Dr. Renee Cobos is such a trusted board-certified dermatologist that she’s the go-to source for various news organizations, often offering opinions to the Orange County Register about which celebrities she believes have had work done. She’s given What’s Up Orange County host Scott Stewart a nonsurgical face-lift on the show, and she’s the official team dermatologist for the Orange Country Flyers. At Premiere Dermatology & Laser Center, Dr. Cobos fights skin blights with high-tech therapies such as laser skin resurfacing and Thermage radio-frequency skin-tightening treatments. She also smoothes skin with less invasive chemical peels and olive-oil facials. Her Botox and dermal fillers treat everything from wrinkles to excessive sweating brought on by using the dessert fork to eat salad off your neighbor’s plate. Dr. Cobos demonstrates her devotion to healthy skin by volunteering her free time to educate local schools about the dangers of staying in the sun. She has performed thousands of free cancer screenings at hospitals, schools, and charities, and each year she picks three to five patients for free treatment through her Transform-a-Life program.
Since 1997, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ferzaad Moosa has performed more than 60,000 LASIK procedures, gaining a level of expertise that inspired Top 10 LASIK to name him one of California's 10 best surgeons. After receiving his MD from Harvard Medical School, the doctor served an internship in Internal Medicine at UCLA and completed a three-year residency at the esteemed Doheny Eye Institute.
Dr. Moosa corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness with increasingly advanced laser systems, employing wavefront-optimized technology to automatically compensate for the curvature of the cornea while reducing negative side effects such as poor night vision or spontaneous disco-ball mirages. The machine also tracks the position of the eye 200 times every second, instantly pausing if it moves out of range.
GolfTEC's thirteen locations in the Los Angeles area, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
When CrossFit RIOT co-owner and head coach Derek Fay was younger, he was into powerlifting. Even though he wasn't being coached and knew his form wasn't great, he kept ramping up the weight—until he was diagnosed with herniated discs, leading to nearly two years in physical therapy. His back was so damaged that his doctors predicted he'd never lift weights again. But after he finished therapy, a friend introduced him to CrossFit sessions, where he was coached in safe lifting techniques and proper form. Today, he can dead lift more than 500 pounds.
But CrossFit RIOT isn't just for powerlifters. Derek and the other coaches strive to help members of all ability levels reach their fitness goals, from climbing stairs with greater ease to losing weight. Their high-intensity functional workouts can be scaled to be challenging—but not impossible—for everyone, and they emphasize executing good form, which helps to prevent injury.
The exercise routines change each day to keep bodies challenged and minds engaged. Throughout the one-hour workout of the day, they might lead students in swinging kettlebells one day and doing lunges and sprints the next. Classes are capped at 12 students, and the coaches are also available for personal-training and nutrition advice, such as choosing to snack on carrot sticks instead of butter sculptures.
As the owner and primary trainer of Heat Personal Fitness, Antonius draws on an impressive background to whip clients into shape. The certified personal trainer got his start in the navy, where he served as a cook, diver, and surface warfare expert, all while studying various martial arts, including jiujitsu, muay thai, and judo. Today, he incorporates what he knows best—fitness and people—into intense cardio and strength classes at Heat. Peppered with elements of kickboxing and boxing, his outdoor boot-camp classes present a constantly changing regime of calisthenics, body-weight exercises, and kettlebell work, followed up with a bit of yoga. Antonius also offers an indoor women’s only class, playfully dubbed Hottyz and centered on sculpting muscles with help from the TRX suspension trainers, free weights, and step aerobics.
The trainers at Faster Fitness Bootcamp blend up-to-date training techniques with a daily injection of passion and a positive attitude. Boot campers blast through burpees, toss medicine balls, or wield heavy ropes as they burn body fat, tone muscles, and challenge their endurance with each high-impact workout. A talented team of personal trainers also work one-on-one with clients to capture goals and offer speed and agility training for young athletes.