Massage therapist and reiki master Susan Langley exudes passion and expertise for all forms of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. She works with clients to find the right treatment for them, whether it be prenatal massage or the energy-healing treatments of reiki, chakra-balancing, and gemstone therapy.
Dr. Fred Silveria, a graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, has been gently adjusting patients and soothing pain for more than 30 years. Drawing on this experience, Dr. Silveria can find the source of back pain by probing the back gently by hand, using x-rays to identify imbalances, or asking if you’ve starred in a series of popular trampoline-accident videos. Once he has discovered potential issues, he draws on a range of treatments. These can include physical therapy and supplements to help strengthen the body or orthopedic supplies designed to counter the tiny imbalances in the feet that lead to back pain.
Certified colon hydrotherapist Dr. Barry Wachs, whose detoxing services have been profiled in Style magazine, clears and cleanses the body's lowermost tributaries through gentle irrigation. The discreet, hygienic facilities at The Colon Therapy Center include private treatment rooms and bathrooms, disposable plastic accessories, and plumbing that emits filtered water as pure as Snow White's thoughts. Dr. Wachs also helps clients rid their bodies of poisons with ionic footbaths, which employ ionic and low-voltage energy to banish internal detritus into the basin's roiling currents.
Doctor of Chiropractic Lance Clifton, a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, has been a practicing chiropractor for nearly two decades. Over that time, he's built up a repertoire of nonforceful techniques that can help improve one’s overall sense of well-being and mend myriad injuries, such as any suffered from trying to do The Worm on pavement. Dr. Clifton’s knowledge extends past chiropractic adjustments—he also helps people improve their quality of life with health counseling, stretching, and exercise.
When it comes to chiropractic care, Doctor of Chiropractic Brett Gottlieb aims higher—where the neck meets the skull, to be exact. This branch of chiropractic that focuses exclusively on the top of the spine is called upper cervical chiropractic, an area Dr. Gottlieb has been specializing in since 1993. The top of the spine features a free-floating vertebra called the atlas. As the only moveable vertebra in the spine, the atlas can become easily misaligned, making it difficult to swivel the skull or send along signals and head pats from the brainstem to the organs and muscles. To compensate, the rest of the spine often contorts itself to keep the atlas directly under the skull, causing one leg to become shorter and leading to more pain down the road.
Dr. Gottlieb looks for such signs of misalignment during examinations. To pick up on each patient’s physical nuances, he administers hands-on exams, computerized nervous-system analyses, and postural exams. Afterward, he reviews findings and works with patients to devise a treatment plan, which may include National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) adjustments to balance out the spine and pelvis or massage-therapy treatments to loosen stiff joints.
Cynthia Ruiz spent her corporate career helping others, but after 30 years, she wanted to do more. In 2005, she began looking for the services of a life coach, which eventually led her to the California Institute of Healing Arts. Cynthia walked away from the institute with a degree as a holistic health practitioner, alternative health practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified behavioral therapist, and certified life coach. These disciplines are combined into holistic hypnotherapy programs to help clients achieve their goals, from eliminating smoking habits to losing unwanted pounds. Cynthia uses specialized hypnotherapy to remove mental blocks that inhibit growth and replaces them with thoughts that bolster inner-strength, all while clients remain conscious of themselves and their surroundings.