Dr. Brian Stenzler, owner of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness, is a one-man who’s-who of chiropractic. As a student, he took a trip to Panama where he spent some time straightening spines pro-bono before performing an adjustment for then first-lady, Dora Boyd Perez Balladares. He flew back to The States where he finished his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1998, just before graduating Summa cum Laude with a Masters in sports health science in 1999. Two years later, the Red Cross recognized him for his work at ground zero during 9/11, and in 2003 he was named New York Chiropractor of the Year by The New York Chiropractic Council.
And those were just the first five years of his career.
Since then, he’s shepherded a veritable hit parade of professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians back to health, including the likes of Junior Seau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Orin Hatch. After a cross-continental move to California—where he promptly became the president of the California chiropractic Association—Dr. Stenzler opened the west-coast office of his practice, D.R.E.A.M. Wellness.
The core philosophy of D.R.E.A.M. Wellness is that true wellbeing is much more than simply being free of pain, disease, and sickness. The staff aims to harmonize physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing by emphasizing five particular areas of health, which is where the name D.R.E.A.M. comes in: diet, relaxation, exercise, adjustment, and mental wellbeing. These five facets of wellness have inform the growing number of treatments they offer at their clinic, which includes chiropractic work, massages, nutrition programs, pilates, and more.
A bronze Buddha statue greets guests at the entrance of Costa La Jolla Nails, setting a serene scene for those indulging in nail services within the salon’s airy confines. Plush, cream-colored chairs seat pedicure patrons as they dip toes or stiff leather boots into a footbath, playing host to a variety of pedicure treatments that can be enhanced with exfoliating sea-salt scrubs and cooling masks to fully de-stress soles. The salon’s row of treatment tables comes dressed in orchids and outfitted with a resident nail artist, who can dress up hands with pampering polishings or artificial nail enhancements. Clients can upgrade manicures with a CND Shellac polish that coats talons in a long-lasting blend that deflects manicure-marring imperfections such as chips, smudges, and stamped expiration dates. In addition to pampering digits, the in-house aestheticians depilate fuzz from faces and bodies with waxing treatments and clear and smooth complexions in full or express facials.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Inside this intimate, pink-and-animal-print studio, owner and licensed aesthetician Chris Bresky adds length and volume to natural lashes with extensions that liberate lids from clumpy mascara. A lash-extension artist certified through EyebrowMBA and boasting advanced training from the Be An Amazing Lash Artist (BAALA) program, Bresky carefully applies each synthetic lash individually to ensure a natural look that may last two to three weeks, or longer with recommended refills. The makeup artist also studied at Last Looks Makeup Academy in New York City, and provides complimentary makeovers for customers who purchase the boutique's sunless tanners, cosmetics, or Swarovski crystal-embellished tweezers, which bestow eyelids with the ability to speak in code with nearby fireflies.
Every appointment at Dario Salon and Spa begins with an optional complementary consultation on possible haircuts and techniques that can balance and enhance an overall look, which may also include color suggestions to match complexion. Columbian-born owner Dario Enemocon is a master stylist and colorist who worked in New York before opening this sunny La Jolla Salon. Now, he doubles as a bridal expert working with a select cadre of stylists to design a synergy between the wedding gown, flowers and event location. But don’t worry, Enemocon and his staff, despite television appearances and plenty of local buzz, will still take care of your haircare and salon needs, including Keratin treatments and other techniques to make you look as vibrant as ever.
Since 1992, dearinger Hair Salon's stylists have fought rampant overprocessing and overstyling by focusing on hair health and natural growth patterns. As stylists clip strands in low-maintenance haircuts or perform deep-conditioning treatments, they steer clear of damaging round brushes, curling irons, and hot rollers, ensuring that hair's volatile ends don't split or file for divorce. The salon's advanced training program helps stylists hone their cutting and coloring craft with the extreme concentration of a juice cocktail. The precise results of the extensive training have earned dearinger Hair Salon praise from Marie Claire, Hairstyle, and San Diego Magazine.