Having spent two-and-a-half seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ associate alternative team doctor, Doctor of Chiropractic Darrick Sahara has the chiropractic chops to keep both regular patients and top-level athletes injury-free. At his clinic, he combines traditional chiropractic techniques with a variety of other alternative modalities, including homeopathy, hyperbaric-oxygen therapy, and applied kinesiology to treat injuries and ailments with a holistic approach.
Founded by Dancing with the Stars choreographer Christian Perry, Havin’ a Ball Studios strives to fuse fun, health, and the culture of dance with lessons and social events. With studios in Arcadia, Pasadena, and Valencia, Christian and his squad of instructors imbue students with the rhythms and motions of the waltz, swing, salsa, tango, and more. They also host dance competitions and mixers such as '50s-themed dance parties. Dance fitness classes, including Ballroom Burn, present fitness enthusiasts with an alternative to standard workouts.
The team of cosmetic and plastic surgeons at Athenix Body Sculpting Institute understands the direct link between physical appearance and self-confidence. In their quest to collectively boost the public's self-esteem, they actively reshape and refine clients' problem areas using the industry's latest technologies—including Natrelle breast implants, natural fat transfers, Body-Jet liposuction, and nonsurgical body contouring—to create curves that parabolas could only dream of.
Many of the clinic's doctors also dedicate their efforts to reshaping the lives of those less fortunate in the community. Dr. Maurice Sherman, the clinic's chief medical officer, donates his time and talents to victims of domestic violence, and Dr. Millicent Odunze repairs cleft palates and other facial deformities as a volunteer for Operation Smile.
Upon entering YogaHop’s boldly colored confines and hearing vibrant pop and hip-hop tunes blasting from the classrooms’ speakers, exercisers know they’re not in a typical yoga studio. At both the Pasadena and Santa Monica locations, students immerse themselves in energetic classes that, like the Taj Mahal after hours, blend the ancient practice of yoga with pulse-pounding dance music that forms a workout InTouch magazine dubs “insane” and Maxim calls “inspiring” and “spiritual.” No matter the ability level, students find their stride thanks to patient and effervescent instructors who lead them through a continuous flow of poses, stopping only to gently correct a position or ask occasional student Reese Witherspoon for her autograph.
Registered acupuncturist and medical professor Dr. J.R. Zhou helms Acupuncture Clinic of Pasadena, where she uses sterile, disposable needles and natural herbs to break cycles of illness and anxiety. During acupuncture sessions, Dr. Zhou stimulates specific points across the body, helping to unblock energy pathways, pinpoint new freckles, and potentially assuage stress, anxiety, or pain. She also prepares customized herbal teas and supplements that, in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine, deliver natural curative benefits to the body.