With seven years of experience as a massage therapist and three as a chiropractor, Doctor of Chiropractic Max Lippman knows the ins and outs of musculature. Dr. Lippman and his team of massage therapists apply their skilled hands to therapeutic massages and adjustments that help their clients heal from everyday aches or painful sports or auto injuries. The doctor takes his time to listen to each patient who comes in, and learns about their situations while helping them develop a treatment plan customized to their wellness goals. Dr. Lippman keeps communication lines open during treatments, too, staying well away from pain thresholds while skirting the healthful discomfort often associated with receiving deep-tissue massages or acupuncture with pencils.
While Dr. Lippman looks out for patients’ health, Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy takes care of the environment. The ultramodern office eschews the use of paper by booking appointments online and running systems on organically-grown iPads and touchscreens.
Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.
Inside the creative and upbeat atmosphere of Adora Bella Salon, independent nail technician and eyelash extensionist Rubie Feliciano maintains a loyal clientele due to her skilled hands, personal attention, and vast array of beautifying services. During nail treatments, Rubie pampers nails with precision shaping before decorating tips with acrylic Rockstar nails, whose glitter finish transforms toes into excellent catfish noodling lures. Durable shellac coats enhance glove-filling surfaces with a glossy, durable shine that can last for up to two weeks. Rubie also offers traditional spa mani-pedis, performs polish changes, does French nails, and offers an array of gel and acrylic options
Physician and medical director Abishai Tichaona Rumano, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of medical-based beautification treatments, helms a team of physician's assistants and nurses with the help of clinical director Elham Zarnegar, who has nearly 10 years of experience in medical cosmetic injectables. This squadron of registered professionals wields lasers and neuromodulators such as Botox to battle bodily imperfections, including wrinkles, acne, unwanted hairs, and varicose veins in the shape of Howard Taft.
Stylist Shellie David—understudy of haircare icons Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell—acquired her styling and coloring skills from the industry's best. For more than two decades, Shellie has honed her techniques and trained her scissors to manifest the ideal cut and color for each client's facial tone and shape. Passionate about her craft, she seeks ongoing education whenever possible, and has earned certifications in color services, Brazilian blowouts, and Chi Enviro smoothing.
Essential Body Works supports holistic health and beauty with an array of head-to-toe therapies including massage and other traditional spa services. During massages, clients relax amid soft golden lights as a therapist plies muscles with different modalities, spanning Swedish, Thai, prenatal, and therapeutic massage.