Branch of Life Acupuncture offers a modern setting for one of the world's oldest known medical therapies: acupuncture. During a traditional treatment, licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist Mila Krupnova inserts flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body’s energy meridians. This all-natural process can promote the smooth flow of chi throughout the body and stimulate the healing of ailments such as migraines, sports injuries, and even infertility. Mila holds a master of science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is an active member of the Acupuncture Society of New York.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Amid newly renovated offices, Dr. Sage—a general dentist who is also accredited by the AACD—and his team of toothy pros prep your teeth by applying Zoom! Whitening gel, then aim a special light at your smile while you relax and daydream about what your toes get up to when you're not watching them. The light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration. Zoom! Whitening takes less than one hour, and can blanken your mouthbones by as much as eight shades, which can cause you to accidentally swallow a lot of ghosts who mistake your mouth for heaven.
When he was studying kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Justin Marchegiani planned to attend a traditional medical school. To prepare for post-grad life as a doctor, he not only accessorized exclusively with stethoscopes, but also worked in a surgical center. There, his plans began to change. As Justin watched patients struggle with chronic conditions and turn to surgical solutions, he steadily became more attached to the idea that preventing disease is better than treating it after the fact.
Off to chiropractic school he went. After receiving his degree, Justin studied clinical nutrition, exercise, and functional medicine. Today he heads his own practice, where he uses holistic techniques to heal patients, specializing in issues that relate to hormones, thyroid function, weight, and digestion. Dr. Justin works alongside massage therapist Heatherly Stankey and reflexologist Arthur Hamilton, who aim to restore bodies' function in natural, non-bionic ways.
There's a sublime grace in the flight of a raptor. It's a grace that the birders of Ronin Air Falconry Service hold dear. So to spread their feeling of awe, they host falconry shows and raptor demonstrations, teaching both raptor biology and the history of falconry. Not only are these shows tailored to each group's age, but they send birds flying freely overhead to both inspire them and help them learn how to identify bird bellies in the wild. For those whom the falconry bug bites—and it's likely to bite anyone—group and private sessions divulge how to handle and fly a team of hawks, hunting falcons, and eagle owls. And so that team doesn't get bored—and so others don't lace the environment with poison—Ronin Air Falconry Service also uses its raptors to remove bird pests, relying on the environmentally friendly technique of predator versus prey.
Nueva Nail's Noveon NaiLaser targets and destroys toenail fungus. To damage the metabolism of, and eventually kill, fungal cells, the Noveon NaiLaser emits patented wavelengths of 870nm and 930nm whose temperatures only hurt fungus, never nearby healthy tissue. Thanks to the device's laser pods, up to four infected nails can be treated simultaneously, which means procedures usually take a mere 16 minutes. Two laser treatments over a 24-day period can completely kill the fungus underneath the nail, giving patients the chance to don sandals and drive a car without wrapping the gas pedal in saran wrap.