Though Era Skin Lounge's aestheticians are obsessed with skincare, they realize that a facial is probably not the most important thing their client has to do that day. This is why they use high-performance products in timesaving treatments designed to strike a balance between effectiveness and relaxation. Era's staff hunts down pore-clogging culprits with facials, chemical peels, and leads from an anonymous tip line, and they battle signs of age with retinol and medical-grade organic enzymes.
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.
Overseeing both Dermacare centers in San Diego and Carlsbad, medical director Dr. Jeff Birchall has made it his mission to make patients "look as good as they feel." A board-certified family physician known for his calm, easygoing personality, Dr. Birchall channels more than two decades of experience in the medical industry to helm a team of aestheticians and registered nurses working tirelessly to correct skin problems and fight signs of aging with minimally invasive treatments, including Botox and Juvéderm. Dr. Birchall injects all dermal fillers himself, a treatment he claims is his favorite due to its "quick, dramatic results" and ability to turn dried figs back into plums. Other popular services include Fraxel laser treatments or IPL photofacials that harness cosmic light to correct skin tone and texture, and Cutera laser hair-removal treatments that safely and permanently reduce unwanted fuzz for clients of all skin types.
For Carlsbad Holistic Therapies owner Marion Mahoney, healing happens from the inside out. Her experience runs the gamut from yoga therapy to nutritional wellness, a well-rounded background that is the foundation for the treatments and informative sessions she offers at this holistic-minded spa.
Many of the massage treatments blend natural oils and aromatherapy with bodywork and reflexology that targets specific areas associated with chronic physical discomfort. Nutritional counseling teaches clients the physical benefits of eating whole foods and taking vitamin supplements, and a biomeridian assessment and energy balancing helps pinpoint imbalances associated with organ function or food sensitivities.