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.
Ziddle and Zaddle the zebras, a alpaca named Cletus, and Bengal tigers that eat from a zookeeper's hand all sound like characters from a charming children's book?but these animals are the real-life residents of the Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation. Home to animals from around the world and myriad plant species, the zoo serves as a educational resource for locals and educational establishments. Visitors can take behind-the-scenes tours or explore the grounds for themselves, chatting with macaws, watching the caracals play, and staring at white Bengal tigers until they can see the 3D picture in their stripes.
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.