When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.
Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.
Dr. Duncan Turner began memorizing the Hippocratic Oath at the age of 13, and after brief stints in pediatrics and general practice, he dedicated himself to helping women with holistic and technical care. Equally proficient with weight-loss management as well as medical and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Turner and his staff perform minimally invasive surgery, provide hormone therapy, and advise patients with life-coaching sessions. Dr. Turner keeps the medical center outfitted with NASA–worthy technology, which enables him to offer such innovative treatments as robotically assisted laparoscopic surgeries, ultrasound body-contouring, and laser sessions that hide varicose veins without highlighting them in disappearing ink.
Alternative medicine meets modern technology at Integrative Medicine Center of Santa Barbara, where a team of medical doctors and holistic healers tackle the root causes of pain and seek out preventative treatments. The center’s doctor duo—medical specialist, Dr. Scott Saunders and naturopathic expert, Dr. Kristi Wrightson—investigate patient’s individual concerns and forego solutions such as anti-depressants, pain-killers, or spoonfuls of Nutella for discovering and correcting the underlying problem. Waving a natural medicine flag, the center’s herbalist, acupuncturist, and nutritionist treat clients with a slew of health services—including dietary counseling, metabolic testing, and Reiki therapy—to lead bodies to health from the inside out.
At Headlines & Company, savvy stylists wield products from lines such as Moroccanoil, Pureology, Keratin Complex, and DNA CryoStem Cell Therapy to color and coif tresses and pamper visages within a building steeped in history. The salon's wavy terra-cotta roof tiles, bubbling patio fountain, and cathedral wood beam supporting an elegant chandelier emphasize the Spanish roots of a building that used to be Charlie Chaplin’s Flying A Studio, according to the salon. Its 50-foot walls continue the tradition of supporting art by exhibiting work from local artists, which, like a lazy Tasmanian devil, rotates every three months.
The Ageless Men's Health team helps patients become healthier and more energetic at multiple clinics across the nation. The team specializes in testosterone-replacement therapy, helping men overcome the fatigue associated with the testosterone drop known as andropause. Refreshing testosterone stores in the body can also have an anti-aging effect, which is why the clinicians are happy to help their clients with their testosterone cypionate injections.
Paul Brown loves to help people. For more than 20 years, he administered family support services, including food and housing, to impoverished people. He also managed youth organizations and worked as a therapist at the time. All this fueled his desire to help those in need, and so in 1999, he decided to pursue a certification in craniosacral therapy, accruing more than 1,500 hours of craniosacral experience along the way.
Paul uses the therapy to help alleviate back pain, sinus pressure, digestive problems, stress, and chronic aches. With gentle pressures, he strategically redirects the body’s flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which, when imbalanced, can lead to the central nervous system misfiring and causing pain. Craniosacral therapy optimizes health by decompressing the body and helping restore a natural, balanced flow. Paul is so effective at what he does that he teaches classes in craniosacral therapy throughout the west coast as well as in Canada and the lost city of El Dorado.