In the years prior to the full time launch of her first Create Total Wellness clinic, Nichole Lowe spent 80% of her time traveling for business, balancing stress and healthy eating. Wellness education and lifestyle support during this time was a key component to her successfully managing such a high-profile career.
In 2010, at the height of her corporate career, Nichole's husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and three arterial blockages that required immediate surgery. Though Nichole had long since demonstrated a professional interest in health and wellness throughout her career as a film producer and corporate executive, the inspiration that led her to dedicate her career to the pursuit of total wellness was this deeply personal one. She attended an integrative nutrition program in New York and started racking up certifications in other studies, such as anti-inflammatory diets and Ayurveda. It all led her to Create Total Wellness, where she preempts emergencies in other families by teaching clients how to live well before tragedy strikes.
Dr. Claudia Montana-Collins started her optometry career more than 25 years ago at the University of LaSalle in Colombia. After moving to the U.S., she earned her doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and researched prosthetic contact lenses at Wesley Jessen. Now at her own practice, Foothill Ranch Eye Care, Dr. Montana-Collins regularly matches prescription lenses with designer frames by Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Ray-Ban, prescribes toric, multifocal, and gas-permeable contact lenses, and diagnoses ocular diseases ranging from cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration to spontaneous x-ray vision. Dr. Montana-Collins has extensive experience conducting dilated eye evaluations for diabetic patients, and receives patients with hard-to-fit prescriptions, including patients with advanced astigmatism, keratoconus, and presbyopia. Thanks to their fluency in both Spanish and English, she and her staff communicate clearly with a diverse clientele.
Dr. Abbas Alex Rajabi may be the head of Portola Dental, but he doesn’t work alone. The cosmetic-dentistry specialist works alongside four other doctors, each with their own area of expertise. While Dr. Rajabi deals with all things cosmetic—including teeth whitening, veneers, implants, and Invisalign—Dr. Chopra, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, lends his steady hand to patients with severe ailments in the face and jaw. Dr. Lam, the office's general-dentistry expert, a pediatric dentist caters to the oral health needs of children and adults, while the periodontist combats gum disease and its associative problems.
Before Steve Hochman was a ripped fitness trainer, he was a portly pizza delivery guy, and before that he was a weakling infant who could barely do one pull-up. After revamping his appearance with hard work and plenty of exercise, he founded Orange County's Fit Body Boot Camp, an encouraging and inspirational gym where members shed pounds and build muscle. The secret is one sweat-manufacturing workout. For 45 minutes a day, groups power through an intense regimen designed to deliver fast results with cardio, weight training, and kickboxing techniques.
The doctors at Heather Ridge Dentistry & Orthodontics are experts at aesthetic dentistry, orthodontics, and oral surgery. Treatments range from routine cleanings to full mouth makeovers using procedures such as Invisalign and veneers. The office utilizes modern dental technology such as digital x-rays and an intraoral camera, which allows for an up-close look at dental issues.
At Comfort Laser Clinics, experienced physician Samuel Sunshine, MD, and his staff of trained and licensed registered nurses oust unwanted follicles, tattoos, and inches with an array of treatments. The specialists wield powerful pulses of light to zap follicles for a fraction of a second, permanently stymieing their ability to sneak back onto bodies while disguised as fake mustaches. Permanent body art gradually fades under the exposure of the ConBio laser, while other laser treatments help to tighten sagging skin, hone in curves, and rid toenails of sprouting fungi or topiaries.