As an eighth grader, Laurie Jahnke was amazed at how a trip to the chiropractor quelled her lower-back pain caused by gymnastics. After that, her interest in the practice never waned. Now, Doctor of Chiropractic Laurie Jahnke prides herself on her practice’s natural, prescription-free care; she treats her patients with traditional chiropractic methods, such as adjustments and nutritional plans. To draw up the proper treatment plan, she examines her patients’ issues with the Core Score Easy Scan, which looks at the muscle tone and balance surrounding the spine, organ and gland control, and heart-rate variability, which determines the body’s ability to adapt to daily stresses, such as a traffic jam caused by a stampede of elephants crossing the highway.
Omari Kittrell, a Pilates- and SilverSneakers-certified trainer at Optimo Fitness Association, takes inspiring his clients to the next level—when their energy flags, he does their workouts along with them. He and his eclectic group of fellow trainers, such as engineer-turned-martial-artist Jeff Love, will even make house visits to accommodate their clients. Their passion for fitness shines just as brightly in their more-traditional group classes, which run the gamut from Pilates’ lean-muscle building to kickboxing, a combat-inspired style that tones bodies more effectively than just head butting whoever annoys you.
The mood and pacing is constantly shifting at Yoga ah, as students of all ages lay out their mats for their class and prepare to harmonize body and mind. The students start young here, beginning, even in utero with prenatal classes. Adult classes follow an Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, led by instructors who guide students through challenging poses. Intense moments occur during Rocket yoga—Ashtanga yoga classes, with a Pilates twist that aim to get students into inversions, arm balances, and outer space.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Led by dentist Christopher Omeltschenko, Total Dentistry’s staff of carnassial craftspeople uses the latest dental technology to relinquish mouths of dental dilemmas. Patrons can put forth their lip-guarded tongue houses for a mouth-wide seasonal cleaning to remove hardened bacterial deposits, polish and floss teeth, and search for stowaway Swedish Fish. After the cleaning, clients will undergo a comprehensive dental exam, and have digital x-rays taken to check for tooth decay, oral cancer, gum disease, and incognito ivories working for the burglarizing Tooth Fairy.