During his training at King's College Hospital in London, Claude Matar mastered the old-fashioned art of listening. Today, he still believes that the key to providing a successful diagnosis lies in taking the proper time and energy to listen to each client's concerns. Though he no longer practices medicine, the nutritionist, board-certified naturopathic physician, and founder of Pasadena Weight Loss Center has used his ears and his education to help thousands of clients achieve their individual health goals, including former Dallas star Linda Gray and professional football champ Dwight Hicks.
To help clients shed inches, he utilizes the highly personalized Matar method, a system he believes offers patients their best chances for long-lasting results. It begins with an in-depth evaluation including a nutrient analysis, thyroid tests, and identification of any factors inhibiting weight loss. Matar then consults with the client to develop a plan focused not only on diet and exercise but also on strategies for improved sleep, hydration, and detoxification. He and his staff stay in daily contact to answer questions regarding progress or tips for turning uneaten bear claws into table art and will also reevaluate clients' success at a weekly face-to-face meeting.
With the slow hiss of water through machinery, the flat surfaces of the hydraulic press carefully come together with 20 tons of force. Between them, an array of raw fruits and vegetables flatten, yielding every last drop of their nutritious vitamins, minerals, and plant enzymes into a pulpy liquid. The workers of Pure Juice Detox bottle the nutritious ambrosia, pack it up, and send it home with clients, who purge their bodies of toxins with daily regimens of these raw-plant cocktails. The staff packages the juices in ready-to-go three-, five-, and eight-day menus, handily numbering each bottle so customers know which juice is which.
Vortex Wellness & Aesthetics staffs a cadre of board-certified physicians and permanent-makeup artists, all of who work to help clients achieve their physical goals. The team has added on specialists through the years ? Vortex Wellness originally opened as a weight-loss center and later expanded to include vitamin counseling, cosmetic gynecology, and chronic pain management services. They've also added locations?Vortex Wellness opened a new center in Smyrna in the fall of 2014 after success in L.A. and Long Beach.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($37.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($21.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Rim Marcinkus, MD, PhD, DSc, earned his doctor of medicine and doctor of science in surgery degrees at Vilnius University in Lithuania, where he went on to complete a PhD in scientific research. Practicing plastic surgery for more than 25 years, he has published articles in experimental- and clinical-surgery journals and more progressive issues of Mad magazine. The industry innovator also holds a registered patent for the Eurolift procedure, an advanced technique designed to lift the face by tightening skin and muscles that have loosened due to age or hilly rides in a convertible.
At his Desert Plastic Surgery Center in Rancho Mirage, Dr. Marcinkus specializes in breast enhancements, body sculpting, and hair transplantation, alongside a wide variety of other surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. He seeks out the latest technology and minimally invasive techniques, including full body-lifts after weight-loss surgery, Botox, and dermal fillers.
Under the supervision of Dr. Sohrab Yamini, a team of registered nurses and licensed medical professionals perform a diverse menu of beautifying med-spa services. Clients who want to remove unwanted fuzz can turn to laser hair removal, and those who want a smoother, younger-looking complexion can opt for cosmetic injections. Clients looking to curb cellulite have two options: Zerona, a laser treatment designed to help fat cells be absorbed by the lymphatic system, and VelaShape, a combination of radiofrequency and infrared light that can push fat cells deeper into the body. Whichever treatment customers are in the market for, they'll be able to meet with Dr. Yamini or a physician's assistant to answer any questions they might have about the service or what exactly "doctors" are.