At BodySculptMD, Dr. Janice Vaughn focuses on women's health by addressing the mind, body, and spirit from the cells up. She offers medical and weight-loss services including bioidentical hormone therapy, metabolic testing, and customized weight-loss programs to reeducate bodily systems and prevent or reverse cell breakdown. To enhance outsides, Dr. Vaughn also performs noninvasive aesthetic procedures with devices such as ReFirme, VelaShape, and Zerona. The laser- or radiofrequency-based treatments are designed to tighten skin and reduce fat and cellulite, and, like the best power naps, require little to no downtime.
The board-certified medical duo of LaserDoc, Dr. Bruce E. Thompson and Irina Abovsky-Akkerman, sweep away strands and bulges during physician-designed laser skincare treatments that use the HarmonyXL and AccentXL systems. Clients can begin their skin-clearing journey through two sessions of laser hair removal, a process that saturates unwanted follicles with the HarmonyXL's targeting light beams to lessen hair visibility and negate new growth. Through the Accent system, patients can bid adieu to lax skin and cellulite with a dual dose of nonsurgical laser treatments that tighten connective tissues. The treatment helps freshly taut body covers reduce visible fat volume and increase surface tension to deflect misaimed paper airplanes.
In Sanskrit, the word “niroga” means “freedom from disease.” Staying true to their business' namesake, the instructors and healers at Niroga Yoga Studio strive to guide students down a path of mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The aforementioned path takes on a literal form in the palatial exercise space—students lie on mats beside a path formed in the floorboards that leads to an image of a blossoming lotus. Beneath spheres of soft light, teachers walk about to offer modifications for poses or inspirational shadow puppets. They hold classes that are meditative, therapeutic, or fitness oriented, and regularly offer separate workshops on stress management and the physiological benefits of yoga practice. There are also yoga therapists and massage therapists that can further aid in healing and finding peace of mind.
The nonprofit Niroga Institute, which specializes in transforming the lives of incarcerated youth, underserved high-school students, and cancer survivors, operates Niroga Yoga Studio.
At Bay Area Bodywork, Tia Monroe applies the knowledge she gleaned while attending the National Holistic Institute. Before she opened her own practice, she honed her skills at fitness centers and spas. Today, this certified massage therapist soothes aches and subdues stress with her own unique blend of Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue techniques. Her therapeutic massage sessions combine Swedish and deep-tissue strokes, and her aromatherapy massages blend the aforementioned modalities with essential oils to invigorate the senses. Tia also warms up basalt river stones before using them in hot-stone massages that loosen curmudgeonly knots caused by the words of unlovable curmudgeons.
Jenny Crissman is a licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and pretty good at making peanut-butter sandwiches. During the visit, Jenny makes a full assessment of a patient's medical history, from a sprained ankle in the fourth grade to the back injury resulting from a banana encounter on the set of a cartoon. Based upon each individual history, she gives a variety of diet, nutrition, and herbal recommendations. What follows is the acupuncture treatment itself, when painless, sterile, and hair-thin needles target specific points along the body's energy meridians, a process that can help with all manner of ailments, from chronic pain, headaches, and allergies to stress, depression, and fatigue.
Mei Yao of May’s Body & Skin Care Spa can fight blemishes on both sides of the world, since she's earned licensing in aesthetics in both the U.S. and China during her 20 year career. Today, she makes over bodies with high-tech services including LED photo facials, permanent-makeup applications, and deep pore cleanses. She also distributes Rosemiss products, which are as hard to find as John Wilkes Booth's indie band demo.
The stakes are undoubtedly high. At the current rate of donation, more than 30% of people on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List will never get the organs they need. California Transplant Donor Network aims to change that by educating people and raising awareness. They also put boots on the ground, facilitating organ and tissue donation by offering assistance to 175 hospitals in California and Nevada. In addition to their donation work, the network holds events such as 5Ks to raise funds and invites families of donors to contribute memories to the Donor Memorial Quilt Project.