Biorient Integrative Clinic owner Dr. Katalin Csoka combines the best of Eastern- and Western-medical perspectives. After studying conventional Western medicine in her native Hungary, establishing a family practice, and working as a licensed pulmonologist, Dr. Csoka packed up her belongings and rode a dala horse to Scandinavia. She earned a PhD in clinical pharmacology in Sweden, and her extensive cancer research has appeared in numerous articles that have been published in professional journals. Dr. Csoka is also a licensed acupuncturist, and has undergone advanced training in traditional Chinese medicine in California.
Dr. Csoka believes that illness and disease stem from distortions in the body's energy network or organ function. As such, she uses natural methods that incorporate physical and mind-body healing. Within her private, welcoming office—which is affiliated with Mission Hospital—Dr. Csoka performs auricular and esoteric acupuncture, as well as cupping and Japanese shiatsu acupressure treatments. She interprets the results of micronutrient and food-sensitivity testing, and recommends herbal formulas to supplement nutritional intake or enhance the ability to find four-leaf clovers. Practicing what she preaches, Dr. Csoka herself has not taken any pharmaceuticals in more than eight years.
Dr. Ronnie N. Dawood and his staff at Sublime Medical Aesthetics & Dermatology treat patients with the care that comes from believing that "cosmetic surgery is never routine." Though treatments may have been performed hundreds of times, the licensed surgeon and physician takes nothing for granted—making sure to carefully look at each patient's medical history, current health, and reasons for seeking treatment before agreeing to perform procedures. The staffers pride themselves on staying current on the latest, safest practices, which they use to enhance façades through nonsurgical or minor surgical procedures, including laser vein therapy, liposuction, and Botox injections.
Featured by Parenting OC magazine and 2013 winner of the "2013 OC Hot List - Fitness", CrossFit Active Performance’s trainers include martial artists, a dancer, and a wildland firefighter, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of this diverse team. All certified, they strive to promote healthy, active lifestyles based on CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Each day they design a new Workout of the Day—WOD—which might have athletes sweating through exercises such as pushups and pull-ups, rowing, running, or Olympic-style weight lifts. They also specialize in less conventional fitness exercises including rope climbs, sled pushing, tire flipping, and politely asking muscles to please get bigger.
CrossFit Active Performance is about more than just getting in shape; it's also about forming a community and supporting fellow athletes. All students are encouraged to learn each other’s names and introduce themselves to newcomers, and failure to do so may even result in burpee penalties. The gym also participates in numerous competitions and events that support charities and cancer research.
Renowned Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Gibson draws from a wealth of training and experience as he treats conditions such as allergies, whiplash, and back pain. After beginning his education at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic and Cleveland Chiropractic College, Dr. Gibson went on to complete two years of graduate work in chiropractic orthopedics, which gives him insight into successfully fitting custom foot orthotics. He served in the Army for two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and has been helping patients overcome pain for close to three decades. His gentle adjustments work to rebalance the body, promoting natural healing and helping clients gain better overall wellness. Along with educating his patients on supporting their health, Dr. Gibson shares his vast knowledge with others as a published author, a sought-after speaker, and at the chiropractic academy he founded.
Before Dr. James Allen opened Allen Chiropractic, he worked as a sports chiropractor for the Los Angeles Clippers. From his work helping athletes heal, not to mention his own experience recovering from an ACL reconstruction that cut short his college football days, Dr. Allen developed a keen interest in how people could recover from and prevent injuries without drugs or surgery. Today, he shares this expertise by offering traditional chiropractic care in conjunction with specialty services such as spinal decompression, myofascial release, kinesio taping, and laser therapy pain relief. Through this integrative approach, he's helped clients overcome conditions such as chronic lower-back pain, arthritis, and biceps strained from too much posing.
A clinical nutritionist and a holistic health coach, Carrie Wojciechowski helps clients assuage a litany of ailments with lifestyle-based treatments at Path to Health. "Weight loss isn't the primary goal," explains Carrie, a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. "You can lose weight and still be unhealthy." Health-seekers who consult with Carrie receive custom meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes. She'll even visit clients' home to make over pantries, uproot backyard doughnut bushes, and teach one-on-one cooking lessons. Her detoxification programs outfit kitchens with healthy foods, shakes, and supplements.