13. Best Fitness Center
Evans Fitness Center
This state-of-the-art health club in the heart of Evans has everything a fitness buff could want: well-maintained equipment, an abundance of group fitness classes, cardio cinema and even a cage in the center of the workout area devoted to martial arts training. Top it all off with a running club, a place to have kids birthday parties and a 30-day free trial membership, and there’s really no reason not to get started on your New Year’s resolutions a bit early at Evans Fitness Center.
Call 706-288-2700 or visit evansfitnessclub.com.
14. Best Golf Course
Forest Hills Golf Club
When it comes to golf courses in Augusta, it’s difficult to find one with a longer or more prestigious history than Forest Hills. Well, there is one more, but most of us will never get a chance to play it. Forest Hills, on the other hand, is a public 18-hole golf course in a lovely location near the Hill area. It came to being in 1926 and was originally designed by course architect Donald Ross. Arnold Palmer’s company renovated it in 2004, but didn’t take away any of the rolling fairways and abundance of trees that give the course its charm. Home to Augusta University’s incredibly successful Jaguar golf teams, Forest Hills has hosted collegiate tournaments in which greats like Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III have played. You don’t have to be that good, or that rich, for that matter, to play Forest Hills; just book your tee time online and you could play this historic course for just a buck a hole.
Call 706-733-0001 or visit theforesthillsgolfcoure.com.
15. Best Spin Gallery
The Family Y
There are a few things you know when you walk into one of the dozen or so branches of the Family Y in the CSRA: The facilities will be clean and well-kept, the people will be friendly and helpful, and the classes will well-organized and taught by top-notch instructors. And nowhere is this attention to detail more apparent than in their spinning classes. Now, that doesn’t mean the class ain’t gonna hurt; in fact, you can count on the fact that your clothes will be drenched and your legs wobbly when you leave. But the careful, attentive instructors, who’ll never make you do more than you can, keep people coming back for this torture time and time again.
16. Best Martial Arts School
Get your fitness on, learn some self-defense and become more disciplined. Greubel’s Mixed Martial Arts teaches Muay Thai, Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, boxing, judo, wrestling and much more. Special programs include the Wonder Women’s Fitness Boot Camp and a kid’s martial arts program that actually offers children a chance to try Brazilian jiujitsu and kickboxing for 30 days at no cost. Seriously. And in case you doubt their creds, owner Mark Greubel has been selected as the head kickboxing coach for Team USA in the 2017 World Games in Poland. Pretty darn impressive, we reckon.
17. Best Gymnastics School
Since opening its doors in 1994, Gymnastics Gold has been the area’s foremost and most complete gymnastics facility. Gymnastics Gold offers preschool and developmental gymnastics through a competitive program encompassing both the men’s and woman’s programs. Not only has Gymnastics Gold help train and develop both state and national champions, it is also known for helping students to grow mentally and physically while experiencing the joy of participation.
18. Best Place to Get a Massage
Serenity Massage and Wellness Spa
Part of Augusta for 17 years, Serenity’s services span the range of massage and therapeutic wellness programs. Massage, waxing, body exfoliation and much more are available for both men and women. Serenity’s two locations — one in Le Pavilion Plaza and one in Evans — are exactly what we all want and need; relaxing, professional and welcoming. Serenity offers multiple spa and massage packages as well as gift certificates and special offers.
19. Best Dentist
Evans Dental Group
Evans Dental Group has a reputation for its excellent customer service, comfortable and relaxing office and compassionate dentistry. The group provides pediatric and family dentistry, general preventive dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. Focused on the patient experience, Evans Dental Group is known for creating beautiful, healthy and long-lasting smiles for the whole family.
20. Best Orthodontist
Dr. T. Barrett Trotter wants to make you smile by providing his patients with the best and most efficient orthodontic treatment techniques available. As an Augusta native, Dr. Trotter attended the University of Georgia and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1973. He seeks to have a positive impact on his patients’ lives, not only while they receive treatment, but for the rest of their lives.
21. Best General Practitioner
Rebecca Talley, M.D.
The Center for Primary Care — a group of primary care physicians who specialize in family medicine — has been the home of Dr. Talley since 1999, and thank goodness! Practical, kind, knowledgeable and efficient, Dr. Talley is the epitome of professionalism while always managing a smile. Now located at CPC Crossroads, Dr. Talley excels in focusing on the whole patient in a personable manner — talk about a bedside manner; Dr. Talley has it in spades!
22. Best Dermatologist
Dr. Anna Kay Duckworth
Dr. Anna Kay Duckworth, who founded Savannah River Dermatology in 2008, provides patients with the highest level of service and professionalism by offering the best in medical and surgical dermatologic care. Duckworth, who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, is committed to providing comprehensive and unparalleled dermatologic care in a welcoming and engaging environment.
23. Best Pediatrician
Choosing a doctor for your children is one of the most important decisions that a parent will make, and there are no better hands to be in than the ones who run Pediatric Partners. With two locations — near University Hospital and in Evans — this group of 10 pediatric primary care doctors and two pediatric specialists is devoted to bringing their A game, whether your child just has a cough or, god forbid, is seriously ill. In addition to their excellent bedside manner in the office, Pediatric Partners’ website is a treasure trove of information on seasonal afflictions (time for flu shots, everyone!) and they also office free seminars to the public on a variety of topics. And for expectant parents they offer a free prenatal appointment so you can meet your child’s caregivers and learn more about the practice before the big day. What more could a parent ask?
Call 706-854-2500 or visit pedpartners.com.
24. Best Optometrist
The Eye Guys
Known as the Eye Guys, Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Augusta off Wheeler Road is Augusta’s only complete ophthalmic center with modern, fully-equipped examination suites for treatment of both routine and complex eye problems. The Eye Guys are also proud to be the first and only eye center in the CSRA to offer patients the safety, precision and results of LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery. Go see the Eye Guys and let their doctors take good care of your eyes.
25. Best Chiropractor
It’s no wonder that, when asked, Metro Spirit readers chose Boutwell Chiropractic to heal all their aches and pains. After all, Dr. John Boutwell and his staff, including his twin sons Dr. Randall and Dr. Darrell Boutwell, have been helping CSRA residents heal what ails them for more than 50 years. These days, they offer atlas orthogonal chiropractic services to treat patients with a wide variety of injuries. An increasingly popular part of their practice, however, comes from treating local athletes. In fact, if you stop any local runner or triathlete and ask them where they go to get treated for common ailments, chances are they’ll say Boutwell.
Call 706-860-8717 or visit boutwellchiropractic.com.
26. Best OB/GYN
Dr. William Barfield
Dr. Barfield has spent more than four decades caring for women in obstetrics and gynecology. Affiliated with University Hospital, Dr. Barfield is known for his compassionate care, excellence in treatments, and his attentive manner. A kind and reassuring doctor, Dr. Barfield is based in Augusta GYN, located on the campus of University Hospital.
27. Best Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Troy Austin
Dr. Troy Austin is an Augusta native who recently returned to the area after years practicing in the “cosmetic surgery mecca” of Palm Beach, Florida. Now, his Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery practice in Evans specializes in what he likes to call the “Mommy Makeover,” surgeries designed to return women’s breasts and tummies to their pre-baby shapes. Dr. Austin, however, is equally well-versed in non-surgical procedures like Botox, dermal fillers and Fraxel laser rejuvenation. Whatever part of yourself you think needs tweaking, chances are Dr. Austin can help that inner beauty shine through to the outside for everyone to see.
Call 706-854-2080 or visit seaplasticsurgery.com.
28. Best Hospital
31. Best Place to Have a Baby
Even before you step foot inside University Hospital, you get the feeling that it’s different from other medical institutions in town. Right off the bat you may notice how easy it is to find your way around. In sharp contrast to other facilities in the area, at University you basically drive right up and walk in the front door: no mazes to navigate before you even step foot inside. But once you’re inside, you’ll notice that the employees are friendly and the layout is easy and helpfully marked, which may sound silly but is nothing but soothing for those already stressed out by a trip to the hospital. That calm in the midst of the storm continues at the W.G. Watson MD Women’s Center on the third floor. Flooded with light, the maternity area and nursery are the first things you see when you get off the elevator. Mothers are treated like queens here, and babies are welcomed into the world with a Birthday Bell that sounds throughout the hospital.
Call 706-722-9011 or visit universityhealth.org.
29. Best ER
Doctors Hospital of Augusta
One of the scariest moments in most people’s lives is when they have to rush a loved one to the emergency room. But at Doctors Hospital, the ER staff is committed to providing the highest level of quality care in an efficient and friendly manner. Patients know that Doctors Hospital is equipped with the most modern technology, so the ER doctors can immediately diagnose and treat their medical needs.
30. Best Prompt Care
When your doctor’s office is closed and you need help fast, the physicians and staff at Urgent MD understand that you don’t have time to wait for the next available appointment. Urgent MD’s walk-in system offers immediate care for those who need it the most.