Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.
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.
A California-licensed naturopathic doctor, Robert Paul Duplain addresses health issues through a combination of natural medicine and Western medical science. Instead of treating individual symptoms, Dr. Duplain susses out the underlying causes behind these symptoms, employing physical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling to remedy acute and chronic conditions. As guests enter the health center, Dr. Duplain walks them through the naturopathic process, speaking about health goals and symptoms before conducting a physical exam to explore what might be interfering with their overall well-being. Dr. Duplain and his patients then work together to form a treatment plan that promotes recovery through noninvasive measures.
At My Heart Watch, a board-certified physician and a staff of medical professionals screen patients with a wide range of tests, checking blood for cholesterol levels, lipid profiles, allergies, and liver function. With simple, affordable screenings of the body's vital systems, clients can take charge of their health by catching heart disease and metabolic issues early, reducing their risk of stroke and heart attack at a fraction of the cost of a doctor's visit. In addition to examining blood for triglyceride and hemoglobin levels, technicians check for osteoporosis by testing patients' bone density with simple ultrasonic applications.
Optimum Health Clinic’s holistic healers bolster full-body well-being with detox programs, acupuncture, and massage practices amid a serene spa environment. As guests lounge in a heated, basswood-constructed cocoon, the 60-minute infrared-sauna session works to safely purge physiques of cholesterol and heavy-metal toxins, such as mercury, lead, and cartoon anvils. The hypoallergenic haven cascades infrared light over the body from every angle, flooding cells with detoxifying benefits shown to assist with weight loss, lower blood pressure, and reduce chronic pain. Customers can while away the one-hour relaxation fest by reading an enthralling tome, listening to personal CDs on the sauna’s surround-sound system, or mentally recalling two episodes of Judge Judy in their entirety.
Ryan Dempsey, the founder and licensed acupuncturist of Marinwood Community Acupuncture, first crossed paths with the treatment when he traveled to China while earning his undergraduate degree in history. As a part of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Integrated Medicine, he saw firsthand the integration of Western and Chinese medicine in several of the country’s large public hospitals, where he gained a deep appreciation for the culture and history.
But it wasn’t until Ryan experienced a severe shoulder injury that he had personal experience with acupuncture. Faced with the idea of surgery, he instead thought back to his experiences and sought out treatment for himself. Eventually, with treatment and rehabilitation, he recovered fully and was inspired to dedicate his career to Chinese medicine. Now, practicing integrative Chinese medicine with a specialty in women’s health and obstetrics, he runs Marinwood Community Acupuncture, where he invites patrons to seek treatment for conditions relating to areas such as reproductive, neurologic, or sleep. He offers both private and communal acupuncture sessions, as well as herbal medicine (sourced from a company in Boulder, Colorado), directing the best course of treatment and action based on review of patients' medical history and concerns.