Led by board-certified chiropractic physician Matthew Schiermyer D.C., the staff at Indian River Chiropractic analyzes each client before personalizing their treatments from an arsenal of chiropractic techniques. These can include everything from massages, impulse instruments, and x-rays, which are handled onsite. Often, Dr. Schiermyer tends to his patients' spinal woes on the same day as their treatments, and sends them off with homework to maintain happy nervous systems for the long term.
Man and machine mingle at WadaWash, where the area’s only flex-service car washes incorporate automated exterior scrubs augmented by professional attendants trained in tidying up interiors. This express approach does not mean WadaWash cuts corners when it comes to water conversation: H2O is reclaimed, filtered, and sterilized after each use, and green soaps and waxes lend credence to the business’ eco-friendly agenda. Inside, a flickering television enraptures waiting eyeballs, and free WiFi enables guests to upload photos of their car’s freshly scrubbed exterior or photos of themselves watching car commercials on TV.
From modest beginnings in 1968, the family-owned-and-operated St. Lucie Battery & Tire has since expanded into a multilocation automotive empire where drivers can replace tires, revive batteries, and receive top-notch mechanical attention from ASE-certified technicians. A 45-minute lube, oil, and filter change drains the used sludge from assiduous engines and replenishes them with up to 5 quarts of fresh, premium-grade lubricant freshly milked by the oil-streaked hands of a gear maid. Meanwhile, they'll relieve a past-prime oil filter of its duty, making room for a resolute rookie who will more forcefully bar entry to rowdy or underage contaminants. To conclude engine pamperings, fluids are brought to the proper levels, tires are rotated, and 21-point safety inspection ensures that there are no obvious or dangerous flaws.
The jalopy technicians at Unique Auto Sound & Tint shroud the apertures of foreign and domestic cars and light trucks with high-performance window tints and transform rides with functional modifications and repairs. Driver's-side and front-passenger darkenings shield riders behind a sunshade designed to block UV rays, reducing interior heat, preventing leather-seat cracking and fading, and protecting drivers' skin and beloved eight-tracks. Carriages in need of sprucing up can delight in the gentle streaming waters of a vehicle wash ($35 for a car or light truck, $45 for an SUV), during which skilled auto-bathers slough debris from paint and glass while de-griming dashboards, seats, and carpets. Trained mechanics can also touch up scuffs and dents as well as preempt problems with computer diagnostics ($65/hour for repair services). For those who wish to soup up their rides with extra gadgets, Unique Auto's buggy-betterers install radios from top-name brands such as Pioneer, JVC, and Sony ($100 to $1,200), GPS equipment, and car alarms that sound Beethoven's Symphony no. 9.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
A sea turtle proudly displays its intricately patterned shell. A stingray safely brushes its sleek skin against a child’s hand, grazing the top of a 10,000-gallon tank. A bird splashes into mangrove swamps to snatch fish. Sensory experiences like these occur on a regular basis at the 57-acre Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. As the headquarters for the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society, the center strives to both educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems.
Among the center’s many activities, visitors can high-five crustaceans at the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and explain how to identify local fish that refuse to wear nametags. Just past a colorful butterfly garden and aquariums at the Frances Langford Visitors Center, guests can find nature trails that wend through mangrove swamps and hardwood hammocks. Here, they can see the natural state of a bio-diverse estuary, along with endangered plants and animals that the Florida Oceanographic Society is striving to save through research as well as educational and restoration initiatives.