When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.
At the age of 7, Darcy Edwards would shout for her pony, Fiddlesticks. She still remembers rides on the back of her diminutive steed, though she now has more than 25 years of experience and a forest of colorful ribbons and medals to show for her abilities. In lessons she works to pass on the skills she has accrued in western, dressage, and jumper riding. Darcy, who has been profiled in California Riding Magazine, teaches equestrians of all ages the importance of grooming techniques and accounting for daylight savings time when riding off into the sunset. She also leads day camps for young children in hopes of sparking their equine interests, just as Fiddlesticks sparked hers.
While protecting the beauty of their clients, Spa Willamina also protects their skin and the environment by using pure, plant-based, natural products. Willow Light, the owner, puts her 20 years of healing experience to work in the spa, which features towering plants, an exposed-brick fireplace, and hardwood floors that can be pried up and thrown into the fireplace if necessary. Willow’s staff is a small army of aestheticians and massage therapists who have skills as diverse as certified diet counseling and herbalism. Inside various tranquil spaces—including a shower room, foot-soaking room, and nap room—they work to exfoliate body surfaces, knead out tension, and remove unwanted hair with soft strip and Cirepil Blue hard wax.
Jason Dunbar, owner of CrossFit Poway, has been a CrossFit trainer since 2004, and he took part in some of the renowned workout method's first certification sessions in Santa Cruz. Each one-hour workout is different from the last, challenging muscles to get stronger and faster through high-intensity functional movements such as dumbbell lifts, jumping squats, and anvil juggling. Dunbar also specializes in coaching children and teens during CrossFit Kids classes. In 2011, his gym helped to build a stronger community by hosting a 31 Heroes event to raise money for the families of military personnel killed in active duty.
Burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts of Fit in 60 can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be. Fit in 60's founder discovered firsthand how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement.
Attend to spinal discomforts with a massage session tailored to problem areas. The 60-minute treatment relieves discomforts with Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial and neuromascular therapies, as well as joint range-of-motion techniques. The two-fold healing fest continues with the ion detox foot soak. Baste tired toes into a briny broth of mineral sea salts to flush out toxins and energize the blood. With more than 200 large pores, the feet are a natural place to detox, and due to that, you should drink lots of water before and after treatment. Benefits of the podiatric plunge-and-purge can include relief for muscle aches and joint pains, a boost in immunity and energy levels, and faster healing of soft-tissue injuries sustained after being mistaken for an un-tender cut of meat.