Some people know at an early age what they want to be when they grow up, but it took falling 40 feet out of the sky for a full-grown Clayton Woolley to realize he wanted to be an acupuncturist. Acupuncture restored the ankle he broke while paragliding, and his acupuncturist foretold he would make a career of the practice that had healed him.
At Carlsbad Acupuncture, Clayton Woolley recalibrates energy levels and restores balance to the body's qi using ultrafine acupuncture needles inserted into the skin. This, in turn, helps ease physical ailments such as arthritis, allergies, and ice-cream headache, along with mental maladies including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
At San Diego Healing Arts, located within La Costa Chiropractic, licensed acupuncturist Rick Peterson treats an array of health problems with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Along with several styles of acupuncture, including trigger point and auricular, he soothes pain with cupping, infrared-heat therapy, cranialsacral therapy, and herbal-medicine prescriptions. Client testimonials sing his praises regarding everything from his "amazing, healing spirit" to his skill at treating shoulder and back pain and correctly identifying each patient's spirit animal.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Chiropractic, PT, pain management
Pro Tip: Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. It's best to dress as though you were going to workout.
Located in Vista, New U Rejuvenation Center is both a fitness and wellness center under one spacious roof. For fitness, clients can come in for whole-body-vibration fitness sessions, which are said to achieve results in a shorter amount of time than traditional workouts. The center also features personal training with certified trainers and group-fitness classes such as Zumba and ab classes centered around hip-hop or music by The Chipmunks. Wellness services abound here––there are massage services, nutritional programs, an oxygen bar, and an infrared jade sauna, believed to be able to burn calories while detoxifying the body. Members can try a detoxing ionic footbath, or come in for one of the beauty treatments available from licensed aestheticians, such as a pedicure, bikini waxing, or a facial.
After Doctor of Chiropractic Joe A. Hernandez spent his undergraduate years studying exercise physiology, he went on to train at Palmer College of Chiropractic. A postgraduate internship brought him under the wing of seasoned chiropractors who taught him how to treat professional athletes. Today, this former certified medical examiner works out of his own practice, where he supports the body's innate healing abilities by strengthening the immune system. He relies on a range of techniques—including newer, safer adjustment methods that can also be used to solve a Rubik's cube.
Holistic Hideaway founder Tenia Bentley is a one-woman show when it comes to health. In addition to her role as a licensed holistic-health practitioner, she plays the part of a certified clinical nutritionist, an oriental-arts massage therapist, and a yoga instructor. All these approaches to living healthfully give Bentley a certain circumspection when clients approach her with the desire to learn how to improve their diets or bolster their immune systems through her unique brand of raindrop aromatherapy.