Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
For more than nine years, certified massage therapist Michelle has trained her hands to seek out soreness and tension buried deep within clients’ musculature. She uses carefully practiced techniques, such as the luxuriating strokes of Swedish massage, the circulation-stimulating manipulations of lymphatic-drainage massage, and the closed-fist raps that bring unclaimed wishes within your grasp. Add-ons such as heated river rocks, skin-nourishing salt glows, and foot soaks enhance her massage sessions, delivered as clients stretch out under a plush comforter in a room imbued with the warm, soft glow of a jar of fireflies.
While people share tons of traits in common, you’re the only one in the world with skin exactly like yours. That's why the technicians at Natina Day Spa formulate their facials based on each individual's tone and texture. This customization process revolves around the spa's signature product: MVP skincare by Dr. Divina. MVP––an acronym for Molecular, Viability, and Potentiate––combines fruit enzymes, algae extract, and blended copies of Time magazine to naturally reduce signs of aging. The spa’s beautification processes also extend beyond the face; waxing sessions remove unwanted hair, body contouring slims down silhouettes, and soothing aromatherapy and bodywork sessions bust up stress from the comfort of private treatment rooms.
Overseen by doctors Shane Whiteley and Bryn Henderson, Whiteley Wellness Center ushers patients toward their weight-loss goals through the use of lipotropic injections and informed medical advice. Designed to optimize liver health, lipotropics are a blend of vitamins and amino acids that target fat metabolism and can help facilitate weight loss. Whiteley's adipose experts will walk bodies through a one-hour introductory assessment, which includes a complete history, evaluation, and a choreographed kabuki flash dance. Introductory appointments also include the first lipotropic injection, followed by two or five additional weekly injections. Whiteley's medical professionals will also share brain-nourishing nuggets on exercise, lifestyle changes, and general health supplements such as appetite suppressants, available for an additional $10 per week. Caring staff is on hand seven days a week for questions, support, or spontaneous trust falls.
At viva MD, medical professionals work to help people find relief from chronic pain as well as fight off the signs of aging. They tackle chronic and acute pain with both traditional and alternative treatments, which range from prescription medications and joint injections to referrals for acupuncture and massage. The medical-spa side of viva MD assists patients with weight loss and oversees hormone therapies and beauty treatments. Registered nurses are well versed in aesthetic injectables and dermal fillers, as well as sclerotherapy treatments that erase the rickety signatures of spider veins from limbs.
Located in an atrium-style building, Allergy Relief Centers is flooded with natural light. In this glowing environment, visitors drink in beautiful views of woods and water while they undergo drug- and injection-free treatments for food sensitivities and allergies. Alternately, the center's acupressure relief treatments aim to alleviate symptoms ranging from headaches to bloating with gentle, strategically-placed pressure.