Licensed acupuncturist Merlin Williams has witnessed firsthand the healing power of acupuncture. At his professional clinic, he works to help his clients get to the root of their symptoms, using acupuncture to aid relief for chronic pain, headaches, and allergies and supplementing his painless needlework with cupping, tui na massage, and Chinese herbs. As he places hair-thin needles along specific points of the body, energy is redirected and unblocked, helping the body to heal itself.
Dr. Bobbie McDonald completely dedicates herself to helping patients bring healthy, positive change into their lives. In addition to earning a doctorate in counseling psychology and sharing her expertise with CNN and ABC 15, Dr. McDonald also champions the salutary effects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Each session begins with the hypnotherapist gently talking the patient into a more relaxed state, where the mind is more vulnerable to suggestion. Highly specific language patterns and techniques can reduce the subconscious urges that encourage people to fall into bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, nail biting, impulsively buying big-ticket items, or paying for big-ticket items with nothing but pennies. McDonald also claims hypnosis may help patients to overcome fears related to test taking, public speaking, or sports performance.
A giant Buddha head greets every visitor to Sparadise La Brea, his wise eyes illuminated by flickering candlelight as a fountain babbles and simple greenery grows silently around him. This tranquil scene sets the mood for the entire spa, whose mission—much like the Buddha's—is to encourage visitors to reach a Zen-like state free from stress and physical pain.
The staff members work towards this goal with a slate of massage modalities and other relaxing treatments. Gentle Swedish strokes soothe surface tension with the help of warm almond, lemongrass, or eucalyptus massage oils, Thai yoga uses stretches, compressions, and gentle rocking to improve circulation and flexibility while also targeting acupressure points, and water-heated stones allow warmth to radiate and loosen taut muscles. With an emphasis on total-body relaxation, the Thai herbal foot spa includes a fragrant soak of herbs, oils, and teas that leaves the feet and legs as tension-free as a suspension bridge on the Moon.
Dr. Braxton believes that going to the doctor should and can be fun—as long as visits are focused on compassionate healing. It was while recovering from a basketball injury that Doctor of Chiropractic Mel Braxton heard his calling to a career of holistic healing. For the past 13 years, Dr. Braxton has trained and practiced with the goal of becoming a specialist in sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupressure, and nutritional guidance. His background as a former athlete gives him added expertise when it comes to sports injuries and rehabilitation and his 6’ 7” frame gives him the strength and reach to adjust even the most wayward of spines and Christmas tree toppers. During appointments, Dr. Braxton listens to his patients and works to find the root cause of their ailment, all with the goal of setting people back on the path to overall health and wellness.
Train and Relax's Kate Matarese offers convenient options for training, but that doesn?t mean it?s easy. During in-gym or in-home personal-training sessions, she coaches clients in drills designed to fortify cores and boost strength for everyday activities. A trainer certified by PTA Global, Kate is also certified in Pilates, cycling, and training for seniors. She also specializes in nutritional guidance, including dietary planning and pantry and refrigerator clean outs.
Modern technology and extensive training both aid Westchester Dental's staff members as they protect patients' smiles. The practice's dentists?each a graduate of USC?specialize in providing general and cosmetic care. In addition to basic cleanings and checkups that scan for signs of potential trouble, the team can also work to counteract the effects of damage that has already been done. Porcelain crowns, veneers, and bonding treatments use tooth-colored composite resin to help conceal chips or gaps. Whitening procedures brighten smiles by fading the stains caused by anything from aging to coffee and tobacco. The dentists are even capable of performing minor oral surgeries such as removing impacted wisdom teeth and sending them to a farm.