Best Of Health & Fitness

Best Health Club

Worcester Fitness
440 Grove Street
Worcester
508.852.8209‎
www.worcesterfitness.com

For the past 32 years Worcester Fitness has served the Central Massachusetts community, and this year they’ve earned honors as Best Health Club. Operating two dynamic fitness centers in Worcester, Worcester Fitness represents a true membership club. “We’re very heavy on customer service,” affirms Joe Santa Maria, General Manager of Worcester Fitness. “We’ve adapted every year as part of a commitment shared by our ownership through every staff member to make this the best facility around.” Open to customers of all ages and fitness levels, Worcester Fitness provides a bevy of opportunities for members to join classes, enjoy private instruction, or simply exercise on their own. Worcester Fitness also remains active in the community, working with the city of Worcester for employee health initiatives and youth health programs.

Runner Up

Jewish Community Center
633 Salisbury St # 1
Worcester
508.756.7109
www.worcesterjcc.org

Best Personal Training Facility

Worcester Fitness
440 Grove Street
Worcester
508.852.8209‎
www.worcesterfitness.com

With a second crown in this year’s Best Of, Worcester Fitness also claims the title as Best Personal Training Facility. General Manager Joe Santa Maria and the staff at Worcester Fitness service members with a tremendous listing of group training courses and classes and also provide specialized, one-on-one training. “This is functional training,” declares Santa Maria, “our trainers aren’t just counting reps – they’re developing creative training solutions built on groundbreaking fitness techniques.” The fitness training and courses at Worcester Fitness cater to exercisers of all levels. “We’ve had people training for marathons, Ironman competitions, looking to lose weight, or just be more active,” explains Santa Maria. “Our team is positioned for anything, and we help people get results.”

Runner Up

All Access Fitness Academy
904C Boston Post Road
Shrewsbury
508.845.3974
www.allaccessfa.com

Best Health Food Store

Living Earth
232 Chandler St # 1
Worcester
508.753.1896
www.lefoods.com

For the third year in a row The Living Earth claims the title of Best Health Food Store for City Living Magazine’s reader vote. Owned and operated by Al and Maggie Maykel, the Living Earth has supplied Central Massachusetts with healthy foods and supplements for over two decades. The store features locally harvested produce in season from their own organic farm in Rutland along with foods from national suppliers carefully chosen for the highest quality, most environmentally friendly products available. The store takes care to carry many specialty items for dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan items. In addition to great produce and groceries, The Living Earth also stocks a robust selection of herbal and homeopathic supplements, cosmetics, and organic and low-sulfite wines for overall well-being.

Runner Up

Simple Enough Natural Foods
18 Lyman St # 20E
Westborough
508.366.7037

Best Physician

Dr. Debarah Hazen
555 Main St
Shrewsbury
508.845.5550

Dr. Deborah Hazen entered the medical profession later in life than most, but her relentless dedication to her patients has earned her Best Physician in City Living Magazine. Attending UMass Medical School at the age of 40, Dr. Hazen had previously attended Harvard Law School after graduating from her undergraduate degree. “When I was growing up girls weren’t doctors, so I never even thought of becoming a doctor.” After graduating law school, however, Hazen found herself continually reading medical journals and decided to pursue her new interests. Now seeing patients since 1998, Dr. Hazen makes an effort to make herself available to every single patient whenever her assistance is needed. “I work 16 hours a day, seven days a week,” Hazen affirms. “I’ve never not been able to see a patient the same day when sick.”

Runner Up

Dr. Walter Goljan
255 Park Ave, Suite 400
Worcester
508.755.9776

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Sean Thornton
Body Therapeutics
102 Shore Drive
Worcester
508.853.7500
www.body-therapeutics.com

Feeling a creak in your neck or some tightness in your back? Turn to Dr. Sean Thornton of Body Therapeutics. A licensed chiropractic physician with a degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Dr. Thornton has been practicing for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Body Therapeutics, Dr. Thornton worked as an Associate Chiropractor in Webster for six years. He has additional experience working in Wrentham, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Missouri. Seeking to stay at the forefront of health and wellness, Dr. Thornton has continued his education in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, chiropractic and golf, extremity adjusting, and maternity care.

Runner Up

Back to Health
82 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA
508.752.7521
www.backtohealthchiro.com

Best Optician

Forgues Eye Care Specialists
152 Russell Street
Worcester
508.754.2308
www.forgueseyecare.com

Run by Matthew and Mark Forgues, Forgues Eye Care Specialists takes the top noch as Best Optician in this year’s reader vote. With two convenient locations – one off of Park Ave. in Worcester and the other on Rt. 9 in Shrewsbury – Forgues Eye Care Specialists offer comprehensive eye examinations and optical and contact lens dispensing. The staff prides itself on recognizing the difficulties of troubled eyesight, working to help people with allergies find the right contact lenses and help maintain and repair broken eyeglasses. Carrying an extensive offering of frames, lenses, contacts, and protective eyewear, Forgues Eye Care Specialists have everything you need for vision care.

Runner Up

Dr. Dennis Arinella
591 Lincoln St
Worcester
508.853.2020

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