Ginger Drobrack maximizes “me” time with dual licenses in aesthetics and massage therapy. Each of her facials, hot-stone massages, and Brazilian waxes emphasize a client-focused approached; she customizes each treatment to the client’s needs and skin type. Additionally, she maintains the tranquil atmosphere of her studio with strict policies barring active children, noisy electronic devices, and anthropomorphic tanks.
Drawing from more than 25 years of experience working in the med-spa and cosmetic-surgery field, Kathleen Rocca harnesses her knowledge and skills as a clinical aesthetician at her own skincare and anti-aging haven: Eastlake Rejuvenation Center. Guests pass through a lushly landscaped patio area as they arrive for the noninvasive cosmetic treatments, including facials with red and blue LED light, body-contouring laser lipolysis sessions, or photofacials that use intense pulsed light to tighten lax skin loosened after one too many trips to the moon.
In addition to helping area residents look and feel better, Rocca stays involved with her community on a grander scale, sharing beauty advice on Fox 6 news and serving as the president of the Bonita Business & Professional Association.
Seasoned, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Charles Sarosy helms the team of certified technicians at San Diego Body Contouring and its sister location, the Vein and Liposculpture Center in Temecula. Drawing from years of experience that earned him a membership to the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Sarosy wields state-of-the-art laser technology to help lift visages, oust excess fat, and erase unwanted tattoos and body hair. He can also forge svelte physiques with comprehensive mommy makeovers, designed to restore new mothers' post-pregnancy bodies to the state they were in before babies filled them with gaudy futons. Spider-vein therapy and skincare treatments such as microdermabrasion and Botox round out the center's slate of aesthetic services.
David Feiling became a massage therapist in 1996, and began his career working with clients at salons and spas. There, he developed an appreciation for the mental peace that beauty treatments could provide, especially when paired with the physical relaxation of a massage. So, he earned his cosmetology license, and decided to combine both practices under one roof. He offers four different massage modalities, including deep tissue and shiatsu, with add-ons such as thermal heat or a deep scalp treatment available with each service. He also provides skincare and hairstyling services, helping newly relaxed clients look as a good as they feel. And to treat the mind directly, he uses hypnosis to help clients with stress, compulsive behaviors, and phobias of swinging pocket watches.
Dr. LinhKieu Nguyen decided to become a doctor when she was 8. It's a feat of hard work and enduring determination when anyone achieves their childhood dreams, but Dr. Nguyen's story is one with a particularly startling number of obstacles—many of which doubled as the fuel for her goals. She was a child in current-day Ho Chi Minh City when political unrest struck. Her parents fled the country, and she moved to the country to be raised by relatives. Dr. Nguyen cites the social strife, poverty, and poor medical care she saw and experienced as factors that pushed her closer to her dream while simultaneously making the goal more challenging. At age 14, with a fifth-grade education, she moved to the United States and learned English while earning grades that would wow colleges.
Today, the physician and mother of two runs a cosmetic practice that values friendliness and personal attention. "It's not about competition," Dr. Nguyen says of her clinic. "It's about quality, caring, and education." With 3-D butterflies and happy slogans dotting the pastel interior and a play area just for kids, the practice's person-first set of values shines. Dr. Nguyen works to create a family environment, rather than one focused solely on services. That said, patients appreciate the services. Dr. Nguyen's laser cosmetics refresh tired complexions and help diminish hair and the appearance of veins, and consultations in nutrition and disease prevention keep clients educated. Staffers are fluent in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Ilocano, and Spanish.
At Avalon Laser, Dr. Tirgari and his staff of registered nurses rejuvenate skin with non-invasive treatments, earning several features on Channel 6’s “San Diego Living”. Whether they’re looking to permanently eliminate body hair or lift away fine lines and wrinkles, every Avalon client receive a customized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and skin type. Dr. Tirgari might call upon laser technologies to combat acne and unwanted hair, or use medical-grade skin treatments, such as salicylic acid or Jessner peels, to smooth uneven skin textures. FDA-approved VelaShape treatments work to contour the body, reducing dimpling caused by cellulite or excessive impersonations of Mario Lopez, while shots of Botox and Juvederm smooth wrinkles confined to the forehead.