At Optimum Health Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Michelle Santoro and her team of staff members view health through a holistic lens. Most sessions with the doctor begin with a debriefing of health history and a neurological and orthopedic exam. From there, Dr. Santoro may treat pain with a chiropractic adjustment via the hands-on ?cracking? technique or with a more technological method using infrared lasers or magic. In addition, resident acupuncturist Dr. Tong uses hair-thin needles to open energy channels and relieve a range of symptoms, incorporating cupping and massage as he goes. Clinic staffers also prescribe specific herbal supplements to help heal from the inside out, and will even walk patients through diet and nutrition specifics in pursuit of weight loss or overall wellness.
Aside from boosting wellness, Optimum Health Chiropractic also stimulates relaxation with six types of massage?from Swedish to hot stone?and detoxifying footbaths. They swaddle clients in slimming creams to tighten skin, and use chocolate-scented body scrubs to smooth dry patches and attract feral sundaes during ice-cream-hunting season. They even maintain a menu of traditional spa services, including waxing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and facials augmented by optional pumpkin peels.
Surrounded by craggy peaks, three men in bright-red helmets stand in the midst of wilderness, surveying the mountains around them as their group of hikers break for a snack on the rocky ground. This interface with the majesty of nature is all in a day's work for this trio of adventurers—Paul Mangasarian and Jakob and Daniel Laggner. Still, their passion for open-air exploration grows with each expedition they lead. Paul, Jakob, and Daniel cofounded Treks and Tracks with the dream of orchestrating excursions into nature that combine ancient means of travel—such as sailing, horseback riding, and hitchhiking on a centaur—with modern sports ranging from surfing to rock climbing. Though they focus on introducing novice outdoorsfolk to unspoiled wilderness around the world, Treks and Tracks' cofounders also strive to leave the awe-inspiring surroundings they visit as pristine as they found them by rigorously upholding practices of environmental stewardship on each expedition.
Keeping an eye on patients’ all-over health, chiropractor Dr. Ross Gould guides a comprehensive team whose certified massage therapists, acupuncturist, dietitian, and hypnotherapist restore wellness without drugs or surgery. Dr. Gould specializes in relieving chronic pain and treating sports injuries, such as soreness from tripping over ones' own mascot paws. To that end, he performs skeletal adjustments and spinal-decompression therapy, invigorates muscles with electrical stimulation, and crafts custom exercise programs. Next door, pulses race at Powerhouse Gym, where patients test out new flexibility during complimentary access on the day of an appointment. While their vertebrae stack into healthy spines, patients with tots can also take advantage of the gym's childcare services for $1 an hour.
Dr. Sid Solomon, the head dentist and founder of the Center for Cosmetic, Implant & Neuromuscular Dentistry, believes his dental office can provide something intangible but necessary: trust. He handpicks every member of his staff, ensuring everyone is friendly, helpful, and excellent at rendering beautiful and healthy smiles. But he also works with the faces around those smiles. Apart from cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry, he and his staff use Botox injections to smooth out smile lines around the lips, crow's feet near the eyes, or the frown lines between the brows that result from failing to see the daily recommended amount of puppies.
Equipment: 3,400 sq. ft. of mat space .
Students should bring: Wear comfortable clothing .
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10–20 minutes earlier than your class so you can sign the waver .
The trained staff of Wilshire Center for Dermatology wrangles laser beams, intense lights, and injectables to shape clients' bodies without surgery. Their mastery of laser systems enables them to contour midsections and banish hair from bikini lines, necks, and dorsal fins. They force spider veins into hiding with sclerotherapy and augment butts with injectables.