Trainer and bodybuilding competitor [Audra Thrush] http://fitfabbody.com/about/bio/) knows firsthand what it's like to struggle with your weight. During college she regularly hit the gym, but it wasn't until she got help from personal training and nutrition classes that she started to get results. After seeing her success, Audra's friends and family sought her help in reaching their fitness goals, driving her to earn several fitness certifications such as National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications in personal training and corrective exercise.
At FitFabBody boot camp, she teaches others the same methods that helped her reach her personal goals. Using balance balls, hand weights, and suspension systems, clients can work themselves back into shape, or build a rudimentary yet functional car. For those who have equipment and a webcam at home, she leads personal-training sessions over Skype as well. Audra also holds outdoor boot-camp classes, leading calisthenics, interval training, and body-weight exercises that she adjusts to suit clients of all abilities.
David Russell, licensed acupuncturist and certified sports-medicine massage therapist, runs Russell Family Acupuncture alongside co-owner and office manager Heidi Russell. After studying acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, David was inspired to target eye conditions through these holistic healing techniques.
The skilled technicians at Maya's Massage Therapy and Willowbend Natural Medicine take a holistic approach to evicting stress from the body and mind. Backs melt under the soothing hands of massage therapist Maya Nicholls, who specializes in releasing chronic tension from musculature. Light Swedish strokes send clients drifting off to the clouds, and deep-tissue manipulations delve far beneath the body's surface to suss out secret stress colonies. Maya customizes each treatment to counteract individual ailments or work around the fact that a client is handcuffed to a hang glider, and she accents muscle maneuverings with a splash of therapeutic-grade essential oils that augment the healing process and produce aromatic scents.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
After a day of antique shopping in historic downtown Petaluma, you find yourself in a tranquil space where scented candles and the sound of a trickling water fountain lull the senses. "Is this a spa?" you ask yourself. "Am I here for a massage?" As dentist Jurina Smida greets you, you realize you've arrived at Dental Care of Petaluma, maybe for a high-tech procedure such as laser gum therapy or a smile-straightening Invisalign treatment. You can't remember—and, quite frankly, you don't care—as you help yourself to a steaming cup from the exotic-tea center, don a pair of DVD-playing glasses, and position a therapeutic pillow beneath your neck. "That was an excellent facial," you think as a staff member hands you a lavender-scented hot towel after your treatment. "Or was that a root canal?"
Jurina Smida has both a DMD degree from the Komesky School of Dentistry and a DDS degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where her son, Dr. Branko Smida, also earned his dental degree. The duo focuses not only on patient comfort but also on seeking out the latest dental technology. They employ an advanced KaVo system to track down cavities and use Cerec software to design and fabricate ceramic crowns or tiny Statues of Liberty in only one visit.
For centuries, Chinese medicine has espoused a holistic understanding of the body centered on the energy channels that connect every fiber of a person’s being. Acupuncture focuses on balancing these energy channels to relieve health problems that range from chronic pain to substance addiction. Led by owners Whitney Schatz and Elizabeth Sailer, the staffers at Petaluma Community Acupuncture administer community-style acupuncture treatments in an open room with plush recliners. Working in a group setting helps keep their prices down and allows patients the added emotional benefit of healing in the presence of friends, family members, and unrequited high-school crushes.
Genesis Fitness’s staff of coaches includes a lifelong athlete, a US Marine, a swim-team coach, and a dedicated computer gamer, all of whom transformed their bodies using the CrossFit method. Now the coaches teach this high-intensity training regimen that focuses on functional movements such as running, jumping, and climbing. They hold classes six days a week in their industrial gym with exposed-brick walls, red steel rafters, and padded floors.