Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala—a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians—has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
Shahla Day Spa & Threading’s therapists and aestheticians continue to add to their 35 combined years of industry experience, pampering clients with mani-pedis, threading and waxing services, and rejuvenating massages and facials. Just as the aestheticians use the natural sunlight that floods the spa’s interior to thread eyebrows with precision, the nail technicians reference the polished wooden floors to add the appropriate level of gloss to freshly trimmed toenails. The spa’s private room seems a world away from the bustle of the main floor, and its peaceful atmosphere only enhances the soothing strokes of Swedish massages. This room also hosts waxing services and custom facials that remove dirt and oil from skin or smooth out the wrinkles on a favorite Richard Nixon mask.
Owned by former San Diego Charger Clinton Hart and his wife, Kelli, The Brick House Salon & Spa welcomes visitors into a 1920s-era home built with the spa's namesake slate-gray brick. From this homey setting, a team of beauty experts takes a detailed approach in each hair, skin, and massage service they perform. Sleek black salon chairs cradle heads of hair and the bodies that love them as stylists snip and sculpt locks into face-flattering arrangements, and a fireplace-furnished room across the house stocks colorful bottles of styling products for at-home care. Upstairs, aestheticians perform facials that evict dirt and restore youth better than Disneyland's construction company, and massage therapists melt away tension with focused, customized strokes. Tired feet can traipse downstairs to the dedicated mani-pedi room, where nail specialists soften and refine digits before crowning them in colorful standard or long-lasting Shellac polishes.
As a veteran of the modeling and acting world, Carly Roarke understands the significance of maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. The medical clinician, licensed in medical aesthetics and certified and trained in injectibles and laser technology, gleaned her beauty knowledge from years spent with makeup artists, photographers, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and laser-wielding power-point presenters.
The spa-like clinic’s encyclopedic list of treatments ranges from traditional facials and chemical peels to laser vein correction, Botox, and dermal fillers. Carly can also lessen the effects of gravity, sun damage, and furrowed brows caused by repeated exposure to reality television with skincare products by brands such as Actifirm, iS Clinical Skincare, and Éminence Organics.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area—some indoor and some outdoor—takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96–100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom—never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.
Sunlight floods the main salon area at Maria Francesco Salon & Spa, illuminating classic black styling chairs and oversized framed mirrors. Here, hairstylists style the locks of men, women, and children, cutting off overgrown strands and enhancing shine and color with foil highlights or tinted flashlights. Across the way, nail technicians are busy at work. Other than buffing, shaping, and polishing finger- and toenails, they soften skin with warm paraffin wax. Aestheticians administer eight kinds of facials inside the space’s private spa rooms, including classic European facials and condition-specific services for acne, rosacea, or teenage skin. Once skin is free of dirt and oil, the team can wax hair from both the face and body.