Doctor of Chiropractic David Basco's nonsurgical methods for healing spinal injuries earned the confidence of CityVoters, who voted him Best Chiropractor in 2010 and nominated him for the title in 2011. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Basco relies on his education, which is augmented by a certification in neuromuscular reeducation, and an FDA-cleared device to gently decompress vertebrae and restore range of motion to those with degenerative diseases and misalignment. He also once helped golfers finesse their games in Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs, cherished experiences that led him to specialize in improving golf swings via chiropractic work and put the Arnold Palmer Private Course's gophers on speed dial. Caring for his wife during her pregnancy and seeing the birth of his two children gave him personal insight into women's reproductive issues, another of his specialties. Through functional tests and x-rays, Dr. Basco aims to identify the causes of numbness, headaches, and arthritis that may have resulted from prior auto accidents or workplace injuries.
About Beauty’s experienced staff stays up-to-date on current beauty trends to help spruce up men's and women's hair, skin, and nails. Equipped with products from brands such as Nexus, Redken, and TIGI, stylists slice strands during haircuts that include soothing scalp massages, conditioning, and secret Morse-code messages hidden in the scissors' snips. A full roster of customized skin care services swathes visages in cleansing treatments, such as botanical extracts, seaweed products, and aromatherapy masks. During their stay, clients can anchor their submarines in About Beauty's free, nearby parking spaces.
Gold Spa owner Jina understands that many of her clients have hectic schedules. In turn, she keeps convenient hours: the spa is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When guests find the time to stop by, they can relax with a wide variety of services, ranging from facials to nail treatments to massages.
Gold Spa’s technicians also administer body-slimming treatments enhanced by Nu Skin products, which can help guests slenderize and become more aerodynamic for optimal speed on the slip 'n' slide.
Though Alex Tuggle had been receiving alternative healing treatments such as acupuncture and qi gong from his mother since early childhood, he had no idea how drastically those techniques would later change his life. At the age of 12, Tuggle was hit by a car while rollerblading without a protective helmet. He was unconscious as medical personnel rushed him to the UCLA emergency room with a serious head injury and a broken left ankle. After days in intensive care, Tuggle went home wearing a cast stretching from his hip to his foot. In the years that followed, he began to feel intense pressure in his head and stiffness in his neck; a chiropractor told him that his hips were completely out of alignment and that he had severe scoliosis. He tried chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and biofeedback therapy without noticeable results. But after continuously practicing qi-gong exercises and getting regular acupuncture treatments and deep-tissue shiatsu massages, Tuggle's muscles began to loosen. He also made dietary changes, avoiding sugar and alcohol and nourishing his body with Chinese herbs. Eventually, his mind and nervous system recovered from the trauma caused by the accident. Tuggle harnessed the lessons learned during his dramatic recovery and decided to share them with others. He went on to become a licensed acupuncturist and earned his master of science degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Yo San University in Los Angeles. At Golden Wellness Center, he helps heal patients with the same holistic processes that gave him his life back. Together with massage therapist April Hairell, Tuggle addresses chronic pain and adrenal fatigue with hands-on and energy-based massage modalities such as shiatsu and medical qi gong. In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapy, Tuggle offers hair-analysis services to determine a person's heavy-metal toxicity or likelihood of winning a Shirley Temple look-alike contest.
At Beauty Unlimited, skin specialists and massage therapists combine their skills to offer services in three categories—facials, massage, and waxing. The first involves hypoallergenic products combined with classic European facials, collagen facials, and acne treatments. In addition, microdermabrasion—used on the face, neck, and décolletage—can effectively resurface and rejuvenate aging skin, and a beautifying ultrasound treatment ensures there are no babies growing inside the forehead.
The second category has Beauty Unlimited’s team relieving stress with Swedish and deep-tissue massage, both available in 60- and 90-minute increments. Lastly, there's waxing. After receiving a brow wax, or a wax on any other part of the body, for that matter, clients can indulge in lash or brow tints, intended to enhance facial features without the need to reapply makeup.
Like fingerprints, snowflakes, and boy bands, no two skins are exactly alike. That’s why Sumbody & Sumtime Spa's staff custom-blends products using organic ingredients that hail from the very planet we roam upon. Founded by Deborah Burnes, who authored Look Great, Live Green, the spa's signature line of products soothes the hair, body, and nose with natural and locally sourced ingredients. And when Burnes says "natural" she means it. "People tell us every day that they've tried everything on Earth," says Burnes, who quickly turns the question around: "Have you tried the earth itself?" Using elements such as clay, charcoal, sea salt, and honey, she concocts all-natural formulas that she says bring out the best in her clients' skin.