At ALC of Vallejo, Alfred L. Caruso, MD and his experienced staff exclusively use Palomar lasers for their noninvasive aesthetic treatments. Their StarLux 500 model scatters light over faces during IPL photofacials that work to eliminate sun damage, and triggers the body’s healing processes to address wrinkles and acne during fractional laser sessions. For patients looking to part ways with unwanted follicles, the staff employs a Vectus laser, cooling gel, and a tasteful Dear Hair letter. A seasoned veteran in medical aesthetics, Dr. Caruso has operated his own practice for the past 14 years.
Though he was destined to become an ophthalmologist, Dr. William Ellis didn't always have a clear vision for his career. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he studied electrical engineering, focusing on field and wave transmission—lasers, in other words. It was a worthy prelude to his eventual specialty, since after completing medical school and his residency, though, Dr. Ellis realized the enormous potential of lasers—via the revolutionary new procedure known as LASIK—to help his patients see more clearly. Since then, he has performed more than 68,000 LASIK surgeries and even helped pioneer Epi-LASIK, a version of the procedure that doesn't use blades to make the incision. At his practices throughout the Bay Area, Dr. Ellis continues to take pride in performing every LASIK procedure, giving patrons the gift of clear eyesight so they can finally make out the tiny poems written between the lines of barcodes.
For esthetician Linda Becerra, education is a neverending pursuit. In addition to graduating from a state-licensed program and passing all written and practical exams, Becerra continues to stay up to date on trends through a wealth of skin-centric coursework. Armed with her education and medical background, the licensed esthetician performs a variety of facial treatments that help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and stimulate circulation. She also applies semi-permanent color to lashes or eyebrows to draw attention to the eyes and away from the fact that your shoes are unvelcroed.
When it comes to educating people about natural health, Doctor of Chiropractic John Erdmann isn’t content to just share his knowledge across Natural Health Family Center’s two locations. Rather, he brings his expertise to the masses with seminars on diet, exercise, and emotional freedom, as well as by packing his website with useful information. But trips to the office are necessary for his gentle adjustments and holistic specialty—applied kinesiology—a method that combines manual muscle testing with diagnostic tests to help increase the body’s potential.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
Dr. Larry A. Jebrock has rubbed elbows with the finest optometric associations in the nation, from the American Optometric Association to the Academy of Corrective Optometry. His 43 years of service as an optometrist have granted him powerful insight into troubling conditions and issues. His services range from noninvasive vision correction to overcoming reading and learning disabilities through vision reprogramming, which involves detecting issues of perception and emotion as well as a straightforward physical evaluation of the eyes.
He also revitalizes eyes with LASIK treatments, and he is more than willing to give all his patients second opinions and personal phone consultations—which involve him weighing the virtue of a flip phone versus a traditional rotary model.