pools flank the club’s two larger pools, enabling wee ones to practice breathing through their gills while their older siblings butterfly down lanes, and a game room provides indoor entertainment. An adult lounge lets weary golfers relax in peace, and the clubhouse’s pro shop outfits players searching for golf balls whose dimples perfectly match their own.
Before Dr. Jason Winseck became a doctor of chiropractic medicine, he was a high school student with a debilitating sports injury. After waiting for his lower back pain to resolve itself, he went to a local chiropractor and received both an accurate diagnosis and fast relief. This experience inspired him to learn more about how chiropractic techniques worked, so he spent weeks shadowing his doctor after school and observing the physician's attentiveness with each patient. After high school, Jason enrolled in New York Chiropractic College and graduated in 2002 after enduring a challenging curriculum. He later opened Cascades Chiropractic, where he assuages bodily aches with adjustments and massages and clears out cellular waste with detoxifying treatments. When he isn't helping his patients achieve health, he maintains an active lifestyle by golfing, fishing, and running with his chocolate lab, which he bought at a candy store.
Sportrock offers premier indoor rock climbing in an encouraging, welcoming environment. Sportrock's roster of classes, covering topics from basic skills to bouldering, will have you scaling peaks posthaste (basic skills course, $25; bouldering 101, $35). Safely scale rock-gym walls covered with state-of-the-art, textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks, right down to the crafty crevices and dramatic underhangs. Sportrock also offers special programs for kiddie climbers under the guidance of Sportrock's giant, watchful eye. The programs are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 and incorporate vertical iterations of popular games such as Sudoku, Boggle, and dominos (classes start at $5).
Karate master Kancho Ninomiya adapted the classic techniques of his favorite fighting style to the needs of modern self-defense, creating the style known as Enshin Karate. The fast-paced style emphasizes constant movement, a blend of kicks and grappling take-downs, and techniques for facing multiple opponents at once. The practical nature of the street-savvy style appealed to a young Nima Mazhari, who discovered a dojo on his way home from school one day.
Mazhari joined the school hoping to learn to fight, but instead discovered the value of a determined work ethic. The lessons he learned in that dojo inspired him to excel in school, pass his college-entrance exams, and pursue his degree. He then decided to share the lessons he had learned with the world. He founded Enshin Karate to not only teach kids and adults his fighting techniques, but to help them discover how to be the best versions of themselves without relying on personality upgrades downloaded online.
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