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Best of Ranch & Coast 2020: Health

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General Practitioner
Winners: Diane Hutchison, MD 760.634.6922, encinitasphysician.com & Monica Perlman, MD 858.273.6021, perlmanclinic.com

Local Hospital
Winners: Scripps scripps.org & Sharp sharp.com
Finalist: UC San Diego Medical Center health.ucsd.edu

Winners: Kirstin A. Lee, MD 858.554.7700, scripps.org & Allan I. Silver, MD 858.453.0753, scripps.org
Finalist: Sean Daneshmand, MD 858.626.6245, scripps.org
Lily Tsai, MD 760.633.7245, scripps.org

Winners: Melanie Palm, MD, MBA, Art of Skin MD 858.792.7546, artofskinmd.com & Vishakha Gigler, MD, Comprehensive Dermatology Group 760.634.3376, comprehensivederm.com
Finalist: Susan Stuart, MD, La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology 858.623.6333, lajollaskin.com
William Groff, DO, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology 858.943.2113, clderm.com
Finalist: Douglas M. Keel, DO, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center of San Diego 858.535.1400, pacificdermatologycenter.com

Eye Doctor
Winners: Elizabeth Christensen, OD, FCOVD, Rancho Santa Fe Optometry 858.756.3210, rsfoptometry.com & Steven G. Pratt, MD, FACS, La Jolla Laser Vision & Eye Center 858.457.3010, acuityeyegroup.com
Finalist: Jeffrey Anshel, OD, E Street Eyes 760.931.1390, estreeteyes.com

Naturopathic Medicine
Winners: Bloom Natural Health 760.230.4982, bloomnaturalhealth.com & Paix Medicine 858.771.1980, paixmedicine.com

General Dentist
Winners: James Salazar, DDS, Purely Dental 760.487.1390, purelydentalencinitas.com & Curtis Chan, DDS 858.481.9090, curtischandds.com
Finalist: Ilien Minter, DDS, Carlsbad Smile Studio 760.729.9050, carlsbadsmilestudio.com

Winners: Gemini Fit 760.429.4321, geminifit.com & Fit Athletic Club & Gym multiple locations, fitathletic.com
Finalist: Equinox multiple locations, equinox.com
PillarPerformance 760.479.1944, pillarinmotion.com

Personal Trainer
Winners: Scott Baker, Gemini Fit 760.429.4321, geminifit.com & Ana Nieto, Volar by Ana Nieto 646.286.6264, volarbyananieto.com
Finalist: Kim Kelly, Kim Kelly Fit 858.342.1442, kimkellyfit.com

Specialty Workout Studio
Winners: PillarPerformance 760.479.1944, pillarinmotion.com & Orangetheory Fitness multiple locations, orangetheory.com
Finalist: Gemini Fit 760.429.4321, geminifit.com
YogaSix multiple locations, yogasix.com

Physical Therapy
Winners: Solana Beach Physical Therapy 858.755.6024, solanabeachphysicaltherapy.com & Select Physical Therapy multiple locations, selectphysicaltherapy.com
Finalist: RISE Physical Therapy multiple locations, risephysicaltherapy.com

Dr. Wilma Wooten
Dr. Wilma Wooten

Dr. Wilma Wooten
Editors’ Pick: Public Health Guardian
In the uncertainty that arrived with the novel coronavirus, San Diego’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, has consistently provided a calm presence in the face of the pandemic while working in collaboration with local leadership. While a number of public health officials across the country have faced criticism (or worse) in response to public safety measures taken to address COVID-19, Wooten has firmly yet effectively navigated the tricky task of informing and protecting the more than 3.3 million county residents she serves in her post.   D.M.

Nurse Ana Wilkinson in white on white
Ana Wilkinson

Ana Wilkinson
Editors’ Pick: Healthcare Hero
North County nurse Ana Wilkinson has danced her way into the hearts of COVID-19 patients and their families. At the height of the pandemic, she left her own family to volunteer for six straight weeks of grueling 14-hour days as an emergency room nurse at New York’s Harlem Hospital. “We were in a war zone,” she recalls of the virus’ staggering toll. So, Wilkinson decided that “nobody dies alone,” tracking patients transferred from the ER to intensive care in order to visit, hold their hands, and arrange calls with their family and friends. She also put on music and jammed to everyone’s delight. Her final patient was Ramon Espinal, the father of a New York City first responder who, along with Wilkinson, was at his father’s bedside when he died. “She will pass through your life for a minute and will impact it for eternity,” Espinal’s son later wrote. “My family and I believe Ana is an angel that was sent to us during these hard times.”   A.N.

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