When they’re not focused on navigating the complex structure of the human ankle, the skilled physicians of Central Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat call on their advanced medical training to heal conditions that range from vertigo to dry skin. There’s even a pediatric team that tends to younger patients, using appropriately scaled stethescopes to check their heart rates and shouting volume. Medical aesthetician Julie Strickland employs cosmetic injections such as Botox to help her clients achieve their dream look. Once firm and glowing skin is attained, Obagi skincare products and chemical peels can keep it looking fresh for years to come.
At Aria Skin and Laser Spa in Chapel Hill and Somalase in Sanford, Medical Director Dr. Ajay Ajmani oversees a team of tech-savvy aestheticians who beautify and protect the epidermis with facials, laser treatments, and massages. During microdermabrasions, a skilled technician employs a diamond tip to control the seven seas and exfoliate the upper strata of damaged skin, revealing a youthful acreage of epidermis. Laser treatments for pigmentation correction, hair removal, and skin tightening enlist powerful YAG lasers to beautify the epidermis. Facials reinvigorate visages with an eye treatment, custom mask, neck-and-hand massage, moisturizer, and a restraining order against the sun.
Phalanx CrossFit is christened after the ancient Greek word meaning "a group of individuals working closely together to achieve a common purpose." Here, enthusiastic trainers encourage students to help keep one another motivated in the intimate, no-frills gym to up their fitness and overall quality of life. Surrounded by massive tires, kettlebells, and pull-up bars, Zack and Tammy Luikart, and their staff of seasoned fellow trainers guide students of all athletic backgrounds through high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The routines are infused with functional exercises such as weightlifting, running, and jumping, and vary from day to day to prevent workout burnout. In addition to whipping them into shape, the trainers also provide students with tips on nutrition and injury prevention, suggesting therapeutic stretches and the best way to terminate a treadmill you suspect is plotting to tie your shoelaces together.
When renowned course architect Ellis Maples first laid eyes on the rolling expanse of land in the Sandhills, he knew he had found the venue for his next course. Whispering Woods Golf Club encompasses both gentle slopes and steeper hills, offering a dynamic canvas atop which Maples designed holes with stark elevation changes. Today, golfers encounter a diverse layout that showcases anything from treacherously undulating bentgrass greens to a small roller coaster for bored caddies to enjoy. Carolina pines line the edges of the fairways and greens throughout the round, stretching out their thin trunks to snag any errant shots. The end product of Ellis’s vision is an 18-hole, 6,324-yard layout described by course architect Dan Maples, Ellis’s son, as “a golf course designed with the average player in mind, but good players won’t find a pushover.”