Food, stress, blood-sugar levels, wearing a steel hat—any and all of these factors can bring on a massive headache. According to the West Hills Medical Center, 90% of Americans suffer from headaches, and they use a number of resources to identify and combat the cause. Medical care, physical therapy, and chiropractic care combined with a medically administered nerve-blocking nasal spray work in concert to provide immediate relief, and the effects last longer with each subsequent treatment.
This process stands as just one example of West Hills Medical Center’s commitment to helping patients manage and eliminate pain. Consultations can identify the source of muscle aches while guiding patients toward avoiding the problem in the future. Guided by doctors, skilled massage therapists knead deep-seated tension from the back and limbs. At West Hills, a range of advanced equipment, such as ankle-foot orthotics and knee braces, helps clients safeguard their health after they leave the practice. The staff also focuses on beautification as well as rehabilitation with B12 injections designed to burn fat, boost energy, and make all chocolate bars look like mousetraps.
After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.
As a Vietnam veteran, Ellen Ona, L.Ac., is no stranger to physical and emotional pain. She served as a medic and surgical scrub technician in the U.S. Army, and after graduating from the esteemed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and traveling to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China to study Chinese herbal medicine, Ona went on to become a licensed practitioner and a nationally board-certified diplomat of Oriental medicine. She utilizes her extensive training to treat a wide variety of conditions with 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese medicine techniques. Ona performs acupuncture treatments and dispenses Chinese herbs to address stress, chronic pain, or the inability to ferret out Magic Eye images. As a gesture of goodwill and support, Ona offers complimentary treatments—including the "Battle Field Acupuncture Protocol"—to other vets suffering from back, neck, or joint pain or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Trainer and Fuse Fitness Studio founder Jason Zawodniak strives to help his patrons overcome their mental and physical obstacles to looking and feeling awesome. His high-intensity express workouts motivate beginners to sculpt lean physiques and fuel fitness diehards with the fire to blast past their fitness plateaus. Although they offer co-ed programs, Zawodniak and his team of nationally certified trainers specialize in women's fitness. Their programs help gals burn fat and build muscle in intensive group fitness classes paired with one-on-one training sessions, which are customized to each individual's goals and needs. In addition to exercise sessions, Jason and his staff keep students on the path to chiseled physiques with ongoing nutritional support, regular fitness seminars, and at-home motivation through emails, phone calls, and telepathy.
Licensed Acupuncturists Sydnie Bryant, Jessica Fritz, and Daniel Johnson, hold masters degrees from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. The studio also offers a range of meditative and wellness classes, including both tai chi and yoga. Use ancient movement patterns to elegantly harmonize with your surroundings and de-stress; from beginner yoga to hatha to vinyasa flow, yogis and tai chi practitioners of all experience levels can benefit from the mindful instruction of WAY Wellness Center. All instructors are certified and experienced.