Dr. Melinda Silva specializes in balance. She earned a Compassionate Physician Award from her patients for balancing emotional connection and clinical savvy, but she can also balance more concrete entities: hormones. Her bioidentical-hormone therapies alleviate the imbalances that can cause issues from mood swings to obesity. To complement them, Dr. Silva prescribes lifestyle changes such as diet alterations, new fitness regimens, and healthier sleep routines. Her clinic handles aesthetic concerns just as adeptly as medical ones, with noninvasive physique-contouring Exilis treatments, wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections, and chemical peels.
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.
With acute awareness of the physical, aesthetic, and energetic changes that accompany aging, the staff of EC Medical Group aims to reunite clients with their younger selves. HCG injections work in tandem with low-calorie diets custom-built for each client, helping to dissolve weight gained from slowed metabolism. Medical aesthetic treatments employ modern technologies that range from microdermabrasion and dermal fillers to lasers that diminish age spots and glide over hickeys without judgment. EC's trained technicians address internal fluctuations as well, performing extensive medical consultations in order to design regimens of natural hormone-replacement therapy.
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.
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.
Renew You believes in treating you from the inside out because beauty is more than skin deep. Licensed aesthetician Michelle Cullum, owner of Renew You, is passionate about nurturing, educating & supporting women to practice self-care for both body and face. Having performed over 1,200 body treatments, she applies her 25 years of aesthetic and beauty experience toward just two services: cellulite reduction and Synergie facials. Both of these treatments employ a combination of vacuum suction and massage, which concurrently drain fat-cell fluids and boosts collagen production. The Synergie facial goes two steps further, exfoliating the skin with microdermabrasion and fading signs of age and skin damage with LED light. Before either treatment, Michelle consults with clients, explaining the procedure and answering questions.