Dr. Jeffrey J. Stein harnesses more than 20 years of experience to lead his professional team of bicuspid buffers in illuminating smiles with a plethora of health-boosting services. During the dental exam (an $85 value), a tooth technician scours each patient's mouth house in search of oral abnormalities, ghosts of baby teeth, and unwelcome tartar guests before a series of digital x-rays (a $125 value) and digital photos (a $40 value) expose chompers with cavities. The appointment concludes with a thorough polishing (a $93 value), where a dental doyen shines pearly whites until they're bright and plaque-free.
At Dental Pros, expert tooth wranglers Dr. Emanuel and Dr. Rabizadeh transform begrimed mouths into bright grins through cosmetic and general dental services. From veneers and Zoom! teeth whitening to dental emergencies such as root canals, the dentists maintain pearly whites' porcelain sheen using both modern techniques and time-honored ritualistic toothbrush sacrifices.
The stately grounds at River Ridge Golf Club are split between two distinct 18-hole courses: The Vineyard Course and The Victoria Lakes Course. Though there is a diverse arrangement of hole layouts littered throughout these sibling courses, a few design features are constants. Well-kept fairways and smooth greens of poa annua grass are always underfoot, one of the 14 water hazards is never far, and a light breeze constantly blows over the club from the Pacific, located just a few miles away.
In fact, the ocean is visible from a handful of high elevation points on the Vineyard Course. Holes three through six are "on top of the world" because they showcase panoramic ocean views and are at the highest elevation in Oxnard. Golfers also encounter water in closer proximity, as five lakes span the back nine on the Vineyard course, including the signature island green on the par-3 18th hole that usually plays into the wind or the occasional golf-ball hail storm. True to its name, the Victoria Lakes course harbors eight acres of water, as well as a stretch of difficult layouts on hole 12, 13, and 14.
In addition to adhering to golf's storied traditions, River Ridge also embraces new developments in the world of sport. Take footgolf, for instance. Started in the Netherlands in 2009, the hybrid sport combines soccer's precision kicks with golf's scoring system and challenging courses. River Ridge embraced the sport early, opening the first footgolf course in California alongside its traditional courses. In addition to attracting curious athletes, the course also earned the attention of the sport's governing body; River Ridge is an official partner of the American FootGolf League, and will host one of the league's inaugural pro-am tournaments in September 2014.
Vineyard Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,761 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72 from the back tees * Course slope of 121 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecards
Victoria Lakes Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,170 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Melissa was a casual gym-goer for most of her life, until one day a fitness instructor suggested that she should consider teaching fitness classes. It took her a year to switch careers, moving from teaching elementary school to teaching group fitness classes. All the while, she was scooping up certifications in anything she could get her hands on, including a National Academy of Sport Medicine certification as a personal trainer. Armed with six certifications and a massage therapist license, Melissa— one of the top endurance athletes in Ventura county— decided to open her own gym, where she could share her love for fitness with others. Rocksteady Fitness was born with the belief that exercise could be, and should be, fun. To that end, Melissa helps whip clients into superb shape by teaching group fitness classes such as kettle-bell training, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and boot camps.
Like any detective, Dr. William Shaffer sometimes fields tough cases. He might have to scout out the perfect contact lens for a hard-to-fit pair of eyes, glasses small enough for a baby, or the right glaucoma treatment. He takes on each visitor with the same cheer and ease, however?after more than 30 years of running a practice in Oxnard, he's learned how to navigate the tricky as well as the routine examples.
Dr. Shaffer examines eyes with standard check-ups and specialty procedures, such as corneal topography measures and glaucoma checks. He determines prescriptions for corrective lenses?glasses or contacts?and helps clients to browse a selection of frames, including specs from Guess and Ray-Ban. Above all, his office emphasizes convenience for families. It boasts eyewear for all ages, an on-site lab for quick repairs, and a bilingual staff.
If you're looking to relieve chronic back pain or make it easier to perform everyday tasks, all without surgery, chiropractic treatment may be the answer. Through the ChiroMassage Centers's list of affiliates across 25 states, patients enlist the help of a licensed doctor of chiropractic, eschewing drugs or invasive treatments for targeted spinal adjustments.
Areas of chronic pain stand little chance against the specialist's careful manipulations, which may help increase range of motion, restore joint function, and prevent vestigial tails from drooping in an unseemly fashion. The knowledgeable doctors not only get to the source of illness and discomfort with joint and spinal treatments, but also help their clients prevent future issues with education and wellness instruction.