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Jan 11, 2018

Health and Fitness Guide

By Lori Draz

High on the list of many resolutions is improving your health and fitness. Good for you! Looking for a new fitness program, a healthy way to relax and bring serenity into your life, to lose weight or build strength and stamina, adopt new habits, and feel better in body, mind, and spirit can be challenging. There are many choices and we’ve put together a list of some great options in our area. The health professionals are ready to become your partner on the path to empowered living, so take the first step to fitness by reading our Health and Fitness Guide.

9Round Fitness

340 Route 34 Unit #117 in Colts Neck

(732) 677-2300

Open Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

The coolest new 30-minute workout has just arrived in Colts Neck. It’s the kickboxing-based 9Round, where you get a champ’s workout in half an hour. 9Round empowers members to reach their physical fitness goals, nine rounds at a time.

Start your circuit training session whenever you like; new sessions start every three minutes. You’ll move through the nine stations and workouts can be modified for all ages and fitness levels. You’ll do cardio, strength training, and work the speed and heavy bags. Workouts change daily, so you never get bored and a trainer is always included with each session.

The first workout is free, so make sure to stop by and out the hottest, fastest, and most furious workout around. Muhammad Ali said, “Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Burn calories, build strength, stamina, and coordination, and learn to defend yourself in the time it takes to watch Wheel of Fortune at 9Round.

Active Healing Center

265 Highway 34 in Colts Neck

(732) 683-0200


Open Monday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday Training Room open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

At Active Healing Center, they believe that being proactive about your health today will make for a longer, happier, and more fulfilling life in the future. The Active Healing Center  offers a three-step plan that incorporates chiropractic rehabilitation, functional fitness training, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling in their 8 Weeks to Wellness program.

Your general health will be analyzed using a comprehensive evaluation that tests upwards of 23 different parameters. Then, you will receive a custom corrective plan to change the areas that are negatively impacting your health. You will be reevaluated after eight weeks to assess your progress and keep you moving forward on the right path.

Doctor of Chiropractic Dr. Tom Gustafson says, “I want everyone to live an awesome, healthy life. The goal of our office is to make a massive impact on the overall health of all our patients. We promise our patients a lot, then over-deliver.” Want to know how well you’re doing? Schedule a full wellness score evaluation with a complimentary one-hour massage today. Get on the path to a wonderful future.

Atlantic Fencing Academy

1 Sheila Drive in Tinton Falls

(732) 383- 5124

Atlantic Fencing Academy on Facebook


Open Monday through Friday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Fencing is one of fastest growing and intriguingly fun fitness programs around. Practically everyone can unleash their inner pirate, swashbuckler, knight, or space fighter while they develop agility, stamina, strategic thinking, and personal style. Atlantic Fencing Academy welcomes all skill levels and ages. Their state-of-the-art facility is one of the best in the country and provides optimal surroundings and atmosphere for training. Students improve mental discipline and personal development and adults who seek new challenges find it entertaining. Participants must place their worries and stresses on hold and be totally immersed while practicing or competing.

Owner Agota Balot was born into fencing and has deep knowledge of athletic training. She gained vast experience from her mother, Magda Nyari, who was a well-known international foil competitor, three-time Olympian, and later national team coach. Atlantic Fencing Academy opened in 1999 and quickly became the premier fencing academy in central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore area. Mrs. Balot and the academy’s internationally recognized coaches have trained hundreds of fencers who won many foil, epee, and saber tournaments. Their students have become members of national and USA World Championship teams, plus NCAA college teams like Brandeis, Harvard, Haverford, NYU, Sacred Heart, and Stevens Institute of Technology. They also coach members of local high school teams.

If you would like to try fencing, you can take a free class or a beginner introductory month; that’s four classes for $149 and equipment is provided.



36 Leland Road in Colts Neck

(732) 414-2930


Open by appointment at the convenience of their clients.

Are you ready to spin, sweat, and train your way to your personal best body complete? Then check out BODY COMPLETE in Colts Neck. They offer personal and group training such as Bootcamps and Bridal Bootcamps, Spin, and Nutritional Guidance. The BODY COMPLETE team is a dedicated group of passionate fitness professionals who strive to help their clients live healthy and create a goal-driven lifestyle that promotes positive self.

Choose from private training sessions, group training, sports specific training, and metabolic training. Let Spin instructors Alisa Peragine, Sandi Moore, Patti Emerson, Scott Duprex, and Hillary Rosenthal lead you in an exciting and challenging workout. ISSA and NASM certified trainers Alisa, Anthony Greico, and Lou Nespoli are focused on your goals and BODY COMPLETE even offers the services of chiropractic physician Dr. Cory Csakai and Ashley Kravitz, RD.

Right now, you can try BODY COMPLETE with your first complimentary class, in addition to their monthly specials. All trainers are CPR certified, AFFA, and Certified Holistic Nutritionists. Spin instructors are certified in Mad Dogg and Schwinn.

Cleansing Concepts

2 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank (in the Galleria)

(732) 741-2444

Open Monday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A body detox can improve your energy, mood, skin and digestive problems, and help with weight loss by eliminating toxins found in everyday life from sources like pollution, food preservatives, carcinogens, medication overload, cleaning products, and even chemicals in the water.

Vanessa Galati-Drew is the founder of Cleansing Concepts, an exclusive detoxification facility, who turned to holistic natural medicine after battling digestive issues and a misdiagnosed ruptured appendix. She has dedicated the last 12 years of her life to helping others rebuild their health and well-being.

She offers progressive methods to rid your system of toxins, including the Ionic Foot Detox that pulls harmful toxins out of every cell of your body in just 23 relaxing minutes. She also offers Colon Hydrotherapy and Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage, which improves the entire body’s circulation by allowing your body to release toxins, accumulated fluid, and proteins between the cells.

Infrared Sauna treatments help improve your skin’s appearance, heal wounds quicker with reduced scarring, and treats acne, eczema, psoriasis, and burns. It also reduces wrinkles, and improves skin tone and elasticity, and may help reduce cellulite.

To ramp up weight loss, there’s the FIT Bodywrap, which breaks down and converts stored fat into fatty acids that are used by your muscles for energy. In a 60-minute session, you will burn more calories than you would by running in a marathon!

Detoxifying the body has been practiced by many cultures for centuries to relax, rejuvenate, and replenish the body. Give your body a clean start for the New Year.

Damien Fertility Partners

655 Shrewsbury Avenue, Suite 300 in Shrewsbury

(732) 758-6511

60 Park Place, Suite 210 in Newark

(973) 732-2909

138 River Drive South in Jersey City

(201) 377-0500

And coming this month to Hoboken

For more than 25 years, Damien Fertility Partners has provided the highest level of expertise in the evolving field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in a warm and caring environment that only a smaller practice can provide. Damien Fertility Partners promises to care for you with kindness and respect as they would a family member and to recommend the best available treatment according to your individual diagnosis. They also promise that they will continually improve to maintain success rates among the highest in New Jersey. Dr. Damien has been rated Top Doctor – NY Metro Area, Top Doctor – NJ Monthly Magazine, and Top Doctor – Inside Jersey Magazine for most of the past 12 years.

At Damien Fertility Partners, you won’t be referred to other physicians. All your infertility treatment needs will be taken care of within the practice. You will see your doctor throughout your treatment, not a different doctor at each visit. Their new patient care facility and laboratories offer patients the most advanced treatments for infertility, including embryo genetic screening, egg freezing, and donor eggs. If surgery is needed, their doctors are exceptional surgeons, with success rates consistently among the best in the nation. Damien Fertility Partners: where there is great love and care, there are always miracles!

eMedical Urgent Care 

2 Kings Highway in Middletown.

(732) 957-0707

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For 30 years, eMedical Urgent Care has been providing complete urgent care and occupational health services delivered by board-certified emergency physicians, family physicians, and internists working with highly trained radiology techs and medical assistants. Families trust their physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including colds, coughs and sore throats, ear infections, nausea and vomiting, allergies and rashes, urinary tract infections, sprains and strains, and cuts and fractures. When patients require additional care, physicians can provide referrals to specialists such as primary care physicians, orthopedists, allergists, and ophthalmologists. They also provide workplace health services to New Jersey employers. The center accepts most major insurance plans and offers an eCard Program – an affordable option for the uninsured. “Our board-certified physicians provide the same quick, competent care you’d receive in the ER, but much faster and without an appointment,” explained Jane Sennett, DO, medical director of eMedical Urgent Care.

Holmdel Imaging   

100 Commons Way, Suite 110 in Holmdel.

(732) 671-6618

Open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Holmdel Imaging provides the highest quality care for patients along with unsurpassed customer service, and superior image quality. Whether you need an MRI, CT, 3-D Mammo, XRAY, DEXA, or Ultrasound, at Holmdel Imaging, you’ll receive accurate results performed by highly trained registered technologists and interpreted by board certified, specialty trained radiologists.

As an outpatient provider, they are able to offer top quality care at a price nearly 3 times lower than other providers. Its expert care and outpatient price means you get the best value and they are accredited by The American College of Radiology (ACR) for CT, MRI, Mammo and Ultrasound.

Holmdel Imaging strives to offer the most friendly, convenient and professional services to our patients and referring physicians. “Power to Choose” research has shown, that the patient chooses where they go for their imaging services and in doing so remain committed to excellence, ultimately earning recognition as the region’s imaging center of choice.

Ignitable Fitness           

58 First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands

(732) 708-3232


Open  6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Not everyone is a top athlete in their twenties, and for those other folks, there’s Ignitable Fitness, the fitness company that specializes in personal training and corrective exercise for mature adults aged 45 and up. Their experienced, friendly, and fun studio and in-home personal training services will ignite energy and spirit. Bodies over age 40 change, often bringing decreased energy, loss of mobility and balance, and increased body fat with decreased muscle mass. This “inevitable aging” is not set in stone. Many of these issues can be reduced or eliminated by working out smartly.

Certified Personal Trainer and Functional Aging Specialist Megan Elizabeth Callus is a functional fitness and corrective exercise specialist who designs safe and effective exercise routines that are grounded in cutting-edge research. Each client receives a fitness assessment and a custom plan. They can join in a diverse selection of small group training sessions, private personal training, or cognitive fitness classes.  Megan’s core belief is that proper training will allow anyone to stay fit and vibrant at any age. She says, “Ignitable Fitness is dedicated to developing the overall well-being and health of each individual who seeks our support.”

As a special New Year’s bonus, the first 25 people who email will receive a free book about functional fitness authored by Ignitable Fitness’ owner and entered into a lottery for a month of free small group training.

Innovative Dentistry 

415 Route 34, Suite 102 in the Colts Neck Plaza

(848) 200-7900

546 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway

(732) 882-1700. and on Google + and Facebook

Flexible office hours are by appointment.

This office truly lives up to its name. Innovative Dentistry provides minimally and less invasive cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry – the same treatments used by the Hollywood stars – to get you the smile you always wanted. Dr. Rajdeep Randhawa, D.D.S, B.D.S has been practicing dentistry since 1988 and is considered in the top 1% to 2% of dentists in the nation. He is one of five dentists, out of 8,875 New Jersey dentists, listed under cosmetic and restorative dentistry on the NJ Top Docs website. A graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he uses the latest technology and pursues the highest level of continuing education to give his patients the finest standard of care. Some of the unique services include thin contact lens-like Porcelain Veneers 0.3-0.5 mm thick, chairside Dental Veneers, and anti-aging cosmetic dentistry that will take 10 to 15 years off your smile line.

Dr. Randhawa designs smiles like an artist, combining Invisalign, in-office teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry to give you your best smile. Many of his patients travel hundreds of miles, but he is just minutes away. Dr. Randhawa recently attended a topnotch U.C.L.A. Aesthetic Continuum that has been attended by about 600 dentists from throughout the world in last 22 years – an average of 25 to 30 dentists every year – so that he can offer his patients the best cosmetic dentistry has to offer.

Lavish Pet Care

(732) 281-7589

Doesn’t your pet deserve the star treatment? When Wendy Venezio, owner of Lavish Pet Care, says, “We treat your pet like a celebrity!” she means it. Her mission is to provide the most compassionate and professional pet and home care for all pets while their owners are away. In addition to treating your pet to truly attentive and loving care, Lavish Pet Care also offers a whole list of luxury services. Perhaps you would like to treat your pet to a massage, an exercise session or a luxurious doggie bath, nail clipping, even tooth brushing. If Fido is a foodie, try their special organic freshly prepared meals. Lavish Pet Care also offers an array of natural remedies such as paw-protect, tick and flea away, wellness cubes, sea treats, hairball cure, ear cleaning solution, skin allergy powder, and ‘U get down, the product that keeps pets off the furniture and countertops, and Smelly Dog, the natural deodorizing spray.

Lavish Pet Care also donates a portion of all proceeds to seven different animal charities yearly, to be announced in February on their website and Facebook page. Lavish Pet Care services most of Monmouth and parts of Ocean County.

Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss

499 Broad Street in Shrewsbury.

(732) 389-0131 or on Facebook and Twitter

Open Monday and Wednesday 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and weekends.

Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss is the place to turn to if you have made a serious resolution to lose and manage your weight. This customized, physician-supervised program, under the direction of Dr. Claudia Huegel, a dually board-certified family physician and bariatric physician, offers a comprehensive approach to weight management. It starts with a complete medical evaluation to identify any physical, medical, environmental, behavioral, or emotional triggers that contribute to the patient’s weight. A treatment plan is then custom-designed and the initial 12-week-long phase includes weekly visits, a research-based and often genetically determined food plan, cognitive and behavioral counseling to help you change the way you think and lead to permanent behavioral change, along with medication where appropriate, and an arsenal of proven-effective tools for weight loss and maintenance.

In addition, yoga instruction and mind-body medicine techniques such as meditation, biofeedback, and breathing techniques are incorporated into treatment. Every patient is an individual and, therefore, each program is customized to his or her specific needs.

The very effective program works for all and is especially helpful for those with medical conditions brought on by weight who require close monitoring and attention. Dr. Huegel is joined by her experienced and compassionate staff, including behavioral counselor Lisa Kaplan and family physician and bariatrician Dr. Carol Penn.

Samra Plastic Surgery               

733 North Beers Street, Suite U-1 in Holmdel and 300 Perrine Road, Suite 333 in Old Bridge

(732) 739-2100

Open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you’d like to start your new year with a brand new and improved face and/or body, let the well-respected Samra Plastic Surgery share all the many treatments and procedures they offer in their state-of-the-art centers. For more than 30 years, they have been providing outstanding surgical care to the community.

You will learn about a wide array of the very latest and most in-demand treatments, like laser hair removal and laser vein therapy. The American Board of Plastic Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) board certified plastic surgeons offer cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand surgeries, including liposuction, breast augmentation, lift and reduction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery and face lift, breast reconstruction, and carpal tunnel surgery.

Allowing no less than the highest standards of moral and intellectual excellence, their surgeons successfully enable patients to meet their reconstructive or aesthetic goals. From restoring a youthful look through modern cosmetic surgical techniques, to reconstructing a breast after the ravages of cancer, to repairing a broken hand from injury, the doctors at Samra Plastic Surgery are skilled in the full spectrum of plastic surgery.

And to make learning easier, Samra extends its New Year – New You Special. Receive free cosmetic surgery consultations during January and February 2018. It’s a beautiful start to making your dreams come true.