Using Lumibrite Chairside Whitening and a Sapphire light, the trained staff at Tucker Dental Group creates stupefying smiles out of ill-shaded mouth stones. A technician coats teeth with hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel, which is fluoride-enriched to perk up flagging enamel even as the gel coaxes stains off of teeth and back to their home planet. Gentle Sapphire light activates the gel, whitening teeth up to 12 shades in an hour of treatment. Unlike buffing away stains with a belt sander, the procedure generally results in minimal discomfort afterward.
Dr. John Acosta and his tenacious team tend to precious masticators with flexible appointment options including late evenings and Saturdays. With teeth-whitening, customized trays envelop sullied teeth in a brightening solution for 3 minutes once a day. An initial fitting session informs plastic-whittlers of your particular mouth-forms to tailor a unique set for maximal whitening. After the second visit, patients take home their personalized trays with two weeks of the whitening mix alongside a touch-up gel that can be used for two additional weeks or more.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
When you think of acupuncture and traditional healing, you might think of an intimate session in a cozy, softly lit room. And indeed, Chinese Healing Arts resides in a charming wood-and-stucco building that could easily be a family home. But resident OMD Fanjin Li got her start in quite a different setting: the highly modern campus of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, one of China's largest, oldest, and most prestigious institutions of traditional Chinese medicine. Once she arrived in California, she expanded her technical skill and theoretical understanding in a PhD program at South Baylo University in California. Today, in addition to providing acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, and herbal remedies, she frequently speaks at San Francisco General Hospital.
Li seeks to bring healing by redirecting the body's flow of energy, which can be thrown out of whack by stress or storing too many batteries under your bed. Her treatments seek to soothe ailments such as pain, stress, depression, asthma, and allergies, as well as boost patients' efforts to lose weight or quit smoking.
Dr. Ognjen Petras wants you to have nice nails. The board-certified internist founded his specialty medical practice, Petras Medical Clinic, to focus on onychomycosis—fungal nail infections—which he says affects 20% of Bay Area residents. After removing nail material that is thickened, infected, or has a bad attitude, Dr. Petras battles fungal infections with the PinPointe laser system, which reaches into the nail bed to stop the infection at the source. He has performed more than 1,000 laser treatments since 2009 and has followed numerous patients for a year or more to ensure the effectiveness of the laser system.
At Dance with Melissa, guests learn the basics of ballroom and Latin dance styles using simplified techniques based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. Group classes are capped at 30 participants, helping create a semiprivate atmosphere conducive to both learning and socializing.