A graduate of South Baylo University in Anaheim, Andrea Johnston uses acupuncture and the various modalities of Oriental medicine to restore health and harmony to her clients' minds and bodies. She treats a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and digestive woes to emotional distress and superpowers. Her calming bedside manner and the fineness of the implements she uses contribute to the "virtually painless" nature of her treatments.
Though No Limits-Art of Strength owner Willie B. Ray teaches subjects called "The Art of Undulation" and "Intro to the Bells," he doesn't run a dance academy. The certified personal trainer does embrace some of dancing's tenets, though—namely that you should work your entire body during his classes. Willie leads exercises that activate as many muscles as possible, resulting in strength that assists the body in day-to-day life as much as it does in the gym.
"Intro to the Bells" references kettlebells, whereas "The Art of Undulation" refers to the waves made by weighted ropes as people raise and lower them in rhythm. This type of training, called "Ropes Gone Wild," forces the body's components to work in harmony. Like most of Willie's workout programs, it also caters to athletes as well as first-time trainees. In fact, Willie and his staff—which consists of an Army fitness instructor and a martial-arts fighter—work with people from all walks of life when leading group classes and private sessions. Their routines can be tailored to personal goals ranging from injury rehabilitation to weight loss. You could also hone-in on sports drills that enhance on-the-field performance. Students typically engage in interval training with old-school weights; they might lift barbells, medicine balls, and kettle bells to hit power milestones.
Registered nurse Anne Swann commands the LightSheer Diode laser with a steady hand as she carefully zaps away unwanted hair on all skin types and shades. Her cross-country experience in medical aesthetics—including directing a clinic in San Francisco and writing published articles on high-tech skincare—has armed her with skills in preventing and masking signs of aging using Botox and medical-grade facials.
Sf. Ramon Careaga began his career in the world of electromagnets and circuits, receiving his bachelor?s degree in electrical engineering. Today he works with energy pathways of another kind as one of three licensed acupuncturists at Blue Lotus Health and Acupuncture, also treating clients using herbology, tui-na acupressure, and therapeutic tai chi. Arwen Careaga focuses on women's health, including pediatrics and dermatology, whereas Jenny-Marie Greenough treats pain, anxiety, and other health concerns from her perch in Elizabethtown. The trio's interest in good health blossomed at school: all three practitioners received their Masters degrees from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego.
First educated in her home country of Romania, Dr. Saxman came to America with her husband, continuing her pursuit of knowledge at the School of Medicine, University of California. There, she found a staff of professors as interested as she was in alternative treatments, and began to study acupuncture and herbal remedies. With her practice—Acupuncture-Integrative Medicine, LLC—now established in Lexington, she blurs the line between Western doctoring and traditional Chinese medicine. She assists clients with weight loss, anti-aging, musculoskeletal therapy, and, of course, acupuncture.
Beaumont Chiropractic and Wellness Center's chiropractors Collin Smith and James McMonigle approach wellness from a holistic perspective. They follow a three-phase process, focusing first on immediate pain relief before turning their attention to personally tailored spinal corrections. And after coaxing backsides into more comfortable curves, the chiropractors help to bolster long-term wellness with lifestyle advice, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling that helps clients to understand which crayon colors taste the yuckiest.