Under the medical direction of board-certified physicians Dr. Carson Bauder and Dr. Loakhnauth Ramkishun, the team at Wymore Laser & Anti-Aging Medicine combines cutting-edge equipment with a holistic approach to beauty. Anthony Filardo, DC, follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were natural-healing practitioners in Calabria, Italy. In addition to completing advanced training in anti-aging nutriceuticals and preventive medicine, Dr. Filardo is certified in medical acupuncture and is a fellow on the Acupuncture Society of America, Inc.
While Dr. Filardo employs ancient techniques to promote wellness, he and his staff also specialize in the latest nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. With a license in facial aesthetics, he expertly wields Palomar lasers to target wrinkles with resurfacing sessions and spider veins with intense pulsed light. Dr. Filardo also sculpts bodies with weight-loss programs and VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments that leave skin as smooth as a valentine written in syrup.
The myriad scents of flowers and fruits inside Una Donna Piú might convince visitors that they're wandering through one of the spa's Mediterranean locations. Just as they do in Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, available treatments draw from nature's alluring fragrances and vitamins, utilizing European products to award guests a hiatus from stress.
Hair artists—whose complimentary consultations and customized cuts helped the salon earn the 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hair Service in Orlando Style magazine—clip away and recolor hair at their stations. During texture treatments, they can enhance volume or work fruit-based straighteners through curly hair that refuse to relax after wearing a propeller beanie upside down. Nail treatments address cuticle care and beyond with seasonal services, such as a papaya-honey mask, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy massage. Warm sips of "Erbe de Frutti" tea lull the senses following facial or waxing appointments, and makeup applications serve to accent features.
Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
Disenchanted with the stigmatization of pool halls as dark, grimy places, lifelong billiards enthusiast Faheem Zia decided to give the game he loved room to thrive in a well-lit and smoke-free joint with an art-deco aesthetic. Gleaming cues dip back and glide smoothly between fingers tented against the main hall's 13 pool tables, which include Diamond Pro-Am units topped in cerulean felt and 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown IV tables. A heated Søren Søgaard model without pockets serves as a venue for less-common billiards variants and lacks the traditional spots to hide an extra pair of aces.
Each table makes an appearance on the professional circuit monthly, when one of three rotating professional leagues visits and fills the room with an orchestra of cracking Super Aramith balls. During matches, café-style tables surrounded by high-top chairs and stools fill with a range of upscale pub fare such as wings dry-fried in ovens. A jukebox crouches in one corner, spilling forth a varied soundtrack on waves of neon light, and a panoply of touch-screen games and two dartboards let patrons compete while avoiding green felt after a teary falling-out with Kermit.
For more than 130 years, the Orlando Sentinel has kept communities abreast of local, regional, national, and international news, garnering multiple Pulitzer Prizes thanks to the talents of writers and editors including Jeff Brazil, Jane Healy, and John. C. Bersia. Today, the editorial team keeps that tradition of in-depth journalism thriving. Sports reporters chronicle the accolades of the Florida Gators and Orlando Magic through roster ratings and staff interviews, and roving travel correspondents regale readers with vivid descriptions of vacation spots and the best islands to get shipwrecked on. Business writers tell of strategic changes to area businesses and help readers stay informed about economic changes in the market.
A rotating slate of daily features sections, such as Cooking/Eating, Entertainment, and Style & Home, highlight intriguing goings-on. Sunday editions double down on news coverage and weigh down doorsteps with a bevy of coupons, as well as lighthearted comics that give subscribers a chance to laugh at the very real tragedy of cat obesity caused by lasagna addiction.
Maximum Fitness's certified personal trainers Steve Schmidt and Sydni Wisniewski call upon more than 16 years of experience as they motivate clients towards their health and fitness goals. With a degree in exercise science and the study of human movement, Schmidt specializes in rehabilitation, weight management, and sports performance. Wisniewski holds personal-training certification from the National Council on Strength and Fitness and also focuses on helping athletes achieve maximal success. As a former NCAA All-American in track and field and high-school coach whose track-and-field students have gone on to qualify for the Junior Olympics, she knows firsthand what it takes to be the best.
The duo imparts get-fit know-how during one-on-one training sessions and two types of boot-camp classes. The Average Joe's camps are geared toward beginners, whereas the Body Blitz camp is a more intense physical and mental challenge for advanced exercisers. Exercisers build muscle and trim waistlines with strength-building equipment including kettlebells, cardio machines, and medicine balls, the last of which should not be swallowed without a prescription.