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.
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.
Dr. Barbara Persons, a board-certified plastic surgeon, pares her experience as a surgeon with an artistic vision in all of her procedures. Her areas of specialty include both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and helping new mothers to get back to 'pre-baby' weight.
Jenny Crissman is a licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and pretty good at making peanut-butter sandwiches. During the visit, Jenny makes a full assessment of a patient's medical history, from a sprained ankle in the fourth grade to the back injury resulting from a banana encounter on the set of a cartoon. Based upon each individual history, she gives a variety of diet, nutrition, and herbal recommendations. What follows is the acupuncture treatment itself, when painless, sterile, and hair-thin needles target specific points along the body's energy meridians, a process that can help with all manner of ailments, from chronic pain, headaches, and allergies to stress, depression, and fatigue.
At Bay Area Bodywork, Tia Monroe applies the knowledge she gleaned while attending the National Holistic Institute. Before she opened her own practice, she honed her skills at fitness centers and spas. Today, this certified massage therapist soothes aches and subdues stress with her own unique blend of Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue techniques. Her therapeutic massage sessions combine Swedish and deep-tissue strokes, and her aromatherapy massages blend the aforementioned modalities with essential oils to invigorate the senses. Tia also warms up basalt river stones before using them in hot-stone massages that loosen curmudgeonly knots caused by the words of unlovable curmudgeons.
As their name implies, at Angel Feet Reflexology, they specialize in one thing: reflexology. Their specialty treatment is a foot reflexology session that includes a complementary massage of the rest of the body. The treatment begins as clients dip their feet in a Japanese foot bath before a therapist begins to focus on the upper body including the head, face, and neck. They then turn their attention to the feet and legs, using the ancient art of reflexology to stimulate self-healing and energy flow. Sessions finish by focusing on the back, waist, and shoulders with acupressure massage or with a deep tissue treatment on a massage table.