When horses are born they often wobble on new legs, building enough strength to trot and canter within a matter of hours. "Their mother doesn't whisper in their ear, 'You're an English horse'," says Dave Konefal, owner of Lone Star Horsemanship, Inc. He trains horses for Western- and English-style riding with a process that he says requires time, patience, and a sense of humor.
Dave often spends weeks with his horses, using conditioned-response training methods to keep them calm and ready for unexpected situations. He excites them gradually and calms them down so that they don't throw riders when scared by something like a backfiring engine or a fluctuating 401(k). He likens the process to pumping a car's brakes on an icy surface, adding, "You have to practice in hazardous situations so you don't wreck." Safety is definitely a priority for the trainer, and it is something that he carries through into riding lessons with his students.
Dave takes on pupils of all ages, and many of them, like the newborn horses, gain confidence rapidly. One rider brought in her great-grandfather, who grew up on a farm but hadn't ridden in decades. The man rode as though he'd never stopped,his wife following close behind andfretting happily at him. The trainer works to keep each lesson within the rider's abilities. "The hardest part about riding is the ground," he says, but he focuses on minimizing the risk of injury by knowing his steeds. Proof of his bond with the equines can be seen on occasions when he is found on his 20-acre ranch, dozing under the stars with a half-ton horse offering its shoulder as a pillow.
Dr. Mike Kesner has always had a knack for working with his hands. As a boy, he constantly built model vehicles. In college, his plans to become a medical doctor shifted to dentistry because it held more opportunity for the hands-on manipulation of small instruments and precision parts. In 1984, he established Made Ya Smile Dental, a place where he carefully extracts wisdom teeth, fills in spaces between teeth, and installs implants into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. He also specializes in Lumineers, and his practice?s ten locations together make up one of biggest Lumineers providers in the country.
Although he and his team of dentists work in separate locations, each of their offices share a similar design and set of amenities. Visitors at any of the ten locations marvel at the reception areas? coffeehouse ambiance as they sit at a caf? table, sip coffee, and work on the movie script for Vampires vs. Martians: The Reddest Dawn. In the treatment rooms, patients drift off while listening to music on the provided headphones. Anxious patients relax with nitrous oxide or the sounds of the rainforest simulated by the staff.
Combining the personal touch of an optometrist-owned practice with the affordable pricing offered at optical superstores, Today's Vision helps keep customers' eyesight crystal clear. Pooling their resources under the Today's Vision aegis, the independent operators that own each location are able to offer personalized care while taking advantage of large-scale discounts on lenses, LASIK eye surgeries, and novelty eye charts that are printed all fuzzy-like. Those looking for fetching frames can browse through extensive selections from such purveyors as Oakley, De Rigo, and Liz Claiborne.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the industry, the trainers of Legacy Equine Academy strive to instill core values of compassion, patience, and teamwork in each of their students. They lead classes for all ages in both English and Western riding styles, from beginners all the way up to AA show-riders. They dedicate themselves to teaching all aspects of horsemanship, using rainy days as a chance to show students how to clean tack, wrap injuries, entertain horses so they don't get cabin fever. When they're not teaching classes, the instructors lead pony birthday parties, summer camps, and programs for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Analyte Health's staff of certified phlebotomists works to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by offering affordable screening to patients at more than 30 Houston-area locations. The FDA-approved and CLIE-certified test scans blood and urine samples for eight sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes I and II, HIV, and syphilis. Within 72 hours, patients receive their confidential test results on a secure website or via e-mail, with the promise that Analyte Health will never share them with a third party. If necessary, fully trained doctors and medical professionals are on hand to discuss treatment options.
Dr. Giraldi and his staff at New Image MD Clinic take pride in the fact that their office isn't a revolving door of patients. To that end, they?ve cultivated a far-reaching list of services ranging from HCG weight-management programs and hormone-replacement therapy to dermal fillers and laser treatments. But the caring doesn't stop once the treatment has ended; maintenance programs that include regular check-ups to ensure clients stay fit and healthy.