Even with 22 years of teeth-tending experience, Dr. Edward Jang continues to attend workshops to keep up with the latest in dental technology. Opalescence Boost whitening rejuvenates less-than-lustrous teeth in just over an hour without the harsh glow of ultraviolet rays. Instead, a dentist-supervised assistant coats chompers with a chemically activated regiment of fluoride and potassium nitrate to beef up enamel strength and bolster oral security against cavities and malicious ex-retainers. Mouth masters freshly mix Boost's bleach for each session, delivering consistent color to each tooth and lightening hues three–six shades in a single visit.
Before earning his doctorate and moving to Costa Rica with his wife to work in chiropractic clinics, Doctor of Chiropractic Beckman worked as a neuroscientist for the drug industry. In his bio he describes this career change as a 180, because he is now dedicated to helping people maintain their wellness rather than masking their pain with pharmaceutical drugs.
At his practice in Lafayette, Dr. Beckman uses chiropractic treatments to offer comprehensive healthcare to each of his clients with a specialty in family care and sports chiropractic. Therapies include active-release techniques to remove scar tissue from muscles, as well as physiotherapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles in problem areas. The staff also offers physical therapy and exercise training in its gym to strengthen the body and prevent further injuries. In addition, Dr. Beckman pairs with massage therapist Sandy Denzler to offer treatments that help the body repair itself, much like the treatments a car receives at a holistic mechanic.
Known as the Forest Pool when it opened in 1927, Montclair Swim Club is a private, family-friendly establishment dedicated to cooling off members in style. Hillsides blooming with trees border three heated pools, including a workout pool, a recreation pool, and a baby pool. Sprawling decks allow members to sunbathe or shout butterfly-stroke tips to toddlers. Inside, a fitness center stocked with cardio machines and strength-training equipment offers sweeping views of the scenic property.
Absolute Center's smorgasbord of fitness classes spans fields from Pilates to TRX and yoga, with all instructors bolstering their teacher certification with ongoing in-house training. The expansive studio is flush with the equipment necessary to help students accomplish physical and mental fitness, with CoreAlign posture-improving equipment sidekicked by Pilates reformers and roaming herds of yoga mats. In addition to a thorough screening to capture educational experience and personality, each Absolute Center trainer graduates from custom-tailored lessons on practical exercise, human anatomy, and cursive writing.
Licensed acupuncturist Benjamin Dierauf presents patients with a range of ways to feel better, but he relies mainly on acupuncture for its versatility and effectiveness. A former professor and academic dean at AIMC Berkeley, he now focuses full time on clients, aligning their internal energies to help them recover from all manner of physical and emotional ailments. He demonstrates his commitment to clients by referring them to a different health provider if his techniques aren’t able to help.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Dr. Barbara Persons, a board-certified plastic surgeon, pares her experience as a surgeon with an artistic vision in all of her procedures. Her areas of specialty include both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and helping new mothers to get back to 'pre-baby' weight.