Top Story – Health & Beauty

Pushing With Purpose: Cyclist Diane Haupt

“I mean, the biking and the views are gorgeous,” says Diane Haupt, “but to me it’s more about the journey and just connecting with people and just seeing all the good in the world and the country.” Biking cross country…

Top Dentist 2019: Dr. Shaun Rai

Dr. Shaun Rai truly loves being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A typical day for Dr. Rai is primarily filled with office-based oral surgery, which includes removal of wisdom teeth, surgical management of impacted teeth, dental implant surgery, bone grafting and…

Community Leaders Look for Ways to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Dr. Jonathan Strand, M.D., an interventional physiatrist at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been practicing medicine in Coastal Virginia for two years. During that time, he has talked to patients about spinal cord stimulators a couple of times a week—every week.…

Pop-Up Yoga Creates a Fitness Community

Depending on your age, you might think of yoga as a millennial fitness trend, slightly older than the Pure Barre and CrossFit craze, or as a “crunchy” counter-culture trend that gained a foothold c. 1970 with “hippies” in the U.S.…

How to Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke

According to the National Stroke Association®, a stroke is a “brain attack” that can happen at any time and to anyone. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving the affected brain cells…

A Scenic Stroll on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Photo by Peretz Partensky After being stuck inside for several dreary days, the sunshine on a recent Sunday afternoon was the impetus to gather my family, put our weekend chores aside and take some time for hikes and bikes. For this…

4 Delicious and Nutritious Plant-Based Recipes

We live in a culture of labels: old labels, new labels and old labels with new meanings. All of these labels, with their nuanced—and changing—connotations, try valiantly to give us some footholds in this fluid world in which we live. The…

7 Healthy Meal Prepping Services

We all know the importance of eating healthy. Nutrition affects not only our physical appearance, but also our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy for everyone to eat healthy throughout the week. Packed schedules, odd working shifts and busy lifestyles…

Drinking Healthy for Your Teeth

For most of us, maintaining oral hygiene has become a mindless part of our daily routine. We brush, floss and gargle after meals and are consistent with our six-month cleanings. Surprisingly enough, much of our dental wellbeing takes place outside…

Positive Lifestyle Changes to Support Brain Health

As the world’s population ages, matters surrounding brain health have taken on a new urgency. A policy brief from Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates that by the year 2050, more than 135 million people will be diagnosed with some form of…

Daily Disposables are the Latest Trend in Contact Lenses

With the increased affordability and availability of LASIK eye surgery, it’s interesting that contact lenses are still the most popular option when it comes to eye wear because of convenience and cost. This is especially important for young people who…

North End Run Club Creates Community Through Fitness

Having spent many late nights as a disc jockey in some of the most celebrated bars and nightclubs between the Oceanfront and Downtown Norfolk, Barry Clark craved a community separate from the party scene, one that would encourage him to…

Preventing Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is something we hear about frequently but unfortunately is something we may not be fully aware of when it comes to our own bodies. Here is a quick lesson on what to look for, when to seek professional…

Top Pediatric Dentist Dr. Jessica Clark

Dr. Jessica Clark knew she wanted to be in pediatrics long before she chose to be a dentist. She started babysitting when she was only 12 years old and has always loved working with children. It wasn’t until she was…

Top Docs of Coastal Virginia 2016

We selected six top doctors from five specialties, including breast cancer surgery, gynecologic oncology, hematology, oncology and radiation oncology.

Pale Skin is In

For those of us living in Coastal Virginia, summer signifies fun in the sun. It’s a wonderful time, but it also means we all need to be extra aware of the risk of skin cancer. Dr. William Coker of Associates…

Alternatives to Plastic Surgery

If you’re hoping to find your youthful face and lose your double chin—without invasive surgery—you have options for expert care in Hampton Roads. In most cases, you can go back to work the same day. Keep in mind that results…

Fit and Fun

Story and Photos by Angela Blue Somewhere between childhood—where we absolutely couldn't wait until recess—and adulthood—where physical activity feels like a chore—we've ruined the concept of exercise. And the reason is simple: we've taken the fun out of it. Ben…

Coastal Virginia Magazine 2015 Top Docs and Top Dentists Reception

Coastal Virginia Magazine's 2015 Top Docs and Top Dentists reception was held Aug. 6 at Virginia MOCA. Saladworks provided a delicious, healthy and fresh dinner for attendees, and PC Duo Guitar Duet entertained guests with live music. Ice Art provided the unique hand-carved sculpture…

Top Doc for Kids: Michelle Brenner

Some physicians look back on childhood doctor visits as an inspiration for their career. Not Michelle Brenner, the physician who received the most votes in the category of pediatrics in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2015 Top Docs survey. “I had tons…

The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon

Photography by Glenn Fajota Makeup and I have never had a strong relationship. I started wearing it in high school with a few staples: blue eyeliner, silver eye shadow and concealer that didn’t come close to matching my skin color.…