At Shenandoah LASIK & Cataract Center, Dr. John A. Stefano draws on experience performing more than 8,000 LASIK surgeries in his 33-year career when enhancing peepers. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism flee during roughly 20-minute LASIK procedures. Dr. Stefano begins by applying an anesthetic to eyes, numbing them so they don't feel pain during the surgery. He then incises a small flap into the cornea, giving laser beams access to the tissue that blurs vision. Corneal reshaping takes 15–60 seconds, and vision will be blurry for a few days afterward as the eyes heal. With time, many former patrons have reported 20/20 vision and the realization that they'd been living inside a Dairy Queen for years.
Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson once stood on the first hole's green—or at least somewhere near it—and gave a rousing speech to motivate 17,000 Confederate troops before the First Battle of Winchester on May 25, 1862. Today, Jackson's Chase Golf Club hosts more peaceful pastures atop its rolling hills, with golf clubs replacing weapons and golf balls replacing the instant smoke-cloud spheres that Jackson would use during his renowned magic shows.
Set along the undulating countryside, the 18-hole course challenges golfers of all stripes to navigate a labyrinth of unforgiving holes, such as the 191-yard 11th hole, a par 3 with a pond stationed around the peninsula-like green. Rental carts whisk players up and down frequent elevation changes, saving caddies from giving piggyback rides across the 6,513-yard jaunt.
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Prior to founding Serene Acres Riding Center, chief instructor Pamela Smith lived in Great Britain for 15 years, during which time she earned a place in the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools. It's only natural then that she offers English horseback riding lessons on the 40 acres of Virginia countryside where she now lives. She—along with deputy instructors Ann, Olivia, and Nelly—teaches group and private lessons that produce balanced and effective riders. Her method of accomplishing this involves emphasizing the proper foundations of riding—posture and balance—from the very beginning of training, as opposed to letting students get ahead of themselves by jumping over course obstacles or trotting across tile floors littered with ball bearings.
Named for its location at the western end of the W&OD Trail, Trail's End Cycling Co welcomes cyclists of all stripes with a hefty inventory of gear and bikes alongside mechanical services. Each of the store's experienced staffers is also a mechanic qualified to fit bikes to riders' proportions or the gaudiness of racing stripes to their egos. When not training for the bicycle Iditarod, lead mechanic James Hodges channels 20 years of bike-industry experience into his tune-up tasks, and pro wrencher Bill McCarrick specializes in triathlete bike repair and prep.
The same able staffers also lead custom tours of wineries, fall foliage, and other seasonal sights in warm weather. During the winter, riders can pedal out of hibernation with indoor training rides atop their own bikes, which are secured on special mounts to keep them from zipping away.
Dr. Lawrence J. Markovitz, a board-certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who has earned The Washingtonian magazine's Top Doctor of 2010 award, works at Virginia Vein Care with a crew of other talented medical professionals.
He works alongside a registered nurse and trained ultrasound technicians as they diagnosis varicose, spider, and other venous conditions. An advanced ultrasound examination reveals these issues before the doctors customize a treatment plan. Twisted and bulging varicose veins quickly unknot during the VNUS Closure procedure, which collapses vessels with radio frequency, and spider veins break down before the powers of traditional sclerotherapy or ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. VeinGogh Thermolysis uses microbursts of energy to remove hair-thin veins on the face and body that have begun to distract from your beautiful eyes or ability to hold an entire bagel in your mouth.
As the team behind Thousand Hills Riding Stables LLC, Yvonne Toone and her husband, Mark Toone, invite students to learn the art of horsemanship with assistance from their gentle steeds Nike, Gwen, and Lyric. Since her first ride at the age of 8, Yvonne has nursed a passion for equestrianism that drove her to become a licensed veterinary technician and earn her Certified Horsemanship Association certificate. She channels that passion to create a supportive, familial atmosphere where kids can learn horsemanship skills. She can even work with students as young as two in hope of developing the next generation of horse enthusiasts or merry-go-round operators.