After fulfilling his dream of becoming a Doctor of Medicine at Stanford University's School of Medicine in 2002, Duke T. Khuu, MD, F.A.A.D. dreamed again. This time, he would establish his own institution: a haven for patients to relish in his seemingly infinite dermatological knowledge. This dream, like all of Dr. Khuu's dreams, also came true. Today, Khuu Dermatology is a veritable haven for anyone suffering from dermal anomalies, including wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and unsightly veins. The board-certified dermatologist—alongside his team of registered nurses—immaculately execute a full repertoire of medical and cosmetic skincare procedures, from microdermabrasion facials to cancer screenings. Dr. Khuu also takes care to keep patients fully informed on treatment options, so each patient can achieve their time-reversing skin goals. In his spare time, Dr. Khuu likes to go figure skating.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Dr. Veena Vamadev isn't content with treating just her current patients. As an endodontist in India, she helped train the next generation of dentists by teaching at the university level. After immigrating to the United States, she earned her doctorate and now keeps patients’ teeth in tip-top shape at Camino Family Dentistry. She performs regular checkups, covers cracked or tattooed teeth with veneers, and uses her endodontic expertise to repair damaged teeth using root canals.
Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center’s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue’s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.
Yoga Belly's misty-blue studio with its inviting wicker armchairs envelops students in a soothing ambiance to match its relaxing yoga schedule. A stable of savvy instructors guides stretchers of all stripes amid heated classrooms stoked to warm the muscles, enticing stubborn sweat and room-temperature leftovers from the body. Yoga Belly's sprawling studio affords each stretcher enough space to sprawl atop rich, chocolate-colored wooden floors. Yogis can bring their own mats and towels, or can rent them for class or makeshift-fort duty.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.
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