CertaPro Painters

CertaPro Painters

Much More Than Knoxville Area’s Most Trusted and Referred Residential Painters
Earning a surprising 98% customer approval/referral rating and several Angie’s List Super Service awards, you might think that CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee has earned a reputation as the area’s most trusted and referred residential painters. While this is true, what you may not know is that CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee also established a reputation for a wide variety of other home renovation, repair, and remodeling services, including carpentry, deck restoration, pressure washing, drywall, staining, wallpapering, and wallpaper removal. CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee also offers area business office/retail business owners, schools, churches, healthcare facilities, managed properties, and more a full line of commercial painting services.

With the addition of all of these to their full array of interior and exterior painting services, CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee offers area homeowners a complete turn-key solution for many of their home’s renovation, repair, and remodeling needs. Everything Knoxville is excited to share with its readers an interview with CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee’s owners, and husband and wife team, Jeff and Joann Brown.

EK: Jeff, how would you describe the CertaPro difference?

Jeff: We strive to operate like a world-class service company! There is a perception in our industry that it is difficult to find a truly good contractor or painting company. As we speak, I have two project managers and four painting supervisors in a service training session in our training room. We spend a lot of time and resources training and coaching our painting crews, not just in application methods, but in customer service. We are deeply committed to meeting and exceeding customer expectations! In order to accomplish that, we are constantly learning and training with information provided by customer feedback and interaction.

EK: You insist on personally providing your residential customers with comprehensive proposals on the spot and a rapid turnaround on commercial proposals. Tell our readers why this is so important and how this differs from the typical customer experience.

Joann: We believe it is important while the scope of work and project is fresh in everyone’s minds to enter the proposal in the computer and print a detailed proposal on the spot and review in person with the customer carefully to ensure accuracy. Others may email you a brief estimate days later with little detail, leaving you uncertain of what is included or not included. It takes the guesswork out!

EK: How does your pricing compare to competitive pricing?

Jeff: There is a misconception sometimes that as a professional company, we may be a little high. In fact, we frequently hear from our customers “oh, you are in line with the solo guy” or “that is less than what I was expecting.” We work hard to ensure our prices are competitive while providing a level of service above the competition! In addition, we are, in fact, licensed, bonded, insured, and have a two-year residential written warranty!

EK: How have you been able to earn Angie’s List esteemed Super Service of the Year awards, as well as a 98% customer approval rating?

Joann: We have understood since day one that the successful way to build and grow our company was to do whatever it takes within reason to meet and exceed customer expectations. Further, that word of mouth was the most powerful form of advertising. So, we have a mission to create customers for life and know that if we practice this business philosophy, the great scores will come!

EK: Tell our readers about several of the services you provide homeowners in addition to quality interior and exterior painting.

Jeff: We have been methodical and strategic to add services and value to our customers throughout the years as our competence levels increased at all levels of our organization. Early on we started repairing rotten wood on home exteriors. During the past 12 years, we have added many services to include deck build/rebuild, screen porch additions, interior trim carpentry, and custom built-ins to tile work and interior remodeling. We now can do most anything in the “home improvement” category well. We certainly offer other services and are happy to review them on the phone with potential customers.

EK: Describe your unique five-step interior and exterior painting process and how that varies from what most competitors offer.

Jeff: Our purpose is to ensure our customers get the same risk-free experience every time they utilize our services. So, our first step is to review the scope of work with the customer and the crew the morning the project starts to ensure we are all on the same page. Second, we set up the area to be painted/repaired and ensure furniture is moved, drop cloths are down, plastic covers things as needed, and the general “set up” is complete. The third phase is to perform any prep work (drywall repair, sanding, rotten wood replacement, etc.). The fourth step is when we actually start the painting or improvement project, and finally, we clean up, have the customer inspect with the crew, and collect our payment!

EK: Joann, how does your commercial business unit process vary from your residential unit?

Joann: Depending on the type of property, some businesses need painting done monthly, so you develop a partnership with your customer. You might see them monthly or quarterly. They know they can depend on us to take care of whatever their needs may be and in the time frame they need. On a residential job, you might paint for a customer every four or five years, so you don’t see them as often. That is why we are excited to offer additional services besides painting. Homeowners are usually doing some sort of remodeling or home improvement, and we can help with most of those projects. Whether you are adding a deck or remodeling a bathroom, we can take care of that project for you.

EK: You are committed to a goal of improving and exceeding your customers’ expectations. Explain.

Jeff: Joann and I have been in some sort of service business our entire lives, so we grew up professionally in a very competitive service industry. We learned early on that the ONLY way to grow and keep our business healthy is to surround ourselves with people who understand that and take pride in what they do. Our two main goals every day is to meet and exceed customers’ expectations and to practice continuous improvement at every level. We are lucky to have a very dedicated and professional team at CertaPro!

EK: How important do you feel it is that both of you are engaged in your business full time each and every day?

Joann: Our staff at CertaPro is remarkable, but Jeff and I both enjoy being involved in the day-to-day business. We like meeting our customers and helping with their individual needs.

EK: How can our readers learn more about CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee?

Jeff: Our estimates for painting and home improvement are free and with no obligations. Our team is very well-trained in most every aspect of the business, so the best way to learn is to call CertaPro and schedule a consultation/estimate appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Jeff: First of all, we would like to express our appreciation to all of our customers for their support and encouragement. As our company has grown throughout the years, our ability to give back to the community has grown as well in many ways. For instance, this winter we were privileged to have participated in a Homes for Our Troops new home build in our area. HFOT is a wonderful organization that provides mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured veterans post 9/11, enabling them to rebuild their lives. When we got the call to help, as a veteran myself, I did not let the woman even finish asking if we could donate all the painting services before I said “yes, and when can we start?” I was asked to speak at the key ceremony and felt so privileged to do so and give back in a small way to a veteran who had sacrificed so much for our great country! We believe it is our company’s obligation to continue to seek ways to give back to our community.

CertaPro Painters of East Tennessee

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The Village Exchange

The Village Exchange

The Village Exchange

Located at the top of Bearden Hill, The Village Exchange is an eclectic collection of talented area retailers and regional artists. The ideal venue for discerning shoppers searching for that “just so” perfect gift, home décor item, the latest fashion statement or art piece, The Village Exchange will be sure to inspire you.
Every item at The Village Exchange is thoughtfully merchandised in colorful vignettes that both highlight the unique features of each item and inspire the designer within each of us. You’ll discover furniture, lighting, home accessories, apparel, jewelry, handbags, baby and children’s gifts, pottery, linens, and gourmet items. And the list continues.

All located under one roof, The Village Exchange is the creative collaboration of longtime Knoxville area residents and entrepreneurs, Frank and Kim Rolfes.

“The Village Exchange was designed to provide a very unique, one-of-a-kind shopping affair unlike anything else in the area,” says Kim. “We wanted to simplify the local shopping experience, similar to other big city trends, by selectively choosing top retailers and designers that would provide a special, one-stop shopping destination.”
The Village Exchange’s list of retailers includes:

Antiques & Accents – A longtime Knoxville interiors favorite, Swann Jaffurs brings a wonderful selection of lighting and unique tables for the home.

L & L Design House – Laura Leonard and Leighann Madden offer a retail vignette to show off their design skills. Specializing in interior design, they offer a rotating selection of the best for your home.

Lollypops – Laura Forrester provides the best of baby and children’s gifts beautifully wrapped and ready to give to the littlest ones in your life. From brands such as Kissy Kissy and Beaufort Bonnet to unique children’s toys, including bath games, puzzles, and board books, these are some of the special items you won’t find at other retailers in town.

Michael Peters Home – In addition to his flagship Bearden location, Michael’s space affords one-of-a-kind home accessories and furniture, gifts, and exclusive candles.

Modern Wardrobe Style – Meagan Puckett provides the best in women’s apparel, jewelry, handbags, and fashion accessories in her space. Have a closet full of nothing to wear? Meagan also specializes in in-home Wardrobe Style Consultations.

On A Pedestal – Ann Styron brings wonderful finds to your tabletop with Italian-made pottery, linens, and gifts at a variety of price points. Ann also specializes in fresh floral arrangements.

O.P. Jenkins – This long established, charming Knoxville favorite offers the best of home furnishings and accessories, showcasing a spattering of items to entice customers to their 30,000 square foot store downtown.

Phantom Chef – Sue Dilworth and Neill Townsend market gifts for every foodie, including gourmet olive oil, specialty vinegars, pottery, tabletop gifts, and homemade treats. They also take special orders!

Thistle Do – Kim Rolfes offers antiques, designer jewelry, original paintings, handmade pottery, and seasonal décor for the home. Currently, four regional artists are represented in the shop.

If you are in search of a truly unique shopping experience designed for even the most discerning shopper, please visit The Village Exchange, located on Bearden Hill next to Calhoun’s. They are open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Village Exchange
6513 Kingston Pike, Suite 104
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Specialized Construction

Outdoor Living Areas

Explore Your Home’s Possibilities

Specialized Construction

Spring is finally here! Are you ready for outdoor living and entertaining? Specialized Construction can transform that useless area beneath your deck to a dry, attractive outdoor living area with lifetime, all aluminum underdecking in 26 colors. Our system accommodates recessed lighting and ceiling fans to enhance the enjoyment of your new outdoor living area.

Perhaps you have an underdecking system that is no longer functional. We regularly replace competing systems of steel, vinyl, and plastic sheeting. Visit our website at www.SCETN.com for examples of our work.

If your present deck is showing its age, our designer can develop a plan to bring it up to date with the latest low maintenance materials, attractive lighting, and railing systems. We help homeowners conceptualize and acquire outdoor living areas that blend seamlessly into a home’s existing design.

We are a licensed and insured contractor with a passion for creating beautiful, quality-constructed outdoor living spaces that will provide years of enjoyment and great memories. Call or text 865-809-8296 today for your free, no-obligation estimate, and discover your home’s outdoor living potential.

Specialized Construction

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Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD

Gallaher Plastic Surgery

Tom Gallaher, MD

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

At a young age, Dr. Gallaher saw firsthand how plastic surgeons can change major trauma into barely noticeable scars; thus, Dr. Gallaher knew his future: to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Now, several years later, his appreciation for the profession and his sensitivity toward patients has made him an excellent and compassionate surgeon.

Some people are lucky enough to get a glimpse as children into their future professions. A thirst for knowing how machines work might cause a little boy to become an engineer. A small girl standing up for others on the playground may one day become a police officer. For Dr. Gallaher, he was bitten at an early age – literally! After being bitten in the face by a family dog, Dr. Gallaher saw firsthand how plastic surgeons can change major trauma into barely noticeable scars; thus, Dr. Gallaher knew his future: To become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Dr. Gallaher has dedicated his practice to reconstructive surgery of the breast, as well as cosmetic surgery, including procedures of the face, breast, and body.

Daniel Fowler, MD

Attended the University of Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude in 2004.  Dr. Fowler continued his education at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.  While a medical student, Dr. Fowler was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Fowler first became interested in plastic surgery during medical school after observing facial reconstructive procedures for skin cancer and pediatric congenital deformities.  Captivated by the profound restorative effect, deft touch, and meticulous nature of plastic surgery, he knew he would become a plastic surgeon.  Dr. Fowler went on to develop a special interest in hand surgery and breast reconstruction.  His compassionate nature, dedication to his craft, and commitment to his patients make him an exceptional surgeon.

Dr. Fowler has extensive experience in surgery of the hand, peripheral nerve, breast, and general reconstructive procedures, as well as cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, abdomen, and lower body.

Donna Cress, APRN, CPSN

Donna is a board certified plastic surgery nurse, and her affiliations include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses, and she is a member of the Advisory Board for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Donna has been working alongside Dr. Gallaher since 2005. In addition, Donna has been medically trained to perform specialty procedures such as Fraxel laser treatments, Cutera laser treatments, Sclerotherapy treatments, and Neurotoxin injections such as Botox Cosmetic, as well as dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Voluma.

Donna continues her education in the latest medical developments, research, and development of procedures, treatments, and medicines offering the best in the medical field for all patients.

Brooke Nix, PA-C

Brooke is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physicians Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Dermatology, and the Tennessee Society of Physicians Assistants. She is an affiliate member of the American Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Brooke earned her BS at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, and her BA at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Interservice Military Physician Assistant Program. She also earned a Masters with emphasis in Dermatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is completed her physician assistant internship at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and completed her service after nine years as a Captain.

Brooke joins Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD with more than 12 years of dermatology experience with emphasis in medical cosmetic procedures. Brooke has expertise in Neurotoxins such as Botox Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and lasers. She has been a clinical trainer and speaker for Allergan, the makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and Latisse, for more than eight years. She is also a clinical trainer for the laser company, Cutera.

Examples of what our providers and clinical staff offer:
Breast Augmentation
Dermatology Services
Breast Lift
Laser Treatments
Breast Reconstruction
Neurotoxin injections
Tummy Tuck
Dermal Fillers
Sclerotherapy Treatments
Body Contouring
Tattoo Removal
Face Lift
Medical Grade Facial Services
Massage Therapy
Eyelid Lift
Manicures and Pedicures

Fore more information, call 865-671-3888 or
visit www.gallaherplasticsurgery.com

Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD
9700 Westland Drive, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Many Advisers Bring Success

By Tom Irmen

This ancient proverb goes on to state that “plans go wrong for lack of advice.”

It has been a decade or more since the popular Marlboro man commercials were retired from television. The iconic Marlboro man portrayed in these commercials was a rugged individualist whose independence was viewed as courageous by many. However, in the years since, this same independence is now perceived by some as a major character flaw; an individual who placed his reliance on his own independence rather than on the advice and recommendations of trusted friends and mentors.
As an entrepreneur, it is customary that the final decision on issues comes down to your choice. But it can be a huge mistake to make your decisions in the absence of the recommendations and advice of a few trusted advisers.

I’m always surprised by the number of small business owners that elect to go it alone, much like the Marlboro man. Some entrepreneurs prefer the freedom of independent decision making instead of relying in part on the advice of others. But unless you possess the wisdom of Solomon, this type of decision making seems ill advised.

Seeking the advice of knowledgeable advisers on important decisions is not only critical to your success in making important decisions, but it can also avert the consequences of poor choices. Confiding in others is not always an easy thing for free minded entrepreneurs to do, because it requires the courage necessary to place your trust in the wisdom of others. Little courage is required to act alone.

But caution must also be exercised not to overthink your decision, waiting for the stars to align. I’ve often observed small business owners who seek out endless advice in order to avoid the fear that can result from making an important decision.

Courage is the trademark of the successful entrepreneur, but the entrepreneurs that exhibit the greatest courage are those who are fearless in seeking the advice of trusted counselors and mentors.

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Realty Executives & Luxe Homes

Is Building Right for You?

Realty Executives & Luxe HomesNews programs keep talking about the “low inventory” in the housing market. What does low inventory mean to a buyer or seller? When the housing market first took a downturn, many buyers were reluctant to purchase a home. Slowly, the market has improved, and the predictions for the 2015 housing market are trending for continued growth.

As interest rates continue to hover at historically low rates, the buyers that have remained on the fence have abandoned their fence post and committed to searching for their dream home. Christopher Thornberg, principal at Beacon Economics, said, “We expect sales and price appreciation to pick up steam this year. Existing homes sales should rise over five million, and prices will accelerate some – probably close to double digits by the end of next year.”

Sounds great, right? Low rates, lots of buyers. So what’s the problem? The problem is that many of the buyers actively searching are uninspired by our current inventory. They’re waiting for the spring market to bring fresh and exciting listings. Until the spring market officially commences, there’s an unprecedented bidding war for move-in ready, accurately priced listings. Homes are selling within days, and these sellers are left in the same precarious circumstances. Where do they move when none of the houses on the market are appealing?

The answer? Build. Why build?

  • Take advantage of historically low interest rates!
  • After the housing market crashed, banks were hesitant to loan for products as risky as construction loans. Buyers are surprised to learn there are many affordable options, such as land loans, construction loans using your lot as collateral for your down payment, even one-time closes.
  • Prices on building materials are increasing – lumber, concrete, labor – all of these increases have incremental impact on your bottom line.
  • If you don’t like the options available, build a home that fits your family’s needs.
  • The one commodity in real estate that can’t be replicated is land. There are some amazing opportunities to build in some of Knoxville’s hottest neighborhoods, but the best lots are being snatched up quickly, and we can’t make more!

If you would like a no pressure, free consultation to discover if building is the right path for you, contact us today.

Christine Sparks
Realty Executives & Associates

Jenny Blalock
Luxe Homes & Design

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Budget Blinds

Supporting Veterans Through Wounded Warriors

Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Wounded Warriors to raise funds to support ill and injured Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families. Wounded Warriors funds a diverse set of programs and services ranging from supporting homeless veterans to PTSD Animal Assisted Therapy and transition programs focused on family-based support. Through this partnership, Budget Blinds’ corporate team will provide its franchisees with the tools and support to raise funds locally for the organization.

“Budget Blinds shares a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served,” said Todd Jackson, Chief Operating Officer. “Many of our founders have personal connections to the Armed Forces, as do a number of our franchisees across the organization. It is our hope that the synergies between Budget Blinds and Wounded Warriors will continue to honor and support veterans for years to come.”

“Wounded Warriors is fortunate to have the support of businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission to provide direct programming support for our ill and injured Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families,” said Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors. “As a privately funded organization, partnerships make our programs possible, and the generosity, care, and compassion of Budget Blinds’ franchisees and consumers will have a direct impact on those we serve.”

About Budget Blinds
Budget Blinds was founded in 1992 and boasts more than 900 franchise territories serving more than 7,500 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. They offer a full line of quality window coverings, including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies, and window film, and provide free in-home consultations, as well as complete measuring and installation services. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market.

Budget Blinds

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Consign To Design

Homes for Gently Loved Furniture, Art, and Home Décor

By Kristi Hickey, Co-Owner of Consign To Design

Consign To Design

I’m often asked where our gently used furniture, art, and home décor items on sale at Consign To Design come from. I answer “from homes just like yours” – homes from Sequoyah Hills to Farragut and lake and golf front communities from Tellico Village and Rarity Bay.

But did you ever wonder where this same furniture, art, and home décor find a new home? The answer shouldn’t surprise you – often from the very same communities that they come from.
Discriminating shoppers want two things: quality and value. So when empty nesters downsize or another family relocates, quality furniture from the nation’s top brand name manufacturers look for new homes, and at pricing as much as 80% off full retail.

Just recently we helped furnish nearly an entire lake front home in Rarity Bay with beautiful furniture from Henredon and Hooker. This furniture, which was less than two years old, was consigned by a couple who had just completed their dream home but who then decided to relocate to the coast. All of this beautiful furniture was purchased by the new buyers for less than half of what they would have paid elsewhere.
Currently I am working with two homeowners in Rarity Bay that also purchased a lake front home, which I hope to be able to share photos with you in the very near future.

With furniture, art, and home décor for every taste and budget, I invite you to discover the incredible savings that await you at Consign To Design.

Consign To Design
10420-D Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Koko FitClub: Revolutionizing Fitness in 30 Minutes or Less

Koko FitClub
Revolutionizing Fitness in 30 Minutes or Less

Koko FitClub

As is so often the case, necessity became the mother of invention, and Koko FitClub became a reality. Founded in 2004, Koko FitClub was the creation of entrepreneurs and husband and wife team, Mike Lannon and Mary Obana. Overwhelmed by busy careers and a young family, Mike and Mary experienced what so many others experience – greater emphasis on career and family activities and less emphasis on personal fitness.

Recognizing that their desire to get back into shape and still balance their careers and family would be others’ desires as well, this entrepreneurial couple combined their creative skills to launch Koko FitClub. This revolutionary new concept combines technology with the science of fitness to produce truly amazing results when compared to other traditional fitness models.

Koko FitClub is a comprehensive approach to fitness, unlike other plans that often focus only on weight loss or building lean muscle. Koko FitClub’s comprehensive fitness model combines the most important aspects of total fitness, including exercise, cardio, nutrition, and other important health related criteria. By focusing on total fitness, Koko FitClub helps their members achieve an uncommon level of health and well-being that can have a very positive impact on their lives and their futures.

The success of Koko FitClub has grown to 28 states, with two locations here in Knoxville (in Bearden and Farragut). Patricia Kilgore, a Registered Nurse and lifetime fitness enthusiast, realized the life-changing potential that Koko FitClub’s comprehensive approach to fitness offered the community and opened both clubs in 2012.

EK: As a medical professional, does it bother you to see the piecemeal approach to fitness that so many of us pursue?

Patricia: Where do I begin? It drives me crazy! The appeal of a specific “quick fix” is marketed to appeal to people’s emotions. I love the “lose weight while you sleep” promise. We are bombarded daily with unrealistic promises that appeal to our emotions. We know better. To achieve the most effective results and maintain them, we must make balanced lifestyle changes involving our activity level and nutrition. It does take action on our part, but the “no pain, no gain” attitude of yesterday is really not true. We do not need pain to make gains. It doesn’t have to be that hard. That is why Koko is so great. We do the research and planning for you. You commit, and you will get fit.

EK: Why do those of us who wish to enhance our personal fitness avoid this more comprehensive approach?

Patricia: It’s primarily a lack of knowledge. Most of us don’t possess the knowledge required to plan out a comprehensive program that includes exercise, cardio conditioning, and dietary changes that will help us meet our goals. It is also about having been exposed for years to misinformation that is now accepted as factual, when actually there is little or no science to back it up.

EK: Is that why you feel that many people with even the best intentions confuse activity with fitness?

Patricia: So many people in our society today are de-conditioned. We only need to look around us. No one enjoys being overweight, lacking energy, or taking medicines for chronic conditions. People have a real desire to be more fit and healthy, but how does one go about it? Just getting moving is a start and is definitely better than sitting on the couch. However, it does not usually reach the level of intensity required to achieve significant change.

EK: Tell our readers about Koko’s unique approach and the personal assessments you conduct for each member.

Patricia: What struck me immediately when I was introduced to the Koko concept was its simplicity. Yet, the “total package” was all there! What sets Koko apart from other “traditional, older style” gyms is the unique software system and patented Smartraining equipment. When you join a Koko FitClub, you are not just purchasing access to a facility. You are purchasing a customized training program with a built-in support system of FitCoaches that are there to guide and motivate you on your fitness journey. We use our patented technology to bring the knowledge of our world-class personal trainers to each workout session. All workout data is stored on a member’s Koko key to help track and analyze progress. When people visit us for the first time, we offer a comprehensive fitness assessment. This innovative process includes defining goals, identifying limitations, and performing a baseline strength test to determine current fitness levels.

EK: So how do you create a personalized plan to help individuals achieve strength, cardio, and nutritional goals?

Patricia: It is really amazing. Based on information gathered during the assessment and strength test, we recommend a program track. The program is then customized through a series of complicated algorithms to define each person’s fitness level, and the training begins.

EK: You offer members a wide variety of programs and options that can be periodically adjusted. Please explain.

Patricia: As members progress, their program is adjusted based on periodic strength tests and milestones. But that is just the strength component. In addition, we help with cardio conditioning and nutrition. The saying “abs are made at the table” is true. Changing eating habits is as hard as any workout, if not harder. Koko FitClub knows this and offers personal coaching and accountability sessions to help with fuel. We have a number of membership options to meet different budgets and fitness goals. We use a team approach (members + FitCoaches) to ensure all fitness needs are covered.

EK: Tell us how Koko FitClub helps its members avoid high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases.

Patricia: We really do change lives for the better as evidenced by results and data our members have shared with us. We surveyed 3,746 Koko members across the U.S. and found the following:
» 38% reported reductions in blood pressure
» 43% reported reductions in cholesterol
» 36% reported improved blood sugar levels
» 78% reported improvements in mood since joining Koko
» 81% reported reduced stress levels post Koko workouts
» 77% report other health status improvements

Every day an article or study is published touting the positive benefits of regular exercise and smart nutrition. Koko FitClub delivers on these promises. Unfortunately, many people living with chronic health conditions are intimidated and hesitate to enter large gyms with no direction. Koko FitClub offers special health tracks for people living with arthritis, diabetes, back problems, and even cancer recovery.

EK: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Patricia: I think the words of Dr. Deborah Ebert Long, MD, FCCP (Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians), who is triple board certified in pulmonology, thoracic surgery, and critical care medicine, express my feelings perfectly:
“I have been a Koko member for two years. On a personal level, I am amazed to have finally found a regimen that is motivating, effective, and sustainable. As a physician, I recommend Koko on a daily basis for health maintenance, disease management, and prevention. I am amazed at how the concept adapts to any age or fitness level. The constant feedback of performance into the system allows people to progress at whatever pace is appropriate and at a very low injury rate. Without asking people to commit enormous amounts of time or money, Koko provides health results that I have never seen equaled by any other intervention.”

If you are new to fitness, ready to make a change, or need guidance and motivation, come try us, completely risk free. We perform fitness assessments at no charge as a way of allowing people to experience what makes us unique. Ours is a one-of-a-kind, proven approach to fitness that is done in as little as 30 minutes. Our system has worked for thousands of people nationwide, people just like you and me. Let us prove to you that fitness can be simple and how easy it can be to stick with our program. There is a better way, and it is Koko FitClub! As the saying goes, we really do have “Fit Figured Out.”

Thanks for welcoming Koko to East Tennessee. The first three years have flown by, and we are looking forward to many more lives changed! My team and I look forward to getting you started on your journey today!

Koko FitClub

4614 Kingston Pike in Bearden

153 Brooklawn Street in Farragut


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Svelte Body Contouring

Everything’s Coming Up Strawberries
By Jason Crippen, Owner of Svelte Body Contouring

Svelte Body Contouring

You’ve tried everything, including diets, exercise, wraps, and more, but nothing seems to work. A growing number of both women and men are asking themselves the same question: How can I lose those inches that are preventing me from attaining the younger, more youthful appearance I once had?

At Svelte Body Contouring, we like to say that “everything’s coming up strawberries” because of our new, state-of-the-art Strawberry Laser from Lila. This revolutionary body contouring laser literally helps you shape your way to fitness, health, and a happier lifestyle. Also, our laser provides inch loss with the very first treatment, motivating you to stay on track.

But best of all, the Strawberry Laser 20-minute treatment from Lila is:
» Non-invasive
» Painless
» FDA approved
» Medically directed
» No downtime for recovery
» Offers guaranteed/instant results

Is it really possible to lose inches with every treatment? Understandably, that’s the question most frequently asked by our clients. The answer is yes. In fact, we’re so confident you’ll lose inches that you’ll pay nothing if your treatment doesn’t produce results.

Here’s how the Strawberry procedure works. At the beginning of your first treatment, measurements are taken of your treatment area. Completely painless, the treatment requires only 20 minutes, during which time you can read, watch TV, or just relax. The unique Strawberry Laser works by safely expelling water, fatty acids, and glycerol from your fat cells, causing them to shrink and ultimately be carried out of your body in your urine. After your treatment, you can simply return to your normal activities.

FDA approved, the Strawberry Laser will not harm surrounding structures, vessels, or nerves. All you have to lose are the inches and the pounds.

While you’re visiting Svelte Body Contouring, I invite you to explore the many other services we offer, including:

» Teeth whitening
» Esthetician services
» Aesthetic/cosmetic medicine
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6006 Walden Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919


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