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An intentional experience Ben Thiele, General Manager Alila Marea Beach Resort For Ben Thiele, general manager of Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas, the resort isn’t only a luxury establishment that boasts spacious suites with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon, a stand-alone architectural design that evokes the hotel’s beachfront surroundings, and a standout restaurant and bar created by James Beard semifinalist Claudette Zepeda. It’s all of those things—but it’s also so much more as an asset to the community and culture of Encinitas. “It’s a thoughtful and intentional experience, it pays homage to everything Encinitas has to offer highlighting the community and people for who they are and what they do…it embraces that highly unique culture…we’re not overly formal, we’re not pretentious, it’s anything but,” Thiele said. Thiele was hired to become the resort’s general manager in 2020, after a nearly 20-year career in the hospitality industry. He says that he took the position out of a deep desire to serve and give back to the Encinitas community, which he said he fell in love with when he moved to the town 12 years ago. “From my time growing up as a child, I felt as though my purpose was to be in service to others. I truly felt fulfilled and I enjoyed my interactions when I could change the trajectory of someone’s day in a positive way, and the hospitality industry has been my vehicle for

that,” he said. Thiele expressed that as Alila Marea’s general manager, he tries to imbue the resort with a sense of the relaxed beach culture that makes Encinitas unique. “Encinitas has this laid back surf culture, and also a tremendous amount of entrepreneurs and legacy businesses coming out of this area… we wanted to make sure that these types of barefoot luxury sentiments in the community came through in our services as well.” Thiele says he used to drive by the formerly empty plot of land where the resort now sits and imagine the possibilities for development at the scenic location. “I used to drive by and think to myself, something beautiful, someday, is going to be there, and then 10 years later I got the opportunity to bring that place to life.” The resort, which opened in March 2021, markets itself as an “adultcentric sanctuary that embodies the soul of California beach culture”— and the resort’s pristine locale lives up to the description. Guests are just steps away from the soft sunlit sands of the South Ponto Beach below the bluffs, and have access to the beautiful hiking trail that runs directly through the Batiquitos Lagoon, a large coastal wetland adjacent to the resort. And for those interested in taking on the waves, the hotel is situated just above one of Encinitas’ best surf spots. The resort’s exterior was



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intended to reflect its beachy surroundings to its core,Thiele said. “The design team really wanted to do their absolute best in creating a subdued exterior, so even though it’s a very expansive property that reaches out from Coast Highway all the way to the coastline along the bluff, they really wanted to blend the design with the natural colors of the region and surroundings,” Thiele explained. “That’s why you get a lot of the sand colors, the neutral grays that you see with some of those cobbles and driftwoods, resulting in a design that naturally complements the space that it lives in but still has a beautiful sharp exterior to it.” Similarly, the resort’s interior is intended to reflect features of the coastal property’s beachfront surroundings, such as the patterns of the tides, the beautiful rocks that collect along the beach, and the woods of the trees that grow naturally around Encinitas. “Guests experience these beautiful polished concrete floors, as well as these canted walls that curve through the lobby that lends itself to the way the tide cuts in and out of the different rocks and these beautiful tidelines. The guestrooms have a subdued design and feature beautiful black tiles for the showers inspired from the deep tones of the cobblestones. Even the front desk itself is crafted from 100-year-old reclaimed wood that was carved all by hand by David Allen Studios in Solana Beach, it’s a beautiful two-

piece desk that’s just stunning and gorgeous.” But beyond its external features, Thiele said that what he’s most proud of is how the resort has made itself both a contributing member of the Encinitas community. The hotel’s staff is composed of almost entirely local residents, with over 90% of employees living in Encinitas, said Thiele, reflecting ownership’s desire to haveAlila Marea run by people who understand the surrounding community.Additionally, the establishment also proactively encourages guests to buy local, partnering with local establishments such as Lofty Coffee, an upscale cafe located off of Highway 101, Electra Bicycle Company who designed a fleet of Electra Go! Bikes for hotel guests to use complimentary, popular activewear and athletic clothing company Vuori, as well as the Fulcrum Surf School, which offers surf lessons in Encinitas to beginners at all levels. “What we try to achieve with these partnerships is being hyperlocal…a lot of these people who come here have never been to Encinitas before, and so we pick partnerships right in our own backyard and offer services and programs inside of our retail space so that they can get a taste of the location, even if they’re only visiting for a day or two, they have ways to interact and engage with local partners right here on our property,” Thiele said.

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Jeffrey K. Pearson, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M. Medicine in Motion In the three years since opening their Family and Sports Medicine office in the heart of Carlsbad Village, Dr. Jeffrey Pearson and his wife, Laurie, have established a reputation for providing quality personalized care for patients. With well over a hundred five-star reviews, they’ve proven that visits to a physician do not have to be scary and that their motto “Funny Doctor, Serious Medicine” is wellearned. Dr.Pearson is a Board-Certified Family Physician subspecializing in Sports Medicine, with over 35 years of experience. He’s worked with athletes of all levels including serving as a volunteer physician with the United States Olympic Organization, helping to prepare the Paralympians for the 2004 Games in Athens. He also served as the Medical Consultant for the worldrenowned Golden Door Spa for 25 years, providing care for easily recognizable names in the entertainment industry, political, and financial worlds. Locally, he was the Medical Director for the Carlsbad 5K races for many years. Dr. Pearson’s osteopathic medical training leads many patients to consider Medicine in

Motion as their one-stop for most medical needs. This is because, aside from his classic medical and surgical training, Dr. Pearson is skilled at Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, so patients no longer must bounce between both an M.D. and a chiropractor – Dr. Pearson offers the best of both. He is also a well-respected educator. Professionally, Dr. Pearson has sat on the Boards of Editors for Patient Care and Medical Economics magazines and has been a popular and much sought-after trainer of students from various disciplines (D.O., M.D., N.P., and P.A.) for the past 30 years. Dr. Pearson believes that it’s important for his patients to have a thorough understanding of their conditions. He was the national recipient of The Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He feels particularly strong about discussing issues about which many physicians are often reluctant to deal such as the importance of hormone replacement therapy (for men

and women) and the appropriate use of medicinal cannabis. There are excellent patient education handouts on these and other topics available on their website. Both Dr. Pearson and Laurie Pearson truly enjoy working with senior patients. Dr. Pearson served as the Medical Director for two large skilled nursing facilities and made frequent house calls. Laurie Pearson came from a background of working with hospice and is a senior placement specialist, assisting seniors to find residences when they can no longer remain in their own homes. Together, they also help patients navigate the often-confusing health care systems. Laurie Pearson is the perfect companion in practice and her wonderful laugh can be heard throughout the office. When not dealing with administrative matters she, too, may entertain patients with a joke or a magic trick! With backgrounds in improvisation comedy and magic, they both donate time to entertain for local charity fundraisers. Dr. Pearson also provides humanitarian care on a bi-monthly basis to Central American refugees who are living in shelters in Tijuana.


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Aware of the unnecessary complexities and confusion inherent in the American healthcare system, the Pearsons do their best to keep charges reasonable for cash patients, e.g. uninsured and/or those with high deductibles. According to the Fair Health Organization, their cash charges are typically less than 50% of what most practices charge for insurance patients. They participate in Medicare and Tricare, as well as most PPO plans. Sorry, no HMOs or “straight” Medi-Cal; they do accept “Medi-Medi” patients. Please note that Medicine in Motion shares office space with Carlsbad Chiropractic and Richard Wolf, MD (Endocrinology) so in these pandemic times, masks are required to be worn in the common areas of the office. All their staff members are vaccinated and boosted. Patients who are likewise may remove their masks once back in the examination room. A final thing: please remember to bring a joke to your visit. (Consider yourself warned… they are NOT a normal practice!) To learn more about the practice, please check out www. medicine-in-motion.com.


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Voted Best of North County 2 years in a row 858.499.9417 | bowmanplantandtreecare.com Business License B2017006153

Since 1985, Russell Bowman has been delighting residents of San Diego County with his plant and tree expertise. So, it’s no wonder Bowman Plant and Tree Care Specialists have been named the San Diego Union-Tribune Community Press’ “Best of North County” voters’ poll for tree and plant care for a 2nd year in a row! He is lovingly referred to as the San Diego “tree doctor extraordinaire” by his clients, Bowman is known for transforming sickly trees and gardens into Disneyesque wonderlands.Using his own proprietary blend of organic biological nutrition, Bowman feeds plants at night—a technique he picked up during his time as a horticulturist at Disneyland. “When you feed plants at night, they have enough time to absorb the nutrition, before it is degraded by the


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sun’s rays.” He said. “That’s why, when most people are winding down their days, eating dinner, and going to bed, we are out feeding plants and trees.” He’s done more than just care for sick plants and trees, he’s revolutionized both residential and commercial properties by the use of his organic fertilizer tanks that inject his magical formula through your irrigation systems. This program reduces the households use of water overall by 30%. In a very short time, this program pays back through reduced water bills.“When you give your body proper nutrition, it affects your overall health and boosts your immunity, so you don’t get sick. The same is true for plants and trees.” Bowman feeds complete “nutrition delivery biology” derived from earthworm castings to replenish the missing healthy soil biology. This works with a client’s

current irrigation system so that each time the landscaping is watered, the needed soil biology is replenished. “This is the secret to keeping your property looking like a five-star resort.” Russell is quick to point out that healthy plants and trees are also environmentally friendly. A healthy plant will be more efficient at photosynthesizing sunlight into oxygen and the healthy soil/ compost helps bring down uses far less water. Bowman has had clients report a thirty percent reduction in their water bills after getting their soil healthy, while their gardens remain lush and vibrant. He donates his time to teach the children how to care for trees and gardens at El Refugio Orphanage in Mexico. He donates his time and expertise for the trees for the Point Loma Association and gardens at

the Rock Church in Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the YMCA, Barnes Tennis Center, Chili’s Restaurants, Stone Brewery in Escondido, and San Diego Botanic Garden. He also served with the San Diego Rose Society in Balboa Park for 12 years. “My calling is to beautify the earth, making trees and plants healthy,” The Master Gardner taught me everything I know. I’ve learned that when you love something, it’s not something you have to do; it’s something you want to do.” To learn more about Bowman and his services, please contact Russell at 858-499-9417. He provides tree and plant nutritional care as well as ongoing routine garden maintenance. Russell Bowman abides by all applicable state laws and requirements and does not perform any services that require a licensed contractor.

engineering lessons. “We are a joyful, happy, healthy, positive, and safe place for you to be,” Hastings said.“Music heals, and we can help you with that. We have students who have had years of lessons, go off to college and then come back and work with us in the summer. One student is now a full-time teacher for the studio!” LNS’s services include free recitals and music workshops, professional music photos, college application recording sessions, audition preparation and training, headshots, resume editing, complete CD recordings, sound mixing and design, and sometimes

even music-related homework assistance. LNS also has a Recording Studio and offers engineering lessons with Pro Tools, Logic & GarageBand, and Ableton. In addition, they offer full recording and mixing sessions for large rock bands, vocal choirs, voice-overs, and college audition recordings with video. “Our goal is to share our love of music with you,” Hastings said. “With our experienced professionals, high-quality audio and video technology, and warm environment, Leading Note Studios is the finest place to learn music.”

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760.753.7002 | LeadingNoteStudios.com Leading Note Studios is North County’s number one choice for learning and recording music.They are winners of the National Music Studio of the Year and, in addition, have been awarded “Best of Encinitas” for the past three years. LNS serves over 840 clients weekly, from toddlers to adults at all experience levels. LNS was founded in 2009 by Camille Hastings, a graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Camille has taught and performed in Nashville and sang with Barry Manilow, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant. She has also appeared singing on national television as a child.


San Diego’s Finest Music Studio! Camille Hastings, Leading Note Studios “Our Mission is to bring everyone the joy, peace, and love that music has to offer to all ages,” said Hastings. “You will never regret learning music; in my 40+ years of teaching, I had not met someone glad that they quit lessons when they were young. Music is a lifelong skill you can cherish and enjoy, and we want to bring that to our community.” Now with two locations in Encinitas and San Marcos, they offer lessons in all instruments, including but not limited to; piano, guitar, drums, voice, bass, mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, sax, flute, cello, violin, and more. They also teach theory, songwriting, and audio


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A Dirty Mission with a Clean Solution David Johnston, Founder

We all know the smell - the sudden repulsive stink that disrupts any walk and makes taking out the trash an undesirable chore. What if this wasn’t the way it had to be? David Johnston moved to California in 2020 and noticed a problem in need of a solution. Looking around, he found that no companies in North County were working to solve this problem. With his can-do attitude, David set about to clean up the problem. Literally and figuratively. Johnston was walking his dog when he noticed how disruptive the smells of dirty trash can were. SanEtizeIT was born because Johnston knew that neighborhood walks could be enjoyed far more

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when not inhibited by the smell of dumpsters and trash wafting through the air. Picking up on the uniquely niche need, Johnston shares, “I found that there were no trash can cleaning services in North County, so I decided to start one myself.” SanEtizeIT, a family-owned and operated business, provides ecofriendly cleaning and sanitizing services for residential and commercial trash, recycling, green bin and dumpsters in North County. Getting started is simple. Customers call or sign up online to begin. After trash has been collected, SanEtizeIT makes its rounds to customers. The SanEtizeIT truck’s cleaning mechanism blasts

away grime, bacteria, grease and any other culprits using high pressure washing at 200-degrees. Bins are cleaned inside and out, and then are disinfected and deodorized with 100% biodegradable antibacterial detergents, killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The result: sparkling clean odor-free trash cans that actually emit a fresh citrus scent. Customer satisfaction guaranteed or money back. SanEtizeIT offers monthly, quarterly and one-off service options to meet various customer needs. “Everyone’s over the moon about it!” Johnston remarks on the customer experience. Since the work of SanEtizeIT rids the air of flies,

stench, and rodents and keeps dogs from stopping to investigate every smelly trash can, this service does seem deserving of being over the moon about. Johnston’s next mission: “I want to enhance life throughout the county beyond just neighborhood walks and restaurants. I am looking to clean municipal trash cans everywhere. City parks, bus stops, beaches anywhere trash cans are, I want to clean and create a more enjoyable environment.” Off he goes on a dirty mission indeed. Call David at 760-707-9963 or sign up for SanEtizeIT’s services at sanetizeit.com.

cy in resolving complex legal issues in both the residential and commercial context. The group has demonstrated expertise in the areas of: • Land Use, Planning, Zoning & Entitlements • Landlord/Tenant, Leasing & Management • Development, Redevelopment & Construction • Purchase, Sale, Title, & Escrow • Common Interest Developments/HOAs • Distressed Real Estate & Troubled Asset • Financing, Loans, Mortgages, & Trust Deeds • Environmental/CEQA/California Coastal Commission • Proposition 64 Issues

G10 Coastal Advisory Group specializes in property rights within the Coastal Zone. Climate change, sea level rise, and the political climate are increasingly threatening coastal properties and owner’s rights to protect their property. The Coastal Advisory Group team has an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulation, trends, and range of proven solutions to advise clients owning property within the Coastal Zone on their legal rights, develop creative approaches to coastal issues, and advocate on their behalf.

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A formidable law team Email: info@G10law.com | 760.431.4575 G10 Law, a professional law corporation, is a preeminent California based law firm providing knowledgeable, experienced counsel to individual and business clients. Formerly G10 Galuppo Law, the firm recently introduced its new name… G10 Law. The name G10 Law symbolizes the fact that, while each of the firm’s shareholders are outstanding in their respective fields, when combined, they create a formidable team that exponentially increases the power of the firm to meet clients’ needs in the fields of real estate, coastal, land use, environmental, business, and banking law. With a 30-year heritage, the firm remains steadfast in its commitment to providing effective and


G10 Law Attorney Shareholders: Daniel Watts, Kristin Miller, Louis Galuppo, Elysian Kurnik, and Georgia Schneider

efficient solutions for its clients. At the same time, G10 Law – a majority woman-owned law firm – strives to be innovative and progressive, thinking outside of the box when it comes to forming strategies, charting courses of action, and advocating for its clients. As a result of this devotion to excellence, G10 Law is consistently recognized as one of the top firms in Southern California and is AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, a peer ranking signifying the highest level of professional and ethical excellence. When it comes to Real Estate Law, the G10 Law Real Estate Practice Group combines extensive knowledge of the real estate market with a high degree of proficien-

For more information, contact G10 Law at (760) 431-4575 or info@G10law.com.


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Neville Alleyne, MD For more than 10 years, Orthopedic Specialists of North County (OSNC) has provided care to help patients live active lives in the face of debilitating pain. “When I started OSNC, there were only five orthopedic surgeons and now we have 14,” said Dr. Neville Alleyne, President of the group and Chief of Orthopedics at Tri-City Medical Center. “Our mission is the ‘restoration of motion’ and all of our specialists are focused on providing the best quality of care for the patients we treat.” “We are committed to investing in the latest technologies,

such as the Mazor Robotic Renaissance® surgical guidance system for minimally invasive spine surgeries. In collaboration with Tri-City Medical Center, we were among the first in the US to offer this procedure. We also train and proctor physicians from across the country on using the Mazor robotic system.” “This procedure has been life-changing for many patients suffering from degenerative disc conditions, kyphosis, scoliosis, spinal canal narrowing, spondylolisthesis or vertebral compression fractures,” added Dr. Alleyne. “It allows them to return to doing the things they


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enjoy and resolves their pain.” His philosophy of care is to treat all patients as if they were a member of his family. “Each of my patients gets my undivided attention and all of their questions are answered,” said Dr. Alleyne. “Most of the time when they leave, they have an excellent understanding of the disease process and the treatment plan that we have outlined for them.” That philosophy may have been instilled in Dr. Alleyne at a young age. “When I was in elementary school, I was enamored with the TV show, Ben Casey, and just knew that I wanted to go into medicine and specialize

in neurosurgery,” said Dr. Alleyne. “During medical school, my focus changed to orthopedics as I enjoyed working with athletes and helping people with sportsor work-related injuries get back to leading active lives. My passion has always been spinal surgery, which is the most difficult and risky area in orthopedics, and this led me to become a pioneer in robotic spine surgery.” “At OSNC, our entire team is focused on providing a high-tech, high-touch approach to patient care,” said Dr.Alleyne.“Individuals from all walks of life come to our office and trust us to accurately diagnose and treat them.”


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Sajed Kamal, EdD, Ashok Kamal & Miguel Hart Owners SolarGuru Energy PBC is a vision that is 35 years in the making, ever since childhood best friends Ashok and Miguel started building solar cookers and rigging up PV panels up with Ashok’s dad, Dr. Sajed Kamal, a renowned international solar energy expert and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Sajed has been one of the world’s most tireless advocates of solar energy for 40+ years, winning numerous awards for his efforts and helping countless families across the globe gain access to solar energy by setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. Sajed instilled a love and understanding of solar energy into Ashok and Miguel starting in elementary school. As young men and fathers to their own children, they leveraged this knowledge and purpose and became advocates for the planet through diverse and successful careers in social entrepreneurship. After making the choice to settle and raise their families in sunny San Diego — one of the country’s top solar energy markets — Ashok and Miguel, reunited with Sajed, applied their decades of collective experience and expertise in solar, engineering, design, marketing and finance to form SolarGuru Energy PBC. As the need for an energy revolution has gone from “We will get to it ASAP” to a “Code Red” level

emergency, Sajed,Ashok and Miguel redoubled their efforts to bringing solar energy to as many families as possible and help them save both money and the environment. The decades of unwavering commitment to the energy revolution, along with their unwavering commitment to each other, is what sets SolarGuru Energy apart from all others. The SolarGuru Energy team cares deeply about the future of our planet and the well-being of their neighbors and fellow humans around the globe. They have consistently set the stage for progressive dialogue on energy policy and have successfully transitioned that skill-set and commitment into one of the top solar energy installation companies in the San Diego and North County areas. As co-founder Miguel Hart likes to say: “Let’s get together and save this beautiful planet, one panel at a time!” Sajed Kamal, EdD, has been a renewable energy educator internationally for more than 40 years. He has taught at Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University and Antioch New England Graduate School, his courses including “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development,” “Sustainable Energy, Technology and Economics” and “International Environmental Issues.” He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and education, respectively, from Northeastern University and his doctorate in humanistic studies from Boston Uni-


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versity. Sajed is also a poet, artist, photographer, literary translator, nursery school teacher-consultant and author of more than a dozen books. He received Boston’s Mayor’s First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection (2007), a Lifetime Achievement Award by the EPA (2008) and the Rachel Carson Award by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (2012). Ashok Kamal is a social entrepreneur extraordinaire who believes that the problems of the world offer a great opportunity for people to rise, collaborate, innovate and create a better way of life. In his own words:“I also believe that entrepreneurship is the foundation for reframing problems as opportunities, unlocking solutions and unleashing human potential.” In addition to serving as CFO and co-founder of SolarGuru Energy, Ashok is also the executive director of Tech Coast Angels, San Diego’s largest and most impactful angel investment group. Ashok has diverse experience starting, leading and investing in organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. As a speaker and presenter, Ashok has shared at various events, including South by Southwest, Sustainable Brands, GreenBiz Forum, LAUNCH Festival, Gamification Summit and the White House’s GreenGov Symposium. In addition, he has contributed numerous articles and interviews to technology and business web-

sites such as VentureBeat, Forbes and Fast Company. Ashok lives in San Diego with his wife, Marlene, and sons Aikido and Akash. Miguel B. Hart is a renowned social entrepreneur, solar educator, music creator and early childhood educator. He has frequently been ranked No. 1 in personal sales out of 5,000+ solar consultants in the nationwide Powur network. Miguel is the CEO and operations manager for SolarGuru Energy, and his steadfast dedication to education and empowerment through the sharing of information has helped countless clients across the country make the shift to self-sufficient clean energy, while saving them a ton of money in the process. Miguel is also an avid songwriter, vocalist and producer, who is currently launching his educational music video series called “Pod Squad Music.” The Pod Squad crew has one of the hottest trending channels on the new kid-safe education app: Zigazoo. Miguel lives in the Village Park area of Encinitas with his wife, Jessica, and his son Galileo, and he absolutely loves the North County area. In his own words: “I knew the moment I came to this area 15+ years ago that this is where I would want to settle down and raise a family, and I feel so blessed to be of service to the North County communities by helping to save them money while simultaneously saving our planet. It’s a win-win all around!”


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Ingo Hentschel Senior Vice President and Region Manager When Oceanside resident Ingo Hentschel was named Cox Communications’ new senior vice president and region manager for California last year, the congratulations came rushing in from employees who had worked with him since his early days at Cox, where he started his career as a field technician 30 years ago. In his current role, Hentschel oversees day-to-day operations for the company’s California region, which includes San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara. He’s also responsible for 1,700-plus employees dedicated to serving customers and their community. A former crew chief in the United States Marine Corps, Hentschel is no stranger to serving others. Prior to joining Cox, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985-93 at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, and Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in California. He brought that commitment to service and excellence from the

military to Cox, where he has held various leadership roles over the years. Technology has changed the world dramatically in the three decades that Hentschel has been with the company, and he has had a front-row seat to the evolution of Cox from a TV cable provider to a technology company that powers today’s smart homes, businesses, and communities. When he joined Cox in 1992, Hentschel was installing cable television in homes. That was soon followed by roles that helped bring telephone service and high-speed internet to customers at a time when the internet wasn’t yet a household word. Today, Cox’s portfolio also includes Cox Homelife security and automation, Cox Panoramic Wifi, and streaming services on Cox’s Contour video service. In addition, through Cox Business, the company meets the technology needs of commercial customers such as hospitals, hotels, school districts and businesses of all sizes. “As a customer, Cox Homelife


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is my favorite product because it gives me control, convenience and the ability to keep an eye on my home – and protect it – through my cell phone and other personal devices,” said Hentschel. “Homelife has 24/7 professional monitoring to notify customers and the authorities if the need arises. I really love that we can provide a solution that helps customers protect the things they value.” In addition to the security features, Cox Homelife also provides smart home functionality such as controlling the thermostat and porch light with your smartphone. And customers who have Contour and Homelife can say “Show the driveway camera” into their voice remote control to check their Homelife camera on their television from the comfort of their couch. Delivering the latest and greatest technology to homes, businesses and communities takes a great deal of investment, not only in building a broadband network, but also in maintaining and upgrading it.

Hentschel added that Cox has been investing a significant amount in its network nationwide ($15 billion over 10 years) to continue rolling out new products and services to meet the needs of customers and the community now and in the future. “In my three decades with Cox, it’s been incredible watching the evolution of technology and how that has changed how we live and work,” said Hentschel.“Technology will keep evolving, and Cox will continue to evolve with it.” For more information, go to cox.com or visit a Cox Solutions Store in North County for a live demo of Homelife, Contour and other products. COX SOLUTIONS STORES Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.Fri.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; closed Sundays. • Oceanside – Mission Marketplace, 461 College Blvd Suite 101. • Escondido – Escondido Promenade, 1264-A Auto Park Way.


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Himani Singh, MD

As a native of Canada, Dr. Himani Singh, a board-certified hematologist-oncologist, decided to move to North County to start her practice five years ago with North County Oncology. “The sunshine really agrees with us,” said Dr. Singh of her family’s move to San Diego. “It just seemed like a great place to raise our kids, and establish some roots.” Although Dr. Singh has worked in various hospitals around the country, she says there is something unique

about being on staff at Tri-City Medical Center. Specifically, the communication and collaboration between doctors. “I just find it’s really easy to communicate with the doctors here,” said Dr. Singh. “Everyone is part of a cohesive team working to provide highquality care to our patients.” In her work, Dr. Singh has the opportunity to build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with her patients. When faced with a new cancer diagnosis, Dr. Singh not only becomes her patient’s main


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NORTH COUNTY ONCOLOGY 3617 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760.758.5770 nconcology.com physician, but also a sounding board to whom they can express their fears and frustrations about living with cancer. “There are phases to it,” said Dr. Singh. “Facing a new cancer diagnosis is a life altering event. Taking the time to explain to my patients exactly what they can expect from their disease process and treatment is a responsibility I take very seriously. As a patient, it’s scary but knowing what to expect and being empowered with knowledge to make informed decisions about their care is very

important.” The critical piece is catching a cancer diagnosis as early as possible. Dr. Singh has a strong message to all North County residents to get their regular check-ups and talk with their doctor about any issues they may be experiencing. “We shouldn’t be neglecting our routine screening mammograms and colonoscopies,” she said. “Staying on top of screenings is hard for some patients, especially during a pandemic, but it’s more important now than ever.”


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Diane Powers Owner

For 50 years, Diane Powers has been synonymous with the fun, fiesta-spirit of shopping and dining throughout San Diego County – and her award-winning Casa de Bandini Mexican restaurant at The Forum in Carlsbad is one of her crown jewels! The famous restaurant wows guests with its authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine, original giant margaritas and full-service cantina, live entertainment, and colorful décor. It all adds up to fun..FUN.. FUN! Created and opened by Diane in 1980 in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Casa de Bandini was inspired by Juan Bandini. As one of early California’s first Dons, Bandini was known for his elegant and welcoming parties, with his home becoming the social center of Mexican colonial society in the region. Drawing on her knowledge of Juan Bandini, and her extensive travels in Mexico and Latin America, Diane created the same welcoming, party atmosphere, filling

it with authentic, beautiful folk art and antiques. Outside, many longtime diners may also recognize the Mexican Cantera stone fountain centered in the Talavera-tiled pool as the same one from the Old Town location, which she moved along with the entire restaurant to the Carlsbad location after losing the lease on the Old Town building in 2005. Diane credits much of the restaurant’s success to longtime general manager and Carlsbad native Gilbert Gastelum, as well as Chef Ignacio Garcia. “We all are so proud of this restaurant and the great work being done by Gilbert, Ignacio and the entire Bandini team. We all share in the passion for what we have created, and the culture of service and fiesta dining which we continue building each day” she said. Her creative and artistic approach is apparent in all aspects of Casa de Bandini and in her other customer-focused businesses. An accomplished entrepreneur and design professional, Di-


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ane created and still operates the colorfully vibrant Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town. This “Marketplace of the World” opened in 1971. Now celebrating a half-century in business, the Bazaar attracts thousands of visitors with its curated collections featuring women’s fashions, accessories, & jewelry, along with marvelous treasures for the home including kitchen & tabletop, Mata Ortiz pottery, beautiful hand-woven fabrics – which are custom-made exclusively for the Bazaar, plus folk-art collectibles and other finds from Mexico, Latin America, and beyond. All capturing the spirit and adventure of the world traveler she is. She discovered her passion for color and cultures during her extensive travels. Says Diane,“During my early travel days after college I traveled all throughout Mexico, Central America, India, Morocco, China and most of Europe. The more I traveled the more I got to experience and learn about different cultures, architecture, and food. It had an amazing influence

on my style.” She also created and continues to operate two other award-winning Mexican restaurants in San Diego County: Casa Guadalajara is next door to Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town; Casa de Pico, her first restaurant – also opened in 1971 in Old Town – now located in La Mesa at Grossmont Center. To maintain the authentic festive environment and superior quality of each restaurant, Diane dedicates herself to weekly menu tastings and management meetings. Her painstaking attention to detail is evident in everything she does from selecting the décor that evokes her trademark style to understanding her customers – making time to read each customer comment card from Casa de Bandini. Her outstanding passion for quality and customer service has propelled her to the esteemed position as one of the largest 100% woman-owned businesses in San Diego and one of the top 500 woman-owned businesses in the nation.

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Trudy Kranz Whitney

687 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Suite 102, Encinitas 760.450.5839 | DRE #02056724 Trudy@TrudysCoastalProperties.com trudysells.com Trudy Kranz Whitney is a successful real estate agent at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and a lifetime local of San Diego County. “I was born and raised in Encinitas back when it was a sleepy beach town,” she said. Her father was a teacher and coach in the San Dieguito school district, and her mother was a nurse practitioner at Scripps Encinitas. Trudy and her six siblings (wellknown fixtures throughout Encinitas) grew up and went to school in Encinitas when it was the flower capital of the world, spending time


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at Moonlight Beach and participating in community events such as the annual Christmas Parade. Trudy stayed in the magnetic grasp of San Diego and went on to become a real estate agent who wishes to give her clients a one-ofa-kind experience. “I have always been interested in real estate. I am very happy when I can help make people’s dreams real,” Trudy said about her chosen profession. “I see people fall in love with San Diego every day and I want to help make them living here a reali-

ty.” In her free time, Trudy calls going to the beach her “go-to” in life” with her dog George. She enjoys golfing in the Ladies League at Encinitas Ranch, and she also knows the best secondhand stores sprinkled throughout Encinitas to find herself repurposed treasures. But mostly, Trudy is hard at work with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, where she describes the culture as having “top notch professionals” who help those who “seek an exceptional life.” “Every experience I have had with a real estate client has been a

special and rewarding experience,” she explained. When asked what kind of experience she wants her clients to have, Trudy said: “The experience I want to deliver to my clients is number one, authentic. Listening and delivering on my clients’ wants and needs. I want my clients to feel like they are my priority and part of my family. But also, as a local gal, I feel a big responsibility to make my clients feel connected to the San Diego scene.”

ing, which helps me tremendously with advertising listings and helping sellers get their property sold.” Terri had worked at other brokerages prior to Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty but says she will “never work anywhere else.” The reason? “Our marketing and exposure of properties is the best in the industry.” Terri has been married for 33 years and has adult twin boys. Her parents and most of her relatives still live in San Diego as well.

On her time off from entrepreneurial pursuits, Terri loves to play golf and test out interesting restaurants. Her favorite beach is Del Mar in front of the main lifeguard tower, and she prioritizes supporting local businesses. “My favorite shop is La Costa Wine Co. “I highly recommend stopping in to buy wine, champagne or meat and cheese,” she suggests with the wisdom of a home-grown local and realtor.

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Terri Fox

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760.585.8860 sold@terrifox.com TerriFox.com @terrifoxrealtor | DRE #01110385 Terri Fox, a local hailing from La Mesa in San Diego County, is an effective real estate agent who eventually found herself in North County 40 years ago. She felt a connection and decided to lay down roots and ultimately joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. Her decision to call San Diego home is not for lack of insight about the world outside, however. “I was a flight attendant years ago for TWA and traveled the world. San Diego is hands down

the best place to live. We have everything within a few hours’ drive … desert, ocean and mountains,” Terri said. “North County San Diego is heaven on earth.” When asked what drew her to real estate, Terri said, “For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work in real estate. I took a career pivot and jumped right in. Being an entrepreneur and running my own busines is what I wanted,” she explained. “My background is in market-


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Paul Lizotte, DO

Dr. Paul Lizotte, who was born in Oceanside, brings his passion for excellence to primary care in North County, where he specializes in osteopathic medicine, imaging and radiology. Additionally, he has trained in cardiovascular imaging, coronary C.T. angiography, cardiac MRI imaging, and musculoskeletal evaluation of sports injuries. As a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Radiology, he brings 30 years of medical experience, in both private practice and the mil-

itary, to his role. Dr. Lizotte is the first physician at Seaside Medical Group of Tri-City, which opened its doors in late 2021. He notes that the support team around him at TriCity is the best he has had in 20 years. “Through our affiliation with Tri-City, we’ve been able to find the talented staff that makes our practice successful,” said Dr. Lizotte. “There is a dedication that I have not quite seen in other practices, and Tri-City has helped make this possible.” Since opening his practice,


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one of his patients wanted to do something special to welcome him by donating beautiful art to hang on the walls. Dr. Lizotte notes, “It really choked me up. Patients will tell you how much they appreciate your care, but it’s a whole new level when they drive down and shower you with gifts of artwork!” Dr. Lizotte abides by the wise words of Sir William Osler, one of the four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” He is com-

mitted to actively listening to his patients and providing comprehensive care tailored to their individual needs and wellbeing. Dr. Lizotte takes the time to wel¬come patients in, establishing and upholding a relationship where they feel comfortable speaking up about their needs. “If you listen, the patient will tell you what’s wrong the majority of the time,” said Dr. Lizotte. “That’s what is missing these days. I like them to feel like family and do my best to get them where they can feel that way.”

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Vibrant & engaging retirement living at La Vida Del Mar

If there is anything this past year has shown us, it is that choosing the right retirement community is about more than just deciding on a favorite floorplan or location. Now more than ever, connection, engagement and the opportunity to pursue your passions with confidence matter. Discover La Vida Del Mar, offering a sophisticated blend of hospitality, fine dining options, social opportunities and a refreshing array of wellness and recreational offerings — all delivered by a committed team

of professionals who are dedicated to residents’ health and well-being. It’s something we call the Power of WE. It’s the power that comes from the collective “WE” that La Vida Del Mar represents: an amazing staff, and most importantly residents and their families, drawing profound power from togetherness. La Vida’s ZEST® health and wellness team provides ample enrichment opportunities that touch the mind, body and soul.




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850 Del Mar Downs Road Solana Beach 858.345.2521 LaVidaDelMar.com

With support and safeguards in place, residents enjoy a full calendar of vibrant programs. Through the community’s gourmet dining experience, residents are sure to enjoy the monthly “Let’s Dish” events highlighting fresh and seasonal choices on the everevolving and expansive menu, with cooking demonstrations led by the community’s executive chef. Further enhancing residents’ vibrant lifestyle is a continuum of care, delivering personal and supportive

care in a beautifully crafted setting. Licensed assisted living takes a “whole person” approach to wellness, with a full menu of supportive services that can be tailored to meet residents’ needs, now and in the future. To learn more about the vibrant lifestyle offered at La Vida Del Mar, join them for a personal tour and complimentary lunch. Please call La Vida Del Mar, 850 Del Mar Downs Road, Solana Beach, 858.345.2521 or visit www. LaVidaDelMar.com

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Highway improvements & environmental enhancements

KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BuildNCC buildnc@keepsandiegomoving.com 844-NCC-0050

The Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC team have made tremendous progress on improving transportation in North County since the project began in 2016. Build NCC crews are currently working towards completing the construction of 13 miles of Carpool/ HOV Lanes on Interstate 5 from Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach to State Route 78 (SR 78) in Oceanside. Construction of the Carpool/HOV Lanes from Lomas Santa Fe Drive to Palomar Airport Road is anticipated to be complete in 2022, while the additional 4 miles

AERIAL VIEW of San Elijo Lagoon and Interstate 5 (December 2021) Courtesy photo

of HOV Lanes from Palomar Airport Road to SR 78 are anticipated to be complete in 2023. This historic infrastructure project not only showcases highway improvements but also community and environmental enhancements. Restorations for the San Elijo and San Dieguito Lagoons and enhanced biking and walking paths along Manchester Avenue and Birmingham Drive are also currently underway. Construction on the San Elijo Lagoon highway bridge is anticipated to be complete this spring and will host ten traffic lanes, one Carpool/

HOV Lane and four general traffic lanes on each side. The highway bridge was built to its ultimate width to accommodate long-term improvements without future impacts or disturbance to the lagoon. Additionally, Build NCC crews removed over 42,000 gallons of litter from I-5 throughout the project limits and will continue litter abatement efforts into 2022. The Build NCC team, in partnership with the project’s contractor: Flatiron, Skanska, Stacy & Witbeck (FSSW) Joint Venture, was

able to work safely throughout the pandemic that stretched into 2021. This is one of the many relationships that the project has fostered since 2016 including community outreach between local residents and businesses, key stakeholders, the traveling public, and elected officials. We thank you for your continued patience throughout construction. We are almost there! For more information on the Build NCC Project, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving. com/BuildNCC, or you can email us at buildncckeepsandiegomoving.com or call 844-NCC-0050.


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Find Top Urological Care In North County

UROLOGY SAN DIEGO 3907 Waring Rd, Suite 4 Oceanside, CA 92056 760.295.9984 urology-sd.com

Jason Phillips, MD, MBA, FACS | Aaron Boonjindasup, MD, MPH In 2020, Drs. Jason Philips and Aaron Boonjindasup, opened Urology San Diego. “We started the practice because we wanted to create a urology group that mirrored our values of providing exceptional patient care and bringing the best urological services and most modern minimally invasive treatments to the local community,” said Dr. Phillips, Chief of Urology at TriCity Medical Center. Urology San Diego, located in Oceanside, is at the forefront of urological technology, offering services and techniques not available at many other offices in North County. “We have the first Center of Excellence in San Diego for the

UroLift® system, a revolutionary approach to treating benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH symptoms, in men,” said Dr. Boonjindasup, who is also a staff physician at Tri-City Medical Center. “Additionally, we offer Axonics Therapy to treat symptoms of overactive bladder.” Drs. Jason Philips and Aaron Boonjindasup, both boardcertified urologists, provide outstanding urological care for North County San Diego residents safely and compassionately. Their patients, men and women, receive the right treatment at the right time to fit their individual needs. There are different facets of urology that fall within three categories: life-saving surgeries

for various urological cancers, acute problems like kidney stones, and quality of life procedures for conditions such as incontinence. “It’s rewarding to be able to help individuals in each of these areas and improve their health,” said Dr. Boonjindasup. Both physicians are trained in minimally invasive technologies, including robotic surgery, to treat urological issues. Urology San Diego has been able to thrive and bring much needed help to those in North County despite the challenges the pandemic has brought. During this time there has been an increase in the number of people putting off regular testing and other needed regular medical visits out of COVID fears, but

Urology San Diego has been able to continue to bring high quality urologic care to North County residents. Working in North County is special for Dr. Phillips. “I have deep roots in North County San Diego, going back to my great grandfather who was a physician at Tri-City Medical Center. Growing up, I would drive down from my hometown of LA to visit my grandparents. I chose to work, live, and raise my children here because of the sense of community. I enjoy getting to know my patients and connecting with them. It’s always an honor when they refer family members or friends to our practice.”


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Steve Carter & Family Company Founder A chimney sweep has long been a symbol of good luck and good fortune dating back to the 18th century when a chimney sweep saved the life of King George II after he lost control of his horse on a crowded London street. Some say that wasn’t the first time a chimney sweep saved a king. Folk tales tell of another chimney sweep in the 11th century who saved King William from a runaway carriage. No matter how many kings chimney sweeps have saved in the past, there is good reason for them to be walking good luck charms even by today’s standards. With over 25,000 chimney fires a year, a chimney sweep is on the front lines of protecting homeowners and communities from the dangers of chimney- and fireplace-related house fires. Whether it’s a wood burning or gas appliance, there are a

variety of safety issues that homeowners should monitor and maintain. Decades of experience and training within the field make Chimney Sweeps, Inc. leaders in the industry when it comes to safety and structural soundness. But beyond just that, Chimney Sweeps, Inc. takes service to the community to another level. Recognized year after year by the State Senate for its active participation and support of community events, Chimney Sweeps, Inc. has the goal of not just keeping the community safe but lifting up and supporting its residents. Additionally, Chimney Sweeps, Inc. has consistently supported local, statewide and national charitable organizations that strive to improve the lives of some of this country’s most vulnerable and most cherished members. “We focus a tremendous amount


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of effort on how to give back and support our community through charitable donations and charitable acts” said Steve Carter, Master Sweep and company founder. If that weren’t enough, Chimney Sweeps, Inc. believes in and operates its business under

basic principle of, “If the customer is not fully satisfied with our work or service, we will make it right or give them their money back.” That promise is pretty much unheard of within the chimney sweeping industry and is just another way Chimney Sweeps, Inc. sets itself apart from other companies you might come across. If you have a chimney or fireplace, reach out to San Diego’s largest family-owned chimney sweep and service company: Chimney Sweeps, Inc! Though you’ll see a British flag in the logo (acknowledging the luck and lore of the industry), there is not a more patriotic or caring American family-owned Steve Carter company than Chimney Sweeps, Owner Inc. For more information, firm principles of integrity and visit their web site at www. ethics rare in today’s cutthroat chimneysweepsinc.com or give business culture — guided by the them a call at 619-593-4020 today.

If the customer is not fully satisfied with our work or service, we will make it right or give them their money back.”


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Making a difference in people’s lives As the youngest of nine kids, Dr. Reyzan Shali grew up seeing her older brothers and sisters work as physicians and was inspired to pursue a career in medicine. “I was just fascinated by how often they were able to help people; they would grow relationships, treat conditions and celebrate as their patients met their health goals,” said Dr. Shali. She pursued her dream to become a doctor and after completing her residency in Michigan, Dr. Shali relocated to California where she has spent the past 17 years practicing internal medicine, most recently as a boardcertified primary care physician for Tri-City Primary Care, specializing in geriatrics and women’s health. Dr. Shali is passionate about her work and motivated by the relationships that she has built in the community. “One of the main reasons I went into primary care and stayed there is because of the opportunity to build wonderful connections with patients. You sit, you talk and get to know someone, unlike surgery where after it’s done, you wrap up and may not see the patient again,” she said. “There are strong connections that I have built with my patients over the years; they’ve become friends and like

family. That human connection, that bond is priceless.” “Similarly, this clinic feels like home and everyone is friendly,” said Dr. Shali, the newest physician at Tri-City Primary Care. “It is a small office and all of us share the same philosophy – we are here to take care of people in the community as that is our job and what we want to do.” Outside of work, Dr. Shali writes a column on the importance of eating healthy plant-based food and enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons. Dr. Kern Brar is a boardcertified internal medicine physician at Tri-City Primary Care, and is helping his patients in their path for optimal health. He has countless patients who have been able to reverse diabetes and reduce the amount of medications they take... “I like to find small changes we can implement and give my patients big results – to identify the root cause of the problem and find my patients a viable solution.” Growing up with his father in the Navy and his mother as an Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Brar moved quite often and always used the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life. He eventually

TRI-CITY PRIMARY CARE 3907 Waring Rd Suite 4 Oceanside, CA 92056 760.940.7000 tricityprimarycare.com ended up studying at University of California, San Diego where he did the initial research on Metabolic Syndrome. He learned early on that weight gain and obesity has important links to diabetes, hypertension, early cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. His initial training led him into the hospital and critical care arena where he was working in the front lines as a chief hospitalist, managing and helping patients deal with the aftermath of acute heart attacks and strokes. His passion for helping his patients in a holistic way led him to join Tri-City Primary Care where he helps patients prevent that initial debilitating heart attack or stroke. Working with patients in our community who often prefer natural solutions, he has been able to motivate his patients and get them off insulin for diabetes and to reduce the number of pills they need to take daily. “Reductions in weight can reduce high cholesterol, blood pressure, reflux, and obstructive sleep apnea as well as other diseases.” He has settled in Encinitas and started his private practice with the plan to continue a lifelong relationship with each one of his patients. He regularly spends

time discussing their eating habits and working with them to give nonjudgmental encouragement they need to meet their goals. Dr. Brar offers his patients a comprehensive state-of-the-art weight loss program and has invested in a 3D body composition weight scale. “This program has helped countless patients lose weight effectively and keep it off to maintain a healthy lifestyle so they can enjoy spending more time with their family, have less bone pain with decreased inflammation, and more energy to get back down on the ground with their grandkids.” He actively works in the community and serves as a director for La Fuente, a skilled nursing facility. He works closely with AccentCare Home Health as director of palliative care, and Silverado Hospice. He teaches residents from the Pendleton medical residency program and has medical students who rotate with him through the UCSD Alumni network. He is committed to helping his patients meet their goals so they can thrive and lead healthy lives. Outside of work, Dr. Brar enjoys playing golf with his wife and going to the beach to run with their two goldendoodles.