While serving oversees in the US military, Tracy Lee Thomas would often dream of opening his own martial-arts training studio. He had been training in martial arts since he was 13 years old, mastering the form and self-defense techniques of a variety of styles and eventually earning his seventh-degree black belt. He was able to realize this dream once he returned to American soil, where he opened up his own studio: Changing Lives Martial Arts.
Today, the official American Taekwondo Association master pulls from his years of expertise to lead karate, tae kwon do, and krav maga classes to students of all ages. Tracy and his team of expert instructors teach self-defense tactics and guide students through dynamic punches and kicks while emphasizing the importance of life skills such as self-discipline and focus. The instructors also take a load off moms and dads by hosting kids’ birthday parties, where martial arts–inspired games provide a fun alternative to messy piñatas and games of pin-the-tale-on-the-grownup. His dedication to his students and martial arts has also gained the attention of the Virginian-Pilot, which has awarded him the Best of Hampton Roads award seven times from 2005 to 2012.
Mint New Casual Cuisine's Executive Chef Travis Milton’s interpretation of Southern-style cuisine focuses the culinary spotlight on an array of fresh ingredients provided by local farms and purveyors, including Wade's Mill and Everona Dairy. With those ingredients in tow, he puts his own modern spin on classic dishes, fixing up fried green tomatoes with a creamy Peppadew pepper aioli, rotating seafood and vegetarian specials, and creating Mint’s signature fried chicken and sweet-potato waffles. During weekend brunch, Milton folds creamy goat cheese from Sullivan's Pond Farm into veggie-filled omelets.
The bold flavors of Southern spirits not only warm bellies in Mint’s variety of cocktails but also permeate the menu’s grilled pork chop, which spends time soaking in bourbon and sweet tea––much like William Faulkner's pet goldfish. While filling up on Southern hospitality, diners can lend their ears to bluegrass music strummed and picked by local guitar, fiddle, and banjo players, or scan their eyes over the homey dining room’s wood-paneled floors and flat-screen TV hanging over the bar.
Between the unpainted walls of Profound CrossFit’s bare-bones personal training gym, certified trainer Heather Walburn inspires a family-like vibe with her classes, a team spirit that keeps everyone involved as they cheer and motivate each other toward achieving their goals. Although she fosters a positive environment, she still pushes everyone to their limits with the CrossFit system—a method that features constantly changing exercises and functional, everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. The daily workout includes a grab bag of exercises, including everything from jumping jacks and air squats one day to short sprints and jump rope the next.
At Oasis Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Tom Baader helps patients of all ages overcome chronic pain and live healthy lives without the need for invasive treatments or drugs. The good doctors treat illness and aches at the source with nutritional counseling and chiropractic adjustments, as well as an extensive health and weight-loss clinic through Dr. Tom's Metabolic BootCamp.
At the Chiropractic Center of Manassas, Inc., ultrasound waves stimulate deep tissues while the G5 GK3 power massager helps flush lactic acid out of the muscles. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. James Binning works with patients to understand and interpret the source of their pain, then treats symptoms with a cache of high-tech solutions. Treatments take into account factors such as age, weight, and medical history, and include electrical muscle stimulation, neuromuscular reeducation, and traditional adjustments. Dr. Binning also offers customized weight-loss and nutritional counseling plans, as well as pre-sports examinations to assess an athlete’s physical readiness for the fall football schedule or spring Peeps-spearing season.
Since graduating from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1972, board-certified doctor Shaukat Jahan has been honing her skills practicing medicine—with a focus on her specialty, gynecology. Certified and trained in both Britain and the U.S., Dr. Jahan is well-equipped to help her patients. In her well-appointed offices, she can assist with prenatal care and deliver newborns as safely as a stork equipped with a seatbelt and airbag. She also provides family-planning services and helms laser surgeries. For international patients’ convenience, Dr. Jahan can speak in Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Spanish, and Urdu during appointments.