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Dr. Richard H. German, FACS, Elite Med Spa's board-certified on-staff physician, has partnered with over 11,000 patients to help reach their weight-loss goals through healthy diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements. He and his staff, winners of Palo Alto Online's 2012 Best New Service Business award, custom tailor slimming plans to each individual client, taking into account medical history, BMI, and nutrition needs, then support dieters with weekly check-ins or long-term guidance. Dr. German also holds certification in facial injectables such as Botox or Juvederm to keep skin looking fresh and supple. Additional services include hormone replacement therapy, laser hair removal, medically supervised weight management, and photofacials. A complimentary consultation is included with each service.

36 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto,
CA
US

A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That?s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere?whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client?s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and d?colletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients? beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.

515 El Camino Real
Menlo Park,
CA
US

The team at Butchart Health Center consists of Dennis Butchart, a doctor of chiropractic, and fellow physicians, Dr. Robert Duplain ND and Dr. Corrine Wang ND. Together they take a deeper a look at the root of patient's surface symptoms to target the underlying cause. The root of many ailments often can be traced to spinal misalignment, which he and his colleague Dr. Jeremy Jones then treat using a variety of adjustment techniques and stern lectures.

Their teammate, J. A. Servatius, a naturopathy specialist, takes a similar holistic approach to his weight-loss and wellness treatments. He aims to help his clients make positive changes in their lives by adopting proper nutrition and healthy habits.

34563 Alvarado Niles Rd
Union City,
CA
US

The aesthetic professionals at Salon Elizabeth treat skincare as an art as well as a science, wielding advanced products from Rep?chage, Cellex-C, DermaQuest Skin Therapy, and glo therapeutics. Over the span of two decades, the staff has cultivated a peaceful environment in which to perform skin-revitalization treatments and break the news to their parents that MTV no longer plays music videos. In private treatment rooms, they help clients erase signs of aging with medical therapies such as IPL photo-facials, biosonic microdermabrasion, and alpha-hydroxy acid peels, as well as spa therapists such as European, herbal-enzyme, and vitamin C-infused anti-aging facials. They also tone whole bodies with seaweed wraps, tangerine-lavender scrubs, infrared sauna sessions, and therapeutic massages.

381 1st St.
Los Altos,
CA
US

In a sunflower-colored sanctuary with welcoming, veranda-esque furniture, the beautifiers of Bay Area Body Spa tackle superficial imperfections with a diverse service menu. Slimming figures and reducing ticket-fares when traveling by suitcase is a specialty achieved by noninvasive body contouring and body wraps. Once bodies are molded into the desired shape, they can receive other upgrades including UV-free airbrush tanning, facials and waxing, and teeth-whitening treatments that makes teeth up to eight shades brighter in as little as 15 minutes.

100 W El Camino Real, Ste 67
Mountain View,
CA
US

A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.

Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.

3988 Rivermark Pkwy
Santa Clara,
CA
US