Though "spa" is in their practice's name, Ariba's physicians don't merely help clients reach their cosmetic objectives; the doctors specialize in fields as varied as rehabilitation, pain management, and sports medicine. Cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive, and they're designed to erase unwanted hair and veins, resurface complexions, and usher bodies toward lower weights with the help of specially designed lasers, injectables, and serums. Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Persian, and they pride themselves on cultivating a friendly environment.
Inside this professional spa, a board-certified physician helps clients wrest youth from the subtle erosions of time with cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures. The kindly doctor chats with each client to allay any concerns and walk them through their chosen treatment. Then, single-handedly, she administers Botox and collagen injections and customizes chemical peels to shrink pores, diminish acne scaring, and even out complexions. Obagi and organic skincare products line the shelves, a refreshing change from the bowling-league plaques crowding most doctors’ offices.
Though it may seem counterintuitive to pile on exercises to heal people recovering from injury, that’s exactly what SportsPlus founder and president Ed Le Cara aims to do. He’s a PhD candidate in athletic training, former frontline medic for the army, current medical and science consultant with 24 Hour Fitness, and is certified by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, among others. Armed with a staggering slew of futuristic equipment—such as the functional movement screen—Dr. Le Cara builds practical exercise routines that help people speed through rehab or prevent injuries altogether.
Le Cara works with a staff of injury prevention and rehabilitation experts whose qualifications include chiropractic and athletic training. Their services range from the expected—gait analysis and massage therapy to get postures in line and ease pain—to the esoteric, such as an antigravity treadmill and underwater chiropractics that give exercise routines to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to work out.
Lucia Papale and the staff at Remedy Skin Care Center engineer a broad lineup of therapeutic and aesthetic services with products from brands such as Dermalogica and Intraceuticals. Pooling their varied experiences, the team melds their diverse backgrounds in massage therapy, bodywork, medical skincare, and physical rehabilitation for Iron Man competitors. Just as the best authors never use the same word or word twice, the center's aestheticians regularly attend continuing-education seminars to fortify every treatment, such as cleansing facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion. Each service begins with a one-on-one consultation so that therapists and aestheticians can tailor therapeutic massages or permanent-makeup applications to each client's particular situation.
At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
The physician-supervised and highly trained staff at Norcal Medical focuses its energies on weight-loss treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox sessions. They consult with clients to find the best of five injectables to firm and hydrate their skin. Their medical-weight-loss center finds slimming strategies to suit clients of all ages, and Zerona laser liposuction helps achieve the results that diet, exercise, and constant fidgeting can't accomplish. Each painless treatment results in no redness, swelling, or downtime for clients, who can have the procedure done during their lunch breaks. Dr. Lana Burkhead presides over the clinic's celebrations of youth.
Dr. Michael A. Stein, board-certified podiatrist and founder of Foot Doctor of the East Bay, draws upon more than 20 years of experience as he treats patients from the ankle down. Having performed more than 4,000 successful laser treatments, Dr. Stein and his team of doctors and staff tackle ailments of the bone, skin, and nail, correcting bunions, vanquishing warts, and ousting ingrown toenails by barking at them until they emerge. Dr. Stein is a fellow of the American Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery. Combing his expertise and a knack for clear communication, he wrote a book entitled Why Your Feet Hurt: A User's Guide to Foot and Ankle Health to help patients lead healthy lives full of dancing and free of pain.