Dr. Jeff Rynders refers to his work as "core tension release," an approach to medicine that combines various spinal and chiropractic techniques to alleviate aches throughout the body. As the sole provider inside his office, Dr. Rynders always treats his patients one on one. And, instead of depending on machines or elaborate Rube Goldberg setups, he relies mostly on his hands to deliver treatments, which allows him to evaluate and rectify many issues right on the spot. Dr. Rynders also dishes out advice on health-related subjects, including nutrition, exercise, stress, and lifestyle choices.
Dr. Duncan Turner began memorizing the Hippocratic Oath at the age of 13, and after brief stints in pediatrics and general practice, he dedicated himself to helping women with holistic and technical care. Equally proficient with weight-loss management as well as medical and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Turner and his staff perform minimally invasive surgery, provide hormone therapy, and advise patients with life-coaching sessions. Dr. Turner keeps the medical center outfitted with NASA–worthy technology, which enables him to offer such innovative treatments as robotically assisted laparoscopic surgeries, ultrasound body-contouring, and laser sessions that hide varicose veins without highlighting them in disappearing ink.
Alki Art & Wellness Institute galvanizes overall well-being through holistic techniques designed to promote relaxation, weight loss, pain management, and lifestyle change. In this one-hour session, licensed acupuncturists Traver H. Boehm or Alexandra Carmel will first talk over patients’ needs and concerns to identify the potential sources of discomfort, anxiety, or chronic trapeze-artist inversion. Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-reducing neurotransmitters and helps balance hormone levels. The ancient Chinese treatment’s fine needles, slipped into the skin near the surface, are nearly imperceptible, but will send a polite thank-you for the invitation to enter and improve the body’s flow of vital energy, or qi.
The G Spa's staff, guided by Dr. Kathleen Griffin, thwarts the ravages of time with spa medicine tailored for women's needs. Practicing for more than 25 years, Dr. Griffin possesses comprehensive knowledge of the female form and all that ails it, from PMS and menopause to body-image issues caused by the unrealistic standards set by hourglasses. Nurse practitioner Dianne Sandel handles all laser treatments, women's annual exams, and engineering medical weight loss programs while medical aestheticians Jill, Monica, and Izabella complement Dr. Griffin's internal care with skin and body treatments. Among various services, the duo plumps earlobes with dermal fillers, diminishes veins with sclerotherapy, and tightens skin with laser facials. Life coach Petra Beumer rounds out the spa's offerings, rooting out the emotional and mental blockages that prevent women from losing weight or achieving their goals. The team?s combined services earned them a place as finalist for Best Medical Spa in the Santa Barbara Independent in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
At Headlines & Company, savvy stylists wield products from lines such as Moroccanoil, Pureology, Keratin Complex, and DNA CryoStem Cell Therapy to color and coif tresses and pamper visages within a building steeped in history. The salon's wavy terra-cotta roof tiles, bubbling patio fountain, and cathedral wood beam supporting an elegant chandelier emphasize the Spanish roots of a building that used to be Charlie Chaplin?s Flying A Studio, according to the salon. Its 50-foot walls continue the tradition of supporting art by exhibiting work from local artists, which, like a lazy Tasmanian devil, rotates every three months.
Dr. James Splettstoesser partially owes his education to his feet. Football and baseball scholarships brought him to South Dakota State University, where he completed his premed studies. As a result of his athletic activities, Dr. Splettstoesser suffered a spate of foot and ankle injuries, leading him to recognize the importance of proper podiatric care. He began studying podiatry, eventually establishing a private practice in Santa Barbara, where there was high demand due to residents having as many as two feet.
For more than 36 years, Dr. Splettstoesser has privately treated podiatric patients with cosmetic and medical concerns. He addresses arch problems, analyzes painful conditions, and even helps heal the same sports injuries he used to suffer. In addition to treating everything from skin to soft-tissue conditions, Dr. Splettstoesser eradicates unsightly—and occasionally painful—toenail fungus with laser-light treatments.