The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
Led by experienced optometrist Dr. Stanton Kim—who has spent more than 25 years in practice—the eye-care specialists at Eye Contact Optometry cater to patients of all ages. In doing so, they provide services such as vision therapy for better learning and orthokeratology treatments that serve as a noninvasive alternative to Lasik surgery. Before departing, their patients can restock supplies of contact lenses as well as prescription glasses and sunglasses.
Over the last 23 years, Dr. Jeffrey Kleis has treated feet and perfected the medical art of removing unsightly fungus that has taken root on his clients' toes. Having performed more than 4,000 laser procedures, Dr. Kleis has become one of the foremost physicians when it comes to treating onychomycosis. Rather than relying on alternatives such as topical creams, oral medication, or dipping patients' toes into a tank of pencil erasers, Dr. Kleis uses the Cutera GenesisPlus. A testament to the maxim that the best way to master something is to teach it, he has trained other physicians in its use, appeared in a Cutera training video, and has even been a Cutera consultant.
A team of instructors with international professional experience leads classes that range from ballet and tap lessons to hip-hop dance and Zumba. The course list includes options for diverse age groups and experience levels, such as pre-ballet and tap lessons for ages 3–6 and ballet pointe for students with more than two years of ballet experience.
The staff at Focus Medical Spa understands that no two patients are the same. That’s why an aesthetician, certified nurse, or board-certified doctor will design a treatment package to suit each client after a free consultation. Using products from Obagi, Dermagenetics, and the med spa’s own signature line, aestheticians treat wrinkles and blemishes with acne solutions, lift effect facials, and glycolic-acid peels. Laser technicians also use beams of light to remove spider veins and unwanted hair. The lasers have other functions, too; they remove signs of aging such as broken capillaries and dark pigment, and they make cool sounds when you tap them with a tuning fork.