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.
Dr. Michael Ruscio has just one problem with conventional medicine: too many pills and needles. Instead of administering harsh chemicals and invasive procedures, he relies on the restorative power of nature to treat many of the most common medical ailments, such as headaches, diabetes, obesity, and depression. His deft hands also adjust backbones to quiet chronic and acute pain and range across the muscles, delivering strokes to tense muscles during Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center’s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue’s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.
Dr. Barbara Persons, a board-certified plastic surgeon, pares her experience as a surgeon with an artistic vision in all of her procedures. Her areas of specialty include both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and helping new mothers to get back to 'pre-baby' weight.
For Cambiati's team of nutritional experts, helping a client make even a small improvement to his or her diet constitutes a success. To prompt these changes, the experts turn to education: they lead nutrition classes inside their Walnut Creek studio, at various locations throughout the Bay Area, and online. Each session unpacks a general or specialized diet plan that focuses on Cambiati's healthy snacks and meals based on local, organic, and paleo-friendly ingredients.
Maintaining that most diets don't supply the proper nutrients, Cambiati presents an array of nutritional products. There's dairy-free protein powder and PaleoGreens nutrient-rich drink mix, for example, as well as whey protein and dairy-free bars in flavors such as mixed berry, chocolate, and peanut butter. Depending on the needs of the client, there are products available for everyday or sports-focused nutrition. Cambiati's programs help the average client lose fat and increase muscle in as little as 28 days. Click here for FAQ's.
When it comes to educating people about natural health, Doctor of Chiropractic John Erdmann isn’t content to just share his knowledge across Natural Health Family Center’s two locations. Rather, he brings his expertise to the masses with seminars on diet, exercise, and emotional freedom, as well as by packing his website with useful information. But trips to the office are necessary for his gentle adjustments and holistic specialty—applied kinesiology—a method that combines manual muscle testing with diagnostic tests to help increase the body’s potential.
For esthetician Linda Becerra, education is a neverending pursuit. In addition to graduating from a state-licensed program and passing all written and practical exams, Becerra continues to stay up to date on trends through a wealth of skin-centric coursework. Armed with her education and medical background, the licensed esthetician performs a variety of facial treatments that help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and stimulate circulation. She also applies semi-permanent color to lashes or eyebrows to draw attention to the eyes and away from the fact that your shoes are unvelcroed.