Since 2003, Dr. Charles Smurthwaite has led a friendly and professional dental staff inside a spa-like office replete with massaging exam chairs that knead patients during treatments, chair-side flat-screen TVs with cable channels and movie options, and several whales. But Smile Quest Dental doesn’t sacrifice treatment quality for atmosphere. Through the combined skill sets of three experienced dentists, the staff tends to grins with a full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Digital x-rays peer past tissue and bone while protecting patients against harmful radiation, and CEREC technology crafts porcelain crowns in a single day.
Board-certified surgeon and vascular specialist Dr. Syd Garfinkle has been practicing medicine in the Sacramento area for more than 35 years. Over three and a half decades, he has become an expert at wiping out unsightly veins using a variety of nonsurgical methods. During sclerotherapy treatments, Dr. Garfinkle uses injectable medications to collapse and dissappear spider veins while diverting blood back into healthier vessels. Alternatively, for vericose veins, he can guide a thin laser fiber into the veins to zap them shut during endovenous laser treatments (EVLT).
The detox specialists at Smooth Sensations Body Balance help clients purge impurities and restore a sense of well-being. Cellulite-reduction treatments using endermologie equipment help break up unwelcome fatty deposits on thighs, buns, or midsections, and sessions in the infrared-sauna pod carry toxins away via perspiration. Ionic footbaths use gentle electric currents to draw out impurities, and facials rid skin of excess oils.
Certified colon hydrotherapist Dr. Barry Wachs, whose detoxing services have been profiled in Style magazine, clears and cleanses the body's lowermost tributaries through gentle irrigation. The discreet, hygienic facilities at The Colon Therapy Center include private treatment rooms and bathrooms, disposable plastic accessories, and plumbing that emits filtered water as pure as Snow White's thoughts. Dr. Wachs also helps clients rid their bodies of poisons with ionic footbaths, which employ ionic and low-voltage energy to banish internal detritus into the basin's roiling currents.
Bicycle Plus’s staff, a group of avid cyclists, brings an acute awareness to bike sales and tune-ups, garnering the store a series of awards for excellent bicycle retailing. Veteran mechanics work their magic on ailing frames throughout basic tune-ups and complete overhauls in the service department while finding time to teach curious DIYers how to fix a flat tire with peanut butter during free weekly bike-maintenance classes. The sales team pairs up shoppers with glossy rides from Trek, Specialized, and Colnago using the doctor-devised Body Geometry bike-fitting system to ensure maximum riding comfort.
The certified laser technicians at Central Valley Laser Center, under the guidance of Dr. TJ Maroon, help slenderize patients with the Lipo-Light laser. During the headlining treatment, patients don light- and heat-emitting pads on problem areas. The laser prompts the fat cells to release their contents for later removal through the lymphatic system—a process that can be expedited through light exercise or speed walking away from the center’s pet grizzly bear. In addition to contouring physiques, the treatment can help diminish the appearance of cellulite.