If someone in the Santa Rosa area has nice, straight teeth, there's a good chance they've met the board-certified orthodontists at Bales Orthodontics. Since 1976, Dr. Thomas R Bales has refined the smiles of more than 15,000 patients. Today, he and his daughter, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Kathleen M. Bales, continue to customize orthodontic treatments for adults and children.
At Bales Orthodontics, Drs. Tom and Katie, as their patients know them, apply a number of techniques to nudge teeth into healthier positions. They expertly apply traditional braces and wires—a tried-and-true choice for kids and teenagers. But they also offer Lingual braces, which are hidden behind the teeth, as well as discreet clear braces, which blend with the natural tooth color. Drs. Tom and Katie are also Elite providers of Invisalign treatments, which straighten teeth invisibly with a series of clear, removable aligners.
After a day of antique shopping in historic downtown Petaluma, you find yourself in a tranquil space where scented candles and the sound of a trickling water fountain lull the senses. "Is this a spa?" you ask yourself. "Am I here for a massage?" As dentist Jurina Smida greets you, you realize you've arrived at Dental Care of Petaluma, maybe for a high-tech procedure such as laser gum therapy or a smile-straightening Invisalign treatment. You can't remember?and, quite frankly, you don't care?as you help yourself to a steaming cup from the exotic-tea center, don a pair of DVD-playing glasses, and position a therapeutic pillow beneath your neck. "That was an excellent facial," you think as a staff member hands you a lavender-scented hot towel after your treatment. "Or was that a root canal?"
Jurina Smida has both a DMD degree from the Komesky School of Dentistry and a DDS degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where her son, Dr. Branko Smida, also earned his dental degree. The duo focuses not only on patient comfort but also on seeking out the latest dental technology. They employ an advanced KaVo system to track down cavities and use Cerec software to design and fabricate ceramic crowns or tiny Statues of Liberty in only one visit.
Dr. Firas Husein fixes crooked, decayed, and chipped teeth with surgical and cosmetic services. He replaces missing chompers with dental implants and extracts useless teeth using the old string-and-a-doorknob scenario. He also offers Invisalign removable retainers to straighten teeth and Zoom teeth whitening to brighten smiles.
At the full-service La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique, complexion experts wield high-end products from brands such as Physiodermie and Duchess Marden, which they apply during massages, body treatments, and facials. The staff works with a constantly friendly demeanor, whether performing whole-body exfoliation treatments or full-body waxing. Facials that last 45?90 minutes, another of the spa?s specialties, cleanse, moisturize, and protect the fa?ade, unlike doing the worm all the way across a corn field. Massage therapists practice a number of modalities to reduce bodily tension and promote detoxification.
With hundreds of locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals who deliver a variety of quality dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists is prescreened for a consistent record of excellence and the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a toothstack.
Lea Wildflower has practiced massage and holistic treatments for more than two decades. In that time, she has become an expert at relieving pain and tension, and she is especially adept at treating those who have structural imbalances or repetitive-use issues. During massages, Lea employs techniques such as hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue work, and Thai massage, which incorporates yoga-type postures and stretching. Additionally, she teaches self-care classes for people with insomnia.