Upon entering the 25,000-square-foot Club Fit USA facility, guests are greeted by a sea of cardio equipment whirring beneath the glow of TV screens. Past the ellipticals, treadmills, and StairMasters lie Hammer and Icarian strength-training machines alongside Olympic bars and more than 6,000 additional weight plates to help guests carve out chiseled physiques. Within the combat ring, instructors lead boxing, MMA, and professional-style wrestling classes throughout the week, as well as cardio-intensive Civil War reenactments. The instructors also lead groups in myriad exercise classes, and for more personalized fat-burning routines, they work with clients in one-on-one personal-training sessions to draft custom fitness plans. Beyond the gym’s walls, the trainers strive to keep clients healthy with online nutrition tips and articles.
Dr. Richard Rosenfeld knows the way to a person’s heart. As a phlebologist and Diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology, he studies the actual pathways to the heart: the veins. At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, he uses his knowledge to treat patients’ unwanted spider and varicose veins, offering them improved confidence when wearing shorts or swimsuits. Before a procedure, he performs a complimentary consultation to design a treatment plan customized to each patient.
Dr. Victor Manuel Nava's extensive training and surgical career have taken him across the country and back again. After an internship in Baja, California, he completed his general-surgery residency in Wilmington, North Carolina. After 14 years in the Tar Heel State, he came back to California in 2002 and opened his own private practice, where he puts his extensive training and artistic touch to good use performing a full slate of cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, breast augmentations, and liposuction. Not all of his services are surgical, though; he also offers laser hair removal and acne treatments, as well as dermal fillers that diminish wrinkles and render skin smoother than a newborn bowling ball.
Board-certified surgeon and vascular specialist Dr. Syd Garfinkle has been practicing medicine in the Sacramento area for more than 35 years. Over three and a half decades, he has become an expert at wiping out unsightly veins using a variety of nonsurgical methods. During sclerotherapy treatments, Dr. Garfinkle uses injectable medications to collapse and dissappear spider veins while diverting blood back into healthier vessels. Alternatively, for vericose veins, he can guide a thin laser fiber into the veins to zap them shut during endovenous laser treatments (EVLT).
When it comes to chiropractic care, Doctor of Chiropractic Brett Gottlieb aims higher—where the neck meets the skull, to be exact. This branch of chiropractic that focuses exclusively on the top of the spine is called upper cervical chiropractic, an area Dr. Gottlieb has been specializing in since 1993. The top of the spine features a free-floating vertebra called the atlas. As the only moveable vertebra in the spine, the atlas can become easily misaligned, making it difficult to swivel the skull or send along signals and head pats from the brainstem to the organs and muscles. To compensate, the rest of the spine often contorts itself to keep the atlas directly under the skull, causing one leg to become shorter and leading to more pain down the road.
Dr. Gottlieb looks for such signs of misalignment during examinations. To pick up on each patient’s physical nuances, he administers hands-on exams, computerized nervous-system analyses, and postural exams. Afterward, he reviews findings and works with patients to devise a treatment plan, which may include National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) adjustments to balance out the spine and pelvis or massage-therapy treatments to loosen stiff joints.