Best Hospital: Scripps

Ellen Browning Scripps would be proud. The hospital she founded in 1924 has evolved into five acute-care hospital campuses, clinics, and other facilities that treat a half million patients each year. Recognized as one of the top ten health systems in the nation, Scripps is also known for clinical research, genomic medicine, wireless healthcare, and graduate medical education. (800/scripps, www.scripps.org)

Best General Medical Practitioner: Charles E. Graham, MD

This top doc rates highly with Ranch & Coast readers. An internist with 45 years of experience, Graham got his medical degree at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and is now affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and La Jolla. (858/756-5475)

Best Pediatrician: Shakha Gillin, MD, FAAP Of El Camino Pediatrics

The kid-friendly Gillin is especially interested in preventative care, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for children. Medicine runs in the family: her husband Scott is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Rady Children Hospital and her twin sister Vishakha Gigler, MD, is a well-regarded dermatologist in Encinitas. (www.elcaminopediatrics.com)

Best OB/GYN: Robert Biter, MD

He a natural. An advocate of natural birthing techniques, this popular North County doctor directs Seaside Women Health. A multiple winner this year, he also took top honors for his Babies by the Sea Boutique, in partnership with Laura Fairchild. (760/642-0800)

Best Alternative Health Practitioner: Indigo Dragon Center

This Encinitas-based center provides personalized treatments for the body, mind, and soul. It offers acupuncture, massage, and other services to help clients reach optimum health and well-being at any age or stage in life. (760/652-1116, www.indigodragoncenter.com)

Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Amir Karam, MD

The handsome Amir Karam, MD can help you look your best, too. Founder of Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery, he specializes in facelifts, and nose and eye surgery, along with injectables and cosmetic dermal fillers. (858/259-3223, www.drkaram.com)

Best Dermatologist: Susan Stuart, MD

Founder and medical director of La Jolla Dermatology and Medical Spa, Susan Stuart, MD is a leading expert in her field. Her practice is committed to making patients feel like family, offering the latest skin care options including Botox, laser hair removal, and Fraxel laser treatments. Your skin never looked so good. (858/623-6333, www.lajollaskin.com)

Best General Dentist: David Eshom, DDS

He can put a smile on your face. David Eshom, DDS delights in creating beautiful, healthy smiles, using the latest high-tech tools from lasers to computer imaging. He on the board of the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. (800/639-7353, www.eshomdds.com)

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Ron Barry, DMD

Specializing in cosmetic dentistry and implants, Ron Barry, DMD is committed to a lifelong relationship with you and your family. He uses cutting edge-techniques and materials that have made bonding and inlays stronger and more natural looking. All that, plus service with a smile. (858/755-7118, www.ronbarrydmd.com)

Best Pediatric Dentist/Orthodontist: Dental Specialty Associates

Give your kids something to grin about with dental pros J. Patrick Davis, Matt Davis, and orthodontist Terrie Yoshikane. They provide the latest treatment options for optimal dental health. But the smiles don’t end there — Yoshikane has also been providing the orthodontic care for patients at Fresh Start Surgical Gifts (also a readers’ pick) for the past seven years. (760/942-1131, www.dsadental.com)

Best Local Spa: The Spa At La Costa

This luxurious spa offers the latest techniques and treatments to pamper and polish. Before or after your treatment, hit the hot tub, lounge by the pool, stroll the beautiful garden, or enjoy a spa cuisine lunch al fresco. (800/729-4772, www.lacosta.com)

Best Hair Salon: Detour Salon & Boutique

This hip Encinitas salon offers clothes, accessories, and hair care including cuts, color, styling, and straightening. Try the feather extensions for fun. The salon believes in setting standards of training, and educating customers on how to best take care of their hair. (760/634-1999, www.detoursalon.com)

Best Makeup Salon: Do & Lipstick

This beauty emporium in the Cedros Design District offers makeup application and lessons, precision brow-shaping, and cutting-edge hair services to help you look your beautiful best. The salon also carries such luxury brands as Stila, Shu Uemura, Kerastase, and Kevyn Aucoin. (858/793-5477, www.dosandlipstick.com)


Best Gym: Pacific Athletic Club

PAC is the ultimate one-stop shop for fitness programs, services, and amenities. The Carmel Valley facility includes a 13,000-square-foot Fitness Center; three swimming pools; and tennis, basketball, squash, and racquetball courts. There also a Children Center, The Sanctuary Spa, Café, and social events. (858/509-9933, www.pacsandiego.com)


Best Personal Trainer: Chris Keith

The hunky Keith not only gets results, he inspires his clients. His motto: Train Smart. Be Healthy. Believe in Yourself. Working with people at all fitness levels, Keith improves lives with a no-nonsense approach to exercise and health that includes cardiovascular conditioning, weight training, stretching, and nutrition. (619/840-9099, www.sdpersonaltrainer.com)

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