The verdant fairways of Stevinson Ranch meander through the San Joaquin Valley, where rolling farmsteads dotted with natural wetlands serve both as hazards and scenic backdrops. Inspired by Scottish links-style courses, the club's Savannah Course boasts open fairways that invite players to launch booming tee shots without fear of striking trees or the feral caddies who inhabit them. Though wide fairways may prove welcoming, golfers are tested throughout the course by sharp doglegs and smooth, quick greens closely guarded by sand traps, water hazards, and thick swaying grasses. Rounds conclude on the challenging 18th hole, which requires a tee shot played diagonally across a long lake that rewards players who hug the shore while punishing those who come up short with a one-stroke penalty and a humbling supplication to the inhabitants of the pond.
Since 1978, Brenda Athletic Clubs has stood out from other gyms for its staff’s focus on offering all the amenities of a modern fitness facility while still fostering an inviting atmosphere. Its founder, Al Brenda, believed in fitness programs for all age groups, a mantra that the club continues today with youth fitness programs, including basketball clinics and yoga lessons, as well as a SilverSneakers fitness program for seniors. In addition to tennis, swimming, and standard strength and cardio equipment, the fitness centers supply its members with an ample amount of group classes including cycling, Zumba, and kickboxing.
Led by Dr. Mehrdad Amirhamzeh, a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Sierra Vein & Vascular Institute's medical staff aims to clear up skin's appearance and vanquish vein disease. Non-invasive treatments such as sclerotherapy and VNus Closure—an outpatient procedure using radio frequencies—can target cosmetic concerns while abating serious concerns such as leg ulcers or kisses from cobweb-seeking vacuums. The staff consults with patients to craft plans focused on minimal downtime and quick recovery. Dr. Amirhamzeh maintains affiliations with many state, national, and intergalactic medical societies, including the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Medical Association.
Tina Kelly and Diane Flores, sisters and founders of Venus Pole Fitness, have always preferred doing things together. Throughout their adult years, they attended dance classes and boot camps, constantly in search of an exercise regime that was not only fun but effective. When they discovered pole-dance fitness, they instantly loved it and quickly purchased a pole, stage, and DJ booth packed with pop-music CDs. Their purchases led to the eventual creation of Venus Pole Fitness, where the certified duo teach ladies of all fitness levels and friction coefficients how to spice up their exercise regime and build their confidence through hip swivels and spins.
I Am Yoga started as a vision of a center where people could come to nourish their bodies, minds, and souls. I Am Yoga employs more than 15 certified instructors who teach more than 30 classes a week in disciplines such as yoga, meditation, Pilates, and tai chi. More than just a yoga studio, the wellness center also harbors a therapy space with four rooms that offer massages, facials, a sauna, and other spa services. Balance, the onsite juice and food bar, nourishes bodies with healthy sandwiches, soups, herbal teas, and fresh juices.
While many children and teens spend time deciding what they want to be when they grow up, Dr. Jeffrey Rice knew immediately. His father and grandfather were both dentists, and today he continues the lineage in an office that practices the full range of dentistry. He partners with three other dentists to form a qualified quartet that combines their specialties in implantology, endodontics, and cosmetic dentistry to restore the appearance, structure, and function of teeth.
The team emphasizes high-quality dentistry, and they demonstrate that commitment with treatments that are designed to last a long time. Their dental implants can look like and function as natural teeth for up to 20 years, thanks to their independence from neighboring teeth and the US Constitution’s lack of term limits for teeth. They also treat clients with amalgam and gold fillings that keep teeth chewing for more than 20 years, and their composite resin fillings give tooth holes 10-year reprieves while blending in with the rest of the tooth.