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 University Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Richard Tu draws upon his training at notable institutions including St. Mary's Medical Center, UCSF, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Cambridge Hospital at Harvard. Armed with years of experience?as well as the ability to speak English, Vietnamese, and conversational Spanish?, Dr. Tu specializes in repairing flat feet, performing laser toenail treatments, and fixing failed foot and ankle surgeries. In addition, he treats calluses and plantar fasciitis.
NiCole Guiliani knows a lot about looking good inside and out. Her career began in fashion, which she studied in San Diego and Paris. After years in the industry, however, her ongoing struggle with adult acne inspired her to become a licensed aesthetician and learn how to beat blemishes for herself and others. Now, inside Siti Med Spa, Guiliani performs custom facials with Cosmedix products. The facials are geared toward results, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also pamper—each includes perks, such as massages and aromatherapy. Guiliani teams up with a nurse practitioner, who offers cosmetic injections that invite youth to stay awhile. The duo also performs services such as body wraps and waxing, which removes hair more quickly than lying on the beach and waiting for erosion to do its thing.
Dr. Leslie Chen practices what she preaches at her practice, Eye Studio Optometry. After thoroughly reviewing both methods, she decided against relieving her dry eyes and other vision issues with LASIK—for free—in favor of Paragon CRT, a noninvasive treatment that improves eyesight overnight with therapeutic contact lenses. In addition to this procedure, her office offers routine vision exams, glaucoma treatments, dry-eye solutions, and a selection of eyewear from designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Armani, and Dior.
Eclipse Eyewear fashions chic sunglasses from a selection of 1,500 frames from high-end brands such as Chanel, Prada, and Versace. Luxurious shades stand against walls and look out from display cases, eager to slide over patrons' eyes to shield them from harsh rays or pigeons' attempts to make eye contact and demand breadcrumbs.
The experienced aestheticians at Ageless and Beautiful foster smoother dermises and slimmer waistlines with Lipomassage, also known as endermologie. During the noninvasive, FDA-approved treatment, trained hands guide dual-action rollers across problem areas to break apart fat cells. The rollers, much like a moody blowfish, employ a combination of agitation and suction designed to shrink cellulite and firm loose skin. Though not classified as a weight-loss procedure or a mammal, Lipomassage can reduce inches in addition to reducing the appearance of cellulite.