Dr. Sherry Fong’s interest in holistic medicine came about after a heartbreaking diagnosis: her 94-year-old grandmother had cancer. The news came in 1994, before the Internet age, so Sherry spent countless hours poring over medical and nutrition books to study every possible way to care for the woman who had raised her. Her grandmother eventually recovered from the disease and lived to be almost 100 years old. This experience inspires Dr. Fong’s work today to assist women with holistic anti-aging, weight loss, detoxification, and healthy living at La Vitalitee. Her offices in San Francisco and Daly City both aim to empower women to take control of their weight, health, and aging process with body-sculpting treatments, and skin-tightening services that can turn back time more effectively than writing "1987" on every page in a day planner.
This experience inspires Dr. Fong’s work today to assist women with holistic anti-aging, weight loss, detoxification and healthy living at La Vitalitee. Her offices in San Francisco and Daly City both aim to empower women to take control of their weight, health and aging process with body-sculpting treatments and skin tightening services that can turn back time more effectively than writing “1987” on every page in a day planner.
When Forrest Folen says he believes in a mind-and-body approach to fitness, he isn’t referring to pseudo-spiritual workouts. Rather, he is drawing from the simple advice given to him by his grandmother: “Take care of your body, and your body will take care of your mind. Take care of your mind, and your mind will take care of your life.” His partner Roy Schuhmacher, on the other hand, comes at fitness from a strictly physical angle. Fueled by a personal goal to become a bodybuilder when he was younger, he turned to scientific methods and empirical data to craft his regimens. This research eventually led him to the slow and steady approach to bulking up that he uses today. In 2008, both Folen and Schuhmacher joined forces, bringing their unique mix of perspectives and exercise approaches to the public at Fit for Life Solutions.
Through their studio, the two trainers slim bodies with large group boot-camp sessions, tame waistlines with Next Level personal training, and accelerate heart rates during intensive small group exercises that incorporate kettlebells and industrial-grade defibrillators.
At Fitness Therapy the dedicated trainers believe total well-being stems from mental and physical harmony. They strive to help their clients reach this state of wellness with not only physical training, but an understanding of how it affects every area of their lives, from preventing injury to completing everyday tasks. Their holistic approach—blending training and education—encompasses each of their group-fitness offerings, including TRX suspension training, which pits guests against their own body weight with a system of stretchy bands, and circuit training, which combines strength training and aerobics drills to carve lean bodies. To shake up fitness regimens, students can frantically kick their way to wellness in cardio kickboxing and shimmy off excess calories in Zumba dance cardio. In each session, students make use of an arsenal of equipment, including weight sleds, kettlebells, footwork ladders, and cast-iron tap shoes.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Seacliff embody a commitment to wellness through the method's 26 postures. Demonstrating their dedication, the CPR-certified teachers must undergo recertification every three years, ensuring that they can lead classes in the studio's 105-degree heat.
Their 90-minute sessions bend and stretch through Bikram's poses in a progressive order, a sequence that both warms and limbers up the body's connective tissues. As the steamy temperatures flush out toxins through sweat, newly oxygenated blood refreshes every part of the physique. The staff encourages guests to cultivate a deep understanding of technique rather than a drive to quickly perfect it, reassuring them that "there is no standard of comparison except yourself."
Since graduating from UC San Francisco's School of Dentistry, Dr. Nahid Saba has spent 15 years keeping mouths and teeth around the Bay Area healthy. She and her team of dental hygienists stay in step with the advancing science of dentistry through continuing education, and they perform preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments for children and adults. Whether they're replacing missing teeth with implants, straightening smiles with Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners, or installing new tongues that will use fewer curse words, the team puts patient comfort first and listen closely to clients' concerns.