May: Closer Look
Parisi Speed School
The Parisi Speed School franchise provides cutting edge sports performance programming and includes different options for athletes of all abilities, ages, and goals. Each program focuses on proper technique to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Parisi’s Columbia location is housed inside Wilson’s Fitness, which has been in the Columbia area since 1982. Under the direction of Chad Coy, an instructor and trainer who has been in the industry for over 25 years, Parisi Speed School of Columbia is a place where kids can learn how to become stronger, faster, and more agile all while preventing injuries and fostering self-confidence.
“Parisi Speed School delivers a positive training experience regardless the age or athletic ability,” Coy says. “Parisi counts their success with the local youth athletes who have improved their game and the countless youth who lead healthier lives due to the program.”
Address: Missouri Athletic Center, 2900 Forum Blvd.
Emmett Russell started Russellbilt, a custom wood and metal design shop, in 2009, when he fused his love of building with his business skills. Russellbilt specializes in intriguing carpentry along with custom furniture and art. Russell loves to build for people who need something specific.
Although Russell primarily works with metals and woods, he uses many other types of material. He specializes in unique sculptures that are quick to draw anyone in. Some of his clients in Columbia include The Barred Owl and Fretboard Coffee.
Russell prides himself on being an artist, fabricator, and carpenter. He started his business primarily for home improvement, but as he continued his journey, Russellbilt evolved into a more artistic endeavor.
“In the last six months, I’ve made the transition into custom building full-time. I become inspired when a client has a specific need,” says Russell. “I love being creative and solving problems.”
Address: 6361 S. Gateway Blvd.
Cherry Hill Clinic
Dr. Sheena Jose runs the Cherry Hill Clinic, a new primary care office located in the city’s Cherry Hill commercial and retail area, to provide quality health care to people all over Columbia.
“I go above and beyond to make [my patients’] health great,” Jose says. “I treat my patients just like my family.”
Dr. Jose opened the clinic in late 2017; she first started preparing to open the business in January, and she saw her first patient in the clinic on December 1.
Jose wants to ensure health care in Columbia covers all of a patient’s needs, not only acute ones. She has previously worked in hospitals and urgent care centers.
“I did a lot of work in urgent care and surgeries, but out of everything, [primary care] is the thing I like because I can have that close relationship to the patient. I can talk to them and be part of their lives,” Jose says.
Address: 1903-1905 Cherry Hill Dr.