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Best Of 2010 — Health & Beauty
Best Hospital: Scripps
Scripps Health is a nonprofit, community-based health care delivery network that includes four acute-care hospitals on five campuses, more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, an extensive outpatient care network, home health care, and more. In addition to its top-notch health care offerings, Scripps Health was listed among Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America in 2008. (800/SCRIPPS, www.scripps.org)
Best Medical Practitioner: Robert Biter, MD
A readers’ favorite two years in a row, Robert Biter, MD is an advocate of natural birthing practices and natural baby and toddler products. His mission is to make information and healthy avenues available to parents so they can make educated choices to best support their children’s long-term health and overall wellbeing. (760/642-0800)
Best Pediatrician: El Camino Pediatrics
A repeat readers’ favorite, El Camino Pediatrics also received the 2009 Best of Encinitas Award in the pediatrician category by the U.S. Commerce Association, which identifies companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. (760/753-7143, www.elcaminopediatrics.com)
Best Alternative Health Center: Indigo Dragon Center
Founded by Jennifer Fritschy and Ashley Lanahan, Indigo Dragon Center in Encinitas provides a place in which to reach optimum health and wellbeing. Its goal is to provide individualized treatments that treat body, mind, and soul to create lasting results and improvements at any age or stage in life. (760/652-1116, www.indigodragoncenter.com)
Best Dermatologist: Susan Stuart, MD
Susan Stuart, MD is the founder and medical director of La Jolla Dermatology and Medical Spa. One of the youngest dermatologists to be elected as the president of the San Diego Dermatology Society, she is committed to making her clients’ experiences enjoyable and personable, with a warm approach to patient care, always ensuring privacy and respectful care. (858/623-6333, www.lajollaskin.com)
Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Amir Karam, MD
Under the helm of founder Amir Karam, MD, Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery provides innovative aesthetic and reconstructive surgical, non-surgical, and preventative facial treatments. Karam takes pride in tailoring services to meet the needs and desires of each of his clients. (858/259-3223, www.drkaram.com)
Best General Dentist: Curtis Chan, DDS
Del Mar-based Curtis Chan, DDS has been practicing the art of dentistry since 1986, utilizing a unique blend of dental expertise, modern procedures, and approachability to design award-winning smiles for his patients. (858/481-9090, www.curtischandds.com)
Best Pediatric Dentist/Orthodontist: Rawlings And Hydo Pediatric Dentristry And Orthodontics & J. Patrick Davis, DDS, MS
William Rawlings, DDS, MSD, MSD, Christopher Hydo, DDS, MS, Crystal Angelopoulos, DMD, and Natalie Miller, DDS, MS strive to make children’s dental experiences enjoyable. They believe that establishing a positive attitude toward dental care early helps to ensure dental health success throughout life. (858/755-4223, www.greatsmiles.org)
J. Patrick Davis, DDS, MS of Dental Specialty Associates is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to the quality care he provides, he is also committed to making dental care fun — patients who have a check-up with no cavities are eligible to enter the monthly No Cavity Club to win a special toy prize. (760/942-1131, www.dsadental.com)
Best Cosmetic Dentist: Ron Barry, DMD
Offering high-quality care in an environment that puts patients at ease, Ron Barry, DMD specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants using breakthrough technologies and strong, natural-looking materials that leave patients with beautiful and healthy smiles. (858/755-7118, www.ronbarrydmd.com)
Best Local Spa: The Spa At La Costa
Readers seek R&R at The Spa at La Costa, a 43,000-square-foot sanctuary connecting guests to nature whether they are indoors or out. A full menu of delectable treatments includes exotic massages, herbal wraps, scrubs, facials, and more. And don’t miss the popular Spa Under The Stars happy hour. (800/854-5000, www.lacosta.com)
Best Hair/Makeup: Do’s & Lipstick
Do’s & Lipstick specializes in hair, makeup, and browshaping in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Its beauty gurus are continually searching to bring the finest luxury products to their clients. Owner Mona Van Cleve notes, “We believe that current trends aside, addressing each client as an individual outweighs trends.” (858/793-5477, www.dosandlipstick.com)
Best Gym/Personal Trainer: Pacific Athletic Club
Along with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, this 13,000-square-foot fitness center offers a wide range of exercise classes, including yoga, Pilates, and cycling, as well as three swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, extensive children’s facilities, and a full-service day spa. (858/509-9933, www.pacsandiego.com)
EDITOR’S PICK — Best Alternative Health Practitioner/Center: Pacific College Of Oriental Medicine
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaches future acupuncturists and provides treatments in its Mission Valley clinic. I’ve benefited from the care provided by Michael Spatuzzi, LAc and the interns training with him. Spatuzzi also has an office in Del Mar. (800/729-0941, www.pacificcollege.edu) ELIZABETH HANSEN
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