LA Laser and Skin Center's board-certified dermatologist Dr. Daniel Taheri decorates his office with a Valentine Honor, the most prestigious award bestowed upon a UCLA Medical School graduate. A tenacious academic after graduation, he has published more than 25 articles in scientific journals and authored a tome, Practical Management of Skin Cancer, which medical schools use in their curricula, and high school cafeterias boil down into lunches. The Center reaps the benefits of Dr. Taheri's continued diligence, with special departments for skin-cancer management and medical dermatology. Beauty is also cultivated at the cutting edge. Surgery restores battered hands or shapes alluring contours into monuments to the hourglass, and FDA-cleared lasers rejuvenate complexions. The Center is also among the first to try new cosmetic procedures, such as Ultherapy, an FDA-approved noninvasive facelift that has been featured in press outlets such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, In Style, and CBS's The Early Show. Dr. Taheri demonstrates his expertise at eight LA Laser and Skin Centers in California and Nevada, and shares professional insights on television networks including CNN and NBC, clips of which you can see on the Center's YouTube channel.
For mother-and-daughter team Pamela and Teal, beauty is a family tradition. Pamela?an aesthetician, shiatsu therapist, and makeup artist?has taught skincare seminars around the world, mentoring many successful makeup artists and working with celebs such as Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges, and Stacy Keach. Teal?an on-location makeup artist influenced by both her mother's experience and her uncle's work for film and TV?has freshened many famous faces herself in her 14-year career. Working on numerous films, music videos, and fashion shows, she found herself enhancing the features of Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Christina Ricci, among others, and her work has been featured in the print work of famous photographers such as Michel Comte and Jamais Vu.
Together with a team of licensed aestheticians, mom and daughter embrace an approach that blends natural and organic products with cutting-edge services, including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Intraceuticals oxygen-infusion treatments. The spa's own eco-friendly brand of organic skincare products includes apothecary-style blended masks, firming gels, and moisturizers worthy of nourishing celebrity visages or their wax-based likenesses. And, to nourish the environment, all products are packaged in recycled plastic containers featuring labels printed with soy ink.
Ore-rich salt crystals mined from the Himalayas. Mud dug from the mountains of Korea's Chungcheong Jincheon region. Such substances, prized for their energizing and detoxifying powers, line the floors and walls of Crystal Spa's four mineral-therapy rooms constructed in the style of a traditional Korean jimjilbang. Beyond these natural therapies, the facility also maintains a designation as an Aveda Concept spa. This means that its practitioners use Aveda's plant-derived products during each massage, body treatment, and facial they perform. Further amenities include soft water fresh from the spa's filtration system, complimentary WiFi, multiple big-screen TVs, and a cinema-size viewing screen that plays sporting events, movies, and 42-hour vacation slideshows. The staff also serves select dishes from Korean restaurant Sohyang in a caf? replete with traditional low tables and floor-level seating.
At the helm of Healthy Life Acupuncture Center is Dr. Kimi Gudmundsen, who, besides holding a Ph.D., earned a masters degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and an aesthetician's license. She's able to put her extensive training to good use at the holistic wellness and natural beauty practice, where the treatments run the gamut from healing cold laser therapy to refreshing facials and peels.
Of course, acupuncture is the main specialty here, and Dr. Kimi and her team use the centuries-old technique to help recalibrate internal energy levels and address ailments such as anxiety, pain, and consumption. During the treatment, Dr. Kimi inserts very fine, sterilized needles at precise points, stimulating the body's self-healing mechanisms and redistributing energy flow so that it goes to the areas where it is most needed. The procedure is nearly painless, though some patients may experience a slight tingling sensation, feelings of warmth, or sudden empathy for hedgehogs.
When Edan Ezer was a boy growing up in Israel, he was so committed to becoming a barber that he left school at 16 to train at a local salon. When he was 18, he joined the Israeli Army and became popular for cutting hair at the army base and styling it with the downdraft of a helicopter. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to work alongside some of the best stylists in the world at high-end salons across Beverly Hills.
Since 2006 Edan has operated his own high-end salon, where he and his team work to pamper, relax, and rejuvenate clients. Stylists massage scalps and snip split ends before creating a sleek blowout that can last for days. For longer-lasting results, they straighten hair with Brazilian keratin treatments, which reduce frizz for months. Another popular Brazilian at the salon is its aesthetician, who removes hair with 100% pure honey and who brightens complexions with facials using natural skincare products.
The therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.